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November 4, 2012 9:49:11 PM

Well, I was going to build a machine back in April, but ran into some budget issues. I've got the resources to build a machine again, but the old recommendation was a bit out dated I believe.

Budget Range: $600-$1100

System Usage: I'm a full time freelance web developer, and I'm looking to upgrade to something that will help me work faster. I use EclipsePDT IDE, and running a debugger sometimes takes 30 seconds to get started. Some of my projects have MongoDB, or Magento, (not at once) both of which can take 10-20 seconds for pages to load sometimes.

Gaming is a low secondary, which is why I went with a cheap-ish video card. More efficient web development is the priority, which is why I went with the 3570, 16gb ram, SSD.

I have not gone over 100gb of disk usage on my 320gb drive, so the 128gb ssd will be plenty of room.

Current System: (Just to give perspective) I currently have windows experience index 5.9, with the disk transfer rate at 5.9, cpu and ram at 6.3, and graphics at 7.3. AMD 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6400+ 3.20 GHz, 4gb ram (the other 4 died a month or two ago.) ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.

Build Idea: Here's what I've scrounged up after reading a handful of reviews and searching through newegg reviews.

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $777.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I'm pretty good with software and web development, but clueless about hardware, so any feedback or suggestions would be well appreciated.

Thanks guys!
November 4, 2012 9:58:30 PM

Looks like a solid build, although I don't know that the HD 6770 would be best for proffessional purposes like web designing, it's more geared towards gaming.
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November 4, 2012 10:10:54 PM

Thomas Creel said:
Looks like a solid build, although I don't know that the HD 6770 would be best for proffessional purposes like web designing, it's more geared towards gaming.


My main desire was to have two DVI outputs, and an average card. What would a "professional" card be like?
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November 5, 2012 1:17:36 AM

Someone on reddit suggested that I may not need the z77 if I'm not overclocking. My main reason to get the z77 was the alternative I was considering Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 gives me a "Bios" warning because of Ivy Bridge and the processor picked. Anyone know if that z68 has any issues with the ivy bridge? Is z77 fine?
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November 5, 2012 3:14:55 AM

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=707...

Would read this to inform yourself, and what I meant by "Professional" was simply business entry cards but now that I think about it I doubt you will need any of that.
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November 5, 2012 8:02:25 PM

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November 5, 2012 8:03:14 PM

Alrighty then. Appreciate that link. Read through it. Emailed a few people and they said it was basically good for what I wanted. Thanks for the help. /thread
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