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Little Bird

Member Since 01 Jul 2011
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First Time, New Build: Thoughts?

06 April 2014 - 08:10 AM

I am 100% new to this, and would like your thoughts. I currently have the power supply and optical drive on hand.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU:  Intel Core i7-4771 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($346.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($154.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory:  G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($90.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage:  Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($64.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card:  EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($299.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case:  Raidmax ATX-502WBG ATX Mid Tower Case  ($95.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply:  Rosewill 600W ATX Power Supply  ($73.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive:  Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($23.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1271.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 04:08 EDT-0400)

Your Thoughts On This Build

05 September 2013 - 01:58 AM

I will be using it for: Photoshop, 3d rendering, animation, Guild Wars 2, maybe Wildstar (I'm not a big gamer really), watching movies, browsing.

Why am I buying a new computer? When I do a painting in photoshop as large as 2000 x 1960 at 150 pixels per inch with 2 of the same image open at once - my computer slows down and the program will shut down. Print quality image is 300dpi minimum. Most of everything I do on my current machine eventually slows down and causes a crash. (oh yeah average fps on medium settings in gw2 is 15fps in full screen. 20fps on windowed with the same settings. There is a 50% chance of client crashing when I WP, or use a gate or tab out and that is even with nothing running in the background) I am 100% sick of this. I want my next computer to be upgradeable, I want it to last and I want it to work...and i want it to work with my music running in the background and/or with Skype open.

Sorry. My computer makes me mad.

I am in Canada so will be purchasing from Newegg.ca (all in one place = better for shipping costs)

My brother and his friend put this together for me - I am submitting it to you guys for opinions before I commit to buy.

Rosewill Challenger case ($54.99)
Asus 24X Dvd burner ($19.99)
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 ($71.49)
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($59.99)
CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 ($114.99)
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($104.99)
AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor ($129.99)
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive ($169.99)
XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($239.99)
Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99)

Please Help Me Build From Scratch

21 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

Hello! My modded Dell Inspiron 545 just isn't handling the "one time"  events, WvW or even going through Asura gates sometimes. Even though Guild Wars 2 is the only game I play, and the most taxing on my system I am ready to try to make something more powerful. I'm here because I am absolutely new to this and thought it was a good place to start.

My friend gave me his old  Antex Skeleton to start.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few months.

Budget Range: $600 - $1000+ (only if necessary)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Guild Wars 2 (on maximum settings), 3D modelling, Photoshop, Movies


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:http://www.newegg.ca/ , http://www.ncix.com/ , http://www.tigerdirect.ca

Country: Canada

Overclocking:  No

SLI or Crossfire: No / (maybe for future upgrades? Not sure if it will fit.)

Monitor Resolution: I would like to get a new monitor too. Current resolution is 1440 x 900 but the screen feels small.

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC but no water cooling.

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Please keep in mind the most hardware related things I've done in the past is upgrade my video card and power supply. I am a total noob at this building stuff! Be gentle!

Tarnished Coast - Asura Engineer - EST nights/mornings

29 October 2012 - 11:42 PM

edit: found a guild, thank you!

My First Solo Upgrade

16 July 2012 - 09:01 PM

I didn't know where to share this but I really wanted to tell someone who would understand my excitement. I just upgraded my computer all by myself!

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It's a Dell Inspiron 545, and I switched out it's default 300W power supply for a Rosewell 600W one and replaced the video card with a Radeon 5670.

The video card was free from my brother's old computer, I just bought the new power supply. The cable management is sort of non existent. It came with some cable ties but there isn't really anything to bundle or tie the cables to. Any suggestions, or is that mess ok? I know I should have bought a modular unit but I didn't have the money.

At any rate when this computer becomes fairly useless for my needs I will be confident enough to build a new one from scratch. But until then, this thing is awesome to me and I am so proud that it didn't blow up after I put in the new hardware.

BTW: upgrades are solely for Guild Wars 2.  XD

Nothing motivates learning faster than seeing a Sylvari creation video and wanting desperately for your computer to be able to render those shiny surfaces and textures.