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Best rig under 900? [gaming][photoshop]

My laptop now is getting pretty hot. With photoshop open, it gets up to 80f. 90f when gaming on lowest resolution. The vents and fan are clean. Really surprise the fan is very small.

Approximate Purchase Date: January 2014, still want to have an idea of the parts...

Budget Range: 900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Graphic Design softwares, Gaming [lol, Dirt3, a few FPS games]

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. It would be nice if the 900 is including it

Do you need to buy OS: No got copy of Windows 7 Ultimate

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any, only for references

Location: CA

Parts Preferences: Any that is stable.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 or 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A case that have handles for easy carrying. Really want water cooling for the CPU. prefer i5 cpu or something similar with AMD. Good graphic card.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently have a crappy laptop and need to have something powerful...

thanks a lot :)
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  1. Best answer
    Hello there, I went a little over the price, but that's due to the watercooling. What to you think of this?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $945.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-13 05:59 EDT-0400)
  2. I wouldnt recommend the H60 personally. Its about the same performance as a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (I have both).
  3. Duffy 72 said:
    Hello there, I went a little over the price, but that's due to the watercooling. What to you think of this?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $945.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-13 05:59 EDT-0400)


    This is great, especially using an unlocked i5 :) I can remove the optical drive since I have one from other old build. Thanks a lot for helping :D

    btw, if I want to use MicroATX, which one should I use?
  4. Deemo13 said:
    I wouldnt recommend the H60 personally. Its about the same performance as a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (I have both).


    I'm too lazy to clean out the dust :p and I would love to have a liquid cooling if the price are similar...
  5. intel 4004 said:
    Deemo13 said:
    I wouldnt recommend the H60 personally. Its about the same performance as a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (I have both).


    I'm too lazy to clean out the dust :p and I would love to have a liquid cooling if the price are similar...


    The 212 EVO is about $40 cheaper.
  6. FX8350 \ HD 7950

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($12.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: AOC e2351F 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($117.62 @ TigerDirect)
    Total: $899.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-15 20:43 EDT-0400)


    Or with liquid cooling:


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($12.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: AOC e2351F 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($117.62 @ TigerDirect)
    Total: $964.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-15 21:03 EDT-0400)
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