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February 15, 2013 8:49:17 PM

Info:Im looking to buy a computer for my graphic design work though I will also be using it for gaming, I am on quiet a tight budget and I live in Australia but I am able to buy online. It will need to be able to run Black Ops 2 on reasonably high settings and will have to run smoothly whilst running a screen capture [Camtasia] and Photoshop. I will not be doing any extreme video work other than rendering 2-5 minute videos from Sony Vegas Pro. I need to know what parts I should get and what is recommended for my needs!
Approximate Purchase Date: Next month
Budget Range: $600-$1,000 AUD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop work, Screen-recording, Gaming, Video rendering.
Are you buying a monitor: No.
Do you need to buy OS: No.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MSY [www.MSY.com.au], BCC [www.BCCComputers.com.au], PCCG [www.pccasegear.com], Any others AU or Online
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, anything else is I have no preference on.
Overclocking: None.
SLI or Crossfire: None.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Additional Comments: I will mainly be using Photoshop whilst running Camtasia. I will mostly be playing COD Black Ops 2, League of legends, ect.
Why Are You Upgrading: Need an upgrade for graphic design work and gaming.


Thanks In Advance,
-Max

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 8:54:49 PM

pccasegear is an easier site to work with
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 9:07:04 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1000.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Since the 7850 2GB is almost at the same price as the 7870 tahiti le, i think it's worth getting the 7870 for just ~10$ more, this includes the intel xeon 1230 v2 which is an i7 without the on die gpu.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 9:41:51 PM

No reason to purchase a Xeon for a gaming rig (I'll shoot down that suggestion every time, fair warning) , and the Elite 430 is a very poor choice on a $1K build. For Photoshop if you feel it's worth it to get the i7 then definitely.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.00 @ Foxcomp)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $943.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 10:40 EST+1100)

If you're not planning to overclock:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($295.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $979.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 10:44 EST+1100)
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February 15, 2013 9:42:08 PM

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 9:45:20 PM

gtgjon said:
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Links to Newegg won't work in Australia, where the OP is from.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 9:46:34 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1000.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Since the 7850 2GB is almost at the same price as the 7870 tahiti le, i think it's worth getting the 7870 for just ~10$ more, this includes the intel xeon 1230 v2 which is an i7 without the on die gpu.


OP said Photoshop>gaming so this rig is perfect.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 9:51:29 PM

camohanna said:
OP said Photoshop>gaming so this rig is perfect.


You still don't need a Xeon. It's a server processor and isn't really meant to handle consumer / gaming applications.
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February 15, 2013 9:52:13 PM

g-unit1111 said:
No reason to purchase a Xeon for a gaming rig (I'll shoot down that suggestion every time, fair warning) , and the Elite 430 is a very poor choice on a $1K build. For Photoshop if you feel it's worth it to get the i7 then definitely.
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The xeon is worth the cost, since it's for editing, the xeon is as good as the i7, but without the on die gpu,it's perfectly compatible, since it will have a discrete card, it will do.
It can handle all applications as good as the i7-3770, with it, there's room for a ssd.
The elite 430 is a good case for the price, there's nothing wrong with it, it's not one of those flimsy cases, it's a good case for its price.
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