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Need advice for Wife's gaming and photo editing PC.


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Nov 12, 2019
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I will be purchasing the parts at a Microcenter around Thanksgiving/Black Friday as we will be up near one to see her family.

BUDGET - $1500, could go a little higher
PURPOSE OF THE BUILD - Gaming mainly, with photo editing as well. Possible light video editing in the future.
ALREADY HAVE - Mouse, Keyboard, and 1440p 144hz G-sync monitor
NEED - Everything else
OVERCLOCK OR NOT? Possible later, but not immediately

Other Details: She wants a white theme with plenty of RGB to add purple. I was planning to go with the 240mm white corsair AIO, and the gigabyte white 2070super.

Any advice as to other parts?
Oct 21, 2006
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Oak Ridge, TN
System Name BorgX79
Processor i7-3930k 6/12cores@4.4GHz
Motherboard Sabertoothx79
Cooling Capitan 360
Memory Muhskin DDR3-1866
Video Card(s) Sapphire R480 8GB
Storage Chronos SSD
Display(s) 3x VW266H
Case Ching Mien 600
Audio Device(s) Realtek
Power Supply Cooler Master 1000W Silent Pro
Mouse Logitech G900
Keyboard Rosewill RK-1000
Software Win7x64
That should look nice!

A SSD or M2 drive for quick response on the file edits will be nice; one big enough to hold games is great, but expensive.

With video editing, you want two fast drives, one to source, one to write to.
(I use two SCSI arrays; they are now slower than M2's, lol. They'll do 320MB/s, but that's not fast anymore, and they sound like a 747.)

Plan for fans everywhere; they are a pain to add later.

If you get a nice windowed case, bribing one of your artistic friends to paint her favorite character on the glass is a nice touch, and can be cheap, depending on friends.
(A bottle of scotch (or tequila) goes a long way for me, depending on subject matter, lol.)


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Nov 12, 2019
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If you get a nice windowed case, bribing one of your artistic friends to paint her favorite character on the glass is a nice touch, and can be cheap, depending on friends.
(A bottle of scotch (or tequila) goes a long way for me, depending on subject matter, lol.)
This sounds awesome and I have a friend in mind! Any examples of this by chance? Do you have recommendations as to the paint?

Also thanks for the other advice, I will keep in mind for fast storage!
Aug 12, 2019
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System Name Custom
Processor i9 9900k
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 arous master
Cooling corsair h150i
Memory 4x8 3200mhz corsair
Video Card(s) GTX 1070ti
Storage 500gb Samsung 970 Evo PLus
Display(s) 1080P
Case Lian Li Pc-011 Dynamic
Audio Device(s) onboard :(
Power Supply 850w Seasonic Focus Platinum
Mouse Logitech G403
get a solid power supply, seasonic or corsair comes to mind.
Gold rating should be sufficient and you want to have a look around 650w to 750w.
Sep 10, 2018
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System Name His & Hers
Processor i9 9900k @5ghz/ R9 3900X Stock
Motherboard Asus Maximus XI Code/ X570 Aorus Master
Cooling Corsair h150i Pro Push/Pull. 5x Corsair ML120 + 4x Corsair LL120/ Corsair h115i Platinum
Memory 32 GB 4x8GB 3600mhz Corsair RGB Pro/ 32 GB 3200 CL14 @3800 CL16
Video Card(s) Asus ROG Strix 2080 ti/ Titan XP
Storage lots of SSD.
Display(s) Asus ROG PG278QR / MSI 27 inch VA panel.
Case Corsair 500D SE RGB/ Phanteks Evolv X
Audio Device(s) Arctis Pro + gaming Dac/ Corsair sp 2500/ Logitech Z 625
Power Supply Seasonic Ultra Prime Titanium 850w x2
Mouse Logitech G903 Lightspeed/ Logitech G Pro Hero.
Keyboard Corsair K95 RGB Platinum/ Logitech G Pro
Probably what I would go with at around that budget
I tried to go as white as possible while sticking with parts that make sense

even with black friday deals Prices at Microcenter may or may not be higher for similar parts.

alternatively you could go with a 3700X or 2080 Super and still only go slightly over your budget of 1500.

The white version of the corsair h100i comes with the terrible LL fans stick with the Patinum version as it comes with the superior ML fans. You don't really need an h100i for either the 3600 or 3700X and that cost nearly covers the difference from going with a 2080 super or 3700X which will actually get you better perfromance
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Sep 6, 2019
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System Name just ordinary potato system, but dont understimate potato..
Processor ryzen raven ridge 2200g
Motherboard msi b350 pc mate
Cooling x2 cheap china handmade
Memory klevv dual channel 3000mhz, random ddr2 stick
Video Card(s) vega 8, rx 580
Storage wd green ssd 240gb, 3tb seagate expnasion, random laptop hdd x4, 1tb 3.5
Display(s) acer vgo 22inch fullhd 75hz
Case cheap segotep/dazumba mid atx, alcatroz mini atx
Audio Device(s) genius retro wood style, harman kardon stick iii
Power Supply be quite system power9, powerlogic standar, voltron 300fx
Mouse rexus, genius ps/2, powerlogic ps/2 ball tracking
Keyboard rexus, random china product x3
Software talking abt best software, autodesk/unity3d/notepad yes notepad!!
Benchmark Scores theres nothing to brag abt potato, but it can run decent 30fps fullhd with good setting:)
with that budget you wont have dificult to pay for choosen one, looks like your purple expectation matching 2070s, what a coincidence yes go for gigabyte aorus, has purple rgb for you :toast:
Mar 15, 2013
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System Name Red Radiance l under construction
Processor 2600x
Motherboard x470 taichi
Cooling stock wrath
Memory TridentZ rgb 3200mhz (2x8 kit)
Video Card(s) Sapphire Vega 64 nitro+
Storage 970 evo nvme
Display(s) c27gh70
Case tt core x5 tge
Audio Device(s) sennheiser's pc323d usb soundcard
Power Supply corsair AX860i
Mouse roccat leader
Keyboard roccat ryos mk fx
Software windows 10
mb should be about $100-120 but you may have hard time to find it available
you can also get 2nd ram kit so you have black ram slots covered if you like

here is intel version
but 9700k is only 8/8 and h310 would be quite limiting for OC
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