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My Budget System built - please critique

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May 14, 2012 8:15:13 PM

Hello guys

I have a need for a Desktop system. This would be my very first build and Im excited.
This is not a gaming RIG.
The main objective is for my daily computing needs. But what I will be doing mostly is using LIGHTROOM software that I use to process my photographs. (I am not a professional) but the future use of this system would be to build a RAID 1 or RAID 5 to store my photographs. I am not sure if I need a graphic card.

PLEASE critique the below system. Much appreciated.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $119.99
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core ... $104.99 (unsure about this)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3- 12800CL9D-4GBRL $29.99 (unsure about this - should i get corsair or something else ?)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $114.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 $219.99

TOTAL: $649.94 (I DO NOT want to spend more than this - less would be SO MUCH BETTER )


I personally do not see the use of a i7 for me, I am even fine with an AMD if anyone can suggest a CPU and MOBO combo.

Please do let me know if I am going wrong somewhere (I wouldn't mind going lower on the price ;)  )
May 14, 2012 9:04:42 PM

You don't need a PSU that strong unless you're getting a graphics card. You should be able to run a GTX 580 with that PSU and current setup. Perhaps a smaller PSU would save you some money. But if you're editing photos, I don't know what impact it would have if you had a GPU in your system.

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May 14, 2012 9:08:58 PM



aaronstyle said:
You don't need a PSU that strong unless you're getting a graphics card. You should be able to run a GTX 580 with that PSU and current setup. Perhaps a smaller PSU would save you some money. But if you're editing photos, I don't know what impact it would have if you had a GPU in your system.


Thanks @arronstyle for your response.

The GTX580 is about $400 something right ? NO I would not want to spend that much
I am not even sure if I need a graphic card. Currently i have a dell inspiron n7110 laptop with i5 and 6 GB RAM and it fits my needs and I have no issues.
I just need something that can be upgradable in a few months if I need to have a graphic card and at the same time something that can support RAID 1 or RAID 5 that is my only requirement
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May 14, 2012 9:24:32 PM

I know that the 580 isn't in your budget, but I was giving you an idea of what kind of card your power supply could run. Step down to a 450w PSU, and save a nice chunk of change. With the money you save, invest into an AMD 7750 card. It only needs power from the pcie slot and is priced well. or keep your psu for a higher end card or a solid state drive down the road. It's all up to you.
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May 14, 2012 9:32:50 PM

aaronstyle said:
I know that the 580 isn't in your budget, but I was giving you an idea of what kind of card your power supply could run. Step down to a 450w PSU, and save a nice chunk of change. With the money you save, invest into an AMD 7750 card. It only needs power from the pcie slot and is priced well. or keep your psu for a higher end card or a solid state drive down the road. It's all up to you.


That is some good suggestion

You mean this right ?
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V $ 45

and which one of these should I go with ?
ASUS HD7750-1GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7750 1GB $109.99 OR
MSI R7750-PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7750 1GB $119.99 OR some other brand ?

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May 14, 2012 9:39:11 PM

They are both well known and reputable brands. Of course the GPU is only a suggestion, and it may or may not benefit your pc for what you're doing. Although I'm sure there is someone who could answer that for you, here. The 7750 is a decent card, and uses very little power. Which is why I would recommend it, assuming that photo editing benefits from having a GPU.
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