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September 28, 2012 10:24:03 PM

I am looking for some assistance/ advice, trying to put together a decent first (and only for a couple of years) build to give good gaming performance, particularly BF3, and general photo/ video work, using Adobe CS6. I have a basic 21" monitor, but will just use that as secondary, and would ideally like a 27" high resolution monitor, but don't know if that's possible, with budget, assuming I'll also need something powerful, in terms of graphics. A 24" would be sort of OK, provided it's a good quality IPS. My father has some idea, on computers, and is helping with funding, but to quote "£2000 and not a penny more". To follow the format suggested:

When: Next couple of weeks
Budget: £2000
Usage: Gaming, photo/video, general stuff.
Monitor: Yes, 27" if poss, 24" if not.
Parts req'd: I've got a mouse, so basically everything, except that, and speakers.
Do I need OS: Yes presume Win 7 HP 64bit
Websites: Anywhere cheap, but reliable
Location: UK
Parts preference: My father reckons Intel, Nvidia, Asus, Corsair, but don't know how up to date (or biased) that is.
Overclocking: Nice to have the option.
SLi/crossfire: Hope not necessary, although might that be option to upgrade, if have to have 24" monitor for time being.
Monitor Res: As above
Why upgrading: Fed up with queuing for familly PC, that's rubbish for games, anyway.

One thing, that's probably real noob question, is there an easy way to extend from router to my room (some distance), other than wi-fi (I don't think cables everywhere would be permitted)
September 29, 2012 4:16:25 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£242.05 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£55.95 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£157.97 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£76.12 @ Dabs)
Storage: Plextor PX-M3S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£196.58 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£344.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£94.86 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£181.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£19.16 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) (£103.93 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1472.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Added 16GB of RAM (2 x 8GB) and then Pro will lift the RAM limitations. For video editing you want all the RAM you can get. I also added a motherboard with Thunderbolt capabilities so you can hook up high speed external hard drives and things like that.

And then add whatever monitor and peripherals you want - I don't suggest those things as they're mostly personal preference, and any high resolution monitor beyond 1080 will cost you.
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September 29, 2012 10:10:21 AM

Thanks guys. Couple of things, I don't know if you could clarify. The info, on Adobe, suggests that I need graphics card with 1GB+ of VRAM, OpenGL, and CUDA. Does that card "fit the bill", cos they seem to suggest Nvidia is needed, but I don't know if that's a case of "slightly faster" or "needed to work"
Build is right on borderline of getting 27" monitor. If I get 24", at the moment, if I wanted 27" later, would I need to change anything else (graphics card etc). If I go for 24" monitor, is there anything else I should be thinking of, with £200 left. As father's providing most of budget, it's a case of "use it or lose it".
Thanks again.
September 29, 2012 10:22:13 AM

Put this together for you, price includes a 27" Dell:

From aria.co.uk
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.50GHz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail #49758
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive #45894
ASUS P8Z77-V Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard #49260
530W be quiet! PURE POWER CM L8-CM 80PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply #46237
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro Dual Fan Quiet CPU Cooler #43588
Samsung SH-S222BB/BEBE DVD Writer #48004
Total £559.34

From amazon.co.uk
Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 Memory Kit - Crucial (times two)
Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 256GB Notebook Accessory Kit with Free Norton Ghost 15 - Samsung
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEM (PC)
Asus Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 680 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card - Asus
Fractal Design Core 3000 Series ATX Case - Black Pearl - Fractal Design
Dell U2711 Ultrasharp 27 inch Premier colour Widescreen Monitor
£1,231.93

Final Price: £1790.27
Leaves you with £210 to find a keyboard you may like, I'd suggest a Corsair one as they look really nice.
To some extent going down the Sandybridge E route might make sense but I get the feeling you're not a professional Adobe user so 16GB RAM and ivy bridge will be fine, and cheaper.


September 29, 2012 10:31:40 AM

scotfree said:
Thanks guys. Couple of things, I don't know if you could clarify. The info, on Adobe, suggests that I need graphics card with 1GB+ of VRAM, OpenGL, and CUDA. Does that card "fit the bill", cos they seem to suggest Nvidia is needed, but I don't know if that's a case of "slightly faster" or "needed to work"
Build is right on borderline of getting 27" monitor. If I get 24", at the moment, if I wanted 27" later, would I need to change anything else (graphics card etc). If I go for 24" monitor, is there anything else I should be thinking of, with £200 left. As father's providing most of budget, it's a case of "use it or lose it".
Thanks again.


in answer to these:

Nvidia has CUDA support, AMD doesn't but has OpenGL (Nvidia has this too).

Both the GTX 680 and HD 7970 have over 2GB of VRAM (7970 has 3GB).

No you wouldn't have to change anything to have the bugger screen.

just let your dad save the money.
September 29, 2012 11:38:29 AM

Hi. I made a build for you that is just ideal for both gaming and editing.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Call of Duty: MW3 Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Other: RAZER Carcharias 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Professional Gaming Headset ($79.99)
Total: $1948.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

And here's the link to the headphones
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 29, 2012 11:55:46 AM

^You can suggest even better stuff once you realize his budget is on Euros. :p 
September 29, 2012 1:21:40 PM

excella1221 said:
^You can suggest even better stuff once you realize his budget is on Euros. :p 


He's based in the UK, why would it be euros?
September 29, 2012 1:22:30 PM

Apologies if I didn't make it clear. Budget is in British pounds £2000=$3000, roughly. Problem is prices in Britain tend to lot higher than US, anyway + not everything is available.
September 29, 2012 1:50:50 PM

metal orient said:
He's based in the UK, why would it be euros?

Oops, my bad. :p 
September 29, 2012 8:00:59 PM

Reading some of the articles on Adobe, it does sound as though Nvidia is the way to go. Mind you, they also suggest 3 or 4 hard drives, for RAID arrays, are important. Frankly, I think that's getting me into areas, that are way beyond me. Possibly, AN additional drive, may be useful, as may blu-ray. My main concern is, is the best solution for 1080p, and 1440p (or 1600), the same. Then I know I could get 24" now, and just change to 27", in the future, without dropping to rubbish performance.
October 14, 2012 6:14:57 PM

apologies, bump.
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