New Build, $1000 - $1600

Approximate Purchase Date: Close to the end of this month

Budget Range: $1000-$1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I am currently in school for a degree in computer tech and I do some graphic design and web development on the side. This computer will be used to run programs such as Photoshop CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Microsoft Visual Studio, Sql Server and also be used as a gaming set up as well.

Are you buying a monitor: No(I have a monitor that is 1080p)

Parts to Upgrade: New Build.

Do you need to buy OS: No(Currently have Windows 7 Pro, Ultimate and Windows 8)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, would not be opposed to other websites as well.

Location: I live in the Greenville - Spartanburg area of South Carolina

Parts Preferences: I prefer this to be an intel build.

Overclocking: Yes - at a future date.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - at a future date.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is the current build that I have:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (329.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme9 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (299.99
RAM: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (78.99
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (99.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (409.99
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case (159.99
PSU: Thermaltake Black Widow 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (129.99
Optical: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (59.99
Total Cost: $1575.39 (Including shipping and rebates)

I am making this build because I have not had a desktop in several years. I am fairly well versed in computer hardware, however I am honestly not sure what kind of RAM I should get or the brand of PSU. I have chosen what I have above simply because it is what I remember being good brands from several years ago(obviously this can change and I am open to suggestions). I am also considering holding off on getting a video card right off the bat and using the Intel on chip graphics, this will cut $410 from the intial build.(I am also open to other graphics card options, I do want something highend so that I can add another card later).

Any input and ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for all your help in advanced. :D
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  1. hi
    overall good build
    few notes though:
    lol wth, you don't need mobo that expensive - asrock extreme4 is good.
    Not sure why would you need sli option, as gtx670 is pretty much everything you need. And adobe software has features that are accelerated by nvidia cuda cores, so just stay with gtx670. If you decide that you don't need second gpu switch to 550-600W psu.
    If you're set on overclocking I advise to get better cpu cooler - like CM 212 EVO. ~ 25$
    For ram you need the kind with low heatspreaders to avoid it troubling installing 212 evo.
  2. AMD FX 8350 is also an option if you are mostly doing multithread work(it is on par with i7 3770k in multithread use and is a whole lot cheaper, even cheaper than the i5 3570k)

    but since you want an intel build, i will make you one based on intel for working.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1305.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 16:09 EST-0500)

    i would add inside another 1080p monitor.

    Note: the case is a very high quality case and for this kind of price it is a steal. It is very slick and sleek there is a non window version if you don't want it and the original price of this is usually $120. If you want to get another case, i recommend 500R or Cooler Master Haf XM.

    If you really want that full tower(really not needed and wastes quite a lot of space) get the Storm styker from cooler master
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