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Seeking Advice on a $2000+ Build for Gamming and Photo Editing

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July 10, 2012 10:16:17 PM

Hello, I am looking to build my first computer and would like it to last me at least 5 years or longer before needing to build a new computer.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks

Budget Range: $2000 to $2500 before rebates and after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Home Business
Gaming at Max Settings (ex, Star Craft 2, Witcher 2, Skyrim, CIV5, XCOM, etc)
Photo Editing (Corel Paintshop PRO X4)

Overclocking & SLI: I would not be looking to overclock or SLI right away, but would down the road to starve off having to build a new computer for at least 5 years or longer.

Any feedback or suggestions on the following current idea for build are appreciated:
CPU: Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Ivy Bridge Quad-Core HD Graphics 4000
Mobo: ASUS Maximus V Gene Z77 Motherboard
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2683-KR GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked, Signature 2GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
SDD: Samsung SSD 830 128GB
Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White
Display: Asus VK278Q Black 27"
OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Professional

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Questions:
If I am going to be do photo editing would I be better off getting 16GB of RAM as followed?
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600

Should I consider the following motherboards instead?
ASUS Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 P8Z77-V PRO
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

What is the best way to find deal/sales on PC build components?

Thank you very much in advance for your feedback and support!

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July 10, 2012 10:32:50 PM

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If I am going to be do photo editing would I be better off getting 16GB of RAM as followed?
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600


That will give you more room for expansion but you most likely won't need it unless you're doing heavy duty CS5 work.

I'd really hesitate to recommend the GENE-Z on a $2K build as you lose a lot of functionality and future expansion.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($492.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1630.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor / keyboard / mouse you want and you're good to go. I don't recommend those things as it's entirely personal preference.
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July 10, 2012 11:43:55 PM

id go with g-unit1111's build but i would suggest some changes

1: just get the regular set of mushkin blackline 1600mhz cas9. there wont be much performance gain with cas8 ram

2;i can pick up a seagate barracuda 2tb 7200rpm for cheaper. its around 109-119 dollars

3:i dont see the use of a 4gb video card unless you are running multi-monitor or loading huge textures into graphics card. the regular evga ftw 670 is good enough

4: the atx size motherboard is making all the space in the switch 810 to waste. just get a good quality case like the corsair 500r or the 550d

5: if you would prefer some modularity for better cabling, a xfx xxx 750w would only be a bit more at 109.99 at us.ncix.com
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July 10, 2012 11:48:45 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id go with g-unit1111's build but i would suggest some changes

1: just get the regular set of mushkin blackline 1600mhz cas9. there wont be much performance gain with cas8 ram

2;i can pick up a seagate barracuda 2tb 7200rpm for cheaper. its around 109-119 dollars

3:i dont see the use of a 4gb video card unless you are running multi-monitor or loading huge textures into graphics card. the regular evga ftw 670 is good enough

4: the atx size motherboard is making all the space in the switch 810 to waste. just get a good quality case like the corsair 500r or the 550d

5: if you would prefer some modularity for better cabling, a xfx xxx 750w would only be a bit more at 109.99 at us.ncix.com


1. It's so hard to pick RAM on PC Part Picker - they don't list all the specs and it's hard to filter out when you do.

2. Pretty much the same drive either way.

3. Most people who run Photoshop builds do use more than one display so it makes sense to have the extra VRAM.

4. True but you can run a killer cooling solution in the Switch 810 so even without the larger motherboard it's still nice to have it.

5. I can go either way on that one.
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July 11, 2012 12:00:35 AM

you can scroll down and find all the specs that need filtering such as cas latency. they updated the site so that you have all the serial numbers too

nh d14 is that killer. id get the switch if i did custom water cooling but he probably wont be.

i like semi-modularity since you dont get the premium for going full modularity and all the attached cables make sense to use. i hate to see 8 sata plugs lying around when you know you never use more than 2-3 drives in a system
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July 11, 2012 12:23:54 AM

would get the Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Your Price: $164.99
With Promo Code
EMCNCJN27
$144.99 After $20.00 MIR
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July 11, 2012 12:24:07 AM

BigTroll, being new at this, I am not sure what you mean by modularity for better cabling. Could you elaborate?

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July 11, 2012 12:27:33 AM

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Your Price: $94.99
With Promo Code
EMCNCJN29
$79.99 After $15.00 MIR
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July 11, 2012 12:27:57 AM

non-modular power supplies: all the cables are pre-attached and there is no way of removing it because they are hard wired into the unit itself

semi-modularity: you have the basic cables that you are 100% going to use pre-attached. you plug the other cables as you build your system. in the end, it makes life much easier since you dont have to hide as much cables in the back of the system

full modularity: every cable is removable
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July 12, 2012 3:14:54 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Quote:

If I am going to be do photo editing would I be better off getting 16GB of RAM as followed?
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600


That will give you more room for expansion but you most likely won't need it unless you're doing heavy duty CS5 work.

I'd really hesitate to recommend the GENE-Z on a $2K build as you lose a lot of functionality and future expansion.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($492.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1630.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor / keyboard / mouse you want and you're good to go. I don't recommend those things as it's entirely personal preference.


g-unit1111,

I am curious as to the reasoning behind you recommended a different build. Were the components of my build not compatible; was it to lower the cost; or some other reason?
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July 12, 2012 3:18:15 AM

TheBigTroll said:
id go with g-unit1111's build but i would suggest some changes

1: just get the regular set of mushkin blackline 1600mhz cas9. there wont be much performance gain with cas8 ram

2;i can pick up a seagate barracuda 2tb 7200rpm for cheaper. its around 109-119 dollars

3:i dont see the use of a 4gb video card unless you are running multi-monitor or loading huge textures into graphics card. the regular evga ftw 670 is good enough

4: the atx size motherboard is making all the space in the switch 810 to waste. just get a good quality case like the corsair 500r or the 550d

5: if you would prefer some modularity for better cabling, a xfx xxx 750w would only be a bit more at 109.99 at us.ncix.com



TheBigTroll,

To learn more about the ins and outs of building PC, for what reasons did you prefer g-unit1111 over the build I was looking at?
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July 12, 2012 5:32:54 AM

g-unit1111 said:

3. Most people who run Photoshop builds do use more than one display so it makes sense to have the extra VRAM.

If BF3 can run on 2GB vRAM at 5760x1200 at good fps, then 4GB IS overkill for vRAM.
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July 12, 2012 11:06:29 AM

ctpcbuild said:
TheBigTroll,

To learn more about the ins and outs of building PC, for what reasons did you prefer g-unit1111 over the build I was looking at?



i just chose it because it was easier for me to add my suggestions from. your build was great too but there were parts in g-uni1111's build that made it easier for me to put my opinion in

im lazy....
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