$700 system opinions/ suggestions

Hello, I'm trying to build a good desktop pc for under $750. I'll be using it for gaming, 3ds max, and photoshop/ gimp. I already own a keyboard mouse speakers and a monitor. So far, this is what i've come up with...




Graphics/video card:

HDD: None picked out

optical drive:


The total comes to around 710 with windows 7 oem which is my limit. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated and suggestions for different cpu graphics card hard drive whatever. Also, would this be able to do all the things that I want it to. Thanks in advance for your help, If anything here is really overkill than please point it out because I would like to get it to around 680 so I can then get a good hard drive but if I can't it dosen't really matter. Thanks again.

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  1. You are at your budget limit and you don't have a hdd selected or a power supply? Then you want to get it lower besides?
    In order to see what components you have selected we have to copy and paste each web address?
  2. The power supply comes with the case and the $700 does not include the hdd. Sorry about the urls, I can't seam to get them to work for whatever reason.
  3. Best answer
    I would stay away from Bulldozer, Sandy Bridge has better performance for less money.

    CPU: If you live near a Microcenter, get the i5 2500k from them for $180. Otherwise, get an i5 2400 for $190

    Mobo: If you want Crossfire in the future:
    Otherwise, get the one you had already selected.

    GPU: What you have is fine.

    HDD: What size are you looking for?

    ODD: What you have is fine.

    Case: If that one were mine, I would get tired of looking at it after a couple of weeks. Also, get a brand name power supply separately. Those Xion ones seem to have bad reviews.

  4. If you just type in the URL on a new line without any tags, they should become links.
  5. AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

    This cpu will knock $60 off the total and you will still have an eight core AMD that is inferior to the Sandy Gridge cpu's.

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $84.99 and free shipping

    This is about as cheap as you can go unless you want less then 500gb.
  6. Ok, so which processor would be best


    the i5-2500k

    or the original one That I had picked out?
  7. The Xeon is unnecessary. Get the i5, it will perform the same at stock but you can overclock it.
  8. i5-2500k , The one you had picked out is more expensive then the 2500k and you will get better performance in games with the 2500k.
  9. Thanks for the help, and what about the graphics card, underkill, decent, overkill?
  10. Would there be any noticeable differance between the 6870 and the 6850 other than the $40?
  11. I use Photoshop, GIMP, Paintshop Pro, Premiere, and just about every other highly threaded app out there, the Phenom 1100t with it's massive cache and 6 REAL cores would be a better choice. It can also overclock to 4 Ghz with a decent cooler.
  12. Well, there dosen't seam to be much difference between the two except the 2500k would be slightly faster but I don't think it really makes a difference. Thanks for the help though. So, 6870 or the 6850
  13. If it's just between those two then the 6870 would be better and a 6950 would be better than that but you are probably not going to have the budget for it.
  14. So stick with the 6870?
  15. ryanavolpi said:
    So stick with the 6870?

  16. thanks
  17. Best answer selected by ryanavolpi.
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