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$2,000 Photo editing and Gaming Workstation

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September 10, 2012 6:37:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late September/ early October

Budget Range: Under $2000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop and Illustrator, gaming , surfing the Internet, sometimes watching movies. I'm also interested in Makerbot's cnc and 3d printer, but I don't think this would change system requirements.

Parts Required: All

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon, I also live near a microcenter

Location: Chicago, IL (though I might be moving to Europe in the next year or two)

Parts list:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz $329.99@Newegg
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $134.99@Newegg
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB $419.99@Newegg
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $97.99@Newegg
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB $99.99@Newegg
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM $109.99
Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $19.99@Newegg
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99@Newegg
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply $59.99@Newegg
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 $36.99@Newegg
Monitor: ASUS PA248Q Black 24.1" $339.99@Newegg
Mouse: Logitech G400 $44.99@Newegg
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 $47.99@Newegg
Speakers: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speakers $24.99@Newegg
OP : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99

Total: $1967.85

Overclocking: Probably later when I feel more confident and more familiar with my build.

Crossfire: Eventually

Eyefinity: Not sure, I think I'd like the option available if I decide to in the future.

Water Cooling: Maybe, if it is needed when I start overclocking and decide to add a second graphics card

So this will be my first homebuilt computer. The last time I owned a PC was 6 years ago and was an out of the box dell.

Additional questions:
Would moving overseas effect this build at all? All I can think of is I would need a new plug for the PSU and monitor.

I'd like a blu-ray drive to be able to play movies, but I don't think I'd ever burn blu-rays, would it be better to have two separate drives? One for burning cds and dvds and one for playing media? I've also read that I would need to buy software to play blu-rays. The blu-ray drive would be over budget at this time, but are there any drives that come with good software?

Is there anything else I should include in this build?

Thanks!
September 10, 2012 6:55:04 AM

That PSU will not support CF of that PSU as it is not a true 700W PSU. Get the TX750 V2 if you want to CF in the future.
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September 11, 2012 1:26:12 AM

fire r a g e said:
That PSU will not support CF of that PSU as it is not a true 700W PSU. Get the TX750 V2 if you want to CF in the future.


Thanks, that would have been a pain!
September 11, 2012 7:18:16 AM

TheBigTroll said:
get this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h4Ew

if you want the phantom 410, go ahead but the design will be dated quickly

keyboard: built by filco and is a gaming keyboard. much better than the sidewinder x4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Could you elaborate on why you suggested the 660 ti over the 7970 instead of say the 670?

When you say the phantom 410 will become dated, do you mean aesthetically or in regards to future upgrades and expansion?

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September 11, 2012 7:36:52 AM
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Tweaked Troll's build:PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($392.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($128.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.46 @ Amazon)
Total: $1395.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 03:36 EDT-0400)
September 11, 2012 10:44:12 AM

houdini87 said:
Could you elaborate on why you suggested the 660 ti over the 7970 instead of say the 670?

When you say the phantom 410 will become dated, do you mean aesthetically or in regards to future upgrades and expansion?


whoops. go with firerages post. he fixed that
September 11, 2012 11:27:21 AM

if you can squeeze it go with a ducky shine mx (brown/black or something) and their specific led color you want as a keyboard it's awesome.
September 22, 2012 11:36:07 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback
September 22, 2012 11:36:53 PM

Best answer selected by houdini87.
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