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September 18, 2013 8:21:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: probably this week, end of September at the latest

Budget Range: $800 including Windows but not including monitor/keyboard/mouse/other peripherals

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Motion graphics, digital painting, some gaming/web surfing/Netflix/music but no WoW/Crysis type games.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any-- using pcpartpicker, would like to order just from Newegg if there aren't significant price differences but it looks like that's not the case

Location: NYC area, no car so can't easily get to NJ

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x2)

Additional Comments:

Software I use is (in this order):
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Photoshop
Cinema4D (3D modeling/motion graphics software)
Painter

I do need this computer to be able to hook up to 2 monitors, at least one of which is a VGA connection. This is something controlled by the video card, right? Is this video card able to do that or can you suggest a different one that would be better?

I am on kind of a tight budget right now but things should be better in April. My laptop is on its way out so I need to replace it ASAP and would like to replace it with a machine with a bit more power and one that can be upgraded. Eventually I would like to have at least 16 GB of RAM but that's not in the budget right now.

I have a build in mind using both an SSD and a HD, I am open to losing one of those, since that's something I can add later. I do have a 1TB external HD I can use for file storage for now.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop is dying and I need something that doesn't have so much lag while working on large documents in photoshop and that doesn't render quite so slowly in After Effects.

Here is my initial build list on pcpartpicker; I am the first to admit that I don't really know what I'm doing and am very open to different suggestions.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.24 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.53 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($16.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $802.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-18 11:18 EDT-0400)
(that comes out to $802, so it pretty much maxes out my budget.)

Thank you so much.

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September 18, 2013 8:54:59 AM

i would go with a FX-8350 for editing its very cheap and wins over the Haswell i5 when it comes to rendering/creative stuff.
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September 18, 2013 9:04:53 AM

TeodoI7 said:
i would go with a FX-8350 for editing its very cheap and wins over the Haswell i5 when it comes to rendering/creative stuff.


+1, i have a 8350 and do a lot of rendering and CAD work, my home pc destroys the i7 3rd gen i have at work
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September 18, 2013 9:42:43 AM

TeodoI7 said:
i would go with a FX-8350 for editing its very cheap and wins over the Haswell i5 when it comes to rendering/creative stuff.


Thank you for the feedback-- very helpful, I hadn't done too much research on AMD CPUs. Using that processor does this build makes sense? It comes in slightly under $800, at ~$790:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-1XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $786.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-18 12:45 EDT-0400)

[edited b/c I forgot to add a wireless adaptor]
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September 18, 2013 9:45:57 AM

Yes that build looks good,
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