I am a freelance graphic designer and minor gamer (cs 1.6/cs:go). I recently shied away from the iMac 27" due to price and upgrade inability and decided on getting another pc.
I am a print designer so I will not be rendering video or anything to demanding. I loved the appearance of the Maingear Potenza and also tower size is an issue in my little apartment which has led to me to the Maingear Potenza:
I am not looking to build a computer myself. Is there anything you could recommend? There are soo many options on cyberpowerpc and other sites like that and I dont want to choose a motherboard/processor/vcard/ram that dont work efficiently together.
My bad, didnt notice that was a customize build, well cyberpower, ibuypower, origin pc are better than buying a prebuilt pc from dell/hp.
That main gear build itx build only has the option for the mini itx motherboard and when u choose what brand to use intel or amd they only give u options to use their cpu and motherboards, but intel id go for a z77 board and a i7 3770k, if amd get a 970/990fx chipset with an fx 8350.
That main gear mini itx build for amd does not allow for the fx cpu to be used so would go intel for sure, but once u add an i7 the price jumps to $1700 ill try a different site
With using cyberpowerpc, and the others u tend to pay alot more than if u did it urself, but not an issue really.
cyberpowerpc has the mega special II, that i changed, has a i7 3770k, a gigabyte z77 UD3H, a CM seidon 120mm liquid cooler (its free), 16gb 1866mhz, amd 7950, corsair tx 750watt, 2tb, left everything default, has Win7 pro, and the gigabyte board comes with free wifi, and bluetooth card total = $1571
One of the main reasons I chose the Maingear Potenza was the fact that is was small and very stylish/minimal.
I tend to have this pc for 4-5 years and like I said before, I only use it for (photoshop/illustrator/indesign) / (counterstrike/resident evil).
Would you recommend jumping to the i7, or would the i5 be okay? Also, 16gb ram should be sufficient right?
I just dont like the big clunker looking cases that you get with cyberpowerpc and ibuypower... they are hideous
16gb is all most mitx motherboards can take, but should be more than enough, id go i7 for the fact ull be rendering etc, but if ur rlly budget on it, i think an i5 will be fine, its more of most rendering programs will utilize the i7s HT, but games do not so in games the i7 will preforms like the i5, but the i7 is the best choice for rendering etc