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Preemie's 1st time for a micro atx build to run photoshop

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July 28, 2013 5:53:55 PM

Hi Everyone,

So I am not sleeping. Decided I can do this and have got myself a bit too excited. I plan to build in September (need to save a bit more cash)
Budget is under $2000 CDN
I am not a gamer, but want the fastest computer I can get for my budget. My main use are photo editing programs. PHOTOSHOP.

So below is what I have come up with. No knowledge going into this, but a lot of research done so far. Would greatly appreciate feedback, suggestions and critiques.

I also want a small computer and looks are really important to me. So to leap of the cliff I purchased the case. Corsair 350D. Now I have to build it.

1. Video Card, Ram and Motherboard are really shaky areas for me. My knowledge too weak. Are my selections in these areas making sense? Also the look is important as the case has a window. I do not want flashy. Looking for silver, black and white. If any colour some green. And every time I read something online I want to upgrade so am having great difficulty keeping these to my needs.

2. The storage may look odd, but this is my thinking. 840 pro is for my system. The two other SSDs are for my photoshop cache and my current files. The WD HD is for all my older and support files. Again suggestions or critiques welcome.

3. I also think I need/want (?) to switch out the case fans with something new (looking for as quiet as possible)

Monitor, Keyboard and mouse exist so not listed.
Thanks again


PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lJTP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lJTP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lJTP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($230.00 @ Canada Computers)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)

Motherboard: Asus Z87M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.28 @ DirectCanada)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($161.48 @ Newegg Canada)

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.79 @ DirectCanada)

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.79 @ DirectCanada)

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.32 @ DirectCanada)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($110.23 @ Amazon Canada)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)

Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($96.56 @ DirectCanada)

Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($161.74 @ DirectCanada)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1670.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 20:35 EDT-0400)

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July 28, 2013 6:39:43 PM
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If you're not gaming why are you using a 760?

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lLHj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lLHj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lLHj/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($165.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($100.47 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 4GB Video Card ($74.99 @ NCIX)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1495.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 21:57 EDT-0400)
July 29, 2013 9:12:17 PM

Jonathan Sifleet said:
If you're not gaming why are you using a 760?

Found a power calculator somewhere and adding in USB peripherals it came up to 600 and something. I also read that if I go over my needs the power will stay cooler so I picked 760. Is this overkill?

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lLHj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lLHj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lLHj/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($165.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($100.47 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 4GB Video Card ($74.99 @ NCIX)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1495.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 21:57 EDT-0400)


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