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August 2, 2012 8:08:50 PM

I'm looking to put together a sub-$600 desktop that can run GW2 well, as well as for general use and drawing on my intuos tablet with SAI and Photoshop.
First time trying to put together a desktop, so if any of the components look totally wrong or if you have any better suggestions, I would love to get some feedback.

Also I'm still trying to decide what to do about my hard drive, I'm considering between:
1. 120 gb ssd and an hdd
2. 120 gb ssd and get an hdd/external later
3. hdd and get an 120 gb sdd later
4. 240 gb ssd and get external hdd as necessary

I'm currently using a 500 gb laptop, and using ~300 gb (200 gb is being used up by random files I'm keeping just for the sake of keeping), so I think I could get by with just 120 gb ssd, but I feel like it'll be a bit on the tight end.

Thanks in advance!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: HEC Blitz Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $537.48
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 15:59 EDT-0400)
August 2, 2012 8:32:46 PM

Whoops, forgot to add this:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) 500-700, but prefer to stay on the lower end unless there's a very good reason (ie good performance to cost ratio)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, drawing on photoshop/sai (large canvas size), internet surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but budgeting separately (although suggestions on monitors would be nice too)



Parts to Upgrade: everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, but I'm open to whatever's the cheapest option

Location: City, State/Region, Country - San Jose, CA

Parts Preferences: No real preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (would like option, but unsure if necessary?)

Your Monitor Resolution: No monitor yet, the higher the resolution the better.

Additional Comments: Planning to play Guild Wars 2, tend to have lots of windows open in chrome, planning to use 2+ monitors.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just got out of college so having a portable laptop is no longer as necessary, looking to get a desktop that can run games well and avoid overheating problems.
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August 2, 2012 8:37:42 PM

I think I'd forgo the SSD for now - you can always add one in later. Those HEC cases are pretty much junk, I'd avoid them.

This would be a better use of $600:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $620.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 16:37 EDT-0400)
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August 2, 2012 9:22:41 PM

Thanks for the feedback, it definitely looks much better than what I had in mind. Given that the 1 tb hdd you linked here looks like an insanely nice deal, I probably will just hold off on the SDD. Just a couple questions though, is a 600w power supply necessary for this build? and is the sapphire radeon hd 6870 a very significant improvement over the 6850?
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August 2, 2012 9:33:35 PM

cowsarecoolXD said:
Thanks for the feedback, it definitely looks much better than what I had in mind. Given that the 1 tb hdd you linked here looks like an insanely nice deal, I probably will just hold off on the SDD. Just a couple questions though, is a 600w power supply necessary for this build? and is the sapphire radeon hd 6870 a very significant improvement over the 6850?


A 600W will give you enough room to add a second 6870 later on if you want to.

6850 vs. 6870: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=540
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August 2, 2012 9:40:50 PM

Best answer selected by cowsarecoolXD.
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August 2, 2012 9:41:38 PM

Sounds good, I'll probably go with something more or less like the build you linked. Thanks again for the help.
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