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December 28, 2011 3:08:54 AM

I’m hoping to put an order in this week (via or next for the following and wanted some opinions. I don’t need a system that plays Skyrim or anything like it. I just play World of Warcraft and in my spare time, I do photo and video editing, as well as web and office work. My old PC is going to the kids, so this needs to do the trick for around $800.

Coolmaster HAF 912 Case
AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black CPU
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 RAM
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 1GB Video Card
OCZ 700W ATX12V Modular Power Supply

I don’t need a mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.

Thoughts? I viewed a bunch of YouTube videos were people were using similar builds on the 980 Black CPU and figured this should work okay.

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December 28, 2011 3:13:38 AM

The Phenoms are spanked by many of the Intel i5 processors in image editing tasks

Have a look on the home page for the most recent $600 system builder marathon
Check the CHARTS section of the site .

I think you will be better off at that budget with an i5 2400 and a Z68 chipset motherboard if you can afford it
December 28, 2011 3:16:33 PM


Now I feel like an idiot for wasting my time...

Turns out I can get an i5-2500 for the same price right now as an i5-2400.

If I was to upgrade the motherboard on the $600 marathon build, would moving to the Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 board featured in the Charts - Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC, be a big improvement?
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December 28, 2011 4:02:49 PM

a Z 68 motherboard is ideal

The lucid virtue drivers let you use Intels quick sync technology and have a graphics card installed
December 28, 2011 4:48:31 PM

Yeah the GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 will be a big improvement. It is a budget Z68 board with 6 phase power, so won't be an overclocking beast, but for the price it got a good review here.
January 7, 2012 2:27:09 AM

Best answer selected by ellford.