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Need help on building a multi-purpose pc under $450

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January 5, 2012 8:31:08 PM

Hey guys,
I am trying to build a computer to run the following programs:

Photoshop
Auto desk 3d Maya
Illustrator
Mat-lab
Fruity loops
and the occasional games

Sometimes two or more of the programs maybe running at the same time.
This is my first build and i don't want to be bothered with the whole AMD vs INTEL bs. I can understand that people on here know their *** but unlike most of you I haven't taken any classes in rocket and computer science and so whatever technical words you pull out of your ass will sound like Arabic to me. Just keep it simple, that is all i ask please.
PS: i live close to a micro center if that will influence your choice of products.

Anywho thanks for the help in advance

a c 90 B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2012 10:08:55 PM

Hello joduro;

If you fill out the form in *How To Ask For New Build Advice* you'll answer all the standard questions that help things get started.
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January 6, 2012 1:36:52 AM

Hey WR2,

Thanks a lot, im new in the forum and i will change the format to fit the template
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: 400- 450/ before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk inventor, Autodesk 3d maya, Autocad, MAtlab, Fruity loops, and casual gaming sometimes

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, micro centre - I leave close to a micro centre shop, tigerdirect

Country:USA

Parts Preferences:I really could careless as long as the system can churn out computations as fast as normal

Overclocking: Maybe Later
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Later

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I would like a system that i can upgrade in the future

Thank you guys
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 2:05:58 AM

i5 2500K $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 $112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair CX430 V2 $45 ($10 MIR)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-430-Watt-Certified-Compat...
NZXT Source 210 $40 (Free shipping vs Newegg's $10 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/Source-210--Inch-ELITE-Inch-Midto...
LG DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $431

I understand you need a HDD, but is there a hard drive you have lying around? HDD's are really expensive right now and even using older ones is better than spending $70+ for only a 500GB, specially since you're using Photoshop/Illustrator. I'd recommend 1TB, but that's just me.

The 2500K performs well in all your listed programs which is why I tried to fit it in, the Pro3 for the upgrade path of Ivy Bridge and PCI 3.0 (That only works if you use an Ivy Bridge chip)
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January 6, 2012 4:21:43 PM

aznshinobi said:
i5 2500K $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 $112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair CX430 V2 $45 ($10 MIR)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-430-Watt-Certified-Compat...
NZXT Source 210 $40 (Free shipping vs Newegg's $10 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/Source-210--Inch-ELITE-Inch-Midto...
LG DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $431

I understand you need a HDD, but is there a hard drive you have lying around? HDD's are really expensive right now and even using older ones is better than spending $70+ for only a 500GB, specially since you're using Photoshop/Illustrator. I'd recommend 1TB, but that's just me.

The 2500K performs well in all your listed programs which is why I tried to fit it in, the Pro3 for the upgrade path of Ivy Bridge and PCI 3.0 (That only works if you use an Ivy Bridge chip)


Hey Thanks for the reply aznshinobi, Unfortunately,I do not have any hard drive laying around but nmicro center is having a promotion where you get a free 49.99 mobo for buying the i5 so hopefully i can flip that on ebay and use the money into reducing the price i have to pay for the HDD
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 10:06:39 PM

Ok well, does the build look good to you?
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