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November 12, 2011 1:15:24 PM

I'm building my first computer. I mainly use photoshop and everyday computing. I just want a better one than an off the shelf and would like to try this myself.

Please tell me if these components will work well together or if I have an obvious problem. Also do I have everything I need? The price range is right where I want it and I'm ready to order. I'd just like to have someone look it over. Thanks for your help. Prices are current from Newegg and in my cart.

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820220558 $49.99

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6870 GV-R687OC-1GD Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #:N82E16814125357 $189.99

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133094 $49.99

Diablotek DA Series PSDA600 600W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817822013 $28.99

Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
Item #:N82E16820223109 $16.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986 $99.99


Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115071 $299.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835103065 $25.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204 $17.99

Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136939 $139.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128512 $149.99

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November 12, 2011 2:08:28 PM

your cpu is an overkill, 2500k will do fine
the hdd is slow, see what a local store got in stock for better prices
i love your mobo but it is not gen3, asrock extreme3 gen3 is good
with the money we just saved gogo 6950
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November 12, 2011 2:10:15 PM

wait wait you said everyday computing and photoshop. you don't need a 6950 then, the 6850 is fine (even for a wee bit of gaming)
and for what you want, you need an ssd crucial m4 128
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November 12, 2011 2:11:50 PM

Get an OCZ SDD 128gb. Half the price. Great performance.

A 6770 would be enough for him. I would even daresay he can get by with a 6670. :D 
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November 12, 2011 2:20:26 PM

cutebeans said:
Get an OCZ SDD 128gb. Half the price. Great performance.

A 6770 would be enough for him. I would even daresay he can get by with a 6670. :D 

Yeah, true, true. But i like the 6850... it is like a milestone. Low consumption, great graphics, super price *shrugs*. Will he need it if he doesn't game? He won't need it.
OCZ like a vertex plus eh? Yeah, not bad.
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November 12, 2011 2:25:41 PM

Yeah, they already fixed the issues that were keeping them from claiming the #1 spot.

Actually. On board Graphics would be alot for him.

TC, do you play any games at all?
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November 12, 2011 2:30:38 PM

vx53c said:
your cpu is an overkill, 2500k will do fine
the hdd is slow, see what a local store got in stock for better prices
i love your mobo but it is not gen3, asrock extreme3 gen3 is good
with the money we just saved gogo 6950


-1 to the 2500K

He said he is using the computer mainly for Photoshop and everyday use. Depending on how often he uses Photoshop and what for, the 2600K would be needed for hyper threading technology.

+1 to the 6850. It will save you a bit of cash and still have plenty of power for what you want.

+1 to the OCZ 120GB SSD. I would either go with the Vertex 3 or Agility 3 (depending on your cash left over from changes). It is going to be needed to run your OS and Photoshop at optimal speeds.

Do you really need the Rosewill USB 2.0 Card Reader? What are you plans for it?

I take it you don't have any plans to overclock your CPU, so the stock fan will be more than enough to run your system...so if you want to save yourself the $25, drop the 212+, unless you just want an after-market cooler.

Your HDD isn't bad, but if you do a lot of graphical work, video, music, etc. You might want to look into upgrading to a 2-3TB. I would suggest the Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB. It has 64MB cache and runs at 7200RPM. Perfect for what you need.

Other than that, everything looks good.
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November 12, 2011 2:33:56 PM

Have you ever used photoshop before??

HT won't do anything for it. It would be a waste of money. It really depends on how fast you are when editing not the CPU.
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November 12, 2011 2:35:15 PM

Actually TC, I think a Llano would be best for you. It would only cost about 600-700 dollars.

I haven't been thinking straight and should have thought of it sooner. You really don't need an i5-2500k just for your uses. It's a waste of money.
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November 12, 2011 2:39:20 PM

I am still not so sure even video editors would see the difference between 2500 and 2600. In fact i think i read somewhere that 2500k beats 2600k in photoshop, heh, could be wrong.
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November 12, 2011 2:40:00 PM

cutebeans said:
Have you ever used photoshop before??

HT won't do anything for it. It would be a waste of money. It really depends on how fast you are when editing not the CPU.


Excuse me for not being the expert? Just giving advice based off my experience. Guess I will leave the advice to the one-man rodeo show you made this, best of luck!
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November 12, 2011 2:42:52 PM

And yes, cutebeans is right, if you are only going to use this for business and not for gaming or video editing a 4 core Llano would be perfect for an amazing price. Don't skip the ssd for photoshop, just don't use the ssd for storage purposes.
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November 12, 2011 2:45:33 PM

AMD Llano build

A8-3850 + FM1 Motherboard $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair CX430 $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Case $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 64bit OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.skill Ripjaws 8gb ram $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Seagate Barracuda 500gb w/ free Sony DVD burner $117 ( Get it if you can make it.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you really need more than 500gb $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus dvd writer $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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$539( Seagate Barracuda 500gb deal)

$585 if you get the 1tb and separate dvd drive. :)  Good Luck. This would be all that you need.

No need for any cooler. Stock heatsink would be efficient.

Prices include shipping.
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November 12, 2011 2:46:30 PM

Area85Gaming said:
Excuse me for not being the expert? Just giving advice based off my experience. Guess I will leave the advice to the one-man rodeo show you made this, best of luck!


Hey, I wasn't trying to be offensive. I'm sorry dude.
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November 12, 2011 2:46:54 PM

Area85Gaming said:
Excuse me for not being the expert? Just giving advice based off my experience. Guess I will leave the advice to the one-man rodeo show you made this, best of luck!

don't get flustered over this bro. we all learn more from all this and the OP gets the best bang for buck and everybody is happy.
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November 12, 2011 3:21:52 PM

Get the 6870 then. What kinds of games do you play? Skyrim and such? If so, get the 6870.

Get the i5-2500k btw.
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