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First Build, Gaming and Image Editing

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Last response: in Systems
February 3, 2013 2:43:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early/Mid March

Budget Range: 1500, preferably under 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Imaging (Photoshop, Manga Studio, Illustrator, Indesign), gaming, video editing, word processing, general internet surfing/video watching, heavy multitasking

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New Build/first build

NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case

ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R

Hard Drives:
Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

x2 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive:
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive Model UH12NS29 - OEM

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: New Jersey, United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet pc. Need to be able to multi-task (i.e. photoshop, streaming, video, voice chat, browser--handling multiple images being open and/or edited at the same time). Would love some advice on a CPU fan and on the build
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am a digital illustrator and a student and need a new work station. My current computer is a pre-built dell from staples and the year and a half I've owned it have been nothing but a hell of replacing failing parts. I've learned my lesson and want to make my own build. I need something that can handle large image files as well as gaming.

Thank you for your time!

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