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November 9, 2011 9:08:12 AM

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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a b B Homebuilt system
November 9, 2011 9:18:16 AM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 9, 2011 9:37:56 AM

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
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November 9, 2011 6:24:17 PM

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
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November 9, 2011 6:33:41 PM

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/
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November 9, 2011 7:12:27 PM

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=N82E168...
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November 9, 2011 7:56:23 PM

A good place to start for gpu is http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca...
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?
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November 9, 2011 11:40:28 PM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2011 3:52:34 AM

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.
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November 10, 2011 8:46:13 AM

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
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November 10, 2011 8:53:23 AM

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=N82E168...
HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
monitors x2- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2011 9:02:12 AM

For this price I can make you and i5 build give me a second
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2011 9:18:26 AM

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=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K - $220.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.APOLLISH CPU Cooler - $44.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB - $270.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $150.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - $120.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $26.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $125.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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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=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2011 9:24:05 AM

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
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November 10, 2011 9:29:07 AM

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=N82E168...
HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
monitors x2- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2011 9:36:31 AM

Links are broken, currently trying to fix them.

Edited: Appologies fixed the links and the prices (some went up by a few dollars)
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November 10, 2011 7:28:35 PM

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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