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January 16, 2012 10:37:16 AM

Hello, Intel Core I7 2700k Overclock-able - US 400
Main Board AS ROCK P67 Extreme4 Gen3 - us 180
VGA MSI GTX 580 Lightning Extreme 3GB - USD 600
Memory 16 GB 1600mhz Corsair - USD 140 HardDrives: 60 GB Crucial SSD Boot Drive -usd 100
3TB WD SATAIII Storage Drive -250
Power Corsair AX750 Cpu Cooling: H100 CORSAIR HYDRO CPU COOLER - usd 180 CORSAIR CASE - usd 120
These are the prices in dubai What can i change in this so I can Get a reduced price but Similar Performance? I am Mainly going to use this pc for Maya And photoshop, And Gaming time to time...What do you suggest?? Thanks Alot

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January 16, 2012 10:59:42 AM

Mzkoo7 said:
Hello, Intel Core I7 2700k Overclock-able - US 400
Main Board AS ROCK P67 Extreme4 Gen3 - us 180
VGA MSI GTX 580 Lightning Extreme 3GB - USD 600
Memory 16 GB 1600mhz Corsair - USD 140 HardDrives: 60 GB Crucial SSD Boot Drive -usd 100
3TB WD SATAIII Storage Drive -250
Power Corsair AX750 Cpu Cooling: H100 CORSAIR HYDRO CPU COOLER - usd 180 CORSAIR CASE - usd 120
These are the prices in dubai What can i change in this so I can Get a reduced price but Similar Performance? I am Mainly going to use this pc for Maya And photoshop, And Gaming time to time...What do you suggest?? Thanks Alot


For rendering? Go for i7-2600k. You won't lose a thing going with it.
As mobo go for a Z68 chipset.
Just one graphics card? Go for a quality 550W PSU.
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January 16, 2012 11:04:02 AM

vitornob said:

Just one graphics card? Go for a quality 550W PSU.


550w isn't enough for a GTX 580. 650w+

H100 is unnecessary
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January 16, 2012 11:11:00 AM

2600K CPU for certain. You don't need a GTX580 either, for occasional gaming, get one of the 448 core 560ti's, that will save you a bunch. 3TB storage, do you really need that much storage space? Overall, you are spending a lot of money on premium parts throughout this build that according to your needs, you simply do not need.
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January 16, 2012 11:42:43 AM

I guess So Yeah,
I am Very new to all this, I just copied this rig from a guy selling me this from a store nearby.....
I knew there were some stuff in this which i do not need, the guy Said that This Thing would boot up in 30 Secs :o 
this is my first build,
So I would Go for 1TB HDD
A I7 2600k
A GTX 448
A 650W PSU
And a Z68 chipset motherboard,
The old rig would have cost me around 2000 Dollars
THis would cost me about?
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January 16, 2012 11:50:02 AM

Mzkoo7 said:
I guess So Yeah,
I am Very new to all this, I just copied this rig from a guy selling me this from a store nearby.....
I knew there were some stuff in this which i do not need, the guy Said that This Thing would boot up in 30 Secs :o 
this is my first build,
So I would Go for 1TB HDD
A I7 2600k
A GTX 448
A 650W PSU
And a Z68 chipset motherboard,
The old rig would have cost me around 2000 Dollars
THis would cost me about?



Well, I don't have time this morning to hunt down prices, but it will be solidly 30% less for certain.
What will make the PC boot so fast is the SSD for a boot drive, and I would get that. SSD's are just insanely fast, but they are also expensive. If you look at my signature, you can see that I use a 60gig SSD as a boot drive and a 1TB drive for everything else, and it really does make for a snappy system that is a pleasure to use. 60gig is small though, you can only use it for the OS. If you can swing it, use the money you are saving from the video card change to get a 120gig SSD. You won't have to worry about filling it up quite so fast. You are on the right track now though, happy hunting!
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January 16, 2012 12:15:49 PM

Wow Thanks alot Guys,
That Bought Me From AED 7000 (USD 2000)
To AED 5300!!! :D  :D  (USD 1435)
Thanks Alot :) 
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January 16, 2012 12:43:05 PM

Mzkoo7 said:
Wow Thanks alot Guys,
That Bought Me From AED 7000 (USD 2000)
To AED 5300!!! :D  :D  (USD 1435)
Thanks Alot :) 



Its easy to spend other peoples money when making suggestions. Also of course, if he is selling to you, the store makes much more money selling the premium parts. High end parts are always a bad value. Parts that are 1 or 2 levels below will perform very close to same, often for half the price. Unless you have a lot of extra cash and are just the type of person who has to have the latest biggest and baddest, love to impress all your friends and everyone on the forums with bragging rights, buying the high end stuff is not always necessary. Take some time to read the articles here at Tom's for the monthly best CPU value, the best motherboard value, the best video card value, the best SSD value, all these articles are here for you to research your build. Make sure you are getting what you need to fit what you want to do, and pay the right price for you want.
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January 16, 2012 2:20:52 PM

-With the 2600k being $90 more than the 2500k, going the extra $50 for the 2700k is quite an easy decision in my book.

-Getting the 2700k ..... aka .... cream of the crop CPU and pairing it with a bargain MoBo maker with less than an industry standard 3 year warranty puts this build into the "unbalanced" territory to my mind. I'd go with the Asus P8P67 Pro for the exact same price an witha full 3 year warranty.

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

If having the "latest and greatest" makes ya sleep better at night or you can take advantage of any of the Z68 features (See link below ...... perhaps you have one of those 2 transcoding programs ?), ya can grab a Z68Gen3 board

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h...

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

-DDR3-1600 is OK, but rendering / photo work benefits from faster RAM

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

-For the SSD, that Crucial you pcked is a Tier 9 unit ..... you'll want one of the tier 3 120/128GB unit that will be about 80% faster ..... see link here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB, Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB

The 1st three use the premium 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle Mode Flash Memory
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_d...

-For the HD, I use the Bararcuda XT ..... very fast drive
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

-The 580 you picked gets 616 fps in Guru3D's test suite .... for $140 less you can get two factory overclocked 560 Ti's which will get 40% more (862 fps). That would knock you down PSU wise to an 850 watter.....I'd recommend (jonnyguru performance ratings in ( ):

Antec CP-850 - if have compatible case - (10.0)
Corsaire HX850 (10.0
XFX Core Edition 850 (9.5)
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January 16, 2012 3:33:53 PM

AdrianPerry said:
550w isn't enough for a GTX 580. 650w+

H100 is unnecessary


GTX 580 MAX TDP is 244W
A nice sandy-bridge MAX TDP 95W

A i7-965@3,75ghz paired with a GTX 580 consumes 450W (full system, running stress test, according to Guru3D)

Nvidia recommends for using with an OC GTX 580 a 600w PSU (for safety reasons)
Surely a nice 550W can hold it easily.
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January 17, 2012 9:48:46 AM

vitornob said:
GTX 580 MAX TDP is 244W
A nice sandy-bridge MAX TDP 95W

A i7-965@3,75ghz paired with a GTX 580 consumes 450W (full system, running stress test, according to Guru3D)

Nvidia recommends for using with an OC GTX 580 a 600w PSU (for safety reasons)
Surely a nice 550W can hold it easily.


Who buys a i7-2600k and GTX 580 without over-clocking the balls off it? Unless of course they are clueless and just wanted to throw lots of money at a shiny PC.

550w is going to provide very limited headroom. Running a PSU for long periods of time on a system sucking 90% of the total wattage is going to degrade pretty quickly. For the sake of maybe $10-20 more, its better to grab something a little more efficient.
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