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Looking To Build A New Computer For 1300 Dollars

Well, I have never built a computer before, but I am really interested in building one. I want to be able to use Adobe Photoshop Cs6, without any hiccups, and will work with video editing every now and then. I will also play a few games...
I have a total budget of no more than 1300. I will need an os. The only thing I won't need is a monitor which is 1920 by 1080.
I have never had a computer that can actually multitask so I really am wanting performance but also wanting a price that is within my budget. (I have a Toshiba nb205 and its really laggy just trying to watch YouTube at 480i).
I have read some "AMD vs Intel" articles and both are good companies but I am kind of leaning towards Intel..... but am willing to go AMD if there is no "real world difference" (if that makes sense) between cpus.
I want to thank everyone in advance and say sorry for the "essay" I am writing.... hahaha ;) Oh, Another thing is that I can only order "everything" through Amazon.com

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  1. In this one I threw in recommendations for speakers, a mouse, and a keyboard. I also threw in a monitor because that monitor you have there, I am guessing, is pretty old, so you might want to replace it.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/30Jmu

    In this one I took out the recommendations for the speakers and all the other peripherals and upgraded the CPU and GPU.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/30JzS
  2. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.12 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.74 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.18 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.92 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($107.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1305.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 21:11 EST-0500)

    Will be one the best for your purpose. I hope you make best out of it ;)
  3. I have a windows 8 Pro Upgrade that I used on my net book but I uninstalled it because my resolution is too small, so I am wondering if I then could upgrade the windows 7 software i would buy to 8 Pro and it work or if it wont work?
  4. LBCreative said:
    I have a windows 8 Pro Upgrade that I used on my net book but I uninstalled it because my resolution is too small, so I am wondering if I then could upgrade the windows 7 software i would buy to 8 Pro and it work or if it wont work?


    usually when you install OEM version of windows, they are tied to that particular machine. You may have to call Microsoft to re-activate over the phone if you are swapping Windows to other machine by removing it from first machine.
  5. I feel kind of sketchy with overclocking the cpu but would it be worth it or would it be better to go with a none overclockable cpu? (I was reading something about it not having TSX on a different article) would that matter to have that or not?

    Thanks for that answer brarboy
  6. If you are wondering if you can re-use the license that was used already then no
    Overclocking shouldn't be hard if you aren't going insane the first try, you can still hold on to this unlocked CPU and learn how to overclock as you go. Overclocking won't do much harm as long as you follow tutorials

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.19 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($107.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1313.12
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 21:32 EST-0500)
  7. LBCreative said:
    I feel kind of sketchy with overclocking the cpu but would it be worth it or would it be better to go with a none overclockable cpu? (I was reading something about it not having TSX on a different article) would that matter to have that or not?

    Thanks for that answer brarboy


    if you don't want to overclock now, just leave it on stock and keep running your pc. After a year or so, you think that you need more performance through your processor, overclock at that time for it will serve you with longer durability. You don't have to worry about that :)
  8. Yeah, I like that idea about overclocking. I was thinking about a gtx 760 but is there a good boost in performance by getting a gtx 770?
  9. Yes, yes there is.
  10. Would a Corsair 550 watt 80plus gold be enough for an i7 4770k and a gtx 770? (Just to make sure my complete worst fear is that it would destroy everything) --sorry if a little redundant. ...
  11. LBCreative said:
    Yeah, I like that idea about overclocking. I was thinking about a gtx 760 but is there a good boost in performance by getting a gtx 770?


    yup, gtx 770 is a high-gaming level gpu and put every game on highest quality with decent frame rates depending on your resolution.
  12. LBCreative said:
    Would a Corsair 550 watt 80plus gold be enough for an i7 4770k and a gtx 770? (Just to make sure my complete worst fear is that it would destroy everything) --sorry if a little redundant. ...


    won't be a problem, unless you are not overclocking anything for now and future or putting some extra case fans or Leds in your case.
  13. Is 8gb of ram plenty for Photoshop?
  14. LBCreative said:
    Is 8gb of ram plenty for Photoshop?


    yes it is plenty enough, dude.
  15. Thanks!
  16. LBCreative said:
    Thanks!


    glad we all could help you out :)
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