Approximate Purchase Date:
Today, or once the system has been chosen
<$1,000 without OS (I'm a student and can get it for ~$50.00), mouse, or keyboard
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
General web surfing, ability to run dual monitors, some Photoshop CS6 (I'm a website developer, but I'm currently getting into editing photos and digital art so I need something that won't get bogged down with huge, multi layer files during rendering and filters), and some games. I enjoy playing Civilization V and SC2, though I don't need them to be on ultra or anything.
Are you buying a monitor:
Do you need to buy OS:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg, though I have a build list using their site.
Middle Tennesse. Any store in Nashville to Knoxville is within driving distance.
Intel, preferably. (I've had some issue with others, so I am more comfortable with Intel)
Maybe. The motherboard and CPU that I have chosen are both able to be OC'd, but I am not sure that I want to do that.
Yes. In the future I would like to, but not right now.
Your Monitor Resolution:
While the CPU and Motherboard are both the Ivy Bridge (thus fairly new) and the other items are a little on the older side, I have done this, I hope I got it right, in an attempt to get something fairly inexpensively now, but that will also:
a. Operate under the tasks I throw at it; and
b. Allow for upgrading in the future, on a much cheaper method.
@looniam: While the GTX 570 will out perform the 550 ti, for my purposes, the $100+ added to the build cost is not really warranted.
Also, in regards to the HDDs, my ultimate goal is to have a 128GB (maybe more) SSD for OS and often used programs with roughly 2 (again, maybe more) mechanical HDDs. But for right now, a single 1TB HDD is sufficient. I choose the 7200 RPM, 32MB cache drive simply to keep this build on a strict cost/performance basis. I don't want to spend excessively, yet I also don't want to limit my future upgrade options either. So, for now, I'll take a little hit on performance so long as my performance upgrade options remain viable.
looniam and Shockattackr, you two have been tremendous help and have caused me to reevaluate my hardware choices.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
- Good CPU, stick with it
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
- In case you ever decided you wanted to overclock, you need an after market cooler. Stock just wont cut it. Even if you decide against overclocking though, I'm always for having the components run cooler. This particular cooler does a great job, especially for only $30.
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
- Fairly basic motherboard that allows OCing and SLI or CF.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
-Good RAM. Perfect amount, perfect speed.
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
- For mass storage
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.00 @ Adorama)
- An SSD for a boot drive is a must for any 1k build. You will enjoy a substantial increase in the responsiveness of your computer as well as decreased load and boot up times.
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 1.25GB Video Card ($227.86 @ Newegg)
- I think this card will be a happy median between price and performance, both for computing with its CUDA cores in CS6 and also in gaming. Pretty good all around performer in those terms I think. These cards are also particularly good overclockers (supposedly anyways) so paired with MSI's TwinFrozr III cooler, you may be able to get quite a bit extra out of this card...
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
- Case is good enough for your purposes I think
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
- Antec is a great PSU brand, and this should allow enough head room for overclocking GFX card and the CPU!
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Downside to this build is that if you ever wanted to SLI you would have to go get yourself a big expensive PSU. Those 560 TI 448 guzzle power, they need 38 amps of the 12V line, meaning you need a PSU that can provide 76+ amps on the 12V line. You're looking at 1000 Watt PSU territory there. To be honest though, by the time you feel the need to upgrade this, you will probably be better off getting a new card anyway instead of SLI.