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so as the title states i need a few ideas for a sff build for my brother..
before anyone does anything i'm probably not going to build him anything now or buy any parts i just wanted a general idea of what is the best hardware for his use.

so first of let's have a small list of requirements/uses:
1-he is NOT a gamer so no need for a 690 or titan unless it would benefit the following
2-it needs to be as cheap as possible no set price but the lower the better (he is in college and I'm in high-school so not much in-come)
3-he is in MIS so he would use it for compiling programs and other things i don't understand
4-he has a hobby of drawing/animating, he already made a few cartoons and is saving up for a cintiq so something that works great for such is good to have beforehand (he has an asus laptop atm and it lags alot)
5-as i mentioned above he uses a laptop so it needs to be SFF he doesn't like the "behemoth" cases
edit: 6-he also uses photoshop a lot but i'm not sure if it's worth a great increase in price compared to anitmation

I'm basically confused as to what the parts would look like i mean there are a lot of gaming builds and guides but almost none for animation :/

i mean would it benefit from an i7? maybe an i3 is enough? he is not gaming so maybe iGPU would do?etc.? <==(inside my head)
anyways thanks for reading and thanks in advance for your help which i hope i get smile.gif
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Budget is the most important.

That will determine i5 vs i3 or anything else really. Does he plan on making money with his art? Faster times are important but only to a certain extent.
     
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WD Scorpio Black OCZ Vertex II Samsung HD204UI Samsung HD204UI 
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Samsung HD204UI LG L246WP Razer Blackwidow Ultimate PicoPSU-160-XT 
CaseMouseAudio
My desk Razer DeathAdder 3.5G Fiio E10 USB DAC 
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Intel i7-3615QM GT 650m Samsung Crucial M4 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
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Originally Posted by armourcore9brker View Post

Budget is the most important.

That will determine i5 vs i3 or anything else really. Does he plan on making money with his art? Faster times are important but only to a certain extent.

well budget is quite open but let's say $1000+-100 the less the better tho no need to go overkill
also yeah he would make money from his art, if he makes many cartoons he could get sponsors or maybe join a channel.

edit: woops it appears i converted the currency wrong so it's around 550+-100
Edited by Black5Lion - 3/21/13 at 7:22am
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