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going to build my first computer, ive got a few things in mind, but the rest id like some advice. ive got a few things im mind, but nothing is set in stone. comps main uses will be picture graphics(editing .RAW pictures, photoshop, illustrator, lightroom, etc), watching movies, web browsing.


i7 3770k $229.99
i7 3770k seems like the best processor without making the next huge price jump.


Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD $224.99
read great reviews, i want fast booting, and program loading, so this seemed like a good way to go.

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Hyper X Red 16GB DDR3-1600

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked 2048MB

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GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard

alrighty!! im very happy with my selection, the price is under $900 as things stand. i need a PSU however. the Wattage draw is 481.4W. i was thinking a 600W PSU should be good, is that enough? roughly 120W leeway looking. can i get any suggestions on a good PSU?

thanks everyone, you guys have been soo helpful!!
Edited by soraxd - 2/10/13 at 12:45am
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Dont go with a cheap power supply. Youre just asking for trouble. 7770 would work for now. 7950 is a great card.
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840 Pro is pretty expensive, would probably swap that for a Intel 335 Series; just as fast but a lot cheaper. That ram is pretty expensive for plain 1600MHz, go with Samsung Low Volt 32nm Ram. It's nicely priced and can overclock to 1866 or 2133MHz very easily.

Motherboards I'd try to look into an ASRock Z77 Extreme6 or Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H for a little bit more money. It's worth it.

A good GPU for the money today is a 7950, you can grab a used one (not actually used just open box) off of Amazon.com for a ridiculous price.

For your PSU choice; Seasonic, Rosewill, Silverstone.
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i did some looking around, i just found the GTX 660, its $200, right in my price range. i went about comparing it to the 7770, and found a benchmark review by anandtech suggesting it runs almost twice as better as the 7770. is this a biased test, or is it in fact that much better? http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/372
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The GTX 660 is indeed that much better than the HD 7770. The general consensus is that the lowest cards that are usable for 1080p gaming with quality visuals are the HD 7850 (2GB model) and the GTX 660, so you have a baseline choice for whichever "team" (red or green) you're on.
Edited by svenge - 2/9/13 at 7:46pm
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I'd definitely go with something else for the RAM. I use this and it's really good (supposed to easily overclock to 2133+ as well): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231615. If you don't need 16 GB, here's 8 GB for $54 - it's already 2133 and I'd assume it would just as easily go to 2400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468.

The GTX 660 is a great card. Here's one that's factory OCed and with two 90mm fans for $215: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500270

I don't have much other advice on the other parts since I've an AMD guy, so sorry I can't help there.
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the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H is cheaper than the ASRock Z77 Extreme6, so im going to go with that one, thanks!
really narrowing all of this down, ill post an updated version of the full build a bit later tonight
Edited by soraxd - 2/9/13 at 11:18pm
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840 Pro is pretty expensive, would probably swap that for a Intel 335 Series; just as fast but a lot cheaper. That ram is pretty expensive for plain 1600MHz, go with Samsung Low Volt 32nm Ram. It's nicely priced and can overclock to 1866 or 2133MHz very easily.

Motherboards I'd try to look into an ASRock Z77 Extreme6 or Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H for a little bit more money. It's worth it.

A good GPU for the money today is a 7950, you can grab a used one (not actually used just open box) off of Amazon.com for a ridiculous price.

For your PSU choice; Seasonic, Rosewill, Silverstone.

seriously ? u didn't even think about Cuda ? this guy will be working with these softwares at least should get CUDA


for rez u can check the max rez at the specifications of every card gtx 660 Ti is good option worse case u add 2nd and u get Sli

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660ti/specifications

for the softwares u use Get nvidia it will help and give u boost check how to enable it in adobe etc..
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seriously ? u didn't even think about Cuda ? this guy will be working with these softwares at least should get CUDA


for rez u can check the max rez at the specifications of every card gtx 660 Ti is good option worse case u add 2nd and u get Sli

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660ti/specifications

for the softwares u use Get nvidia it will help and give u boost check how to enable it in adobe etc..

A lot of people say there aren't any benefits to having a video card with CUDA support when working with Photoshop. So for the most part getting a cheaper video card that will produce better results in other areas means you won't notice any difference in Photoshop; hence AMD's GPUS.

However, honestly, if he isn't doing any gaming. He can get a GTX 460 for $80 and be fine or if he wants to stick with a newer gen a Radeon 7770 for around $100. It won't make a difference in any of those programs. A 660 is extreme overkill for someone who plans on doing no gaming or little gaming.
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seriously ? u didn't even think about Cuda ? this guy will be working with these softwares at least should get CUDA


for rez u can check the max rez at the specifications of every card gtx 660 Ti is good option worse case u add 2nd and u get Sli

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660ti/specifications

for the softwares u use Get nvidia it will help and give u boost check how to enable it in adobe etc..

A lot of people say there aren't any benefits to having a video card with CUDA support when working with Photoshop. So for the most part getting a cheaper video card that will produce better results in other areas means you won't notice any difference in Photoshop; hence AMD's GPUS.

However, honestly, if he isn't doing any gaming. He can get a GTX 460 for $80 and be fine or if he wants to stick with a newer gen a Radeon 7770 for around $100. It won't make a difference in any of those programs. A 660 is extreme overkill for someone who plans on doing no gaming or little gaming.


wow so much knowledge ha? ( sry am being sarcastic )

dude where u got that information from? u telling me Cuda doesnt help lol ? 1st u must enable it in cs5 or 4 3 wt ever version and then it will show u the boost
specially will boost in lightroom software and after effects so plz dont just follow random guys say no diffidence for the reason of being fanboy for amd,

for example i admit amd have better value etc.. for gamer but for this sort of thing with low end cards not quadro etc.. nvidia will be better choice unless he don't care about the boost then ye fine
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