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Building a PC for Graphic Design class/Gaming, Lost on what to pick

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January 28, 2014 4:01:41 PM

I'm starting college in two weeks, and I need a new Computer for my graphic design classes. My last PC(laptop) was stolen about a week ago, so I decided to take this time to build a computer with my roommates. I built a couple PCs about 6-7 years ago with my dad, and I know they have changed quite a bit so I have no idea which parts to pick. My roommates and I are building computers together, they already have their parts and one of them has more knowledge on the subject than i do, so he will be helping us build the PCs.



Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend most likely

Budget Range: $800-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic design and gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: everything, I'm building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No, my roommate is going to buy it for me.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and/or TigerDirect

Location: Casa Grande, Arizona

Parts Preferences: I've heard AMD is better price wise but I'm good either way

Overclocking: Maybe in the future when i get to know the computer better

SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary

Your Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure but I guess anything 1080p

Additional Comments: Preferably a quiet machine with decent airflow as I will be on it for a couple hours at a time, I will be using the latest Adobe CS.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My classes require a lot of work to be done at home, plus I really need a new gaming rig, since i now only own a xbox360 and ps3.



My roommates gave me the specs of their builds so i could decide what i wanted to do, so i figured i would post them here to see if they are good or not and what you guys would change about them to fit my price range, Because I have no idea what half of this stuff means

Friends pc parts (sorry I do not have links for parts)

PC 1: (about $780)
CPU: AMD A10-6800k 4.1GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
MB: MSI A88X-G43 ATX FM2+
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Kingston SSD 60Gb 2.5" (he had a couple 500GB seagate 5200RPM already)
Graphics Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 2GB
Wireless Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-E x1
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm (x3)
PSU: Corsair 430w ATX12V (Semi Modular)
OS: Windows 8.1 - OEM (64bit)
Other: Asus DVD Player/Writer

PC 2: (about $990)
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid
MB: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+
RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Seagate Barracude 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB
Wireless Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-E x1
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N ATX Mid Tower (Black and Red)
PSU: Corsair 600W ATX12V (Semi Modular)
OS: Windows 8.1 - OEM (64bit)
Other: Asus DVD Player/Writer

PC 3: (about $840)
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid
MB: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Seagate Barracude 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Graphics Card: Auses GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB
Case: Apevia X-TRPJR-RD
PSU: Corsair 500W ATX12V
OS: Windows 8.1 - OEM (64bit)
Other: LG DVD Player/Writer

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January 28, 2014 4:11:44 PM

The second PC is good. You won't need liquid cooling, so you can get a good air cooler and save some money.
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January 28, 2014 4:14:53 PM

Here's what I came up with. The 8320 is great for graphic design programs. Also went with 16GB of RAM, incase it's needed. The GTX 760 is a great compute card, with CUDA, and is great at gaming as well. Also gives you a cool case with good 'design' :p 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($156.60 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($58.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($252.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($66.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $839.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-28 19:13 EST-0500)
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January 28, 2014 6:10:22 PM

A couple notes though. You didn't include a wireless adapter, the internet connection will be wireless since I do not have any Ethernet port connections in my room (everything is wireless in the apartment), and also why didn't you include a CPU cooler? If you could answer that and include a wireless adapter that would help.
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January 28, 2014 6:46:07 PM

Cooler isn't needed unless you're overclocking, but if it's also going to be for school I wouldn't recommend messing with that. Cooler would be a waste of money.

Wireless adapter, anything PCI or pcie based will work. I'm away from a computer to link one, but Rosewill and TP-Link make great ones. Anything 150 and up will do you fine, I usually recommend 300 just because.
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January 28, 2014 7:15:20 PM

also one last thing, why a mATX?
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January 28, 2014 8:01:45 PM

I personally like a smaller form factor, and 90% of people who buy an ATX board use maybe a PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slot, and all that space just gets wasted.

Also, the 350d is my all time favorite case because it's sleak and professional, but has the cool window as well.

If you want it bigger, there's plenty of money between the board and case to change that up, purely your call.
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