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June 20, 2012 9:18:44 PM

Hello,

I am looking to build a pc ... mostly for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Some Maya and other 3D animation. I would like to play some games on it, but nothing big mostly just TF2 and some other lite stuff. I have built a list on newegg, and I know nothing about Motherboards and not a lot about graphics cards or even CPUs ! I would love for you to give me your opinions of this build ( how well it would perform, how long it will last me, etc)

I want this PC to be able to handle almost anything

(Price Range 1000$-1200$)
PROCESSOR - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

MOBO - ASUS P8H61 - M LX PLUS (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX

OR

ASUS M5A97 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS


VIDEO CARD - EVGA 01G-P3p1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1 GB 192-bit GDDr5

RAM - Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT1TX0

CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

STORAGE - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

With

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom



Any Thoughts ?

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June 20, 2012 9:25:52 PM

You can't use the AM3 board... the 2600K won't fit in it... also if you plan on keeping that H61 mobo you might as well get the i7 2600 instead as you can't overlock the i7 2600K on an H61 chipset.
I recommend a Z68 chipset for that processor if you plan on overclocking. Stick with Asus you can't go wrong. AsRock has been making some great boards recently too.

You might want to upgrade the video card to a GTX 560 Ti. Supposedly, next week the GTX 660's will be out and a drop in price on the 560 Ti's is likely.

Get a 1 Tb Samsung Spinpoint F3 for higher reliability

the Crucial M4 is a great choice
The rest of your rig is good.
June 20, 2012 9:46:33 PM

The ASRock Z68 Extreme3 is a nice feature rich board that will support the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K if you overclock in the future. Also for the PSU take a look at the SeaSonic M2II 620w modular at $89 on Newegg.com. It will give you a 5 year warranty with a outstanding quality.
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June 20, 2012 9:48:43 PM

That AM3 board won't work, and not only that you should never go mATX on a full desktop build. I

Maybe try something like this:

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - $79.99
PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $86.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $139.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 16GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99 each
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1,165.92
June 20, 2012 10:04:31 PM

Thanks a lot for your help guys ! Don't laugh too hard at this, ( I am a complete noob ) but which is more important for Good performance, the cpu or video card ? And are the i7's somehow better than i5's for what I need ? Thanks !
June 20, 2012 10:08:01 PM

i7s have hyper threading, i5s dont, and it depends what your doing most games benefit from gpu power
June 20, 2012 10:23:16 PM

neongreen said:
Thanks a lot for your help guys ! Don't laugh too hard at this, ( I am a complete noob ) but which is more important for Good performance, the cpu or video card ? And are the i7's somehow better than i5's for what I need ? Thanks !


Depends on what the uses are for - if it's games then you want the stronger GPU than a stronger CPU. If it's video editing and rendering, then you want a stronger CPU and not GPU.
June 20, 2012 10:28:12 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Depends on what the uses are for - if it's games then you want the stronger GPU than a stronger CPU. If it's video editing and rendering, then you want a stronger CPU and not GPU.



Thanks for clearing that up! It's exactly what I was wondering
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