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I want to build my wife an art computer. To keep the budget sensible I am only getting 1 ssd, 1 graphics card, and 2 sticks of RAM with the intention of purchasing another ssd, graphics card, etc, in the future. The psu is more powerful than what I need but I would like to keep it. A good psu lasts a long time and the extra headway means that it will keep up with any upgrades I may make in the future such as installing a watercooling system. It has been a while since I have built my last pc so any suggestions would be appreciated. I will update my original post to reflect any changes that I have made. My budget may go up to 1500 dollars but I would like to stay below that if possible.



Case Corsair Carbide 540
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139022


PSU
Corsair 860i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139041

Ram 2x4gb GSKILL Ripjaws X Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231538


Motherboard
ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131989

CPU Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

SSD EVO 250gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147248

Graphics Card GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418
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Q6600 go GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel 8600 GTS Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 
Hard DrivePowerCase
74gd WD 750w p180 
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74gd WD 750w p180 
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Yeah, but that PSU is far more overkill than you may ever need (plus, it's overpriced). I mean, let's say that you have two 7870s with and a heavy overclock on your CPU. With that and with a good water cooling system, your gaming power consumption will never exceed 500W.

 

For what you're talking about both now and in the future, you'd be more than fine with a good quality-made 550-650W PSU - especially with the fact that future generations of CPUs and video cards will require less power than today's generations.

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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.400-1.424V in Manual Mode) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.400-1.424V in Manual Mode) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Please post the name(s) of parts you recommend and attach a link.
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Here is the build that I'd recommend....

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($126.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1303.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-19 21:22 EDT-0400)

First off, I want to say you look like you've done your research or know about hardware because you've selected some quality parts so far. I made some recommendations that I think would give you a lot better performance for what you're looking for and all around. The FX-8350 will be better for workstation performance for photo editing with the extra cores and is quite a bit cheaper than the i7-4770K which would be the other option. The i5 could do it but not as effectively. The other change I made was with the GPU, the R9 280X is the equivalent of the HD 7970 GHz Edition which is a couple levels above the 7870 and is a huge upgrade. The rest of the build looked pretty solid. I went with different RAM and also 16GB which will be useful for editing. The power supply you selected will allow you to OC the CPU and also Crossfire graphics cards in the future. It's a great PSU.
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Well, if you can order from Newegg.com or even Amazon.com, then I would recommend these (listed by price, lowest to highest):

 

  1. 550W SeaSonic G Series for $69.99 shipped from Amazon.com (but Newegg has better photos, so here's their product page)
  2. 550W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series for $79.99 shipped from Amazon.com
  3. 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series for $89.99 with free shipping available from Newegg
  4. 650W SeaSonic G Series for $97.98 after shipping from Newegg, but then it becomes $87.98 after the $10 rebate
  5. 550W Rosewill TACHYON Series for $119.99 shipped from Amazon.com
  6. 650W Rosewill TACHYON Series for $139.99 shipped from Newegg

 

I don't know which one I would choose yet, but they are all very good PSUs. The TACHYON Series is pretty much the top-of-the-line though. The PSU that Rosewill used to create the TACHYON Series is the amazing Super Flower Golden King. The Golden Green was used for the CAPSTONE Series, another very good PSU. Of course, the SeaSonic G Series is right up there as well.

 

So, even at $139.99 (if you choose that PSU), then you'd be spending $67.99 less. So, you can save as much as $137.99, or as little as $67.99.

 

The 650W PSUs will allow you to overclock the two 7870s when you get a 2nd 7870.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.400-1.424V in Manual Mode) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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It's a computer!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.400-1.424V in Manual Mode) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #6 of 7
Why do everyone recommend that stupid overpriced AX i series

The normal AX series is also overpriced when you can get the Cooler Master V which is the same PSU but cheaper
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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post #7 of 7
why not go for whats in my rig very much over powered for the job at hand
AMD FX4130
asrock 970pro3 r2.0
8gb ram spread over 2x4gb sticks
the radion 7870
the ssd
and the siverstone st50f-es
all thown in a cooler master centurion
oh and a hyper212 evo
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