Hi All- I'm a first time builder looking to build a powerful PC that will last me 3-4 years and be able to run all the latest graphics intensive software without any trouble. I'm a graphics and web designer with a lot of computer knowledge, but I'm not too knowledgable when it comes to the latest in computer hardware.
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Below is what I am looking for- I put together a computer with all of the parts below from newegg, so any modifications or advice you could give would be great. Thanks!!!!
Approximate Purchase Date: Today / Tomorrow
Budget Range: $800-900 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic/Photoshop, Web Design, Multimedia, Video Editing, Gaming
Parts Not Required: None
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No Preference
Get the i5-2500k if you can, it is unlocked so you can get a lot more mileage out of it and its only ~$20 more or so.
For a motherboard, get the Z68 chipset. This motherboard will save you some money for the CPU upgrade, and possibly a graphics card upgrade as well
The 400 series is the older series for geforce. The 500 series will perform better, plus the 500 series is getting an update on 11/29 which should drop the prices of some of the current cards, so i would hodl off on that at least for a day or two.
1. I doubt that Hard Drive is available at that price. It is double that price every where else.
2. You need a CPU cooler that is compatible with LGA 1155.
3. What about DVD drive and OS?
4. An ATI 6870 would be better.