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May 5, 2010 10:55:04 PM

Hello guys! :hello: 

Newbie here. I've been using my laptop for quite a while for gaming and photo editing; thinking to build a desktop. I need help to build my very first desktop. ( I built one before during the old pentium 4 days, 2002)

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A.S.A.P

BUDGET RANGE: Not more than $1300 + monitor

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, photoediting, animation

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, sound system, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: not sure to go for AMD or Intel chipset ( I heard intel will release a new chipset in 3-4 months (some rumors)).

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 maybe? (currently I have the old samsung 226bw (1680-1050) attached to my laptop)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: could last for at least 2 years to come (for gaming) and work best for photo editing (current: Adobe CS3, planning: Adobe CS5) Lightroom, Sony Vegas. After couple of reviews, my photoediting and animations suit better with Intel. I want to play my Bad Company 2 (currently at lowest settings with my laptop) with the best settings, other games: SC:conviction , Assassin's Creed 2, Just Cause 2, GTA, and C&C

OTHER QUESTIONS: Is there any differences between GPU and chipset (AMD/Intel) compatibility/performance like bandwidth etc.

Thanks! ;) 
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Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

GPU: Ati 5850 or 5870

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

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May 5, 2010 11:50:28 PM

For this system you have 2 choices either an i5 or an i7 pc.

i5 pc
CASE: Lian Li Lancool
MOBO: Asus p7p55d-e pro $189.99
CPU: i5-750 $199.99
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4gb 1600mhz 119.99
GPU: Asus EAH5850 (you can overclock this card to reach the speed of the 5870) $319.99
POWER: Corsair TX750w $109.99
DVD: Pioneer CD/DVD Burner $24.99
HDD: WD 1tb black $99.99
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $29.99
OS: Windows 7 home premium 64-bit $99.99

Total $1294.90
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May 5, 2010 11:59:11 PM

i7 pc

CASE: Lian Li Lancool $99.99
MOBO: Asus p6t se $199.99
CPU: i7-930 $294.99
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $169.99
GPU: XFX 5770 XXX edition $179.99
POWER: Corsair TX750w $109.99
DVD: Pioneer CD/DVD Burner $24.99
HDD: WD 1tb black $99.99
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $29.99
OS: Windows 7 home premium 64-bit $99.99

Total $1319.90 (since this is slightly over your budget you can always drop the HSF and use the one that comes with the cpu and then upgrade it later).
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May 6, 2010 4:19:57 AM

Thanks cangle.
I just checked the forum and found your thread. What do you think about the specs given by MadAdmiral?
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May 6, 2010 6:33:41 AM
May 6, 2010 9:58:23 AM

shootemup said:
Thanks cangle.
I just checked the forum and found your thread. What do you think about the specs given by MadAdmiral?


the specs he listed are very good if you are willing to raise your budget a little.
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May 6, 2010 2:09:35 PM

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OTHER QUESTIONS: Is there any differences between GPU and chipset (AMD/Intel) compatibility/performance like bandwidth etc.



If you are wondering whether the gpu will not run with different chipsets, then be assured; all the modern gpus support any modern chipset. It just needs an X16 PCIe slot to run, no matter what the platform is.

Since gaming & photo editing rate high on you to-do list, get the i7 setup which cangle has listed. Some changes-

Graphics - get 5850, instead of the 5770


PSU - since you don't plan to crossfire, get the Corsair 650TX $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 6, 2010 8:08:38 PM

awesome, thanks guys!
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