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March 12, 2012 1:32:23 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: within next 2 weeks

Budget Range: less than $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing, beginner HD video editing, and general productivity. I do not play games. I recently got a DSLR (18MP and HD video) and my old AMD 64 x2 4600 could not render the photos fast enough - no way to do photo editing. I'm temporarily using a laptop that is an Intel Core 2 Duo P9700 and it is still a bit laggy and the videos still have issues.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (no tax) or Microcenter

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No, but do run multi-monitors

Monitor Resolution: monitor #1 1680x1050, monitor #2 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: No frills, but very reliable, not looking for complicated setup, not a lot of time to tinker with. Would like to build and let it run for the next 4-5years. I've considered leveraging the Ars Technica Hot Rod setup subtracting the components I have already including the hard drives, but it seems as though the GPU may be overkill. I'm thinking i5-2500K, 8GB RAM, etc, just looking for solid components for a relatively easy build. Thanks for your thoughts and ideas!

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March 12, 2012 12:03:57 PM

I think the i5-2500k would be fine but you could fit the i7-2600k into your budget and I think it would be worth the extra cash for you.

This entire build might seem a bit overkill at the moment but it fits into your budget and would last you a very long time:

Intel Core i7-2600k - $324.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) - $88.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $119.99
Crucial M4 128GB - $174.99
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $84.99
Fractal Design Define R3 - $109.99
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W - $39.99
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
Samsung DVD Burner - $15.99

Total - $994.91

As well as being very powerful, this should also be very quiet and very reliable.
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March 12, 2012 12:45:41 PM

Here is a link to my build from last week for very similar purposes.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...
I brought the whole thing in for $961. I already had the GTX 560ti GPU.
If you are using Adobe products be sure to get a Nvidia GPU.
Put your OS on the SSD and only your most used software including the editing software. Put the photos and backups on the HDD. The SSD will knock your socks off.
Here is a link to Adobe forums with excellent advise for various budgets for photo editing. http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

When you decide what parts to buy go here and fill in all the boxes use max stress for everything. It will tell you how much power is used. Add 15% and buy a PSU at least that size. http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp

jmsellars made some excellent choices and between these 2 rigs you should get a very very good build.

Good luck
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March 12, 2012 1:18:49 PM

hello op


do u use photoshop and premier pro

if yes then a cheap nvidia gpu will increase the processing speed as adobe partially uses cuda cores

i would suggest i7 but it is not needed as those programs dont use hyper threading


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

$189.99

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

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

$88.99

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

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$114.99

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

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

$39.99

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

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$158.99
$128.99 after mail-in rebate card

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

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

$15.99

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

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$39.99

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

ASUS GT520-1GD3-CSM GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

$42.99

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

total = $692 -$40 rebates = $652 :o 

dont waste money on i7 as ht is useless in ur case

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March 12, 2012 2:14:28 PM

Your wishlist isn't showing up for me, anyway to post it here? Thanks for the info, very helpful.

padraigm_02 said:
Here is a link to my build from last week for very similar purposes.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...
I brought the whole thing in for $961. I already had the GTX 560ti GPU.
If you are using Adobe products be sure to get a Nvidia GPU.
Put your OS on the SSD and only your most used software including the editing software. Put the photos and backups on the HDD. The SSD will knock your socks off.
Here is a link to Adobe forums with excellent advise for various budgets for photo editing. http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

When you decide what parts to buy go here and fill in all the boxes use max stress for everything. It will tell you how much power is used. Add 15% and buy a PSU at least that size. http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp

jmsellars made some excellent choices and between these 2 rigs you should get a very very good build.

Good luck

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March 12, 2012 2:20:03 PM

I don't yet, but would like to. Waiting to have a system that they will actually work on. I appreciate the step down recommendations.

serialkiller said:
hello op


do u use photoshop and premier pro

if yes then a cheap nvidia gpu will increase the processing speed as adobe partially uses cuda cores

i would suggest i7 but it is not needed as those programs dont use hyper threading


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

$189.99

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

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

$88.99

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

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$114.99

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

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

$39.99

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

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$158.99
$128.99 after mail-in rebate card

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

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

$15.99

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

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$39.99

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

ASUS GT520-1GD3-CSM GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

$42.99

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

total = $692 -$40 rebates = $652 :o 

dont waste money on i7 as ht is useless in ur case

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March 12, 2012 2:33:55 PM

As far as I was aware those programs would use hyperthreading but I'm not 100%. If they don't then definitely go for the i5.

EDIT: One thing I would advise against though is the OCZ SSD's. In my experience they are hideously unreliable and the difference between a slow SSD and a fast SSD isn't as big as you might think. Ideally I'd get an Intel drive but the Crucial ones are still great and a lot cheaper.

Also I think it would be a shame to buy a $700-1000 system and put it in a $40 case, that's more personal preference though.
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