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Oct 30, 2013 08:11 |  #1

I'm tired of this ancient PC so it's time for a budgeted build, heck anything is faster than this Athlon 64x2 4600+ lol.

I don't game to much any more so OC' is not really needed. I just want stability and better speed to load Photoshop and all the plugins plus Lr and maybe do some music editing.

So lets keep it as far under 900.00 as we can...anyone up for the challenge? If you provide links to where you found the prices etc. it would be awesome!


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Oct 30, 2013 10:53 |  #2

This looks promising.
http://www.tigerdirect​.com …sp?EdpNo=823811​1&csid=_61 (external link)

What do ya think?


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Oct 30, 2013 12:11 |  #3

I might go for a better brand of power supply, and definitely a SSD for OS/cache. Black drives are faster than blue, which would be better for photography.


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Oct 30, 2013 12:14 |  #4

Yup, what Tim said. Get a good high quality PSU and a SSD.


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Oct 30, 2013 15:02 as a reply to  @ JeremyKPhoto's post |  #5

Here's the build I just did 4 months ago for around $550

Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Processor
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 Motherboard (wish I'd gotten a different one, forgot to change my motherboard when I was spec-ing out my build)
G.SKILL 16GB DDR3 1333 Ram
ASUS GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Sandisk 64gb SSD
and a Seagate 500gb HDD and 550w power supply I had from a previous build (so add about $130 to the cost)

and I love it. I'd go for a different motherboard, and a larger SSD, but i've been happy with everything else. I run Arkham Origins at full resolution on my 19" monitor with no drop in performance.


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Oct 30, 2013 15:22 |  #6

I just posted about these two prebuilts for $949 each. Are either of these outstanding?


#1
Processor & Memory:
Intel Core i7-3770 Processor at 3.4GHz
16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz

Drives:
14x Blu-Ray Writer (Writes to BRD/DVD/CD)
3TB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive + 120GB SSD

Operating System:
Windows 8 is Beautiful, fast, and fluid.
Personalized: Make your Start Screen your personalized home for the things you care about. Organize and customize it the way you want.
Connected: Now everything is in one place to share. Integrate your online favorites – Facebook, Flickr, Hotmail, etc. – with content from your PC., such as photos and contacts.

Graphics & Video:
4GB NVIDIA GT630 Graphics

Communications:
1x Realtek PCIE LAN RTL8105E
10/100 Ethernet
Supports Wake-On-LAN
Supports PXE

Audio:
5.1 CH HD Audio

Keyboard & Mouse:
iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard/Mouse

Expandability (Total Slots):
3x 5.25” External Drive Bays
8x 3.5” Internal Drive Bays
7x Expansion Slots

Top I/O Ports & Slots:
1 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x USB 3.0 Ports
1 x Audio/Mic
1x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot
1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot

Rear I/O Ports & Slots:
1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port
1x RJ-45 Port
1x D-Sub Port
1x HDMI Port
6x USB 2.0 Ports
HD Audio Jacks: Line In / Front Speaker / Microphone

Additional Software:
No junkware and/or bloatware

Additional Information:
300 Watt Power Supply
Case: Source 210 with Window
Dimensions (19.5" x 7.7" x 17.3")

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#2 (this one can have changes made)
Processor
AMD FX-8150
No. of Cores: Eight-Core (8)
Clock Speed: 3.6GHz
Graphics
GeForce GTX 650
1GB Dedicated GDDR5 RAM
RAM
16GB DDR3-1333Mhz
Storage
120GB SATA III Solid State Drive
1TB SATA III Hard Drive
Optical Drive
24x DVD�RW Drive
Operating System
Windows 8 64-Bit


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Oct 30, 2013 15:36 |  #7

[QUOTE=scrapbratnancy;​16411504]I just posted about these two prebuilts for $949 each. Are either of these outstanding?


The 300 Watt Power Supply probably won't cut it imho.


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Oct 30, 2013 17:00 |  #8

Here is what the #2 is offering customized for $1165.

#3

Biostar H67MH Intel H67 Socket LGA 1155 mATX Motherboard $74.98
Intel Core I7-3770 Ivy Bridge LGA1155 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU $304.98
Toshiba PH3300U-1I72 3.5" 3TB SATA III Hard Drive 126.98
SanDisk SD6SB1M-128G-1022i 2.5" 128GB SATA III Solid State Drive $103.97
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Operating System OEM DVD + COA $96.98
LG Electronics UH12NS29 12X SATA Blu-Ray Combo Drive with 3D Playback $54.97
Team 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 240-pin DIMM Desktop Memory $134.98
Solid Gear SDGR-650E ATX Quiet 650 Watt Power Supply with 120mm Fan $39.98
NZXT Phantom 410 Black ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - CA-PH410-B1 $98.98
EVGA 02G-P3-2639-KR GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 PCI-E DVI mHDMI Video Card $69.98


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Oct 31, 2013 03:36 |  #9

hotled wrote in post #16410859 (external link)
This looks promising.
http://www.tigerdirect​.com …sp?EdpNo=823811​1&csid=_61 (external link)

What do ya think?

Throw in (at least) a 128 GB SSD + Windows OS license and you're already over $800. If you want speed for the OS and Lightroom, you gotta pay for it.



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Oct 31, 2013 19:32 |  #10

hotled wrote in post #16410515 (external link)
I don't game to much any more so OC' is not really needed. I just want stability and better speed to load Photoshop and all the plugins plus Lr and maybe do some music editing.

Start with an Ivy Bridge with HD4000 gpu chipset and logic board. No need for graphics card. Spend the money on cpu and SSD/HD. That should easily be less than $900 for a quad-core i7 system.


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Nov 01, 2013 10:46 as a reply to  @ Tony-S's post |  #11

I'm just not sold on the solid state drives so I'll probably go for a Western Digital black.
Either way it will be 10x faster than what I'm using now.


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Nov 01, 2013 11:38 |  #12

hotled wrote in post #16416024 (external link)
I'm just not sold on the solid state drives so I'll probably go for a Western Digital black.
Either way it will be 10x faster than what I'm using now.

Why not? SSD is definitely the way to go for the OS / Applications.


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Nov 01, 2013 13:01 as a reply to  @ DiMAn0684's post |  #13

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price 1
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (external link)
Item #:N82E16820148540
Return Policy: Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy

$79.99

1 Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (external link)
Item #:N82E16822236345
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$74.99

1
Rosewill RG630-S12 630W "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply (external link)
Item #:N82E16817182200
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$89.99
$59.99

1
ECS Z77H2-A3(1.2) ATX Intel Motherboard (external link)
Item #:N82E16813135308
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$99.99
$94.99

1
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor (external link)
Item #:N82E16819116504
Return Policy: Iron Egg Guarantee Replacement-Only Return Policy

$219.99

1
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (external link)
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy

$19.99

1
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (external link)
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

$99.99

1
Antec Gaming Series One Black Computer Case (external link)
Item #:N82E16811129181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$54.99
$49.99

Grand Total: $699.92


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Nov 01, 2013 18:03 |  #14

If you want a really fast PC then an SSD really really helps with that. It helps boot time (which isn't that important but is nice), helps the PC feel more responsive, but putting a cache or catalog on it really helps.


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Nov 02, 2013 08:54 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #15

Ok what about adding a Samsung 840 EVO 2.5" TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 250g. for around 177.00


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