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Building a new system for photoshop and gaming - Pls advice

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October 30, 2012 6:01:49 PM

To all kind souls out there

I'm looking to build a system primarily for Photoshop/Lightroom (main reason) as well as gaming (e.g. Medal of Honor). I also intend the system to edit video once a while due to work. I came up with a system which I hope you can advise me on. I would look to get a current system. I also hope that this system can last me for the next 2-3 years.

I already have a screen and other computer peripherals which I intend to use; hence, I did not include in my wishlist.

Any suggestions, advice, comments, helpful pointers would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lUYQ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lUYQ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lUYQ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($227.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.76 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $1432.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 30, 2012 6:14:58 PM

looks good you don't need a aftermarket cpu cooler that cpu is locked and unless you plan on running two 7870 you don't need a 750W power supply
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October 30, 2012 6:19:46 PM

That's definitely not a bad start. If you're not going to overclock you don't need a motherboard that expensive. You could go with a full ATX H77 motherboard and save some money there. I definitely get wanting to add Thunderbolt but if you really need it you can get a cheap PCI add in card. I'd also switch out the SSD - Intel SSDs are very overrated and until they get rid of Sandforce I refuse to recommend them.

I'd try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1209.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 30, 2012 8:47:33 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd also switch out the SSD - Intel SSDs are very overrated and until they get rid of Sandforce I refuse to recommend them.
Really, Sandforce may have a few limitations in compressible vs non-compressible data, but they're far from bad.

You can also grab this PSU and save ~$30: Antec 650
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October 31, 2012 11:40:43 PM

Thanks to all the bros for your advice... Now have an idea how to proceed.

Thanks!
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