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  05 May 2013
Need Help with Custom PC Build

I am looking to build a decent PC for working in C4D R13 Studio, Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Most anything would be better than the 2 year old Presario CQ57 I am working with now, but here is my cart list from newegg... what do you guys think?

-Refurbished HP L1710 Silver 17" 5ms LCD Monitor ($55.99)
-Rosewill R519-BK ATX Mid Tower w/500W Power Supply (69.99)
-Mouse and Keyboard (39.99)
-Ballistix 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM (40.99)
-AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core APU (79.00)
-Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB Sata III SSD (99.99)

-AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0 GHz Socket AM3+ 125W 8-Core (370.00 for this and the following)
-Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G Motherboard
-Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0GB/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

SubTotal $756.94
Shipping $20.87
Total $777.81

Also looking into cheap but usable graphics tablets, if anybody has any suggestions.

Thanks for your time.
  05 May 2013
Why two processors and no graphics card? I'd drop the SSD and put it towards more memory.
  05 May 2013
I dont understand the list, whats the point of the 4gig ram stick and the APU?

And a 17" screen? unless thats an extra for putting itunes and your mail app on, youre not going to want to work from such a tiny screen, I'd sacrifice the api, ram, cpu and ssd long before Id pick such a tiny screen.

Also, the 8 core amd chips are hardly worth it. For most use, they perform the same as a 4 core cpu due to the fact that they only have 4 FPUs
Matthew O'Neill
  05 May 2013
Originally Posted by imashination: Also, the 8 core amd chips are hardly worth it. For most use, they perform the same as a 4 core cpu due to the fact that they only have 4 FPUs

For a budget build the AMD FX-8350 is a great option. The Intel i5-3470 is another decent option but will be slower at ray tracing than the AMD option. In Cinebench 11.5 the i5-3470 does around 6.1 and the FX-8350 does around 6.9 which is not bad for $199.
  05 May 2013
Ahh I missed that the $370 was for the entire system. In that case go for it.
Matthew O'Neill
  05 May 2013
Yeah, I didn't know that you couldn't use two CPU's. I'm about as green as it gets with computer building. My only desire is to build a machine to model and render stills and short clips in as little time as possible for under $800. Screen size is a moot point for me, I can always hook up to my 36" 1080p plasma if I need a big screen.
I was under the impression the APU's doubled as a graphics processor? Maybe instead of the APU I could grab a 1GB GPU?
I don't game, so the only reason for the GPU is to speed up my viewport in Cinema 4D.
  05 May 2013
You dont wanna work on a plasma screen (or any other TV screen)...
  05 May 2013
Here's what I'd get for a $800 or less workstation. The important specifications, AMD FX-8350 processor, 16GB of memory in two modules so you can upgrade later, 1TB drive at 7200 RPM, 21.5 inch monitor with 1080P resolution, Radeon HD 7750 graphics with 2GB of memory, 500 watt Antec power supply and case. It comes to $797.74 after shipping (at least to my state). You won't find better bang for the buck than this.

You'll still need a keyboard, mouse, and the operating system. Hopefully you have those lying around to use. If you're a student you can get a copy of Windows for like $30 from your school.
  05 May 2013
Originally Posted by vlad: You dont wanna work on a plasma screen (or any other TV screen)...

Agreed, televisions do stupid crap that messes with the image (dynamic backlighting, sharpening, increased saturation, etc.). Those things are great for watching a movie but terrible for working on. Some televisions have options to disable those features and some don't, I'd probably just get a monitor.
  05 May 2013
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