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January 8, 2012 1:36:13 AM

Hi All,

I'm looking to save some money and build my own computer for Diablo III and my photoshop work.

Here's my list so far:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$19.99


Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer ...
Item #: N82E16811139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$199.99
$189.99


ASUS VE276Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers
Item #: N82E16824236091
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant
$309.99
$279.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Item #: N82E16814130604
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$249.99


Seasonic SS-460FL Active PFC F3, 460W Fanless ATX12V Fanless 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817151099
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$55.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$169.99
$114.99


Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap
Item #: N82E16899261001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant
$6.99
$4.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233143
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$89.99


ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131729
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant
$179.99
$169.99


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
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$319.99
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OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227759
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$35.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$179.99
$144.99

Subtotal: $1,584.90


The advice I really need is for the GPU.
Also if there are bottlenecks I need to deal with.
Also if my motherboard will work with what I want.
Other than that, any opinions are welcome!

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January 8, 2012 4:51:55 AM

1) What is your budget?

2) How often will you be using Photoshop? I'd say that if it doesn't make you $$ then drop down to the i5-2500K.

3) Drop the anti-static wrist strap if don't regularly get shocked while touching doorknobs.

4)That power supply will not be able to handle your GPU. Pick up the Corsair 650D with a Corsair HX750 in this combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5) Pick up the i5-2500K with this low profile RAM from Corsair:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

6) Pick up a CPU cooler since you WILL be overclocking this chip. Cooler Maser Hyper 212 EVO is a popular budget choice:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7) While you picked a very nice monitor, I'd suggest cutting down a few inches (~24) for some savings:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8) You didn't mention if you needed the OS. If so, Windows 7 Home Premium OEM is ~$100.

9) If you took some of the cost-cutting measures above, you should be able to pick up a GTX 560Ti 448 Cores or GTX 570. (If you don't need OS, you may even consider 2x GTX 560Ti's.)
January 8, 2012 5:02:03 AM

1) What is your budget?
-No definite budget, under 1.8k overall is probably my goal

2) How often will you be using Photoshop? I'd say that if it doesn't make you $$ then drop down to the i5-2500K.
-I use it often and am a published photographer, but I guess the i5 might be a good alternatives

3) Drop the anti-static wrist strap if don't regularly get shocked while touching doorknobs.
-Alright

4)That power supply will not be able to handle your GPU. Pick up the Corsair 650D with a Corsair HX750 in this combo:
-Done

5) Pick up the i5-2500K with this low profile RAM from Corsair:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

-I'd really like to go with 16g ram just for the sake of large image editing.
(Plus ram isn't too expensive per gig)

6) Pick up a CPU cooler since you WILL be overclocking this chip. Cooler Maser Hyper 212 EVO is a popular budget choice:
-I'll have to look into the whole OC'ing thing...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7) While you picked a very nice monitor, I'd suggest cutting down a few inches (~24) for some savings:
-Never. (maybe)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8) You didn't mention if you needed the OS. If so, Windows 7 Home Premium OEM is ~$100.
-Already have it

9) If you took some of the cost-cutting measures above, you should be able to pick up a GTX 560Ti 448 Cores or GTX 570. (If you don't need OS, you may even consider 2x GTX 560Ti's.)
-Hmm. What about a single GTX 560 Ti with 2g VRAM?
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January 8, 2012 5:33:08 AM

Ah, okay. I can certainly see the need for a bigger monitor and more RAM. Then, I guess the most significant savings potential would come from your choice of CPU.

On overclocking, it is a super easy way to get more performance (especially with that ASUS mobo). An earlier thread on using ASUS BIOS UEFI to hit 4.5Ghz:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271631-29-need-overcl...

More VRAM is usually considered when using more than one monitor. In your case, it wouldn't make a substantial difference.
January 8, 2012 5:43:48 AM

steadywaters said:
Ah, okay. I can certainly see the need for a bigger monitor and more RAM. Then, I guess the most significant savings potential would come from your choice of CPU.

On overclocking, it is a super easy way to get more performance (especially with that ASUS mobo). An earlier thread on using ASUS BIOS UEFI to hit 4.5Ghz:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271631-29-need-overcl...

More VRAM is usually considered when using more than one monitor. In your case, it wouldn't make a substantial difference.


Alright, gotcha. Then maybe I should move up to a better card in general? A 570 or whatever?
January 8, 2012 5:59:10 AM

Spending an extra 80 bucks on a card with more VRAM wouldn't be as good as getting a better GPU you can have the GTX 560Ti 448 core for the same cost as a 560Ti with 2GB of VRAM.
EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Also are you dead set on that case? If not you could probably cut about 80 bucks on that and put a little more into your GPU. I do believe that Photo shop CS5 does support GPU acceleration but I'm not quite sure about that. If it does (and if it works) then it would be wise to put as much as you can into your GPU. Your not going to notice any difference between the i5 and the i7 in photo shop since the difference will only be a second or two. If your not going to over clock you could also go with the i5-2500 instead of the K model which will be fine at stock speeds and you would not need to upgrade the CPU cooler, but it would still be advisable because aftermarket coolers tend to work much better than OEM bundled heatsink/fan combos. You are right about the memory stay with as much as you can and just make sure that your running a 64-bit OS.
January 8, 2012 6:04:48 AM

A GTX 570 (~$350) would certainly be a solid choice, since the next step up would be a 580 for around $500.

You can overclock the GPU for a little more juice as well (again this is a ridiculously easy process).


Note: When choosing the RAM, opt for low profile RAM without those tall heatsinks, which can interfere with popular CPU coolers such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus/EVO.
January 8, 2012 6:12:47 AM

twstd1 said:
Spending an extra 80 bucks on a card with more VRAM wouldn't be as good as getting a better GPU you can have the GTX 560Ti 448 core for the same cost as a 560Ti with 2GB of VRAM.
EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Also are you dead set on that case? If not you could probably cut about 80 bucks on that and put a little more into your GPU. I do believe that Photo shop CS5 does support GPU acceleration but I'm not quite sure about that. If it does (and if it works) then it would be wise to put as much as you can into your GPU. Your not going to notice any difference between the i5 and the i7 in photo shop since the difference will only be a second or two. If your not going to over clock you could also go with the i5-2500 instead of the K model which will be fine at stock speeds and you would not need to upgrade the CPU cooler, but it would still be advisable because aftermarket coolers tend to work much better than OEM bundled heatsink/fan combos. You are right about the memory stay with as much as you can and just make sure that your running a 64-bit OS.


I think i'll go with the 448 cores 560 ti (atleast for now).

I'm still unsure on
1. i5 or i7; I don't want to mess with OC just yet
2. Aftermarket cooler, yes or no. (If yes I'll probably go with the cooler master hyper 212 as I've been recommended that multiple times
January 8, 2012 6:16:36 AM

steadywaters said:
A GTX 570 (~$350) would certainly be a solid choice, since the next step up would be a 580 for around $500.

You can overclock the GPU for a little more juice as well (again this is a ridiculously easy process).


Note: When choosing the RAM, opt for low profile RAM without those tall heatsinks, which can interfere with popular CPU coolers such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus/EVO.


Alright I'll keep that in mind.
January 8, 2012 6:20:39 AM

As far as the cooler goes I would say yes as long as you can fit it in your budget and not worry about it. It's not a "must have" thing since you will not be over clocking but it will definitely cool much better than the stock combo will. Oh yea and it'll look much cooler too! :) 
January 8, 2012 6:26:22 AM

twstd1 said:
As far as the cooler goes I would say yes as long as you can fit it in your budget and not worry about it. It's not a "must have" thing since you will not be over clocking but it will definitely cool much better than the stock combo will. Oh yea and it'll look much cooler too! :) 


Alright I think I will, thanks.

Also @steadywaters: Will the corsair vengeance 16g kit get in the way of the hyper 212?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
better?
January 8, 2012 6:33:06 AM

you'll be ok I would go with a little bigger air cooling situation. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This way better performance that the hyper 212. Also I would wait until the new raedon 7000 series come out before buying a video card Tomshardware will tell you which one to purchase
January 8, 2012 6:35:00 AM

Nope it'll work just fine.
January 8, 2012 6:35:00 AM

residentdean said:
you'll be ok I would go with a little bigger air cooling situation. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This way better performance that the hyper 212. Also I would wait until the new raedon 7000 series come out before buying a video card Tomshardware will tell you which one to purchase


Don't those come out on Monday?
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