CUSTOM PC BUILD - NEED URGENT HELP

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 http://www.asus.com/Monitors_Projectors/VW222U/
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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  1. pccasegear is an easier site to work with
  2. 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.
  3. 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
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    If you're not planning to overclock:

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    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)
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    Links to Newegg won't work in Australia, where the OP is from.
  6. djangoringo said:
    My suggestion :

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    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: $1000.00
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    Since the 7850 2GB is almost at the same price as the 7870 tahiti le, i think it's worth getting the 7870 for just ~10$ 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.


    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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