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How good is this PC build for gaming and photo editing?

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July 29, 2014 7:10:13 AM

Hi! I am looking to buy a new PC for gaming and photo editing, I do a lot of adobe stuff especially with Photoshop and inDesign, and I also play open world games like Far Cry 3, GTA games, Assassin's Creed etc.

I put this build together and wanted some opinions before I bought anything.

http://www.pc-specs.com/pc-custom-builds/132108

My budget is around £700-£800, is there any issues with this? Should I get more RAM?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2014 7:28:24 AM

I use my PC for exactly the same purposes as you, so here's my two pence.

1. The FX-9590 is overkill, I'd suggest switching to an i5. If you're working with multiple RAW files, the FX will probably process them quicker, but an i5 isn't exactly a slouch. An i7 would be the holy grail, but most likely out of budget.
2. The graphics card could do with an upgrade to an R9 280X.
3. Buy x2 4GB RAM modules to utilise dual-channel.
4. Buy a better power supply; something from Corsair, XFX or EVGA in the 600W region. You only need 850W if you want to Crossfire your graphics card.

This build comes to £656 so you still have room in your budget for a case and a copy of Windows, if you need it.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/b2KjBm
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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2014 7:34:08 AM

For rendering/photo editing, at least 16 GB RAM is recommended.. However that R9 270 is a mid-range GPU, it's overclock version can handle the latest games (some exceptions) at ultra (without anti-aliasing or high details)..
may I know why did you choose FX-9590? get an i7-4770k instead? Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1852053/amd-9590...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2014 8:56:09 AM

I believe that the fx-9xxx series have overheating issues. I would probably go for something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£191.17 @ More Computers)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£75.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£117.27 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£63.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£149.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£80.90 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £775.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 16:54 BST+0100

The Xeon E3 1231v3 is basically an i7 without the integrated GPU and cannot be overclocked. It is a great choice for you needs and is priced between the i5 and i7. The PSU is a bit overkill but is realiable, good quality, and comes with a 10 yr warranty.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2014 8:58:02 PM

OP, I would not go for a pre-built; I would rather build my own computer. Numanator's build is probably the best... and the FX-9xxx series are decent but it is overkill in my opinion.
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