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February 7, 2012 5:50:29 PM

hello,
thanks in advance, i love this forum. trying to put together a system that is around $1000 that can still handle adobe creative suite 5 photo and video applications, music production, and some gaming. it will also be the main home computer. i put together a build and was hoping you could offer advice.
thanks

Approximate Purchase Date: I would like to purchase as soon as possible, my last build just went down.

Budget Range: around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Used as a photoshop and video workstation, media center, and for casual gaming

Parts Not Required: I already have monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, 1tb harddrive, and corsair h70 heatsink

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: usa

Parts Preferences: by brand or type

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

total = $1024

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
February 7, 2012 6:01:35 PM

Don't get the Sabertooth - most Asus boards are good but this one isn't. The plastic covers on everything will make adding or replacing parts difficult. This would be a better board for $50 less: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're not going to OC, you don't need the 2500K, you can get by with the i5-2400 fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then invest the difference on what you'd be saving on your CPU and motherboard in upgrading your GPU to a 560TI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And don't get that RAM. The tall heat spreaders will make any cooling you plan to install difficult. This would be better (and meets Intel's RMA guidelines): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise most of your choices are good - especially the Carbide and M4.
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February 7, 2012 6:53:23 PM

sadams04 said:
If overclocking = no and SLI / CF = no then there is no need for a P67 / Z68 motherboard or a K series CPU.

MB - ASRock H67M (B3) - $80
CPU - i5-2400 - $190
GPU - XFX HD 6950 1GB - $225 after MIR
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - $170
MEM - Corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $50
OPTICAL - LG 22x DVD-RW - $16
PSU - XFX PRO650W - $75 after MIR
CASE - Corsair 400R - $100
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100

$1006


IMO I think it's pointless to do H67 in anything but a HTPC or micro-ATX build - the limited functionality and upgrade options will be incredibly frustrating in the long run. I think the motherboard is one area where you don't want to have to buy the same part twice.
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February 7, 2012 7:07:20 PM

g-unit1111 said:
IMO I think it's pointless to do H67 in anything but a HTPC or micro-ATX build - the limited functionality and upgrade options will be incredibly frustrating in the long run. I think the motherboard is one area where you don't want to have to buy the same part twice.



I would typically agree, but in my experience users that aren't interested in overclocking or multiple GPUs don't do "in place" upgrades. That is the only reason for the H67 motherboard, otherwise it would have been the ASROCK Z68 Extreme 3 for $40 more. Not sure what functionality is lost with the H67 and a
dedicated GPU though...
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