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After months of research I finally have my parts list together for my first PC build. I am excited to start ordering the components but want a few more eyes on the list. I am still debating the graphics card. The GTX 670 seems like the best bang-for-the-buck however $399.99 seems like overkill for my needs and breaks the budget. How does a Radeon HD 7850 sound instead? I need native dual monitor support and 1920 x 1080 resolution. I will not be playing games.

The other components I am not 100% on are the SSD and HDD. Recommendations?


I plan to purchase in 2 - 4 weeks

Budget Range: $1,200 USD Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Productivity (MS Office), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Element and Premiere Elements (photo/video editing), web surfing, software development (Visual Studio 2010), watching movies, music.

Components:
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $174.99
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz $229.99
  • Memory: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8D-8GAB $58.99
  • Graphics: undecided (Gigabyte N670OC-2GD $399.99)
  • System Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB $199.99 $119.99
  • Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB $94.99
  • Optical: Asus DRW-24B1ST $19.99
  • Case: Corsair Carbide 400R $19.99 $99.99
  • Power: Corsair CX600 V2 $69.99
  • CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X $99.99

What is a reasonable graphics card for my needs (non-games)?

Will the core i5 3570K handle the Adobe photo/video software?

Any components you would suggest instead?

Thanks for the advice!


Edit: Typo on the SSD price. Thanks lolllll117 for pointing that out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791&Tpk=OCZ%20Vertex%204%20128GB

Edit2: Typo on the 400R price. Thanks Tarun for pointing that out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008&Tpk=Corsair%20Carbide%20400R
Edited by nesh216 - 7/18/12 at 8:32am
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Originally Posted by nesh216 View Post

After months of research I finally have my parts list together for my first PC build. I am excited to start ordering the components but want a few more eyes on the list. I am still debating the graphics card. The GTX 670 seems like the best bang-for-the-buck however $399.99 seems like overkill for my needs and breaks the budget. How does a Radeon HD 7850 sound instead? I need native dual monitor support and 1920 x 1080 resolution. I will not be playing games.
The other components I am not 100% on are the SSD and HDD. Recommendations?
I plan to purchase in 2 - 4 weeks
Budget Range: $1,200 USD Before Rebates; Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Productivity (MS Office), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Element and Premiere Elements (photo/video editing), web surfing, software development (Visual Studio 2010), watching movies, music.
Components:
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $174.99
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz $229.99
  • Memory: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8D-8GAB $58.99
  • Graphics: undecided (Gigabyte N670OC-2GD $399.99)
  • System Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB $199.99
  • Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB $94.99
  • Optical: Asus DRW-24B1ST $19.99
  • Case: Corsair Carbide 400R $19.99
  • Power: Corsair CX600 V2 $69.99
  • CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X $99.99
What is a reasonable graphics card for my needs (non-games)?
Will the core i5 3570K handle the Adobe photo/video software?
Any components you would suggest instead?
Thanks for the advice!

if you don't game why are you even considering a gtx 670 seems like you could get by with the onboard lol.
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post #3 of 21
7850 will be more than enough if you are not gaming and for SSD,I have heard a lot about Crucial M4.

EDIT: If you are not gaming try getting i7, HT will help with editing and stuffs.
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Samsung 830 Series, intel 520, or Crucial M4's are all good SSDs. As for graphics. You should look at something in the 77xx series for a good dual monitor setup. I think the 78xx is a bit more then what you need. As for the HDD, you can go wrong with Caviar Blacks. Try to stay away from "green" HDDs, people seem to have issues with them. If you want to save even more money go with an Extreme4.

Heres a good card for $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150611
Edited by Blaze0303 - 7/17/12 at 10:08pm
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post #5 of 21
if you aren't going to be gaming then you probably won't be needing a 400 dollar GPU.
i'd just get a 560 ti and invest that extra money in an i7 processor which would be better for rendering photo and video. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

also $200 for a 128 gig ssd? that's a little expensive. here are three other good SSD's that are cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
Edited by lolllll117 - 7/17/12 at 10:23pm
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If you're not gaming you don't need such high end parts lol

Here is a moderate PC for cheap. thumb.gif


Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155
$124.99

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
$229.99

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB
$239.99

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
$49.49

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371020
Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power
$99.99

CASE:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
$99.99

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM
$99.99

Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
$19.99

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$119.99


TOTAL: $1084.91

If you wanted to you could get an i7 3770K for an extra $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Yeah it's pretty moderate, It'll do the job if you game too thumb.gif
Edited by Scorched912 - 7/17/12 at 10:32pm
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if you aren't going to be gaming then you probably won't be needing a 400 dollar GPU.
i'd just get a 560 ti and invest that extra money in an i7 processor which would be better for rendering photo and video. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
also the SSD you listed may be a little pricey for what you get. here are three other good SSD's that are cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

Why recommend a last gen card with very limited outputs? x2DVI and a mini hdmi? Plus its almost $250! As for the SSD's you listed their all good except that pesky Vertex.
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Get a 7850,i7 processor and Crucial M4(or intel 520 or samsung 830) SSD. thumb.gif

EDIT:What you save by buying 7850,invest in 3770k or 2600k(if trying to save money).
Edited by Makyl - 7/17/12 at 10:28pm
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Originally Posted by Blaze0303 View Post

Why recommend a last gen card with very limited outputs? x2DVI and a mini hdmi? Plus its almost $250! As for the SSD's you listed their all good except that pesky Vertex.

derp. i need to catch up on my GPU's... redface.gif
and yes i don't support OCZ which is why i recommended the crucial and the corsair before it.
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here is what i would say for a 1200$ budget

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ B&H)

Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $1204.91 Shipped
Mail-in Rebates: $-35.00
Total: $1169.91


a 2600k is not the latest tech but is worth the pay and for ur work its great AFAIK all those software are CPU intensive so a 2600k will do good
mothgerboard is a Biostar which is a great overclocker for the price and has a solid build
RAM you go samsung 30nm RAM which clock to 2400 or some go even over that with decent timings and volts
ssd the Mushkin Chronos might look cheap but its the best bang for buck in my suggestion it performs at par Crucial M4 but at a cheap price biggrin.gif
the only thing i was confused is were r u getting a 400R for 19$ ?? if thats real then go with a 19$ 400R and a better HSF thumb.gif the 212+ is enough for u to clock ur CPU to 4.7Ghz+
HDD a 2TB 7200 RPM seagate no problems there i guess
lastly i dont know much about those workstation GPUs but i would recommend you to go with them instead of a GTX 670 :|
Hope that helped and u liked it smile.gif
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