Hi folks! First time pc builder here, ready to have my hardware cherry popped. After browsing a while and reading a lot of mixed reviews about Cyberpower comps, I figured i'd take the plunge and build my own. Would appreciate any suggestions!
Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: £800(roughly 1300USD) after rebates; before shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop(hi-res files), listening to music, casual gaming, watching youtube/movies.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes (small secondary monitor)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer.co.uk
Location: Inverness, Scotland
Parts Preferences: Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (Secondary monitor doesn't need to be large, 17" maybe?)
Additional Comments: Already purchased a case (Corsair Carbide 300r) and keyboard/mouse.
Why Are You Upgrading: Unfortunately my '08 Macbook is showing its age. Large files in PS are lagging an awful lot. I'm also quite excited to go back to a desktop running windows.
Here’s a link to the pc part picker list using uk merchants and here is one with American equivalents. I’m afraid we don’t get as good value for money over here
If there’s anyway to make this post more u.s-friendly please let me know. Ideally I'd like to get the cost of this build to around £700-800.
Are the components that I've selected a bit expensive/overkill for my needs? I've just sorta picked them from what reviews I've read online. Super resolution gaming isn't a must. I'd be happy to play most games on mid settings (LoL, Teamfortress, maybe the new Borderlands game) My main focus is working with a lag-free photoshop (I heard that photoshop is designed to run better with Nvidia that it will with AMD?)
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I haven't the foggiest as to what I'm doing. Last time I fiddled with a computer was 7 years ago sticking a 6800gt in to my parents dell pc!
That's a good start but here's what I would suggest - you should be going with the 3570K and a Z77 motherboard with 1600MHz RAM. Also the 7950 is a better choice than the 660TI. On a low budget like that I'd skip the SSD for now and add it in later.