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$1000 Gaming/Photo Editing Build

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February 14, 2012 7:22:24 PM

This will be my first build, after much research and lurking on these forums this is what I have in mind. Let me know how it looks, opinions, tips, etc. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Internet, General home office tasks

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

This is what I have planned:

Antec 302 Case - 69.99

Intel i5 2500K - 229.99

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UDS Motherboard - 154.99

Seagate 500gb HDD - 84.99

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 - 99.99

Antec BP550 Power Supply - 69.99

G.Skill 8GB RAM - 41.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - 29.99

Liteon DVD Burner - 17.99

Acer 21.5" LED Monitor - 129.99

Gigabyte GM-M6900 Mouse - 19.99

Lite-On Keyboard - 7.99

Total = $957.88

Thanks for any help/advice,


February 14, 2012 7:48:41 PM

Ways to save money:

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Model #:CHALLENGER Item #:N82E16811147153 $55

Mobo: ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Model #:Z68M/USB3 Item #:N82E16813157270 $85

Ram: If 4gb: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL Item #:N82E16820231425 $27. If 8gb then mid $40 range

Video: Here's where you need to make a decision. If you want good gaming peformance you need to get to the 6850 or 6870 Here is one example of a 6850 for $150: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100315L Item #:N82E16814102908.
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February 14, 2012 8:25:46 PM

My suggestion as far as Graphics is if you don't want to spend any more money, go with the 6790, which is only $130 but if you want better performance in games, as said before, go with the 6850 or 6870.
February 15, 2012 1:53:27 AM

Best answer selected by jasonah.