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[New build] Help me take $400 off my build

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February 24, 2013 9:27:34 PM

Hi all,

I'm building a pc for uni and I use it mainly for photoshop, illustrator and AutoCAD. I have the following build put together but it's $400 over my budget.

I7 3770K 3.4Ghz
ASUS P8B75-M Motherboard
G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Crossfire 27Q
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB OC
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB


I saw the other thread on a build for photoshop/illustrator and I would probably swap the I7 out and get an AMD cpu. And also the monitor is just a "nice to have" so I'm open to other cheaper alternatives.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


Thank you :) 

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February 24, 2013 9:28:51 PM

What's your budget and what you need? Only case or monitor and OS too?
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February 24, 2013 9:33:50 PM

My budget is around $1400 for everything except OS. Case, monitor, mouse/keyboard all included
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February 24, 2013 9:34:39 PM

Are you planning on overclocking?
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February 24, 2013 9:35:34 PM

rezniv said:
My budget is around $1400 for everything except OS. Case, monitor, mouse/keyboard all included


And a last question before I can build you something...Is this only for photoshop? Do you plan overclocking?
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February 24, 2013 9:39:36 PM

It's mainly for photoshop and AutoCAD. Thanks!
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February 24, 2013 9:42:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE258Q 25.0" Monitor ($230.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1346.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 18:41 EST-0500)

No overclocking in this build. Not sure if you needed a lot of space so I put in 2tb hard drive. I left out keyboard and mouse since I don't know if you want just a basic one or one of those gaming ones.
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February 24, 2013 9:53:53 PM

Thanks Realchaos. 2TB is all I will need.

That's actually very close to my build. I guess I need to get my prices right, the total amount is a lot less than I thought.
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February 24, 2013 9:55:02 PM

This would leave almost $600 for monitor, Keyboard and mouse. You could easily fine two 24" IPS 1080p monitors for that amount, but probably not a single 1440P 27". Since this is for graphics and photos work, I highly recommend IPS monitors vs cheaper VA or TN.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWt/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $832.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 18:52 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2013 11:12:26 PM

This is better. ^^^
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March 3, 2013 11:00:13 PM

Best answer selected by rezniv.
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