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Hey guys for a while i've been looking into building my own computer with parts I want instead of just getting some pre-assembled thing with stuff i wont need or ever use.

Was looking around this site and looks like you guys know alot and thats great because i need to learn alot. All info and advice would be greatly appreciated no matter what its is. I know basic stuff about computers and a little terminology but really looking to go into detail.

If any one has any advice on where to start that would be great. I'd mainly be using this as my main computer, i do alot of photo editing on CS5 and starting to get into video editing. I'd like to be able to play games such as Starcraft II and some FP shooters. I'm not sure if it pertains to the video or graphics card but also stream my netflix account to this computer. i think thats basically what i'd be using the computer for.

So what would be a good place to start?

thanks in advanced!
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Sata 32MB cache Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition Dual Screen: HP 2509m 25" 1080p/ AOC 22" 1080p Logitech G510 
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post #2 of 17
what kind of budget are you looking at?
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budget is up to 1500 but i guess as always cheaper is always better; i want something superior so i wont have to worry about anything freezing while running multiple programs at the same time
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Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Asus M4A87TD/USB3 Socket AM3 870 ATX AMD Galaxy GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 8GB DDR3 1600 High Performance Memory 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Sata 32MB cache Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition Dual Screen: HP 2509m 25" 1080p/ AOC 22" 1080p Logitech G510 
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Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Asus M4A87TD/USB3 Socket AM3 870 ATX AMD Galaxy GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 8GB DDR3 1600 High Performance Memory 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Sata 32MB cache Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition Dual Screen: HP 2509m 25" 1080p/ AOC 22" 1080p Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouse
700w gaming power supply Cooler Master CM 430 with 4 120mm Fans Logitech G700 
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post #4 of 17
do you need operating system? monitor? keyboard & mouse?
post #5 of 17
Are you more into Intel or Amd?
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For your need, I would go with Intel.
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post #7 of 17
Hello, and welcome!

To start you really should spend more on the Power supply, Motherboard, RAM and an SSD.

For the power supply i would recommend a good 750W and above power supply My main choice in these areas would be the Seasonic X series OR the Corsair HX series. These are known to be extremely reliable and long lasting.

The Motherboards i would recommend would be either Asus, MSI and Gigabyte. If you decide to go the Sandybridge Route i would go for a higher end P67 or Z68 chipset. Since you will be video editing i would strongly recommend the Z68 chipset as the features it has will help beneficially towards video editing. See THIS thread for comparison with quick sync.

With the RAM, people tend to always go for a higher speed setup, which in most cases end up to be useless as the timings are increased greatly. With photoshop and video editing a lower memory speed and tighter timings will benefit more that a higher speed and looser timings. For this i would recommend some 8GB 1600MHz ram with a timing set of CAS8 and below. My reason for 8GB over 4GB is that even i use almost 4GB of RAM Daily and that's without photo/video editing. Something like THIS kit

This is not entirely needed, but An SSD will make life allot easier and faster with the Operating system. A 60GB Corsair or OCZ SSD will be absolutely fine for an OS drive, and a couple of 1TB Hard drives for storage.

For the processor with Sandybridge i would normally go for the i5 2500K as that is plenty fast enough, but seeing as you're doing photo/video work the i7 2600K will be the best choice as hyper threading and the extra cache will be the winner.

For the Graphics card it entirely depends on your resolution for gaming. If you're running at 1920x1080 The Nvidia Geforce GTX 460/560Ti will be the best for you're money. Also i would go for Nvidia over AMD as photoshop and Sony Vegas (i think) Use CUDA which will speed things up.

DVD/RW are cheap, any will do

For a case, the Coolermaster CM690II is a great looking case, Cheap, Great airflow, Very good cable management.

The CPU Cooler, i would either go for a Corsair H50/70 or an Noctua NH-D14 (if you're thinking of overclocking) If not then a coolermaster Hyper 212 will be a great choice.

I think that's covered it, if not let me know
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Fujitsu SL3230t 1080p @75Hz Samsung UE32F5000 1920x1080 Saitek Eclipse Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w 
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Coolermaster 690 II Black/White Advanced CM Storm Xornet Qsteel Asus Xonar DS 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB 2TB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate Barracuda 640GB WD Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB WD Green Samsung DVD/RW Cogage Arrow [Lapped] Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Fujitsu SL3230t 1080p @75Hz Samsung UE32F5000 1920x1080 Saitek Eclipse Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster 690 II Black/White Advanced CM Storm Xornet Qsteel Asus Xonar DS 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Quad 33 Pre-Amplifier (Pre-Production Unit) Quad 303 Power-Amplifier - 90 Watts RMS (Pre-Pr... Quad 303 Power-Amplifier - 90 Watts RMS (Post-P... Quad FM3 Tuner 
AudioAudioAudio
Mission 751 Bookshelf's Mission M73 Floor standing loudspeakers Mission 78as Dual 8" Active Sub Woofer - 250 watts 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Q8400 MSI P45 Platinum EVGA GTX 750Ti MSI GTX 560Ti 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
6GB DDR 2 800MHz (Kingston Hyper X and Corsair ... Samsung 840 120GB Coolermaster Hyper 212 (Rev 1) Windows 10 Insider 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 1080p TV Saitek Eclipse Coolermaster GX750 Coolermaster CM 690II Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 3230m 2.6GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) Nvidia GT 635m 2GB 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Samsung 840 120GB 
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Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
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