~850$First Build, Gaming+PhotoEditing

Approximate Purchase Date: Around DEC-jan

Budget Range: ~850 Before Rebates

System Usage: Gaming,Photo editing,Streaming and downloading.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably a website that offers monthly payments and also going to price match with memory express when able.

Location: Montreal Quebec

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia.


SLI or Crossfire: Depends if sli would be more beneficial then single card within cost range.

Additional Comments: Common gaming practices mostly rts. Photoshop and a few smaller photo editing programs, Audacity, Will use multiple programs at once especially tabs in Firefox ><

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using a 2000 hp compact. So its pretty much time for a real computer, cant even play command and conquer red alert without it being on low settings... Done using a office computer to play games.


Cpu=Was thinking along the i5 range, and maybe the i7 if the cash difference is within 50 (specials and such)

MoBo=Dont have a huge preference for type or brand. Id like to have triple channel,as well as a extra pci slot.

Ram=4+Gb and obviously triple channel

Gpu=Nvidia as stated prior. Depending on price/performance and budget limits would one more expensive one be a better deal or would two lower class cards in sli perform better?

Hdd= Due to pricing i dont think a ssd would be in this build,so best 1T-2T/reliability/price

Psu= Best bang for buck was thinking XFX Black Edition 750W

ODD= I know there's cheaper bluray drive combos but its not needed.

Os=Win 7 or go for 8?

Thanks guys, Any questions let me know, im looking forward to hearing suggestions. Been out of the loop for a long time, so forgive me if i didnt do something or left something amiss.
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  1. This was done at www.newegg.ca

    Has everything you want with windows 7 but a kind of lower end gpu. Still gets great frames for gaming just not on max. You could try to squeeze in a radeon hd 7770 for 30 more dollars. It will get better frames but Im already a little past so I left it out.

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner

    Antec Three Hundred

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular


    Intel Core i5-3570K

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB

    ASUS GTX650-DC-1GD5 GeForce GTX 650 1GB

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
  2. It depends which photgraphic software, you are using, but if anything, nVidia is preferred. Sli does not work well with photo editing, so you are definitely better with a single card, but the GTX650 is pretty pathetic, for gaming.
    The i5-3570K is a good CPU, as you can overclock, but you would need to add an aftermarket cooler, to the above build, plus the Z68 motherboard is far from ideal, as it's better suited to SandyBridge processors.
    Personally, I think you would be better off, by far, if you can squeeze in a GTX660, instead of GTX650, which will give much better gaming, and decent editing performance. Some funds can be freed up, towards that, by using i5-3450 processor, and either ASRock Extreme 4, or ASRock H77 Pro4. The latter is cheaper, although it doesn't give you the ability to add a 2nd nVidia card, but, as I said, that is probably not an issue. You will gain a huge amount more from upgrading GPU, than the small amount you will lose by changing processor, and the mobos will be better too.
    The Antec is a nice case, but some savings could be achieved, by using, perhaps, one of the CoolerMaster Elite range.
    You certainly don't need 700w PSU, if you're not having SLi, 500/550w are plenty, plus I wouldn't recommend OCZ. XFX, PC Power&Cooling, Corsair, Seasonic, are all good providers. That will, again, help towards the better GPU.
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