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July 18, 2012 3:53:27 AM

After months of research I finally have my parts list together for my first PC build. I am excited to start ordering the components but want a few more eyes on the list. I am still debating the graphics card. The GTX 670 seems like the best bang-for-the-buck however $399.99 seems like overkill for my needs and breaks the budget. How does a Radeon HD 7850 sound instead? I need native dual monitor support and 1920 x 1080 resolution. I will not be playing games.

The other components I am not 100% on are the SSD and HDD. Recommendations?


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2 - 4 weeks

Budget Range: $1,200 USD Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Productivity (MS Office), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Element and Premiere Elements (photo/video editing), web surfing, software development (Visual Studio 2010), watching movies, music.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, other

Location: Atlanta, GA USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Do not need bling, not too loud

Why Are You Upgrading: Need a new workhorse PC.

Components:
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8D-8GAB $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: undecided
Gigabyte N670OC-2GD $399.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

System Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Asus DRW-24B1ST $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power: Corsair CX600 V2 $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the advice!

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July 18, 2012 4:19:20 AM

The build looks great!

The HD7850 should be enough for your needs. And I think it has a better price/performance ratio. For the price of the 670 you can almost get a pair of 7850's.
July 18, 2012 4:23:31 AM

Adobe programs will require a lot heftier CPU than the i5-3570K. That would be an awesome gaming build but Photoshop, CS5 and any other Adobe programs will use a lot more of the CPU's power. What I'd do would be - drop the Zalman fan and go with a Hyper 212, drop the GTX 670 for a Radeon 7950, and then upgrade your CPU to the i7-3770K. That is what I woudl do.
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July 18, 2012 4:31:51 AM

im with g-unit1111 with photo editing the cpu matters more than videocard and the hyper 212+ and evo are both known to be the best coolers under 50$
July 18, 2012 4:34:07 AM

Why are you getting a gtx 670, a little overkill for nongaming,
If this was my setup i would get 2 ssd's instead of the gtx 670 and raid it with the ssd that you were going to buy anyways. Raid o 3 ssd's you would have an amazing performance with normal programs, i mean you would get instant loadups on everything
July 18, 2012 2:52:13 PM

bestlink101 said:
Why are you getting a gtx 670, a little overkill for nongaming


Exactly what I was thinking - hence the post. ;) 

All I really need is a good quality card that supports dual monitor and 1920 x 1080.
What graphics card would you recommend and why?

July 18, 2012 2:53:31 PM

songorocosongo said:
The build looks great!

The HD7850 should be enough for your needs. And I think it has a better price/performance ratio. For the price of the 670 you can almost get a pair of 7850's.


Thanks! Any particular HD 7850 you would recommend?
July 18, 2012 3:05:44 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Adobe programs will require a lot heftier CPU than the i5-3570K. That would be an awesome gaming build but Photoshop, CS5 and any other Adobe programs will use a lot more of the CPU's power. What I'd do would be - drop the Zalman fan and go with a Hyper 212, drop the GTX 670 for a Radeon 7950, and then upgrade your CPU to the i7-3770K. That is what I woudl do.


I will be running the Elements family of Photoshop (not CS6) and Lightroom for content management. Elements requires 2 GHz or faster (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-premiere-elemen...).

Could an overclocked i5-3570K handle it? I am trying to stay on budget.
July 18, 2012 3:11:42 PM

You can drop the aftermarket cooler completely, use the stock cooler, and that'll free up some of your budget for graphics cards. Also, the i7 3770 is 30$ more. Since you're doing graphics editing, I'd highly suggest using that processor instead, as these tools are typically CPU/I-O & RAM bound. (You already have a fast SSD and good ram though.) I would suggest changing your i5 to an i7. The downside of not going for aftermarket cooler is it'll be somewhat louder during a full load.
July 18, 2012 4:07:39 PM

nesh216 said:
I will be running the Elements family of Photoshop (not CS6) and Lightroom for content management. Elements requires 2 GHz or faster (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-premiere-elemen...).

Could an overclocked i5-3570K handle it? I am trying to stay on budget.


If you make the changes I proposed you can upgrade to the i7-3770K and it won't make any dent in the budget. Even basic Adobe programs will eat more of the CPU's resources than most games will. Loading large photo and video files will be a lot easier with the 3770K.
July 18, 2012 8:44:15 PM

OK after hearing that the core i5 might not handle the Adobe software very good I updated the parts list with the i7. I found a good deal on the Intel Core i7-3770K at my local Microcenter.

Dropping down to an HD 7770 really opened up the budget. I also swapped out the SSD and PSU (great deal at newegg!).

Let me know how this looks.

Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge $289.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Memory G.Skill F3-1600C8D-8GAB $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

System Drive Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 $89.99
http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-m4-128gb-2-5-sata-iii-s...

Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Asus DRW-24B1ST $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Corsair Carbide 400R $82.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS12X $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before shipping/after rebates: $1,156.90

How does this look now?

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July 18, 2012 9:25:35 PM
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nesh216 said:
OK after hearing that the core i5 might not handle the Adobe software very good I updated the parts list with the i7. I found a good deal on the Intel Core i7-3770K at my local Microcenter.

Dropping down to an HD 7770 really opened up the budget. I also swapped out the SSD and PSU (great deal at newegg!).

Let me know how this looks.

Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge $289.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Memory G.Skill F3-1600C8D-8GAB $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

System Drive Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 $89.99
http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-m4-128gb-2-5-sata-iii-s...

Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Asus DRW-24B1ST $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Corsair Carbide 400R $82.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS12X $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before shipping/after rebates: $1,156.90

How does this look now?


That looks much better but you don't need the expensive cooler if you're not going to really overclock your CPU. You can drop that to a Hyper 212 Evo and save some money there.
July 18, 2012 11:36:09 PM

I haven't made up my mind on overclocking. This is my first build so it will be my first overclocking as well. With all of the online resources I think I could successfully do it. I do not want to limit myself if I do decide to overclock. Would the Hyper 212 Evo be sufficient for cooling if this build was overclocked?
July 18, 2012 11:57:04 PM

nesh216 said:
I haven't made up my mind on overclocking. This is my first build so it will be my first overclocking as well. With all of the online resources I think I could successfully do it. I do not want to limit myself if I do decide to overclock. Would the Hyper 212 Evo be sufficient for cooling if this build was overclocked?


With a 212 Evo, you'll be able to hit 4.1 - 4.2GHz without any overheating issues to worry about. That Zalman cooler you could probably hit 4.5 - 4.7GHz.
July 19, 2012 1:02:07 AM

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