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New Computer Build: a desktop Gaming/ Graphics System $1000-1500

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July 16, 2013 12:10:13 PM

Looking to build a great all round home desktop system. I'm a full time graphic designer (and run a mac there) and I'd like to build a windows system I can do some freelance projects on (some basic video editing and Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator work) and play games. I've a budget of $1000-1500 and would like the best bang for my buck I can get.

Found this link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uLh4 on the forum posted Jan. 14, 2013
Do you think this would work well for my usage or would you recommend something else?

Summarized below:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5” Solid State Disk
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5” 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

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July 16, 2013 12:15:09 PM

Seems like a good build but do you want faster render times, loading times etc... Might want to consider an amd processor, not quite as good for games but more cores is better for graphics work imo. If not, use Haswell (4570k) rather than the ivy bridge socket. Ivy bridge was replaced by Haswell and if you want a more "future-proof" pc you'll want to go with Haswell.
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July 16, 2013 12:54:11 PM

If you can afford an i5 3570k I'm going to second the suggestion to consider an AMD.

An FX 8350 is going to be around the same price as an i5 3570k, will give you as good performance in games, but will have extra cores you can use for thread heavy apps.

If you can afford another $100-$150 more, an i7 3770k with Hyper Threading may perform better in some apps that can take advantage of HT technology.

Generally, i5 3570k < FX 8350 < i7 3770k
Consider price and whether or not your apps will benefit from HT before deciding.

Also consider a single high end video card instead of dual cards in SLI/crossfire as an option to save some money to put toward the CPU. It will still be great for gaming at 1080p, and you'll have the processing power you need for apps.
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