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November 19, 2012 2:07:44 AM

Hi, this future system build will be used for photoshop, xara, illustrator, other cs6 programs, a little bit of maya, mud box, 3ds max ect... And some gaming. I am trying to keep the budget as low as possible yet still retaining the same performance that I have here already. Also, will this be enough quality for what I want to do with it? Alright, here are the specs so far:


Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2-75
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz-330
Gpu: DIAMOND 7870PE52G Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit-230
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M-140
Ssd: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW-110
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM x2-100
Power supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE-40
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB-40
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212-30

:)  I hope it's good! Any comments, suggestions, remarks or feedback you have are greatly appreciated!

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November 19, 2012 6:06:30 AM
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Basically fine, but a couple of obsevations:

Case: The 690 is a decent case. There have been numerous versions. Not that the old versions were bad, but always suggest double-checking which version you're actually buying.

GPU: The HD7870 is good GPU. Personally would prefer Gigabyte, MSI, or XFX, to Diamond. You also need to be aware, if not already: if you are using Windows version of CS6 for video, it uses Mercury Playback Engine, which, in turn, uses CUDA (exclusive to nVidia based GPUs), for graphic acceleration. Doesn't mean AMD won't work, but you lose that "speed" feature, with them. Adobe recommend Quadro, or nVidia, for their CUDA capability. Not a huge issue, but something to be aware of.

Mobo: ASRock is OK, and decent value. Would personally prefer to spend a little more, for the quality of Asus, or Gigabyte.

PSU: The CX500 is adequate, but may be worth considering XFX550.

RAM: CS6 "eats" RAM. It's not a bad idea to get 16GB(2x8GB). You don't specify EXACT RAM, but you want 1600MHz Cas 9 (or 10) DDR3, with voltage 1.5, or below.

CPU Cooler: I take it you mean 212Evo, that's the best one.
November 19, 2012 5:15:16 PM

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