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June 21, 2012 3:15:03 AM

I use CS6 and play a lot of games. I export 720p and "screen record" (for lack of better term) 1080p video on a daily basis. I play lots of games, but mainly minecraft. I also do a lot of after effects. Right now, these are my two options:


CPU Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $316.03 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $99.99 @ NCIX
Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Hard Drive Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.87 @ Expansys Canada
OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $49.99 @ NCIX
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card $233.46 @ DirectCanada
Case Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply Thermaltake 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $45.99 @ Canada Computers
Total
Prices include shipping and discounts when available. $908.31
or


CPU Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard [16] Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $99.99 @ NCIX
Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Hard Drive Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.87 @ Expansys Canada
Hard Drive OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $49.99 @ NCIX
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card $406.64 @ DirectCanada
Case Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply Thermaltake 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $45.99 @ Canada Computers
Total
Prices include shipping and discounts when available. $965.45

My budget is 1000$, and I live in Canada. I hate MIR, so I won't be using them. Please help me find the best price/performance ratio. For the 670, don't worry, i'll unlock it for CS6 if it proves to be the best choice. Thanks for your help!

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June 21, 2012 3:42:57 AM

Get the seccond build. The only change you could justify making is swiching to an I5-2500k. This is good if you might overclock because it is a similar price and can overclock. If you will not, your processor is a little better.
June 21, 2012 3:45:59 AM

To answer your question that depends on what the primary uses for this system are going to be. If CS6 comes first, you'll want the stronger CPU. If games come first - you'll want the stronger GPU.

However neither build contains a lot of hardware I'd recommend - Thermaltake PSUs are garbage, and never go micro ATX on a full desktop build as you'll severely limit your expansion options.

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: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

Total: $971.89

If you need extra RAM it will still come out to a little over $1K.
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June 21, 2012 4:14:38 AM

g-unit1111 said:
To answer your question that depends on what the primary uses for this system are going to be. If CS6 comes first, you'll want the stronger CPU. If games come first - you'll want the stronger GPU.

However neither build contains a lot of hardware I'd recommend - Thermaltake PSUs are garbage, and never go micro ATX on a full desktop build as you'll severely limit your expansion options.

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: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

Total: $971.89

If you need extra RAM it will still come out to a little over $1K.


Both are practically equal. And yes, I do need the extra RAM. I'll probably just change the case ( i like mine better) and the MoBo to a Pro3. But what about hyperthreading? is it useful for CS6? And do I need a cpu cooler if I won't overclock?
June 21, 2012 4:20:24 AM

I changed it a bit with g-unit1111's recommendations:

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.03 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.87 @ Expansys Canada)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($233.46 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $943.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 21, 2012 4:24:46 AM

elysio said:
Both are practically equal. And yes, I do need the extra RAM. I'll probably just change the case ( i like mine better) and the MoBo to a Pro3. But what about hyperthreading? is it useful for CS6? And do I need a cpu cooler if I won't overclock?


Yes - CS6 will benefit greatly from hyperthreading, and you don't need a CPU cooler if you plan to overclock, nor do you need the unlocked CPU - you can run off stock speeds and the stock fan.
June 21, 2012 5:18:28 AM

CS6 benefits from cuda cores when rendering, so i would say the second build.
June 21, 2012 11:41:12 AM

Get the better CPU for CS6.



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