My main question is what motherboard I should get, then I'm sure I can fit everything else together. I'm looking at building a rig that I will be using for medium/heavy use graphic designing. It's for school and later for work, so I would like it to be a nice machine. I'm not looking at skimping on parts. I would also like it to be upgradable in the future.
Approximate Purchase Date: June
Budget Range: $500-700, can be reasonably flexible.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe Creative Suite Standard, multimedia, light gaming (Diablo 3 at the most), surfing the web.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: ?
Monitor Resolution:1920x1200 (have already)
Additional Comments: I want it to be as quiet as possible. I'm not looking for a gaming rig, but one that can handle Photoshop with no problems or slowdowns.
I would also like to find a nice (relatively cheap) graphics card that I can instal right away.
So, what I would like suggestions on is: Motherboard, Graphics card, and if you're generous, a case and power supply. I know I'm asking for a lot, so if I could just be pointed in the right direction to choosing a motherboard that would be great. Also let me know if my price range is doable for what I'm asking.
You arent looking to skimp on parts but you only have $500 for a workstation basically that you want to put an i5-2500k CPU in thatll take up almost half your budget? Not sure its possible. Someone may have some advice mine would be to save more money.
Okay. I updated budget range. I'm not stuck in any price range, I can go higher, but I don't want a super machine that I will only use half the power with Adobe, but at the same time I want everything to run as smooth as possible.
you don't want a 2500k, you don't need an unlocked cpu for this computer. You'd be better off putting the money into a 8 core locked cpu. You also want Ivy Bridge as the onboard graphics increase will help you a LOT more than SB cpus + the extra core count.
It's a bit over your original budget but it will fly for what you're planning to do. You won't need a graphics card as Diablo 3 can be played using the onboard GPU, albeit at low graphics (but that doesn't matter in D3 anyway). If you in the future want to upgrade you can easily add a dedicated GPU. If you want to drop the price further drop the SSD. You can drop down to the 3550 if you like but you will notice a drop in Adobe performance and in gaming performance.
that mobo seems to be getting some bad reviews... but I like the setup.
Would there be any downside to getting an unlocked cpu if i dont plan on OCing it? getting a i5-2500k or 3570k would save me a considerable amount of money, and should be enough power, right? forget about gaming, that would only be a luxury for this build, i really just want it to run Adobe suite efficiently.
And for now, video card and (maybe) sound card will be bought in the future. They don't fit very well in my budget right now. I've expanded it enough hah.