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Light Gaming/ Lightroom and CS6

Hey guys this site is a HUUUUUGEEEE help, i've been searching for parts for 4 days 10hrs just in reading but I think i've got my build together. I'd like to know if there is anything to improve on cost wise though. I'm at my budget limit with what I have now.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wl32
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wl32/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wl32/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RI 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1128.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 08:12 EST-0500)

Approximate Purchase Date:: this week in 3 days


Budget Range: Under $1100


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing CS6/Lightroom, Light Video Work, Occasional Gaming,etc.


Are you buying a monitor: Not now, will be buying 24"s when a deal shows up

Do you need to buy OS: no/ win7 64bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg,amazon,microcenter

Location: Cleveland, OH

Parts Preferences: none really just reliable

Overclocking: maybe mild OC

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later not for a while.

Additional Comments: Im thinking the hdd and ssd could be where money can be shaved. I chose 1 hdd for storage and scratch disk, 1 ssd for the OS, and 1 SSD for applications. Not sure if I need 4 drives or if this is ok or if I could use a smaller OS drive or what.


Currently doing all this and more on a upgraded MSI u100, i've beat this thing into submission so i need a desktop.
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  1. well you cant overclock with a non-k chip.

    id get this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wlcq

    and the xeon e3 1230v2. its a i7 3770, but without graphics at the cost of a i5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117286
  2. TheBigTroll said:
    well you cant overclock with a non-k chip.

    id get this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wlcq

    and the xeon e3 1230v2. its a i7 3770, but without graphics at the cost of a i5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117286


    Doh! missed that on part picker. the K version is actually $229 at microcenter which is 20 minutes from me so I guess i need to adjust the price on that part.

    now are you suggesting to remove one of the ssd drives and get a single larger one? im not too keen on using RAM as scratch disk using the AMD utility you spoke of in a build I saw you assist in before.

    Also the build is going to be HEAVY on photo processing in RAW format so would that RAM be a downgrade or does it even matter, because that'd save me a few $$$.

    I guess my budget is $875-$1100 i dont have to hit at that bottom mark but I want some years out of this build. Thanks for any help.
  3. Best answer
    if. if the 3770k is that cheap, go ahead and get that instead

    a single drive is more suitable. the ramdisk im speaking of is literally 10x faster. if you are doing it, grab another kit to get 32gb of ram for the system. you will need it.

    its the same ram. just in a different branding. actually its faster than the kingston you have there
  4. anyone else have any opinions on things? I'm actually on my way now to get the i7
  5. Best answer selected by cornbreadxd.
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