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January 30, 2013 4:14:39 AM

Hi,
I'm new to this forum. Found it through Google. I'm in need of some real help. I've built pc's in past but it was about 6-7 years back . I'm planning to build a PC for mostly photography related work. I'm a amateur photographer and use some Adobe and Nik Software apps for processing. I don't want the best of the best but something that runs for a while. I want to spend between $1000-1200, so tough on budget.

I've come up with the following config (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ApLY):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($297.10 @ Amazon)
Total: $1183.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 01:16 EST-0500)

I have already purchased the Dell Monitor and the Seagate HDD and planning to buy the rest ASAP. It would be a great help to get the config reviewed and any suggestions would be welcome.
Thanks a lot for stopping by.

-Abhishek Chandra

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January 30, 2013 4:35:31 AM

Hello... A GPU for your build?
January 30, 2013 4:43:48 AM

Overall it looks like a solid build. For your application you will probably be fine with using the integrated graphics on the CPU.
If you populate only 3 of the 4 memory slots you won't be able to run in dual channel mode. Not the end of the world, but you might as well stick with an 8GB kit until you can afford to go to a full 16GB.
Your power supply should be adequate for what you have now, but if you add a discrete graphics card in the future (or multiple extra drives) you'll be pushing it.
One last observation: the case should give you good airflow but might be a bit loud when the CPU is under full load (probably won't happen too often). Not something that would bother most people, but consider that when you plan where to place the system.
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January 30, 2013 4:58:28 AM

I am pretty sure that an AMD build for your purposes will be just as good as Intel
Went with a stable ASUS motherboard with good VRM and good CRM cooling
Also swapped in the aforementioned Antec Neo 620
Put in a 7950 since those work way better for GPU compute unless your program only supports CUDA acceleration in which case get an Nvidia card. Even if you don't use gpu acceleration, get a low end card like the 650 or 7750 for $100 since they will definitely have better rendering/refresh times than the Intel chip (sort of think of the money saved from not getting the more expensive Intel chip and motherboard being used to get better graphics)
Oh and 2x8GB will give more ram for cheaper and better performance than 3x4gb due to the way ram channels are arranged

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($297.10 @ Amazon)
Total: $1350.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 01:53 EST-0500)
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