First time build


Please see below my current set up that I'm looking to build in the next week or 2.

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: £650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, 3D Modelling (Rhino, Maya, 3DS Max), Autocad, Illustrator

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: London, UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Components I am currently considering:

Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770S CPU (4 x 3.10GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 8Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Corsair 600W Builder Series CX Series CX 80+ Bronze ATX Power Supply

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Four Module Kit

Asus Nvidia GeForce GT 640 Graphics Card

Samsung 128GB 830 Series SSD

Seagate 2TB SATA III Performance HDD ST2000DM001 7200rpm 64MB Cache 7200rpm SATA II Compatible

Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVD Write Optical Drive

Corsair Carbide Series 300R CC-9011014-WW Mid-Tower Gaming Case]

I don't think I've missed anything out but I'm not sure if I've got the correct combination of components or if there is anywhere I can save any money. The thing I'm really unsure on is the graphics card, any suggestions here would be appreciated. I do not intend to do any gaming!

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  1. Your part list looks like its got allot of gaming geared stuff. You could save some cash if you by less flashy stuff and keep it simple.
  2. HAFSIX said:
    Your part list looks like its got allot of gaming geared stuff. You could save some cash if you by less flashy stuff and keep it simple.

    There is nothing in that build geared toward gaming
  3. You don't have an OS listed. might find a cheaper board without SLI. 450W PSU is plenty.

    could drop to 8GB if ram which is normally not even fully utilized, and skip the SSD for now.

    Short of getting an i5 or a really cheap case not a lot else
  4. Why the "S" i7? Get a real one unless cooling is a problem.
  5. Thanks for all of your replies. I did consider the i5 but in the end it was only a £50 saving and I want this build to last 3 years if possible. Again the 450w psu is not saving me much. The SSD is really where I could save the most but I've been told this is money well spent. I didn't realise I'd linked to an i7 'S', will get that sorted.

    So I have a few luxuries on here (SSD and i7) but apart from that is this a solid build for my requirement? I am complete novice and am building for the first time!
  6. IM talking about RAM and what not, I KNOW that particular corsair RAM isnt the lowest price. And does the OP really need a mobo with 3 PCI-E x1 or SLI capable for Photoshop.
  7. The price difference in the RAM was negligible, I don't want to have to open the case again for a couple of years if possible. I wanted scope on the mobo for upgrades to do with my 3d modelling, thanks for your help though. Parts now ordered and waiting delivery!
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