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January 20, 2012 12:02:56 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: 7 - 10 days
Budget Range: $750 before Mail in Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, amateur photo shop, web

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, and Amazon (I have an Amazon gift certificate for $100 so I would like to buy at least $100 worth of equipment from Amazon )

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No, Im not looking to have dual video cards, not even in the future on this build.

Monitor Resolution: my main monitor has a max resolution of 1440x900, I also have a second monitor that I would like to use at the same time if possible with 1,280x1,024 resolution.

Additional Comments: Since I have my $100 Amazon gift card, I would like to get some of my components from Amazon instead of Newegg preferably the items from Amazon would be the same price or less



BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:TZ68A+
Item #:N82E16813138319


PNY VCGGTX560XPB GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:VCGGTX560XPB
Item #:N82E16814133397



SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:M12II 520 Bronze
Item #:N82E16817151093


Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
Model #:BX80623I32100
Item #:N82E16819115078


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
Model #:F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
Item #:N82E16820231402


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1600AAJS
Item #:N82E16822136075

Total at Newegg currently $625 before the Windows

I know I dont need 8gb memory for games, but I know it will help with photo shop, and I would like to eventually have 16gb in the future even if it is overkill!

Also I have other old HD's that I will put in enclosures for extra storage, and archiving so 500gb should be plenty for now.
January 20, 2012 12:45:25 PM

Hey man,

The build looks good, but honestly hard drive prices are so fucked right now that if you're going to buy a 160GB HDD you might as well just wait a few months. The other option would be to buy a 64GB-128GB solid state drive like the Crucial M4 if it doesn't put you over budget.

I've heard some people having configuration hiccups with Biostar boards, but I know the price can't be beat. Just be prepared to muck around in the BIOS a little longer than you might with a more reputable brand.
January 20, 2012 1:22:16 PM

Mobo: Asrock Z68 extreme3 gen3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 122$ after rebates

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 240$ after rebates

RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB DDR3 1600MHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 45$

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 130$

PSU: Corsair TX650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 70$ after rebates

Total: 607$ before windows and HDD. That PSU isn't necessary at all, but it's good and it's only 70$
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January 20, 2012 1:47:58 PM

1- Will you get a new monitor in the future? (1080p)
2- What games do you play?
3- What you consider being a amateur photoshop? (filters? only color grading?)

January 21, 2012 8:39:24 AM



G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
Model #:F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH

$48.99


HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HDS721050CLA362

$69.99



ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

$121.99




PNY VCGGTX560XPB GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:VCGGTX560XPB

$189.99



SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:S12II 620 Bronze

$69.99




Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
Model #:BX80623I32100

$124.99


Thanks for the feedback, tweaked the components some, Hitachi 500gb hd for the same price, ASRock MB, this Seasonic PSU has more power but is $10 cheaper since its not modular,
January 21, 2012 9:42:10 AM

vitornob said:
1- Will you get a new monitor in the future? (1080p)
2- What games do you play?
3- What you consider being a amateur photoshop? (filters? only color grading?)





No, I dont plan on a new monitor anytime soon.

Call of duty and Skyrim, But while I dont want to have to turn all my graphics settings down to low to hope for 30fps, I would be ok with most games at medium settings to get a smooth framerate.

And as far as amateur photoshop, I meant for my personal use, or photo editing for family from time to time. Probably just editing a several photos a week, or month. I wont have a need to spend hours a week editing hundreds of wedding or prom photos so that I can get paid. So basically I dont need my computer to completely transform Caon RAW files in 5 seconds, it would be nice if my computer didnt slow to a crawl for 10 to 20 minutes while doing so.
January 21, 2012 11:30:11 AM

I hear a lot of bad things about Hitachi Hard Drives, but you can go for a 500GB SeaGate for $15 more. I have a BioStar Mobo and it seems alright. This sounds like a good option also:

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

I own the H61MGC, and wonder if I should have gone to the one I posted above just for Sata 6gbps, but oh well.
The H61MGC is doing good with my 8GB i3 build and I got the mobo for less than $50 not counting shipping.
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