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April 17, 2013 5:42:33 AM

Computer Case:

NZXT Phantom 410: $100

Power supply:

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular: $89.00

Graphics Card:

GeForce GTX 650 Ti- $150.00

Optical Drive:

LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive: $55.00

Processor:

Intel® Core™ i5-3350P Processor 
(6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz): $177.00

Mother Board:

ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard: $85.00

Memory:

G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10D-16GAO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3: 129.00

Hard Drive:

Western Digital WD Blue WD10JPVT 1TB: $89.00

Operating system:

Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM: $99.00


I want to know will i receive wifi. Also if i upgrade the graphics card to the GeForce 660 i will be over the budget $900-$1000. I was wondering is there a way for me to upgrade the graphics card and stay under my budget.

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April 17, 2013 6:04:47 AM

16GB? Why not 8 GB and use the remaining money to upgrade your VGA , as you wanted?
Keep in mind that some companies will not accept memory returns when opened. I would go for
2 x 4 GB. if your memory is not compatible with your motherboard you can choose again...
or ofcourse find a company that will accept returns. Other option is to let them assemble your pc.

Windows 8? You are kidding me right? Windows as for now is not made for PC's.
The whole user interface is still focused on tablets, making it not usable for PC's.
There are several flows that makes windows 8 irritating to use, why do you think windows 7 is still here? Perhaps windows 8.1 will return the old windows 7 user interface, but that is not sure.
Windows 7 is the way end users want to work, it;s supported till 2020. I strongly suggest you get a windows 7 full version , not OEM. if it's 2020, then look around if M$ is still around!

M$ = microsoft

Your build seems ok. Nice components. Keep in mind you will not be able to upgrade as easy as with AMD. By choosing a Intel MB and CPU you perhaps will have to upgrade both in the future.
With AMD you can upgrade one of bothin the future still, because the CPU socket is supported for a longer period. But that me talking as a AMD fan...

Have fun with your system.
Buy a
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April 17, 2013 6:16:46 AM

turtlespeed said:
16GB? Why not 8 GB and use the remaining money to upgrade your VGA , as you wanted?
Keep in mind that some companies will not accept memory returns when opened. I would go for
2 x 4 GB. if your memory is not compatible with your motherboard you can choose again...
or ofcourse find a company that will accept returns. Other option is to let them assemble your pc.

Windows 8? You are kidding me right? Windows as for now is not made for PC's.
The whole user interface is still focused on tablets, making it not usable for PC's.
There are several flows that makes windows 8 irritating to use, why do you think windows 7 is still here? Perhaps windows 8.1 will return the old windows 7 user interface, but that is not sure.
Windows 7 is the way end users want to work, it;s supported till 2020. I strongly suggest you get a windows 7 full version , not OEM. if it's 2020, then look around if M$ is still around!

M$ = microsoft

Your build seems ok. Nice components. Keep in mind you will not be able to upgrade as easy as with AMD. By choosing a Intel MB and CPU you perhaps will have to upgrade both in the future.
With AMD you can upgrade one of bothin the future still, because the CPU socket is supported for a longer period. But that me talking as a AMD fan...

Have fun with your system.
Buy a


Thanks for the help. Is the AMD cheaper than intel? Also will 8GB be enough to run multiply windows at once? E.g photoshop, games, recording software, editing software and more. Could I get some suggestions as to what would be a good motherboard that is compatible with the AMD CPU but still keeping under the budget.
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April 17, 2013 6:51:05 AM

Intel does have an edge on performance, so if you really need the performance and don't mind money, then go for Intel. AMD does the job, but does not run as fast a Intel, but is way cheaper.
Cheapest I3 is for me around 110 euro. An AMD CPU quad core 640 sells for about 50 euro.
So, t depends on you, what you want to spend.... is a few second slower really a problem?

If you draw 2D you will not notice much, what would it cost you if the calculations were 4 seconds slower? Really, I think people nowadays focus to much on time is money....

I can only suggest you to look at the CPU charts, VGA charts of Toms hardware. They have a really nice chart that places the hardware in tiers. CPU or VGA cards that are in the same tier, perform very similar. In the same pages, you can see what price category has what CPU.
Checking both you can extract what CPU / VGA you could use for your budget.

Link for CPU hierarchy:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Link for VGA hierarchy:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I myself went low budget. I am not going to game in high resolutions:
AMD 640 quad core 50 euro
MSI am3+ mother board, improved durability, flat capacitors, etc
4GB memory 25 euro Cosair value.
Fortron 500 watt PSU 85% eff. 42 euro
Radeon 7770 1GB VGA

Have fun building your system, don't listen to fan boys =))
look very well to your budget, and the charts, what can do what for what price....

Have fun building your system!


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April 17, 2013 6:55:51 AM

Yes, 8 GB is enough to run 2 OS at once. that is the reason I have 8GB as well. On my laptop...
My Desktop has only 4GB, it still works but I notice from time to time my system starts using virtual memory more, then windows starts swapping memory to hard disk to free up memory....
I usually give both OS , each 4 GB. But do take into account that I don't run heavy applications under one of both OS, when using 2 OS at the same time.

What you do need to research, how big will your Photoshop files be? If you use huge files, it might be feasible to use 16 GB. But I didn't use huge files yet so I can't tell. Have a Google =)
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April 17, 2013 6:56:35 AM

turtlespeed said:
Intel does have an edge on performance, so if you really need the performance and don't mind money, then go for Intel. AMD does the job, but does not run as fast a Intel, but is way cheaper.
Cheapest I3 is for me around 110 euro. An AMD CPU quad core 640 sells for about 50 euro.
So, t depends on you, what you want to spend.... is a few second slower really a problem?

If you draw 2D you will not notice much, what would it cost you if the calculations were 4 seconds slower? Really, I think people nowadays focus to much on time is money....

I can only suggest you to look at the CPU charts, VGA charts of Toms hardware. They have a really nice chart that places the hardware in tiers. CPU or VGA cards that are in the same tier, perform very similar. In the same pages, you can see what price category has what CPU.
Checking both you can extract what CPU / VGA you could use for your budget.

Link for CPU hierarchy:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Link for VGA hierarchy:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I myself went low budget. I am not going to game in high resolutions:
AMD 640 quad core 50 euro
MSI am3+ mother board, improved durability, flat capacitors, etc
4GB memory 25 euro Cosair value.
Fortron 500 watt PSU 85% eff. 42 euro
Radeon 7770 1GB VGA

Have fun building your system, don't listen to fan boys =))
look very well to your budget, and the charts, what can do what for what price....

Have fun building your system!




Thanks for all the help.
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