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Old 06-12-2007, 04:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm building a computer for my friend and she wants one with a large flat panel monitor, mostly to mess around with Adobe In-design CS2, Publisher, Adobe Photo Shop, Adobe Illustrator, and some minor gaming from time to time (like Harry Potter and Siberia series).

I think the most important componant is the monitor. Her eyes bother her and she spends a lot of time in front of screen so a big, clear monitor would really be a delight to her (the bigger the better). She's given me only $1000 and this will be my second build. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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P.S. She will never even dream of overclocking this rig, and will most likely not be playing any FPS, so please keep that in mind if you have any ideas.
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I don't do builds but heres what I'll say;
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23" widescreen LCD monitor
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I say a cheap AMD tower build you can build for ~700, just put together some lists on newegg.

then a 22" Hanns G Monitor will work out

Newegg.com - Hanns·G HW-223DPB Black 22" 5ms HD 1080P supported DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail
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or check oit the samsung 22 inch, its a pretty good monitor
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The Hanns-G is ok but for photoshop you might want a little better like a Samsung. Hanns-G would still work well if you wanna save some money.

You'll need a better graphics card if you want to run any demanding games at that resolution but it'd be more then enough for her uses.

And for the case, whatever floats her boat but a Centurion 5 always works
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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excellent build!
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I'll never buy Samsung, and will never recommend it. I wouldn't care if it was 100x better 1/10 the cost and came with a hooker. I refuse to give Samsung my money for ANYTHING.

Although my reasons are purely personal, so take it with a grain of salt.
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mrfluffles has a good build there, but I would go for a more solid PSU:

Newegg.com - Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2-DB ATX V2.2 500W Dual Ball Bearing Fan Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, FCC - Retail

this monitor isn't much different but its a bit cheaper:

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 225BW Black 22" 5 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustments 280 cd/m2 700:1 - Retail

this RAM:

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
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A StablePower is a much more "solid" psu then that. High efficiency, oem is Enhance (iirc) and doesn't have Fuhjyyu caps (like the Rosewill)..

I really like how just cause Jonnyguru put up a decent review on a Rosewill, people suddenly think they're the best ones you can get. Give me a break....

And I was gonna put that cheaper Samsung but I decided not to cause this one has a higher contrast ratio and just plain looks cooler .

No overclocking=no need for good RAM. The lower timings do basically nothing for performance, like 0.0001% maybe.
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no need for good ram? lol, so your saying the ram you posted isn't as good as the ram i posted but yours costs $20 more.

about the PSU, i haven't heard anything good about xclio power supplies so i recommended otherwise. to a psu i have heard good things about.

just plain looks cooler doesn't really warrant spending an extra what? 80 dollars?

all i was doing was putting out other alternatives that the poster may want to take a look at as well. you dont need to jump my crap about it.
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