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November 21, 2012 9:29:06 PM

Hello Toms Hardware! It's been a year since I built my first computer, which I love. Black friday is rolling around and my very best friend wants me to build her one. Unlike me, she's not a gamer- she is a graphic design student. This computer will mainly be used to browse facebook, play the occasional game, and run lots of photo editing /drawing software simultaneously (Indesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc). I built my pc about a year ago, without black friday deals, for around 600 and it does everything she needs her pc to do. Since it's been a year, and we're no longer needing to spend 90$ on a 500gb harddrive, and it's black friday, I figure I can build her something similiar if not better than mine for around the same price.

Granted guys, here's a few things you should know.
1) We won't ever overclock. Don't know how. Not an issue.
2) My PC was built for gaming, and I really don't know what her pc needs. I made a build, but I would love for you guys to edit it as needed! I can go a bit overbudget if needed, but I'd like to stay in the 600 dollar range.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
39.99 NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Picked this case because it's the one I used for my build and I kinda love it.

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
89.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
3gb for 89.99? Seems like a great BF deal =D

Graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
169.99 Didn't really know what she'd need, but the price is 70 bucks off and it's a better card than what I have.

Power: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
64.99 Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
It's 650watts and it's antec. I kinda have a power phobia- when I was a kid I upgraded the GPU in my comp but not the power and my motherboard fried. I'd rather she have too much than too little. Is this enough?


CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
129.99 Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220
Okay I don't know what kind of CPU she needs. I'm using a i3 2100, and it runs what she needs so I know this will do the job. If there are better options out there though, I'm all ears.

MOBO:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
109.99 GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Not gonna lie, have no idea what she needs for a mobo... Picked this because it comes with 8gb free ram and reviews were good


Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
FREE with mobo, bf deal.


Disc drive; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
19.99 simple cheap


Total: 624.93 before shipping/random rebates



If you guys have advice/concerns, let me know!

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November 22, 2012 5:25:14 AM

i can't say from experience, but i think i've heard that graphic design and things like that are CPU intensive, and use a lot of RAM.

CPU: if the programs she used are very cpu intensive, get an i5 or i7 cpu.

ram: running multiple programs will use a lot of ram, if she does that a lot, get 2x 8GB to prevent slow downs.

case: shouldn't you pick one she likes, rather than the one you like? plus, a different looking case will make it easier to tell your computers apart xD

mobo: if you're never going to overclock, get a mobo with a h77 chipset instead of a z77. basically the same thing, but no OC support and a bit cheaper.

hard drive: if you think she will use the 3 TB, get it. otherwise it might save some money if you downgraded to a 1 TB.

remember, i'm not an expert, do the research yourself before commiting to anything.
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November 22, 2012 5:35:52 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $532.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 02:34 EST-0500)

Pretty much cheaper and better for her needs. She doesn't need a great video card for those things she needs but she does need CUDA which the 640 can help with. The SSD will practically speed up every software she's going to use.

MORE CORES MORE POWER( in this case)
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November 22, 2012 2:55:29 PM

I changed out the CPU/mobo and the card and added more ram.


Processor: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz 194.99
Motherboard: BIOSTAR H77MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard 69.99
RAM: Gskill 8gb 24.99 buying 2 of them so 49.98
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100358VXL Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card 129.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 69.99
Case: NZXT 39.99
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 64.99
DVD Burner: asus 19.99


total price:639.91

What about this? She does game a little bit, so I want her computer to have a card decent enough to play smaller games simply. I also don't know ANYTHING about SSDS- how to install them, how to make them work, what they do... I was planning on staying away from them completely, but I guess I'm not adverse to learning more.
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November 23, 2012 5:22:04 AM

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November 23, 2012 8:01:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $486.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 05:00 EST-0500)

This is better then. Won't need the brunt force of the i5. The FX 6300 is better than the i3 3220 in these kinds of times. 7770 is on sale.
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