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Gaming/Design/Photography Build Help - $600-$700 Budget

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March 5, 2014 7:32:17 PM

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible.

Gaming (Skyrim, possibly Elder Scrolls Online, League of Legens). Photo editing and graphic design (Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, maybe Adobe Illustrator in the future). Web browsing & game playing (Roll20, redditing, blogging, nothing special).

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What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?

Maximum budget will be US $600-$700.

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Which country will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have a Microcenter?

United States. Northern Virginia. There is a Micro Center ~30 mins and also ~1 hour away from me.

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When do you plan on building/buying the PC?

Buying and building hopefully within the next two weeks.

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What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? OS, peripherals, wifi, in addition to the tower.

Everything except for the mouse, keyboard, and one monitor. OS - Windows 7 preferred (probably going to get this via /r/SoftwareSwap on reddit). I have 1 monitor Acer S201HL, but would want another. Duplicate monitor or larger monitor is ideal.

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If reusing any parts (including peripherals), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.

Reusing Logitech wireless mouse (unsure of model) and keyboard (K120). Also reusing Razer Carcharias headset. 1 monitor Acer S201HL, but would want another. Duplicate monitor or larger monitor is ideal. *Side Note: I will be upgrading my mouse and keyboard in the future. It is not currently a concern.*

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Will you be overclocking?

No.

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If there's any specific features you want/need from the rig, please list them.

As said above, Windows 7 if possible (probably going to get this via /r/SoftwareSwap on reddit). Lighter case for easier transport is preferred. Gfx card allowing the hookup of a third monitor in the future.

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Do you have any specific case preferences such as a window or LEDs, or do you have a preference for low-noise components?

I would prefer to have a window. LEDs (pink, purple, or white) are okay if I can turn them off. I would prefer it be quieter, but that isn't a huge deal.

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Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license?


No.

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Current PartPicker Possible Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.19 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $663.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 22:29 EST-0500)

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a c 344 4 Gaming
March 5, 2014 7:46:51 PM

maybe you want more small form factor miniITX build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $618.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 22:46 EST-0500)
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March 5, 2014 7:53:24 PM

AMD Radeon said:
maybe you want more small form factor miniITX build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $618.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 22:46 EST-0500)


May I ask why you made the changes you did? I've become really out of the loop with PC building over the years that I've just had a laptop. Could you maybe give me a brief rundown of your suggestion compared to the one I posted? I would really really appreciate it!
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a c 344 4 Gaming
March 5, 2014 8:00:17 PM

i didnt make any change, i just build from scratch from the best price/performance parts i know in Pcp
cheaper i5
miniitx mobo
cheaper ram
new generation GTX 750 ti, a lot better performance
mini ITX case for easy transport and better look in office
GOLD corsair PSU, better brand

as small as this
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