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January 13, 2013 5:07:11 PM

Hi there, first time builder looking for some advice

I plan to use the computer to run Adobe Premiere, After effects, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop. I am not a gamer.


Trying to keep it under $900 with shipping and tax.

I have been looking through for parts, as I'm from Canada

Currently I have this list:


Intel Core i7-3770K - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo) $320

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard $120

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply $60

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card $100

WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Drive $50

Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), $50

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case $50

Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner $20

Tax $40

S&H $20


Total $830

I have a 3 TB external hard drive, so I think that the 500GB one should be enough.

What I'm not sure about is:

  • Am I wasting my money on the GTX 650 Graphics Card. I was thinking just to use the internal one from the i7 and upgrade later if i need too

  • Is it better to take the money from the graphics card and put it towards more ram {16 Gb total}

    Any help is appreciated!!


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    January 13, 2013 5:34:51 PM

    you didn't say if you plan to overclock cpu, if not get i7-3770
    if you plan to run on integrated graphics, that PSU is too much, get a quality PSU from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone. ~ 550w. At least 80+ bronze quality. And even if you add gpu later you won't have to change it .

    You're using adobe package and it has some features that are accelerated by gtx cuda cores, which might come in handy.
    Also 16GB of ram might be of use when you're rendering videos in premiere
    January 13, 2013 6:33:07 PM

    butremor said:
    you didn't say if you plan to overclock cpu, if not get i7-3770
    if you plan to run on integrated graphics, that PSU is too much, get a quality PSU from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone. ~ 550w. At least 80+ bronze quality. And even if you add gpu later you won't have to change it .


    Not only is that power supply overkill it's from a horrendous manufacturer at that.

    Quote:
    I have a 3 TB external hard drive, so I think that the 500GB one should be enough.


    If you have an external that large why not go SSD? You won't benefit from overclocking for your uses so I would not recommend purchasing the unlocked i7.

    Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $975.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 15:33 EST-0500)
    January 13, 2013 8:06:17 PM

    Awesome suggestions! Thanks for the advice
    !