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September 23, 2012 10:35:37 PM

My gaming rig is just too old to use and I no longer game...

But.. I do a LOT of photo editing using Photoshop CS & Lightroom 3.

I can go a bit over $500 but I don't want to go crazy.

I can salvage the following from my current build which will help:


1. PSU (OCZ GSX700)

2. GFX card (EVGA 8800GTS 512MB PCI-E)

3. Full Tower Cooler Master Wave Master Case

4. Windows 7 Pro

5. 2 WD internal drives that I use for backup of photo's & music (I think one is a 1200RPM and the other a 7200RPM)

6. DVD drive (Plexor)


I am leaning towards an 1155 socket CPU. Probably an i7 of some sort.. But I am open to suggestions. I also want an SSD for my primary drive and at least 8 GB of RAM.

Any and all help would be appreciated!

Thank you all in advance.
September 24, 2012 2:10:49 PM


How does something like this look?...



Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770 ($305)


Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/HDMI, DVI Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-D3H ($145)


Corsair 8 GB Vengeance Low Profile 1866 MHz (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 240-Pin Duel Channel Memory Kit ( CML8GX3M2A1866C9B) ($64)


*I have an OCZ Vertex III 120GB SSD at home also that I just purchased that I was going to return due to it not working in my current build but I can keep it and use it for primary drive on new build..... I think...
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September 24, 2012 7:27:43 PM

You can go with an i5-3570k and save some money, and you won't notice a difference. I would return the OCZ SSD. They are really unreliable. A brand such as corsair, intel, or samsung is the best for SSD's. I included a little better ram in this build, and if you want to game, you need to increase your GPU. Here it is

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ipPf
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September 25, 2012 1:35:20 PM

Why the downgrade in Mobo and why is the ram you picked better than what I had up there?

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September 25, 2012 2:12:36 PM

There are two main differences between the boards.
MSI-Supports RAM speeds from 1066 through 2800. Has one less PCI 2.0 express connector
Gigabyte-supports RAM speeds 1066, 1333,1600, and 2400. It skips a lot of intermediate RAM speeds.
So really, its not a downgrade.

Also, the RAM I chose is faster. The RAM you had chosen is also not supported by the motherboard you had picked.
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September 25, 2012 2:23:30 PM

Ah ok!.. Thank you!.. I have never used MSI Mobo's.. Always Asus and Gigabyte.. MSI good boards?

I was also looking for a board with 8 USB jacks in back. This one you recommended looks like it only has 6 with the other 2 being SATA ports maybe?. MSI board you can recommend that is equivalent to this one with more USB jacks?
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September 25, 2012 2:26:27 PM

I personally only use asus, gigabyte, or asrock, but my friend has used msi's and his own personal board he has had for 4 years and he has had no issues at all. I've only heard good things, with the exception of a couple DOA, but that is with any electronic component.

Edit: forgot to find a board with more ports. Here you go. Just as a side note, the board may need a BIOS update to use the i5-3570k. I couldn't find a board with that many USB ports that was a z77. This is a z67.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 25, 2012 2:32:52 PM

Inocense said:
http://www.amazon.com/G-Skill-PC3-17000-2133MHz-Ripjaws...

these any good?.. I kinda want to stick with blue heat sinks. I will not be playing games on this comp nor will I have an after market cooler to worry about in regards to profile on the RAM.

Any 8GB blue set you can recommend?

This is just as good as the RAM you picked, just a little cheaper.

Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 25, 2012 3:09:49 PM

Inocense said:
How bout this one?..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am I driving you crazy yet?... lol

I don't know about Pat memory.. Cheap and I feel unreliable..

Nice find. Looks like a great board and I really like asrock.
I personally use patriot memory in a couple of my own builds, and i never had an issue. I even have a patriot flash drive that I really like. Plus, I like helping people, its fun. :) 
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September 25, 2012 4:18:04 PM

Ok.. How about this....?...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ivn5

Thoughts?..

Changed it around a bit...

The i7 is only like $40 more than the i5 so I figured I would throw it back in... lol..
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September 25, 2012 4:50:55 PM

Looks good, but no graphics card.
MSI 7770 is a really good card for the money.
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September 25, 2012 4:52:56 PM


I have been doing ok with my EVGA 8800 so I don't think I need to upgrade right now.. And actually after thinking about it I am gonna just put the 8GB of ram in the new build. I can always add on later.
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September 25, 2012 6:12:14 PM

That is exactly what I would do with the RAM. If the 8800 is still going good and you are happy, then I would keep it. Hope this system works well for you!
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September 25, 2012 6:15:08 PM

Me too!.. Thanks SO much for ALL your help!.. I will let you know!

:) 
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September 25, 2012 6:15:52 PM

Inocense said:
Me too!.. Thanks SO much for ALL your help!.. I will let you know!

:) 

Any time! :D 
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October 8, 2012 7:35:13 PM

Build is up and smokin!.. boot time of about 12 seconds before purring like a kitten!..

Everything came together perfect although with the Fatality ASRock Mobo I chose I would have purchased more RAM if I would have known that it allowed you to make a RAM disk so easily for photoshop, lightroom, etc.. Could have dedicated a full 2+gb's directly to that.. I can throw another 4GB of ram in there but then all 4 slots are full. That is the only thing I would have done differently.

Other than that.. The machine runs beautifully!!!..

Thank you again!!!
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October 8, 2012 7:35:39 PM

Best answer selected by Inocense.
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October 8, 2012 7:54:32 PM

Awesome! Glad I could help out!
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