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August 23, 2012 5:49:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: Around $1100 all together (including monitor and OS)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Editing Photos, videos, internet usage, Office

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, Amazon.com, bhphotovideo.com

Location: Portland, OR -

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (but probably not)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been using this HP Pavilion DV6000 since 2007. It can run Photoshop and Vegas, but not very well. Lately, it has been freezing (for a minute) or just taking a very long time to load. I will also be studying graphic design next year, so I need something that can work at a fast pace. Not planning on a lot of gaming, but will probably slowly get into gaming as time passes. Nothing huge or intensive though.


As I stated, I have about $1100 for the entire build/monitor/OS. I don't know anything about building a computer, but I do have friends that can help as well as youtube.

Any and all help is welcome. Thank you all

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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 6:00:23 PM

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here you go. i left you the option to go crossfire if you decide to do so


This isn't a gaming system so I don't think that's going to matter.

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $939.61
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-23 13:59 EDT-0400)
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 6:02:24 PM

I'd go with TheBigTroll's build. Better GPU.
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August 23, 2012 6:03:01 PM

Thank you both. I do have one question about OS. If I were to buy the OEM OS that you both suggested, would I have to buy a new copy if I upgraded a component, or is it just changing/upgrading the motherboard?
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 6:07:40 PM

azeem40 said:
I'd go with TheBigTroll's build. Better GPU.


On a Photoshop build? I don't think that's going to matter that much.

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Thank you both. I do have one question about OS. If I were to buy the OEM OS that you both suggested, would I have to buy a new copy if I upgraded a component, or is it just changing/upgrading the motherboard?


The OEM license is good for one system only. But apparently with Windows 8 they're expanding that agreement to include system builders.
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August 23, 2012 6:13:24 PM

If I upgraded the HDD after installing the OS, would I still be good with the OEM copy, or would I have to buy another copy?
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 6:41:57 PM

if it is the same motherboard, it would be good

changed up the build a little after the point g-unit brought up about editing photos
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/frs9

the intergrated stuff should handle daily work and non-gaming workloads fine on its own
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August 23, 2012 7:05:11 PM

Would you recommend integrated graphics for video editing as well, or a dedicated card? Currently, I shoot at 720p on my Nikon D7000, but that's because my laptop cannot handle 1080p. Would an integrated be able to handle 720p or 1080p?
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 7:31:14 PM

the editing should be done on the CPU and not the gpu. if you are rendering, it also should be done on the CPU although you can get a dedicated gpu to render that for you. cards such as gtx600 series have cuda to help you do that. the cpu should be more than capable though.

it will handle 1080p rendering no problem
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August 23, 2012 7:34:42 PM

I suppose I could use the integrated for now and always upgrade the GPU later
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August 23, 2012 7:55:01 PM

Not gonna go with either because they both dont have western digital hard drives.
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August 23, 2012 7:55:59 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Not gonna go with either because they both dont have western digital hard drives.


How do the two differ?
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 8:21:55 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Not gonna go with either because they both dont have western digital hard drives.


Why should that matter? I have a Samsung Spinpoint and they are very reliable.
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 10:36:39 PM

hard drives hardly fail anyways. me and my dad had mostly seagates and they have yet to fail. my dad does have a WD black lying in his p4 system though
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 10:42:35 PM

TheBigTroll said:
hard drives hardly fail anyways. me and my dad had mostly seagates and they have yet to fail. my dad does have a WD black lying in his p4 system though


I've used drives from all the major manufacturers. I've found Samsung and Western Digital to be the most reliable (even though Samsung sold their HD division to Seagate last year :lol:  ). I've never had any problems with Seagate although I'm aware they exist, and I've had nothing but problems with Hitachi hard drives.
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2012 10:46:50 PM

toshiba was pretty good too. although the one i have on my dads laptop is causing some blue screens after windows does a bad sector scan. i just ignore it since it doesnt really do too much other than that
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a b C Monitor
August 24, 2012 12:32:13 PM

the i5 3570k cant overclock on the h77 board. either you get a unlocked chip and a z77 board or you dont overclock and get a locked chip and a h77 board like stated in my build. the fact that you are doing video work should also make you get a i7 3770 over the i5 since you could actually use the extra threads

the video card isnt that powerful for gaming. if you are not gaming at all, you dont need one

the case is your call. i like the 302 for its build quality
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August 24, 2012 6:28:40 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the i5 3570k cant overclock on the h77 board. either you get a unlocked chip and a z77 board or you dont overclock and get a locked chip and a h77 board like stated in my build. the fact that you are doing video work should also make you get a i7 3770 over the i5 since you could actually use the extra threads

the video card isnt that powerful for gaming. if you are not gaming at all, you dont need one

the case is your call. i like the 302 for its build quality


Keep in mind though that I won't be doing intensive video editing. All the editing I've done in Vegas has been pretty basic and nothing with a ton of layers, so I don't know if I can justify the i7 over the i5. As for overclocking, I don't really know if I'd ever really need to. The only gaming I think I'd be doing is Minecraft and Portal, just the first two that come to my mind. Not much of a gamer myself. And as for the case, I don't like that the 302 only has USB 3.0 in the front and two case fans.
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a b C Monitor
August 24, 2012 6:51:44 PM

if you are not overclocking, you shouldnt be getting a k chip. get the i5 3450 instead.

the case is your call
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August 24, 2012 6:55:14 PM

TheBigTroll said:
if you are not overclocking, you shouldnt be getting a k chip. get the i5 3450 instead.

the case is your call


Ohhh, that helps. Thank you
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August 31, 2012 12:02:08 AM

Best answer selected by CodyCrazybull.
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