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December 1, 2013 10:13:28 AM

Hello gurus of TomsHardware,

would you be so kind and look through the parts I've picked for my new Illustration / design / gaming PC. All suggestions, critiques and any other form of help is more than welcome. No parts are purchased yet. If the parts can be replaced with better and / or cheaper ones - please suggest that.

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as possible

Budget Range: 1600 - 2000 USD // 4000 - 5100 Lt

System Usage from Most to Least Important: illustration / graphic design ( Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator ), gaming, maybe learning ZBrush.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I already have 2.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.skytech.lt www.kilobaitas.lt www.varle.lt

Location: Lithuania, Europe

Overclocking: No - a stable system is a priority.

SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe a couple of years down the road.

Your Monitor Resolution: Dell U2312 HM @ 1920 x 1080 + LG W2253V @ 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: shooting for a stable and quiet PC. No need for internal color matching. Will be using Adobe Photoshop , Illustrator as main programs. No need for peripherals - I already have mouse (usb), keyboard (usb), speakers 2.1, Intuos 4 graphic tablet (USB), 2 portable Hdds (USB), Printer (USB).

After 2 or more years I may be plugging in a Cintiq, but for the time being - still a dream.

Why Are You Upgrading: This is a new build from scratch, because current 6 year old PC can't handle the dimensions and tasks as efficient as I would prefer.

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Parts Preferences:

Here's the full part list I've currently researched and picked

Parts separately from my country's website:

1) Intel Core i7-4770 I wont be overclocking, thus the K'less processor.
2) Noctua NH-U14S - not yet in the store. Chosen in stead of stock, because of hot ambient temperatures during summer and lower internal temperatures on heavy load. // Was looking at be quiet! Dark Rock 2 too, but reviews say Noctua is better.
3) ASRock Z87 EXTREME4 or Asus z87 - A . I'm leaning towards ASRock because of more USB 3 ports.
4) DDR3 Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V
5) DDR3 Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V Two kits of 2x8GB is cheaper than 4x8GB
6) SSD Samsung 840 Evo Basic 250GB // 840 Pro is too pricy for the current situation.
7) WD Black 3.5'' 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB
8) WD Black 3.5'' 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB I could loose this second HDD and go just with 1, for the time being; although a second ( or more ) HDDs / SSDs will be added when the need comes.
9) ASUS GeForce GTX 770, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit) /// The Quadro series doesn't look so appealing price / gaming wise.
10) Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Main question here is - will the 2 fans included be enough to reach nominal temperatures inside the case ( especially during summer, when temps in the room reach 30 Celsius ). Seems like positive pressure is the way to go, because of the graphics card. ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-air-pressur... )
11) PSU Seasonic M12II-620 620W 80 Plus Bronze Not sure about this pick, I want a reliable ( PC is on 14 - 16 hours a day ), quiet, efficient ( if the efficiency saves more than 1 - 2 dollars a month ) and (semi)modular power supply.
12) SAMSUNG SH-118BB/BEBE DVD-ROM/ 16x / SATA / Black No fancy dvd / blu-ray player here, just a basic disc reading / writing.


Thank you in advance!
December 4, 2013 5:03:15 AM

Slight Bump
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