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#4291
Since Fences went to no free version, after upgrading to Windows 8 .. are there recommendations on programs like it, or should I pony up the $10?
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#4292
Need some help with a build for a friend. Mainly will be use to edit photos on Photoshop, no gaming. Was thinking about getting an amd phenom ii x6 1045t or something similar. With the budget so small, I'm having trouble finding how i should build it. Only real requirement is to have it run Photoshop smoothly and have maybe a 1tb of HDD. Also
Closest MC is about 8hrs away so buying from them is out of the question but i do have a Fry's nearby

1. Purpose of computer- photo edit, no games

2. Budget: $300-$400

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU:
b. Mobo:
c. video card:
d. Hard drive:
e. Ram:
f. power supply:
g. Case:
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor- have all of these
j: Operating system- have windows os

4. Will you be overclocking? No.
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Need some help with a build for a friend. Mainly will be use to edit photos on Photoshop, no gaming. Was thinking about getting an amd phenom ii x6 1045t or something similar. With the budget so small, I'm having trouble finding how i should build it. Only real requirement is to have it run Photoshop smoothly and have maybe a 1tb of HDD. Also
Closest MC is about 8hrs away so buying from them is out of the question but i do have a Fry's nearby

1. Purpose of computer- photo edit, no games

2. Budget: $300-$400

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU:
b. Mobo:
c. video card:
d. Hard drive:
e. Ram:
f. power supply:
g. Case:
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor- have all of these
j: Operating system- have windows os

4. Will you be overclocking? No.
See if this deal would you help CPU, Mobo, SSD Drive and Ram for $300 ish. Power supply you can always find good deals on here by newegg to get for about $20 or less after rebate. Case personal opinion but many options for cheap.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5831784-Micro-Center-50-off-CPU-Mobo-Combo-10-off-plus-20-off-Samsung-840-SSD-w-purchase-and-more-i3-3225-Asrock-Z77-pro4m-Samsung-840-120gb-and-Crucial-8gb-Ram-all-for-295?
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#4294
Hey, folks!

I'm trying to put together a replacement for my old 6600 quaddy software development system.

Budget: about $1000 (monitors not included).

I know up front I'm going to throw $350 or so at a 512 gig SSD...probably an M4 (I run a lot of VMs, and VMs and SSDs were made for each other). I've got a pile of 500-1TB platter disks I can use for general purpose storage, so other than the SSD I'm set there.

16gig main memory, with room for expansion if needed.

Video card can be pretty low-end (from a gamer's perspective), but need to be able to drive dual screens at pretty high res -- just don't need much in the way of frame rate.

Nice, reliable mobo. Haven't shopped for a mobo since the ABIT (RIP) days -- not sure who makes the good stuff these days.

Processor with lots of cores / threading. Don't need much in the way of clock speed, but the more parallelism the better.

Enough power supply to keep everything happy.

Ideas?
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Hey, folks!

I'm trying to put together a replacement for my old 6600 quaddy software development system.

Budget: about $1000 (monitors not included).

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Ideas?
See here. I would go with 32GB from the start, you'll appreciate it with running a lot of vm's. For video card, start with integrated and go from there. It may be all you need.
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Quote from hill8570 View Post :
Hey, folks!

I'm trying to put together a replacement for my old 6600 quaddy software development system.

Budget: about $1000 (monitors not included).

I know up front I'm going to throw $350 or so at a 512 gig SSD...probably an M4 (I run a lot of VMs, and VMs and SSDs were made for each other). I've got a pile of 500-1TB platter disks I can use for general purpose storage, so other than the SSD I'm set there.

16gig main memory, with room for expansion if needed.

Video card can be pretty low-end (from a gamer's perspective), but need to be able to drive dual screens at pretty high res -- just don't need much in the way of frame rate.

Nice, reliable mobo. Haven't shopped for a mobo since the ABIT (RIP) days -- not sure who makes the good stuff these days.

Processor with lots of cores / threading. Don't need much in the way of clock speed, but the more parallelism the better.

Enough power supply to keep everything happy.

Ideas?
You have a couple of different routes you can take. You can go the AMD FX8350 route or you can go with an Intel I7 3770K. For multithreaded applications and coding, their performance is very similar. However the 3770K is a much better all purpose CPU at $100 more. Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, and MSI all make good mobos. Asus has the best BIOS so if you will be entering it a lot like myself, it might be worth a little extra cash to you. For a video card to push a dual monitor WQHD setup, I find the Nvidia GTX 660 or the AMD ATI 7870 to be good bets that give you a little future proofing and don't kill your budget. You will have a tough time gaming even at medium settings on two 2560 x 1440 monitors on a single card such as these, but simply pushing the insane pixel count shouldn't be a problem. Corsair vengeance and G.Skill Ripjaws and snipers have become a staple of mine for good, reliable DDR3 RAM, but Ram in general is so reliable now that you can pretty much get whatever you want. Personally, as much as I like the M4, it is quite slow, especially the 512GB model. I would go with something like the Samsung 830 for $400 at Newegg, the intel 520 if you can find a good price, or the Sandisk Extreme. Or to splurge, the Samsung 840 Pro. Your system and general usage seems to e very similar to my own so hopefully this will be a good starting off point for you.
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#4297
Hey guys I got a hp pavillion h8-1287c, the gpu sucks on it. I was wanting to upgrade it, but because the power supply is only 300w, would I have to upgrade that also? Anyone have Any recommendations? Thx
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Quote from truwrxtacy View Post :
Hey guys I got a hp pavillion h8-1287c, the gpu sucks on it. I was wanting to upgrade it, but because the power supply is only 300w, would I have to upgrade that also? Anyone have Any recommendations? Thx
If your case isn't a standard form factor, good luck getting a real PSU in there.
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#4299
What do you mean? Came from SAMs club the way it is. Stock case.
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#4300
But the case dimensions may be built for a custom power supply size, any power supply may not work.
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Quote from truwrxtacy View Post :
Hey guys I got a hp pavillion h8-1287c, the gpu sucks on it. I was wanting to upgrade it, but because the power supply is only 300w, would I have to upgrade that also? Anyone have Any recommendations? Thx
appears to be the standard mini tower, shouldn't be a problem, I've upgraded several Pavilions easily. They usually have adequate room and ventilation. Last Desktop I had was Dell 480w and that is marginal for most medium range cards. Usually a decent GPU list the minimum power of 500w but that's leaves some overhead for other drives etc.

I have a lenovo laptop now and looking for Sodimms and came across this deal
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=57628390&postcount=37
not working for me but maybe you have a microcenter nearby.
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#4302
Can someone help me decide between a mid tower case and a full tower case? What's some basic pros/cons of each? It's going to be a stationary computer, i.e. I probably won't move it more often than once a year. Space isn't an issue either -- I don't have a desk yet, so I can buy one that will accommodate a full tower.

edit: this is what I'll likely be putting into it

-3570k i5
-Asus P77 mobo (not set on this)
-8GB RAM
-1 3.5" SSD, and 1 3.5" HDD
-a 7870 or maybe a 7850 (maybe this [newegg.com] one which is supposedly huge? will it fit in a mid tower?)


My last build used a Thermaltake V3 case, for reference.
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#4303
Great information post but it doesn't belong in SlickDeals HOT DEALS section. This is not a technology forum it's a sales forum. IMO
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Quote from mantis3 View Post :
Can someone help me decide between a mid tower case and a full tower case? What's some basic pros/cons of each? It's going to be a stationary computer, i.e. I probably won't move it more often than once a year. Space isn't an issue either -- I don't have a desk yet, so I can buy one that will accommodate a full tower.

edit: this is what I'll likely be putting into it

-3570k i5
-Asus P77 mobo (not set on this)
-8GB RAM
-1 3.5" SSD, and 1 3.5" HDD
-a 7870 or maybe a 7850 (maybe this [newegg.com] one which is supposedly huge? will it fit in a mid tower?)


My last build used a Thermaltake V3 case, for reference.
I am not an expert so I am sure someone with more expertise will weight in. I am just a first time builder, but I did a lot of research before I picked my case.

I watched a lot of videos on newegg and youtube and read alot about the best cases. So I would suggest narrowing it down to a couple of cases that appeal to you first and then go from there. I went into MicroCenter to look at them and some of the brands look really cheap in person. So that helped narrow it down a lot.

One thing I learned is that today some mid-towers are the size of full towers so those sorts of classifications aren't really good to use as a guideline. You have to look at the dimensions of each case. For example, here are the dimensions of four cases I had narrowed it down to:

NZXT Switch 810 9.25" x 23.43" x 23.03" (full)

Corsair 550D 20.9" x 8.7" x 19.5" (mid)

Cooler Master Storm Trooper 23.8" x 9.8" x 22.8" (full)

Fractal R4 9.13" x 18.27" x 20.59" (mid)


Don't ask me why Newegg can't list the dimensions uniformly as HXWXD. But you can see how close they are in size. All of them are still quite a bit larger than the Dell XPS 400 computer thatI bought in 2005.

As far as pros/cons, what I gathered is that mid-towers usually have a smaller footprint so they are better in smaller spaces. Full towers are best for airflow and if you are going to be doing things like Crossfire/SLI, although some mid-towers work well for that, too. Full towers are also better for servers.

Obviously case management is important. I would also look more at the features that you want on the case, such as how many USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports do you need. One case that I thought was really great was the NZXT 810 Switchback because it has an SD card reader on the front of the case. It is the only case with that feature.

I just built a computer with the 3570k and Asus P77. I used the Fractal R4 which is a mid-tower and have the Noctua DH-14 in it. With respect to this case, the only thing is if you are going to use a large cooler you have to use the low profile ram such as Corsair Vengeance LP, G Skill Ares or Samsung Green. My video card is the 7950, but I saw a video on youtube that someone put the largest video card on the market in it with room to spare. The middle bays are removable so you can take them out, put your video card in easily and then put the bays back in. It has fantastic wire management. If you are going to do watercooling I read that the Corsair Obsidian 550D is good. Those are both quiet cases though so I am not sure if that is something that appeals to you.

I hope this helps a little bit. Good luck!
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Quote from mantis3 View Post :
Can someone help me decide between a mid tower case and a full tower case? What's some basic pros/cons of each? It's going to be a stationary computer, i.e. I probably won't move it more often than once a year. Space isn't an issue either -- I don't have a desk yet, so I can buy one that will accommodate a full tower.

edit: this is what I'll likely be putting into it

-3570k i5
-Asus P77 mobo (not set on this)
-8GB RAM
-1 3.5" SSD, and 1 3.5" HDD
-a 7870 or maybe a 7850 (maybe this [newegg.com] one which is supposedly huge? will it fit in a mid tower?)


My last build used a Thermaltake V3 case, for reference.
IMHO, unless you're building a server or something server-like (i.e., lots of platter drives), a mid-tower is plenty of space. Shoot, my last full-tower system was set up with two full-height optical drives and five platter drives in a RAID-5 configuration, and I still had a lot of extra space. The space the monster video cards take up is all over on the mobo slot side -- a full power probably won't help there.
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