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Photoshop, 3D, Gaming PC $1500 (Japan)

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February 13, 2014 3:12:37 AM

So I have been using my 4 year old dell 1558 laptop as my main computer since I moved to Japan and although it has yet to go bust, it is quite slow and I feel I should upgrade to a desktop as I am starting to move more into digital painting and modelling which doesn't hold up so well on my laptop. I rarely game anymore, but I would still like to have the option to play occasionally, however that will not be my main use of the pc.

I have never built a pc before, however it seems like I could (maybe) do it with a bit more research. I have checked out a lot of other build and a few constants seem to be that I should get an i7 (for photoshop) a graphics card such as the gtx760 and I feel that 16gb and an ssd would be an advantage too.

Unfortunately, as I live in Japan some pre-build machines can be much more expensive than those in the US, however websites like Dospara and G-tune have some good builds, but they don't tick all the boxes and are most likely overpriced :( 

Approximate Purchase Date: Before April

Budget Range: $1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Photoshop, 3D modelling, movies, gaming

Location: Japan, Shikoku

Overclocking: Not unless it's needed

SLI or Crossfire: No idea

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a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 3:44:16 AM
February 13, 2014 5:34:25 AM

Awesome, thank you :)  For the graphics card I would probably need to get a 760 as the 780's here are a couple hundred more than that price. Also amazon jp doesnt stock the PNY memory, however it should be fine to get any brand that is 1600 right?
a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 6:03:34 AM

Yeah. Just get the cheapest 1600mhz and cl9 you can find. I recommend you try to find a r9 280x instead of the 760. You can import a gtx 780 though. The youtube channel "techyescity" includes a man living in japan, who bought a gtx 780 lightning from the US and then got it imported. I am sure it would be no problem :)