Looking to build a new system from scratch. I have a good idea of what I want, but want to see if I have overlooked something. This will be my first computer I have built. I will mostly be using it to game and play around in Photoshop CS5.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week, hopefully today if I get some feedback
Budget Range: $1200-$1300
Parts Required: building a tower from the ground up
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have been using tiger direct but open to suggestions
Parts Preferences: I think the i5 is the way to go for the cpu other then that no preferences
I would definitely suggest a different motherboard. Many people like ASUS and I have nothing bad to say about them.
Go with 8GB RAM. 16GB really is not needed for gaming. 8GB can be found for 40-50$.
So does your budget include purchasing Photoshop?
Well it looks like you still have some wiggle room in your budget. You may want to consider bumping the GPU up to a GTX 570 or looking into an SSD as a boot drive. This will make your build feel so much faster and can be the best single upgrade anybody can do.
Thanks for the info. Haven't looked into the SSD too much. Can a hard drive really make the system that much faster?
Absolutely! The read speeds of nearly any SSD on the market will kill the read speeds of any mechanical hard drive. The increased read speeds translate to anything in relation to reading data, such as loading a game, loading a large application, or loading the operating system (booting up). This means that with an SSD, all of those aspects will be much much faster.