New build

hey guys,

i need some help. looking to build a new desktop and just need some help picking stuff out. it wont be for gaming just photoshop/cad/video editing etc. i do want to run dual monitors.

ive got my case/OS but thats pretty much it.

will prolly end up going with amd so what company makes a good motherboard? would like for it to support 16gb ram, prolly get 16gb just cause its a cheap upgrade and i dont want any lag.
should i get amd phanom II x4 or x6?
i need a video card that runs dual monitors, 22-24 inchs .. so if anyone can point me towards a good GPU..
would 60 gb SSD be enough to store a couple applications like photoshop/cad and my OS?
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  1. If your programs can utilize six processor cores, buy the X6.

    Since you're not gaming I assume you'll be running two monitors in 2D? If so, a 6670 for about $80 is enough.

    I wouldn't buy an SSD under 120GB, but YMMV.
  2. Need some more info to make a build for you can you read the stickies at the top of the forum and copy and paste the outline
  3. yes nothing fancy with the monitors lol, just 2d. and ill prolly go ahead with the x6 so i wont have to upgrade for a long while, but ill be sure to look into the 6670 for a GPU, thanks. and ill look into a bigger SSD. thanks again.

    emelth, ill be sure to post it asap. so i can see what you think
  4. Approximate Purchase Date: around christmas time

    Budget Range:$700-$900

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:CAD/photoshop, watching movies, heavy multitasking

    Parts Not Required:mouse,keyboard,one monitor,OS, 320gb HDD

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg please

    Parts Preferences:by brand or type: AMD, mid case(watercooling friendly) couple fans/ two 22-24 inch monitors.

    Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe: would love to learn to overclock in the future.

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe: prolly not

    Monitor Resolution:(e.g.: whatever the two monitors are. doesnt matter to me really.

    Additional Comments: would like for the case to have side panel/
  5. this is a little more than i wanted to pay for a GPU but is this a pretty decent one? first ever time buying a gpu and dont know really what to look at when purchasing, if anyone can tell me then i wont ask such stupid questions lol. but ill link it

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141125
  6. A good place to start for gpu is http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067.html
    There you can find whatever GPU fits in your budget. If you are just doing CAD and such and no gaming you could honestly get by with like the ATI Radeon HD 6770.

    Monitors: what monitor do you have? I like ASUS LED Backlit 1920x1080 ranging from 22"-24".So are you only buying 1 monitor or 2(Just want to make sure)? These are some pretty solid monitors and at a good price.
    Also with your budget and assuming I'm not missing anything, you could go with Intel i5-2500K
    Quick price breakdown
    CPU: $220
    MB: $130
    RAM: $100
    GPU: $100
    SSD: $200
    Monitor: $170
    ODD: $20

    Oh ok you so maybe not on the i5 becuase you go a touch over.
    Is case and OS included in this cost? If yes, then what are they?
  7. okay thanks, and i got to thinking, i only have a little crappy monitor its like 19 inches. ill prolly go ahead and buy 2 either 22 or 24 inch monitors. and yes i was looking at 2 24 inch monitors made by asus, they were like $169 each.

    id rather stay with amd on the cpu , i can get a x6 for like $190, unless intel is just that much better? im not very sure. and case is not included, but i have one picked up for $100 bucks. i got a list ill post prolly tomorrow, its way over my buget, but ill prolly take some off and purchase it at a later date. but i have the OS.
  8. Well hopefully the monitors are on a seperate budget I cant come up with any build that has 2 monitors in it or even just 1.
  9. yes i got a list and a few things are on a different budget, ill post my list and see what yall think. if i get some money during the holidays then ill be able to combine both of them but we will see
  10. okay here is kinda what i had picked out, few questions will the 700w PSU, support everything? is the SSD i picked out a good pick? price came to $1,500. with taxes/shipping. i like the case cause of the fan layout and and maybe i can watercool it in the future, but wish it had a bigger side window -.- also might change the dvd-rom for blu-ray or just get it later on. not sure yet. please leave feedback


    case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133184
    HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    monitors x2- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236079
    mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733
    GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141125
    DVD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031
    PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024
    RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315
    CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103913
    SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220624
  11. For this price I can make you and i5 build give me a second
  12. This is a build that I was actually working on for myself and have posted in many times within the past couple days to others who love it.

    Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107

    Intel Core i5-2500K - $220.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250

    Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.APOLLISH CPU Cooler - $44.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214024

    MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB - $270.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $150.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - $120.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148447

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $45.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - $105.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Total: $1229.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Places to save a little money:

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $26.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $125.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Cases: (I would advise to get one that you like the most and are willing to put out I love the Armor series that you picked but the all black version :p )

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
  13. Now factor in your monitors which will cost a total for both of them about $340

    My original build without changing parts, w/2 monitors: $1569.00 (not including MIRs/shipping)
    Orignal build modified with the cheaper parts w/2 monitors: $1526.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping)

    Also you can factor in if you want to change the case or not but I personnally believe its better for you to choose the case you like the most so it "fits" you better
  14. blakecarter said:
    okay here is kinda what i had picked out, few questions will the 700w PSU, support everything? is the SSD i picked out a good pick? price came to $1,500. with taxes/shipping. i like the case cause of the fan layout and and maybe i can watercool it in the future, but wish it had a bigger side window -.- also might change the dvd-rom for blu-ray or just get it later on. not sure yet. please leave feedback


    case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133184
    HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    monitors x2- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236079
    mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733
    GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141125
    DVD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031
    PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024
    RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315
    CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103913
    SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220624



    blakecarter i like your build but why don't you go for a 2GB ati 6950 won't cost that much more but the memory is important in dual monitor setups not to mention the ability to unlock the card. For the rest i like everything you choose i just dislike the SSD i find it rather pointless. I'd rather wait 7 more seconds and save 300 bucks
  15. Links are broken, currently trying to fix them.

    Edited: Appologies fixed the links and the prices (some went up by a few dollars)
  16. shallowmist, thanks for the GPU input, im new to buying them so ill def look into them, and id reather just spend the money and be happy with the build. lol i always keep my computer to turn off within so much time of no use so when i need to use it i dont like to wait.. and its something that ill be able to use or a good while.

    edited: looked into the 6950, says its 2.1x16.. if im not mistaking that wouldnt be compatiable with the 2.0 would it or am i wrong please let me know, cause ive only been looking at GPU's with 2.0 x 16
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