I am attempting to complete my component selection for a first time PC build and need more input and advice before I come to a final decision, which must be made rather quickly given the little time I have left to make it. I have several nagging concerns that must be addressed before I make my final decision. The first relates to selecting either Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge-E. I asked this question before, on this board and one responder was able to show me a system configuration with the lowest end Sandy Bridge-E CPU (which of course can be upgraded), that was within my budget minus the monitor. On another computer hardware fourm, I was strongly discouraged to go this route and go with Ivy Bridge instead due to the cost and other factors. The responders in this fourm were adamant that the Core i7-3770k was more than adequate for my needs. My second concern regards the graphics card. I asked a question here on Tom’s Hardware whether the GeForce GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7970 is the GPU I should pick for system usage outside of gaming (creative apps including those from Autodesk, Pixologic, and Adobe). On Tom’s I was leaned towards the Radeon, while the other forum did not indicate much difficulty going with the GeForce card which has a lower price point. The third and final concern regards the power supply and overclocking. I am not sure if I want to overclock, but if I do I want to make sure I have enough power supply to handle it in addition to multiple graphics cards if I decide to add a second graphics card in the future. Adding a second graphics card in future seems murky, however. Given my budget and monitor resolution, one card will be sufficient for now. Not only that, the only justification I can see for a multi-card setup is if I upgrade my monitor down the road with a much higher resolution to what the initial monitor will have, which is highly unlikely. That said I am torn between either an 860w or 1000w Seasonic 80 Plus Platinum power supply.
You can view my previous discussions on this board with the following links.
Approximate purchase date: This system must be assembled by the end of July
Budget Range: $2200- I can go higher than this, but not too much higher.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Game Creation, Graphic Design, Gaming (60 fps at Max settings in most titles is highly preferable)
Are You Buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website for parts: newegg.com
Country: United States
Parts preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 is probably the maximum resolution I can achieve given the budget
Additional comments: I am going to be running the following creative software on this system for graphic design/game creation. I plan on starting with modding PC games and other beginner level creation tools until I can transfer into a school that can provide training and education in the field of my choice. I am also a beginner with regards to the rendering software, which is what is making the decision making process on components murky.
Adobe CS6 Design & Web Premium (especially Illustrator & Photoshop)
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Student (3d Studio Max, Maya, Mudbox, Softimage, Sketchbook designer, and other included software.)
Your option is not clear... you got the processor+mobo+cooler in the upper option but only a motherboard below the "or"
I fixed the links that were not working. The CPU and cooler will be used with either motherboard depending on the one that I choose. I am undecided between the ASUS and the Asrock if I choose Ivy Bridge over Sandy Bridge-E.
What about the graphics card and power supply? I need to know for sure which graphics card is best for my system usage (both gaming and graphics work), and which power supply (860w or 1000w Seasonic Platinum) is necessary for future overclocking and multiple graphics cards (if I decide to do overclocking and multiple graphics cards in the future).