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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.