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December 30, 2012 6:46:51 AM

alright so i get to build my first computer in a few days, so i need help deciding on a few things. my limit is $1500-$1800 ($1850 max). i will be using this computer for school work (graphic/webpage design major), gaming, and i want to try and start a youtube channel.
I have 2 builds that im looking at but not sure which route i want to take.

On this first build i just plan on using my 32" tv as my monitor and buying the extra stuff at the buttom. ($1,800)

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NZXT Phantom 410 ATX Mid Tower
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3
SanDisk Extreme 120GB SATA III
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM SATA
Rosewill HIVE Series 750W Continuous
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i
LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 11
Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Studio Headphones
Microphone Pop Filter
On Stage Stands Tripod Boom Stand


For the second build i was going to buy two 20" monitors and speakers and cheap out on the headset/mic. ($1,850)

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NZXT Phantom 410 ATX Mid Tower
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
SanDisk Extreme 120GB SATA III
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
Rosewill HIVE Series 750W Continuous
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i
LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

ASUS VS208N-P Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor (two)
Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System
RAZER Electra 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Essential Gaming & Music Headset

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December 30, 2012 11:11:57 AM

Dont choose a Rosewill PSU got with either: Antec, SilverStone, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling

both builds look good it all depends (stick with 16GB RAM for both)

I would probably go with the 2nd build cause i can game on one monitor and design *** on the other
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December 30, 2012 1:02:17 PM

Rosewill is probably OK, Seasonic PSU's tend to be the best quality around though. The reason Corsair/Antec PSU's are recommended a lot is because Seasonic makes most of their better ones. Also, 750W is far more than you need, I'd just get a top quality ~500-550W model.
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December 30, 2012 1:04:47 PM

750W would allow for SLI/CF
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December 30, 2012 1:22:53 PM

i have

-a board that you will actually use all the features that are onboard
-a much cheaper cooler that will perform around the same for what you are using it for
-a gtx 670 as it is better for the adobe suite
-better psu although the hive series are ok
-larger SSD
-better monitor
- do not get blu-ray if you are not to watch blu rays twice a week
- dont get a razer headset if you are looking for sound quality

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uZ5f
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December 30, 2012 1:35:51 PM

TheBigTroll said:
i have

-a board that you will actually use all the features that are onboard
-a much cheaper cooler that will perform around the same for what you are using it for
-a gtx 670 as it is better for the adobe suite
-better psu although the hive series are ok
-larger SSD
-better monitor
- do not get blu-ray if you are not to watch blu rays twice a week
- dont get a razer headset if you are looking for sound quality

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uZ5f



Haha you sure do love that case :p , cant really talk i love the Corsair cases especially the 500R
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December 30, 2012 3:45:19 PM

i found the 550D, a silent version of the 500R, tight on cabling space.
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December 30, 2012 4:01:08 PM

why should i pick the Asus P8Z77-V LK over the regular -V?
and i was hoping to get 2 monitors so with the one suggested that would be impossible.
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December 30, 2012 4:01:21 PM

R4 is sleek and nice I would get it but I would miss my LEDs and the position of the front interface would annoy me.
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December 30, 2012 4:05:21 PM

spamquack said:
why should i pick the Asus P8Z77-V LK over the regular -V?
and i was hoping to get 2 monitors so with the one suggested that would be impossible.


well are you going to use ALL of the ports provided? if not, there is no point given its a 70 dollar increase for something that you dont use

i dont see how. you just put them side by side.
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December 30, 2012 4:05:46 PM

Even though the V is more expensive it doesnt mean that you will be using all the features of it or they wont even matter so its better to save the extra cash.

check the compairson out of these too and tell me exactly what u see different and u will see that its not even worth it to get the V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-837^13-131-837-02%23%2C13-131-820^13-131-820-TS
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December 30, 2012 4:17:49 PM

alright so ill switch to the p8z77-v lk.
and i meant with the cost of the monitors i wouldn't be able to buy 2 of them.
is Nvidia better for working with adobe?
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December 30, 2012 4:27:18 PM

overall, yes

another thing is that can you work 2x as fast with 2 monitors? i personally cant. if you have a old monitor, hook that up to your rig with the one monitor and see how it goes first before you instantly spring for 2
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December 30, 2012 7:03:19 PM

I think the vast majority of people would work better on 2 monitors, don't worry about that bit, especially on this budget.
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December 30, 2012 8:30:29 PM

only reason id specially get 2 monitors is when i know that 2 monitors = 2x the working speed, which is never the case.

the only way i can think of working 2x as fast is to run 2 VMs on one rig, both with its own set of peripherals
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December 31, 2012 3:20:49 AM

I got my desktop hooked up to my TV so I can use that as a second monitor and game on my original PC monitor
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