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General Computer Build First Time Part List Need. (15 YEARS OLD)- Which should I Pick?

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March 30, 2013 9:56:16 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Cinergy/saved/1oSj
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Cinergy/saved/1oRj

Which one is better in your opinion. This is my first bulid. I'm 15 trying to just trying to learn. I'm not a Intel Fan-Boy, quite frankly I think they overprice their stuff just a little, especially for those stable extreme-end Xeon's, and I really never like Intel (Sorry just my opinion). But, what do I know anyway I STILL GOT ALOT TO LEARN. So these are my part lists please help mE chose the right one.

I'll be using Windows 7 Pro and I need the computer for Photoshop AND Premier Pro. No Gaming. I'll put in a high-end graphics card in later for that.
a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2013 10:16:30 AM

If anything, the chips are pretty under priced if you think about it. They spend millions of dollars to make, design, and manufacture the chips they don't get a whole lot of money from marking up the price a bit.

Other than that, i recommend going for a 550 Ti or something of that sort because it is much better at commuting than the 600 series.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($167.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $749.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-30 13:15 EDT-0400)

if you are doing photoshop and premier pro, i recommend not getting the monitor and reuse another one until you saved up some cash for an IPS monitor which looks amazing. You can also add inside a Cooler or an SSD later in the future if wanted to.

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March 30, 2013 10:19:53 AM
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Here are a few changes (that give you the same performance) but a better price.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $678.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You will find that the i7 will perform better in both Photoshop & Premier, though you will benefit ALOT from a GPU (specifically Nvidia b/c of CUDA acceleration).

You could also use an Xeon and not overclock and get similar performance to the i7, but that depends on personal preference.


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March 30, 2013 10:32:35 AM

They're both good builds. The things I'd change wouldn't make a howling difference. The larger PSU in the AMD build would be good to use in either, if you plan on that major graphics card upgrade later. The Intel build will use less power and generally perform better, but there may be some exceptions.
Check benchmarks of your applications to see if the i7-3770K offers speed improvements over the i5-3570K that make it worth the additional $100. For non-professional uses, I suspect it does not.
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March 30, 2013 10:34:56 AM

you will want something like this. given you are on a tighter budget, the amd fx is a better choice
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NguA

-you need lots of ram
-heatsink is there for overclocking to increase speed
-better hard drive
-powerful video card is needed. the CUDA cores on the 660 can really accelerate performance
-better case
-cheaper psu clone
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
March 30, 2013 10:38:46 AM

For the CPU cooler, I use Xigmatek Gaias on my systems. According to Frostytech reviews, its cooling performance is between that of the Coolermaster Hyper212+ and Hyper212 EVO, but is quieter than either, and right now it is only $20 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Getting an EVO may shave 1C off your temps, but involves sending your money to a company guilty of willful dishonesty; I cannot ethically recommend any product of this company. Fortunately, they have competitors in every market where they are found, offering comparable products typically at better prices.
a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2013 10:41:58 AM

TheBigTroll said:
you will want something like this. given you are on a tighter budget, the amd fx is a better choice
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NguA

-you need lots of ram
-heatsink is there for overclocking to increase speed
-better hard drive
-powerful video card is needed. the CUDA cores on the 660 can really accelerate performance
-better case
-cheaper psu clone


You should switch to the 500 series for what he is doing though. the 600 series doesn't have as much commute power as the 500 series although it is much better in gaming and efficiency.
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a b C Monitor
March 30, 2013 10:46:36 AM

^Agreed. GPGPU performance of the 600 series cards is crippled. You might be able to find a GTX560 pretty cheap now.
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a b C Monitor
March 30, 2013 10:52:32 AM

not necessarily. as far as i know, double percision compute power is the only that sucks on a 600 series card, which in photoshop isnt too important. if DP compute power was really an issue, then id easily see a 7850 beating a 660 in photoshop cs 6 but that doesnt happen

therefore the 600 series are a better choice
August 10, 2013 5:34:03 PM

Ok if you do decide to go intel then here's a suggestion. Drop to an i5 you have no need for the i7 and it is $100 dollars less for the i5. Also drop your RAM to 4gb or 6gb and get a different brand the kind your looking at is overpriced! Also find a cheaper CD/DVD ROM you don't need an expensive optic disk drive. This should drop your price and do the same.
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