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Hello, everyone! My name is Sofia. I have some questions about this co

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July 23, 2012 7:01:32 AM

Hello, everyone! My name is Sofia. I have some questions about this computer list my friend gave it to me. Are there any confilcs of each parts or this part doesn't support that part, they all compatible each others?
is my psu enogh to run all the units? is the case going to fit all the parts? will future upgrade a possiblity?



My purpose: watch DVD and online stream video like netflix and listen to pandora radio at the same time. Run photoshop (process RAW files) and illustrator. And for my brother to Play StarCraft II and COD: MW3 smoothly.



Cpu: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Cooler: stock intel

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 (or any other recommendation)

Memory: G.skill Ripjaws DDR3 4GB 1600

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

OS: windows 7 ultimate 64bit

Optical: SAMSUNG SH-222BB/BEBE




Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!! Much Much Aprreciated!!! :love:  :love: 

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July 23, 2012 7:15:44 AM

in all honesty its all over the place

why windows ultimate? buy home premium an upgrade to windows 8 pro when it comes out for 15 dollars

650w psu.... wont use it with one graphics card

i3 bottom of the line 1155 processor an not great for photoshop

4gb of ram... ummm 8 for gaming 16 for heavy photoshopping

z68 board... old skool but will run an i3

gpu hdd an case are fine
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July 23, 2012 7:22:25 AM

skaggy said:
in all honesty its all over the place

why windows ultimate? buy home premium an upgrade to windows 8 pro when it comes out for 15 dollars

650w psu.... wont use it with one graphics card

i3 bottom of the line 1155 processor an not great for photoshop

4gb of ram... ummm 8 for gaming 16 for heavy photoshopping

z68 board... old skool but will run an i3

gpu hdd an case are fine


Thank you so much for the advices! so 650w is too much??
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July 23, 2012 7:25:23 AM

what's a z68 board? sorry, im really new to this.....what's not a old skool?? can u recommend me one pls! thanks a million!! not too expensive tho~ lol
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July 23, 2012 7:28:16 AM

throw in your budget an people can give you options :) 
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July 23, 2012 7:38:44 AM

skaggy said:
throw in your budget an people can give you options :) 


Its hard to suggest any modification, so its definitely helpful if you can give your budget limit.

In general Z68 is a chip set on a mother board. Current is Z77, Z68 are just fine but they lack few things. Especially if you use new Intel processors Ivy Bridge class. Also i5 will be much better choice for you and your brother's need.

Cant give any specific part names without knowing your budget.
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July 23, 2012 7:48:38 AM

We need some more clarification on what screen you will be using?

Switch the i3 for an i5 2400 processor. $189,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use a ASRock H61M/U3S3. $67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 2x4gb G.Skill Value Series: $ 39,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 302 $69,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec BP550 Modular $69,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium x64: $99,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU & HDD are fine, maybe switch to Caviar Blue for less $$$ ???
Depending on your monitor a 560Ti maybe better :) 

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July 23, 2012 8:13:55 AM

radium69 said:
We need some more clarification on what screen you will be using?

Switch the i3 for an i5 2400 processor. $189,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use a ASRock H61M/U3S3. $67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 2x4gb G.Skill Value Series: $ 39,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 302 $69,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec BP550 Modular $69,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium x64: $99,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU & HDD are fine, maybe switch to Caviar Blue for less $$$ ???
Depending on your monitor a 560Ti maybe better :) 


It's call Samsung 24" Class 1080p Edge Lit LED 2-in-1 HDTV / Monitor, we bought it from costco.
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July 23, 2012 8:14:30 AM

devils_advocate said:
Its hard to suggest any modification, so its definitely helpful if you can give your budget limit.

In general Z68 is a chip set on a mother board. Current is Z77, Z68 are just fine but they lack few things. Especially if you use new Intel processors Ivy Bridge class. Also i5 will be much better choice for you and your brother's need.

Cant give any specific part names without knowing your budget.



About $700 dollar, thanks! :love: 
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July 23, 2012 9:20:24 AM

Then a 550Ti will suffice, I think a 560Ti will go over budget. :) 
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July 23, 2012 10:52:49 AM

My friend gave me another list after I told him about the advices you guys gave me!!

How is this one look?

Thanks for the huge help, guys!!!
Cpu: Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge $179.99

Cooler: stock intel $0

Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V LK $156.82

Memory: G.skill Ripjaws DDR3 2x2GB 1600 and (Adata DDR3 2x2gb got it from friend) $27.25

GPU: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E Video Card $119.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB $109.99

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 $59.99

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 $94.99

OS: windows 7 ultimate 64bit $0 (got it from friend)

Optical: SAMSUNG SH-222BB/BEBE 21.38

Total: 770.04

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