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I'm going to build my friend a PC for his work soon. He works a lot with "Illustrator CS5 + Photoshop CS5" and does high definition video editing often.

What kind of CPU+GPU combo would you recommend?
How important is an SSD in a setup like this?

And What kind of budget do you think that sets us up for?
 
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i don't know much about doing graphics editing, but since no one else has responded....Those programs make use of hyper threading so you'd want an i7, and support gpu acceleration so the biggest factor(which may be why no one has commented) is what is the budget?

Without budget we can't really recommend this or that, as the true answer is the best of the best :)

EDIT: oh and ram. 16gb min.
 

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Definitely an i7. But we need the budget so we can recommend LGA1150 or 2011 and then what GPU to run. Id recommend something from Nvidia.
 
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We could throw out systems between $500 and $5000 that would get the job done, but if the budget could be narrowed down a little, that would be great help. Also, does he stick to clips and shorts or does he work on feature-length+ video projects?
 
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In other words. MOAR DETAILS!!!!!!!
 
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Ok guys, I talked with my friend. And he says his budget would be around 800$ which ain't much I know. But he's working for a company that make logos and stuff for carpets and whatnot...

He only needs to be able to run Illustrator CS5 + Photoshop CS5 both at the same time. he would LIKE to be able to do some video editing, but it's not crucial... that would be for fun...
so based on that info, any suggestions?
 

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Photoshop? If he doesn't intend to do any gaming, then a GPU is pretty worthless. Photoshop doesn't use CUDA acceleration for anything besides filters (and if he's a professional, he won't be using many, if any at all). Most important thing with photoshop is an i7 and a shedload of RAM. I mean tonnes of RAM. Photoshop looks at your RAM and asks how much it can eat, then takes the whole lot. i7 4770 + 16GB RAM is your minimum baseline, plus running everything off of an SSD makes things easier. I can heartily recommend the spacey 512GB Crucial MX100 as it's big, cheap as chips compared to the competition, and has excellent IOPS, which is what you need (none of this 550 read/write nonsense). Any cheapo GPU will do.

EDIT: Noting the $800 budget, perhaps an i5 is in order with the 16GB RAM and SSD. No need for a Z series motherboard or a K series CPU, as he won't be overclocking.
 
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Here is a possible build. You can remove the GPU if need be, it's just in case gaming was going to be done.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hFN2WZ

If you lose the GPU, you could always get an SSD, which would be extremely useful for a just editing rig with no gaming.

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I work a lot with Photoshop CC(I worked with almost all version till today), because of CS5 version not work much with vga(in CC it is almost mandatory), I recommend at least: the fast i5 you can buy(4th gen) + 8gb of ram + a wacom tablet...and yes, Photoshop like powerful cpu and lot of ram, so buy as much you can...between i5+16gb ram+ssd and i7+8gbram, go with the second...
 
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Thanks for the tips guys, VERY much appreciated. he did mention he wanted a 1tb hard drive. any recommendations for that?
 

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Thanks for the tips guys, VERY much appreciated. he did mention he wanted a 1tb hard drive. any recommendations for that?
Seagate or WD 1TB data 6gb/s 64mb cache. Or 32, I know my 2 tb has a 64 cache

Give me a couple minutes and ill put together a build for you. :)
 

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About the hdd, it doesn't matter if you have ssd, take the cheap one, also beware with OS, if I remember right, CS5 have some little problems with win 8...
 
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About the hdd, it doesn't matter if you have ssd, take the cheap one, also beware with OS, if I remember right, CS5 have some little problems with win 8...
so should I go windows 7 instead?
 
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I usually take the safe path, so for now I advise to go with win 7, my self have it too for Ps CC...
 
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oh and isn't hyper-threading a good feature to have for graphics editing? cause those CPUs don't have that...
 
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I will go with 4460 if not much price dif., also , are relative cheap ips Dell monitor for 21-23", go with 2x8 ram...
 
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Also I forgot to mention I'm ordering from canadian sites only cause I live in Canada. small detail, sorry forgot to mention
 
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oh I'm not very familiar with IPS monitors. how good are they?
what benefits do they bring?
are they any good for gaming or only for graphics editing?
 
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Search with google "IPS vs TN", I play some game on my IPS, it is ok...
 
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If you want my advice on this it all comes down to how much you want to spend. As you asked above what budget this will set up for, it will depend on how powerful and how long you want it to last. Personally if your doing professional work in CS5 Photoshop, you do not need (as others stated above) much in terms of a GPU so you can save money on that and instead focus on the core of the computer.
About the CPU, is the 4460 a better CPU than the 4440 for his build?
Is it better to have 4x4gb sticks or 2x8gb sticks?

He just mentionned he needs a monitor on the avg budget side. Any recommendations for a decent priced monitor?
He said he wanted min. 22inch for his monitor
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My recommendation is this, these are two builds at different budgets that can fit your needs:

i7 4930k
Asrock X79 Extreme4
Gskill Ripjaws Z 1866 4x4gb
Termaltake 550Watt Gold PSU
Samsung 840 EVO 500gb
Seagate 1tb 7200RPM drive
R7 250 (just for monitor output mostly, just picked a cheap one but could go lower than that)
Hyper212 CPU Cooler
Roughly 60 dollars for a case of your choice (I can recommend, but it may come down to price or what you like)
100 bucks for Windows if you do not have a copy (8 or 7, though as stated above I agree go for 7 in this case)

That would be an extreme build coming in around 1600 dollars depending on the case Might be a bit overkill but since you stated you wanted to see what the budget could do I thought I would show you a more extreme approach. I consider it a little overkill unless you really want the most power possible.

Here is a much more reasonable build:
i7 4790
Gigabyte GA z97m
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16gb 2x8gb 1866
Termaltake 550Watt Gold PSU
60 bucks for case

Now as for HDD/SSD's my opinion is that for professional editing it is better to stick with high quality or high grade SSDs/HDDs. I personally if I was doing this would go for the following

WD Velociraptor 1tb 10k RPM
T
hey are great for photo editing, video editing, and other things that are normally strenuous on systems while giving a better price to gb ratio.

That build would come to around 900 with an OS included.

oh I'm not very familiar with IPS monitors. how good are they?
what benefits do they bring?
are they any good for gaming or only for graphics editing?
As far as monitors go, IPS monitors will be better for the photo editor. The quality and colors look better and will give a better picture for people working with colors. Normally for photo editing I would say to stay away from a TN panel as the benefits it brings would be of no use to a photo editor and its downsides would actually harm the experience for him.

With monitors though, it again comes down to price. If you want something very expensive, you can try this:
Samsung SyncMaster

or for a bit less
Dell U2713H
 

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About the CPU, is the 4460 a better CPU than the 4440 for his build?
Is it better to have 4x4gb sticks or 2x8gb sticks?

He just mentionned he needs a monitor on the avg budget side. Any recommendations for a decent priced monitor?
He said he wanted min. 22inch for his monitor
I mean the 4460 might be better, but 4440 turbos to 3.3GHZ, the 4460 does not seem to do that. Its max clock looks to be 3.2ghz.

4 sticks is faster then 2, and he probably wont need more then 16gb anyways.

Monitor wise anything 1080p or higher that is IPS will be fine. Asus makes some good options for good price.

On the hyper threading question. Yes he could benefit from it, but to get a solid build with an i7, the budget might need to be increased.

But I will try doing a new build with an i7.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116900
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128607
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231549
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SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249035
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

TOTAL: $769.18

Add in an OS and its goes up near ~$850.
 
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