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Yesterday me and my girlfriend, we had a conundrum: should we buy her a faster laptop or keep the current lappy and get a fixed rig. She would like to play with some SQL server (provided by company thankfully) and the occasional Photoshop / Lightroom. A laptop that would run Photoshop and an SQL VM would be quite expensive, especially when compared to the alternative.

I had laying around a few parts: a Thermaltake Mozart case, a 400W 80+PSU from a Dell and an old but pretty good 17" Samsung LCD @1280x1024. I found a few parts that are unbelievable performers for the price :
*AMD Phenom II x4 955 for 80$
*Asus 790X + SB 750 refurbished board for 30$
*2x4GB Geil DDR3 1333 CAS9 for 40$

@stock it's even faster than my PC, the irony...

It's going to be a good PC for my girlfriend to start OCing, too. For the storage and GPU what would you get? We have a server w/ GB network, so mass storage is taken care of. The GPU should run current games @12x10 resolution (NB: I still entertain this ever-fainter hope she might begin to like gaming so if she tries something, it must look good).

So, an 120B SSD? A Hybrid Momentus XT gen2? A 5770? GTS 450? A 6850?

/standing by
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Once you go with an SSD theres no going back. The difference is night and day. I don't like to choose vid cards cause I get called a fanboy but a 7770 or if you can wait a 660 Ti. (Should be out later this month)
     
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Thanks for the reply, I completely agree with the SSDs. I have them on 3 PCs that I use quasi-daily and I just can't stand a HDD any more.

About the GPU, don't you think a 660Ti might be overkill? After all it is a 1.2MP screen, half a 1080p. The 7770 is similar to the 6770 which is identical to the 5770:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296?vs=316
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SSD's are the only way to go these days and for me nvidia GPUs IMHO are a better purhcase at the moment. even my GTS 450 that I have put into my girl's water cooled rig is awesome.

Yes even my 11 year old and 7 year old daughters have a water cooled PC. biggrin.gif
Edited by K62-RIG - 7/16/12 at 5:43am
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Thanks for the reply, I completely agree with the SSDs. I have them on 3 PCs that I use quasi-daily and I just can't stand a HDD any more.

About the GPU, don't you think a 660Ti might be overkill? After all it is a 1.2MP screen, half a 1080p. The 7770 is similar to the 6770 which is identical to the 5770:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296?vs=316

I tried to keep it in the same gen for both sides. I said 7770 because it will run cooler, quieter, and faster than a 5770. (5770s were terribly loud. I had an XFX one)The 660 Ti was the newest lowend Nvidia GPU for the 6xx series. (it was around 2 am when I wrote my first reply so now I'm fully awake. )
     
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post #6 of 11
things to consider by getting the 7770 it use less power and that means less heat it can be dialed back to run any size monitor and if she dose get into gamming your good to go and upgradeds are alot so it comes down to getting by (5770) or investing in upgradeds
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Thanks again for the replies. I've been searching a bit for reviews @1280x1024, there aren't that many. The thing is apparently a 5670 is good for some 35FPS on Crysis Warhead with medium details, a 5770 some 50+FPS. The 7770 could only be better, Geforce 660 even more so. The thing is I would rather but a bigger SSD than a faster than necessary GFX card, so I might just go with the 5670 (35$ a real bargain) if it can get the job done rolleyes.gif

Off topic maybe, but people seem to be more willing to buy SH GFX cards than SH SSDs, so the GPU might be easier to upgrade down the road than to pass from a 128GB to a 256GB SSD.

...and another off topic - decent Nvidia cards are rare under 100$ mad.gif For the sake of variety (and Photoshop) I preferred buying a Geforce, but there are rare and significantly slower than equivalent priced Radeons.

*EDIT: GFX card's cooling isn't a problem, I have a Zalman VF900 in a locker somewhere for just such emergencies like replacing a whiny 40mm fan.
Edited by dragosmp - 7/18/12 at 5:08am
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If I lived in the states that might have been interesting wink.gif , but I doubt they'd ship things in France. Amazon does (some).

There are good deals here too, I found a GTS 450 for 70$. 5770s are 50$ and faster, but lack CUDA which is useful for Photoshop. Still undecided...
Edited by dragosmp - 7/19/12 at 12:18am
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post #10 of 11
then diffently the 450
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