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Aiming for a pc under $700

Hi, all. Please advice. I posted another configuration several weeks ago but have since had time to look into this again...


Approximate Purchase Date: before year ends

Budget Range: $700, after tax, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photoshop, 3dstudio, gaming, video editing, and general usage

Parts Not Required: Speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: No... maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Decent for photoshop, etc.

Additional Comments: Something quiet would be nice, and something that will last me 3 to 5 years before I have to redo this whole building a computer again.

Do I need to invest in a video card for some light gaming of some recently released gems?

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  1. oops, below is my setup...

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  2. Graphics card?

    Get this psu.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096
    Rosewill's not a good psu brand. It is important to go for a quality psu.
  3. the HD2000 on the i5 2400 can handle casual gaming needs, basicly think of ipad games and maybe a bit more, anything heaver games it can't run decent enough. Here is the link of the review.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-7.html

    also OS? you didn't mention if you need it or not.

    cost saving wise, you can go with a h67 board like intel BOXDH67BLB3. It will save you about $25. The difference between h67 and z68 are:
    no overclocking, 2400 can't overclock anyway
    no quick response, that a SSD related technology and the main difference,
    and its an micro atx board which means less pci-e slot, you don't need that many unless you got lot of addon card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121506
  4. ^
    not true
    they are lower budget quality
    but recently had some good ones .. Capstone series
    also what about OS do u need one?
  5. Hey guys, thanks for the help! I forgot all about the OS, lol. Well, I guess that's an extra hundred dollar there.

    Bear95, I've decided to take on your advice on the psu. Zhihao50, thanks for the suggestions... I'm still deciding on what to do. I am looking for some decent graphics card right now.

    Anyways, thanks.
  6. u can get a solid state hybrid drive for $90 after coupon
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

    i would change the psu to either seasonic, antec, corsair or xfx

    spend $30-40 more for a 23inch monitor, u will have a better gaming experience

    cheers
    rshim
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  8. Damn 70 bucks for os. that's a great find
  9. Best answer selected by AlwaysNoob.
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