New build around $900

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 700-1000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo/video editing, creating flash, surfing web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, have 550w power supply but can get new one if req

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct, microcenter, frys

Country: (USA

Parts Preferences: No Pref

Overclocking: prefer not to. I have heard it reduces the life of the pc.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Additional Comments: Not a huge gamer, but i am assuming i will need similar setups because of what i require. I am running a multiple monitor system (2 but prefer to bump it up to 3) and many times need to be running multiple applications at once.

Getting parts from newegg or tiger would be good because i dont really have the grand to spend now but my other pc is on its last leg so in need to get a new one. Its kind of my life blood right now and haw i make money, but i can come up with cash if i cannot finance it.

I am merely a college student trying to survive right now so cheaper is better but i understand that i need to spend money to make money.

Been considering the intel i5 combo from newegg:



A video card around $150

The other choice i am considering is a amd combo:

with a ssd and video card.

Probably want to get a better cpu cooler as well and double the ram on either combo. Please advise.

Thank you all for your help
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  1. Just get an AMD phenom II x 4. don't get those combos, it's not really good.

    Do you plan to game or anything? Skyrim? Oh wait, saw it. I can make you a good one.

    Gonna make you a cheaper one. Don't worry.
  2. Athlon II 640 x 4 $100

    ASUS AM3 Motherboard $55

    Not sure if your editing is intensive. If you're sure you need more than 8gb of ram then this motherboard would be better.

    Asrock AM3 Motherboard $65

    ATI 6770 $105 ($95 w/ rebate)

    G.skill Ripjaws 8gb $45

    Rosewill Case $40

    HDD < Any as long as it's 7200rpm and not a hitachi drive.

    SSD < An OCZ SSD is pretty good for the price/performance.

    The 6770 would supports eyeinfinity. Just check the AMD website on what eyeinfinity is. It games pretty well too.

    $345~$355 without the HDD and SSD.
  3. 1- Which softwares do you use? Adobe AfterEffects? CS? Maya?
    2- Gives us your exactly PSU model
  4. Value case with USB III in front panel

    NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim

    6 core CPU, ideal for video editing, heavy tasks & multitasking

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

    A good heatsink to keep everything cool & quiet

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    High quality AM3+ motherboard with everything you 'll ever need

    ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    16GB of RAM

    Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX

    A silent GPU so you can run 3 monitors. A bit pricy but you pay for the silence ;) Alternative, you can use a 6770 at about the same price. It's considered an entry level GPU for gaming

    PowerColor Go! Green AX6750 1GBD5-NS3DHG Radeon HD 6750 (Dirt3 Edition) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

    Hands down the best SSD in the and reliable

    SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA128B/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) w/ Norton Ghost 15

    Sum is 765$. It can go lower by getting the less powerful 6 Core 1055T, leave the heatsink and get a more value GPU (~ 700 dollars) but that's the overall idea. 550W are enough for either systems but I would like to link us the model of your PSU
  5. Wow that's a great case michxymi.
  6. cutebeans said:
    Wow that's a great case michxymi.

    Yep I love it for cable management, max airflow at the CPU area, USB III in front panel and nice look (atleast for me)...all of that for 50$ seems a great deal :)
  7. Do you have a Microcenter store around you? If so... this build should be a pretty good one.

    - Intel Core i5 2500K ($179.99)

    - Biostar TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Z68 ($109.99)

    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 ($45)

    - HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 ($105)

    - NZXT Source 210 Elite ($50)

    *** At this point, I can't recommend an internal hard drive as the prices are still pretty high... however, this SSD should be enough to run your OS and some of your main editing software. If you should feel the need to purchase a hard drive at this time, I'd recommend going with something at least 1TB and higher (due to big files).

    - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD ($190)

    All of the above (including tax for the cpu/mobo at MC) will run you around $703.90. This is without a doubt, a SOLID performing PC for your photo/video editing, creating flashes; as well as gaming (if you should ever feel the need to).
  8. I have an internal hd i can reuse, so i am just going to get an ssd until prices drop
  9. Thank you all for your suggestion. i do have a question, why are the combo deals not good? Do they use sub-par parts in them?
  10. If it's only editing and not rendering then get mine! pretty cheap.
  11. I do do some rendering, I forgot to mention that i also use final cut pro for some video projects
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