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Building a Gaming / Art workstation machine

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September 23, 2012 11:26:53 PM

Hi there,

I'm hoping to build a gaming system that would allow me to play games such as the Sims 3, The Witcher 2, and Skyrim, etc, with graphics comparable to the console version or better. I also plan on using this computer for photoshop for line art and simple coloring, adobe flash for simple 2-3 minute animations, and adobe premiere for editing stupid, non - HD, movies (CS5). Nothing too extensive.

Budget: $900 - 1000 but willing to go more if absolutely necessary. However, I wish to go lower if possible. If there is a small difference in performance but costs like 50 dollars more, I'm not going to get it.

Processor
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$230

Motherboard
ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60

Heatsink
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30

Ram
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$44

Solid State Drive
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$120

Graphics Card
EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$200

Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$40

OS
Windows 8

$70

PSU
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$75

Total Cost: 869 + Shipping
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The reason I picked this processor is because I have no plans on overclocking the system for couple of years and the processor is a bit faster than the i5 2500k and costs only a few bucks more.

I chose this specific motherboard because the only thing I will be connecting is a monitor and a couple USB cables.

The reason why I chose this specific SSD is because it has a really high read IOPS. Unfortunately, I do not know if that means a really good gaming experience. It has a lower write speed than the other SSD's I've seen.

I picked this PSU as a precaution. I have a 450 watt one but I do not know if that is enough wattage.

No plans on buying a dvd/blue ray drive. I have a usb one.

My reasons for posting is to make sure I did it right. When I looked at the suggested gaming build, I noticed that they paid nearly 1000-1500 on a budget gaming computer and my budget is significantly lower. So. . . How did I do?

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September 24, 2012 12:48:41 AM

Thanks Azeem.

I had to edit something. Sorry for not mentioning it but I do plan on overclocking after a couple years.

When I checked some of the PC requirements of a couple of games, I think I may want to get the Radeon HD 7950 video card.

I'm still debating the SSD and the 7200rpm HDD. While the hard drive is cheaper, I want to get an SSD drive for the file access speed.
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September 24, 2012 4:06:10 AM

Windows and drivers will take about 35 GB, and between games and videos, you're going to run out of space on a 128 GB SSD. I'm not saying you couldn't live with the small size, but it will become an annoyance at some point.

If you're not going to overclock for a while, you could save some money and wait to buy an after market cooler until you need it.
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