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Just got back from Overseas, New Member, New to CP builds,Help with new rig?

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So after spending 3 years overseas and living off my 17in Pavilion Dv7. I decided that its time to build a rig that no longer compromises. I looking for multitasking functionality as well as game performance. The problem is... Im new to all this.

I spent the last years delving into magazines, forums, and friends for advice on what to buy, where to buy, and what to build. So I decided to turn to this community on advice. The problem I'm having in selecting components for my new rig is compatibility. "If I get this, will it fit in that?", "Is this PSU not enough for this complete build?" are questions I have been asking myself. To be honest I'm not even sure what parts I want anymore. I don't even know what CASE to go with! Could someone please lend a hand? Here are some things I'm looking for in my future build


Price range 1,500 - 2,500.
CPU- One of the Intel i7 varieties. (with an aftermarket cooler?)
Medium size case
Best 80 Plus Rating for PSU (or whats needed)
GPU- I have no idea where to start with this
MOBO- Did I mention I have no idea where to start with this?
RAM- I would love to go with the 16gb for multitasking, but is it really necessary?
FAN- would love to use the quite 120mm ones, but I'm no expert.
Cooling system- I probably wont need a water color, but I know some of these items with be close together in a medium case. What do you recommend?
HHD and SSD combo?
No Blu-Ray drives.
Looking for USB 3.0 in the MOBO and Case
Would love the gaming power without going over the top.
Windows OS.

Few programs I usually run

Autocad
photoshop
Fireworks
Coral painter
Steam
Skype
Spotify
chrome
zune
VLC
Windows Office


Im a graphic designer, and a video game enthusiast. I love to have about 4 - 5 windows open with working on projects, but I usually exit everything when I play a game. Also I'm usually on a rig over 5 hours at a time.

Let me know if there's anything you need from me to consider what to chose.

I appreciate any help if you decide to post, and In the future if when I'm showing friends, co workers, and business the the rig I perform work on, I'll be sure to give honorable mentions for your advice and guidance.
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If your going to be working with photoshop, you'll see the difference between 16gb vs 8gb. RAM. But it's up to you. If you're unsure you'll need that much, buy a 8gb kit first, then upgrade later.
For memory I would go with G.Skill just because:
1) their RAM is under rated (they overclock like crazy), 2) their customer service is great.

G.skill memory DDR3 1600

I think HDD / SSD combo is the way to go.

Recently I've been seeing a lot of deals for the Samsung drives which are very reliable and fast as well. You can find a 120gb for less than $100, then pair that up with a 1 or 2TB green drive. (less RPM, more platters, same data transfer, less noise)

For the SSD: Just keep an eye out on SD for the Samsung 830, 840, or 840 pro. (840 pro will be in the mid 150 range)

For the power supply, you can't go wrong with corsair or seasonic (who makes corsair). Whichever one you can find that's cheaper.

Let me gather a list and report back.

edit:


As for the i7, you'll want to figure out what socket type you want to stick with: your 2 options are the 2011 vs the 1155 (sandy vs iv-e). I'm guessing it'll be more economical to go with the 1155.

But just as a reminder, that you're building a computer near the next "tock" as Haswell is supposedly getting released this summer from Intel.
Edited by intekmdma - 3/28/13 at 8:26am
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Ah, your right. Hmm I think I will wait till then. Because this is a process I'm going to be working on till around summer. So I guess I will consider it heavily.
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Something like this. You get the gist. These are Newegg prices, but if your frugal like I am, then you can find better prices.
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