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Jseattle 58 months ago

Hello everyone,

I just put together a small system to be primarily used for Photoshop CC and sometimes I play Starcraft 2. (budget between $600-700)

I have looked over lots of reviews on the parts but just wanted some opinions if anything would work better for a small cost increase.


I will be installing Windows 7 Ultimate on a 64gb SSD I already have and using a 640gb HD for storage.

**Also I would be using an EVGA Superclocked GTX 750 but I did not see it on the list to include, so put a Gigabyte one for reference.

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ACVoong 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $189.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $73.99 @ Newegg
Memory PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $133.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $129.50 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Mwave
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $612.45
  • If you don't mind, what is your budget?
  • The stock cooler (which comes with the processor) will suffice as you won't be able to overclock. So no need for an aftermarket cooler, unless you're crazy concerned about temperatures. =P
  • Changed the motherboard form factor (mATX to ATX) since it makes more sense to use an ATX MB in an ATX case. (Similarily priced too!)
  • Slightly cheaper RAM with lower latency.
  • With all that saved, you can push for a 750 Ti just to squeeze in that extra performance.

What do you think?

Jseattle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

ACVoong, thanks for the suggestions.

I forgot to put a budget because I sort of picked everything out there, but I would say around $600-700 range.

I know I wouldn't need another cooler but I would like one that is more efficient and quieter with directional airflow rather than sitting ontop of the chip like the stock ones do. So I budgeted for a nicely priced cooler.

I have built a few computers before and used Gigabytes MB's so picked that one, but I know ASRock gets good reviews also ... Thoughts?

Same goes with G.Skill ram, My intent would be to scale to 32gb for future use, so would like chips that would be easily matched. Thoughts on PNY quality?