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First build in a LONG time - Graphic artist rig

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November 21, 2011 11:46:17 AM

Last rig I built was over 10 years ago, when it crapped out on me, I bought a cheap dell Inspiron to bridge the gap. I do a lot of illustration for toys packaging and dvd covers on top of coloring comics. I don't do much gaming on the PC, since sitting at the computer feels too much like work. I mainly use Photoshop.

I did some homework and came up with this rig on Newegg. If anything jumps out as bad or if I'm missing anything, PLEASE don't hesitate to point it out!

Thanks in advance for any comments or criticism. I really appreciate you taking the time.

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Item #: N82E16811139008
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $5.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $99.99

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148681
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options) $199.99

ViewSonic VP2365wb Black 23" IPS LCD Monitor w/4-port USB hub, height&pivot adjustment
Item #: N82E16824116421
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options) -$30.00 Instant $329.99
$299.99

HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814161389
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options) $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $179.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139022
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$25.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $159.99
$134.99

Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
Item #: N82E16820104169
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $89.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options) $224.99

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835106150
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$2.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $69.99
$67.99
1
XIGMATEK PTI-G3606 thermal grease
Item #: N82E16835233030
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$7.99 Saving
$7.99 Mail-in Rebate $7.99
$0.00

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136232
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options) -$20.00 Instant $69.99
$49.99

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167050
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$40.00 Instant $239.99
$199.99

Total with tax: $1,704.16
November 21, 2011 12:22:22 PM

MB: I didn't see a motherboard in your list. Go for an Asrock Z68 Extreme4.

Monitor: Get the Dell 24" Ultrasharp for $350. It is better display for that price range.

PSU: For your rig, a 750W is more than enough. It even helps if you go for SLI later. Corsair TX450

As for the SSD, Go for a crucial M4. More reliable one. And great price/performance

The GPU depends on your budget. I would advise a solid GTX560Ti.

Good luck
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November 24, 2011 1:42:52 AM

Thanks so much for the help! Here's my final build, after waiting for the black friday sale at newegg:

Qty Product Description Price
1

Cyberlink BD solution for BD writer w/3D - OEM
Item #: N82E16800994009

Standard Return Policy

$9.99

1

NVIDIA Gift - BATMAN Arkham City Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999283

Standard Return Policy

$49.99

1

Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139010
$30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card11-139-010

Iron Egg Standard Return Policy

$139.99
$109.99

1

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128506
$15.00 Mail-In Rebate Card13-128-506

Iron Egg Standard Return Policy

$189.99
$154.99

1

Galaxy 56NPH6HS4IXX GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814162085
$40.00 Mail-In Rebate Card14-162-085

Iron Egg Standard Return Policy

$244.99
$219.99

1

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
$25.00 Mail-In Rebate Card17-139-021

Iron Egg Standard Return Policy

$139.99
$94.99

1

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115070

Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy

$319.99

1

Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $20.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.



1

Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
Item #: N82E16820104169

Memory Standard Return Policy

$89.99

1

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227726
$30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card20-227-726

Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy

$199.99
$149.99

1

ASUS VH197D Black 18.5" LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236105

Iron Egg Standard Return Policy

$119.99
$69.99


1

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106369

Iron Egg Standard Return Policy

$59.99

1

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835106150
$15.00 Mail-In Rebate Card35-106-150

Standard Return Policy

$69.99
$67.99

1

XIGMATEK PTI-G3606 thermal grease
Item #: N82E16835233030
$7.99 Mail-In Rebate35-233-030

Standard Return Policy

$7.99

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ViewSonic VP2365wb Black 23" IPS LCD Monitor w/4-port USB hub, height&pivot adjustment
Item #: N82E16824116421

Monitor Standard Return Policy

$329.99
$299.99

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