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Old 08-18-2007, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So here it goes
I am in need of a computer that will run Photoshop well BUT I want to leave room for future upgrades. In the future I want to be able to play most games and I am also looking at having a duel 22 inch monitor set up. I want to keep the price down now and upgrade down the road for games later. Can anyone give some advice on good hardware especially the mother board (for future upgrades?)

I am new at this and never built before just been reading alot
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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want to stay under 1 k
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looking at the 680i mb is that a good one for future upgrades
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P35-DS3R is a really good motherboard. Either that, or you can go with the P5B/P5K Deluxe. Are you planning to do any hard-core gaming?
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Total build up there is around 1.2 to 1.3k
with a 7 or low 8 series nvidia card, it'll get even lower
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I'd say he can probably go with either the 7600GT since it's pretty good for gaming and also daily usage of Photoshop, Paint, etc. and such. Or 8600GT but you won't be able to do much gaming with it since that card is made for video encoding/decoding, photoshopping, CAD, and other editing programs.
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I want a mother board that has some future to it. I do plan to upgrade as parts become more in my price range. I just want to make sure that will be an option for as long as possible. Also will SLI help if I run 2 large lcd s
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I want a mother board that has some future to it. I do plan to upgrade as parts become more in my price range. I just want to make sure that will be an option for as long as possible. Also will SLI help if I run 2 large lcd s
SLI only helps, when playing games on very large resolutions, such as 2560 x 1600. You don't need SLI, to run two large LCDs.
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