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Feedback on new build please [budget: $1200-1400]

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June 19, 2012 7:12:34 PM

Perusing the forums and other sites, this is what I came up with. I built a desktop for college in 2002, but it doesn't mean I'm an expert in this. (I've since moved on to a laptop)

For this build, I would like a computer that can handle photo editing with Lightroom...POSSIBLY video editing. From what I've read, photos don't require a discrete video card, but video editing does. (which is why I left out a vid card for right now) The only other program that I keep open is Chrome with 5-10 tabs. (usually researching stuff like this!)

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600k
SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
HD: Hitachi Deskstar 3.5-Inch 1TB 7200RPM
Motherboard: GA-Z68XP-UD3
Power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Cooling fan: cooler master h212
Case: Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 Case
Display ?????

total from newegg minus display comes to about $940. I have the OS, and then Keyboard and mouse I'll add later. I don't have an exact budget, but I'm thinking $1200-$1400 total with display. I plan on adding smaller externals so I can back up and keep them off-site eventually.

A few things I'd like feedback on:
1. I think the i7 2600k is preferable over the 2600 (k is for hyperthreading...??) Is this true or should I be looking at the 2600 or even the i5?
2. The SSD is for the OS and for quick working space while editing (do I need bigger?).
3. If anyone has any recommendations for an IPS display under $400, let me know. I'm looking at the Dell, Viewsonic, and HP 24 inch-ers.
4. Anything else I should be thinking about?

Thanks in advance!
June 20, 2012 12:09:50 AM

bump with updated info
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June 20, 2012 1:02:59 AM

k is not for hyper threading, it's symbolizing that you can overclock it. All i7s have HT.

I would go with i5-3450 if you're not going to overclock and it looks like you won't need to.

Too much RAM, go with 2x4gb 1333 or 1600mhz RAM.

If you get the 3450 get a H77, if you're getting a 3570k (can overclock) get a Z77. If you are not overclocking you don't need a aftermarket CPU cooler.

For what you're doing (not gaming) I would suggest a 6670 or 7750.
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June 20, 2012 1:21:54 PM

sweet, thanks for the feedback. That bump down to an i5 should save $100 or so...and thanks for the suggestion on the vid card, that's one area I have no clue on
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June 20, 2012 1:36:03 PM

cplent01, I agree with Patflute,

On the display end, definitely go with a Dell Ultrasharp, they have a 24inch model at $360 which is really nice.

So your build with Patflute's suggestions should look something like this...

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Processor: Intel Core i5-3450 Quad-Core - BX80637I53450 ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Intel Z77 - GA-Z77X-D3H ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6750 - HD-675X-ZDFC ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot 8GB (2 x 4GB) - PGV38G1333ELK ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Case: COOLER MASTER CM 690 II - RC-692-KKN2 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W - M12II 620 Bronze ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage Device: Crucial SATA III 64GB - CT064M4SSD2 ($113.30 @ Newegg)
Total: $745.93
Prices include shipping and discounts when available.
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June 20, 2012 1:51:45 PM

is there a need for the Z77 board? I won't be overclocking, so I was thinking about going with Patflute's suggestion of the H77 and saving $50...or would getting the Z77 help futureproof me?
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June 27, 2012 12:48:27 AM

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