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My sister was due for a computer upgrade and needed some decent specs that would allow her to sufficiently run CS6 and some light editing in Premiere. I was originally looking at AMD's FX 6 core and 8 core processors, but for what she needed the jump up to the i5-4570 seemed like a better option. She also does some light gaming, so a dedicated GPU was a must, and AMD's APUs wouldn't offer enough processing power for her needs.

I ended up with a build that will give her great expansion capability, but also offer great upfront value. Here are the parts I chose and the reasoning behind them:

  • i5-4570: It was a tough choice between this and the FX-8350, but I ended up going with the i5 since it's a tad better in many areas, and small form factor motherboard offerings were far better for Intel.

  • Asus B85M-E: This motherboard offers good connectivity and expansion (4 dimms was something I was specifically looking for), but at a great value. With this board she has the potential for up to 32GB of RAM and in the future she can always throw in an i7 if she feels like the i5 isn't enough for her needs.

  • A-Data XPG (1 x 8GB): 8GB should be plenty for her current needs, but if she ever needs more for work in Premiere she will have plenty of expansion capability (up to 32GB).

  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7,200rpm: One major requirement was plenty of storage for her projects and media. 2TB gives her plenty of headroom for now, and this drive is always well regarded as well as being affordable.

  • Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB (GHz edition): Within a week of purchasing this the R7 250x was announced which was a little frustrating, however I got it at great price and it should be more than adequate for what she needs. As for the choice to go with 1GB, at 1080p there is no performance difference between the 1GB and 2GB versions of the 7770 since it can't utilize 2GB. If you disagree, look it up.

  • BitFenix Phenom M (White): This case fit every part of the bill; it's compact, but still offers good build space. I also thought she would really like how this case looks, and I was right. The soft-touch material and simple exterior in all-white are really striking. Building in the case was a bit challenging with the non-modular PSU I chose, but it turned out well and has great airflow.

  • Corsair CX 430W PSU: This was the biggest regret I have of this build; it's a fantastic budget PSU, but I should have gone with the modular version to save myself the headache of fitting the spaghetti explosion of cables into the little Micro-ATX Phenom.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 12 points

+1 Ramirez, build a custom PC with this knife and this banana!

  • 70 months ago
  • 9 points

RAMIREZ, GET TO THE BURGERTOWN AND USE THAT UAV!

  • 70 months ago
  • 10 points

RAMIREZ, GET TO THE HOSPITAL AND DELIVER MY WIFE'S BABY!

  • 70 months ago
  • 9 points

RAMIREZ USE THAT PREDATOR MISSILE!!!

  • 70 months ago
  • 7 points

RAMIREZ, TAKE OUT THAT BTR!

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  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 That is an Awesome build for the price!! I love the case!

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

A grumpy old man approves this build. It's usable, scalable, and sensible, plus the case looks great.

I'm planning something similar, basically a light workstation/light gamer. I'm semi-settled on a different CPU (E3-1230 V2), but I'd be happy with everything else in your build. Even the total costs are virtually the same, if you leave the OS and DVD drive out of my list.

It's kind of a sweet-spot build for that kind of computer. If I ordered my list and yours got delivered, I wouldn't return anything. I'd just go ahead and use it. ;)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice build, you should upgrade to a better graphic card in the future when you get the chance! Nice build tho.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 you could have opted for a cheaper core and a stronger gpu anyways like the case!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very nice build. Parts are very good for this price, and very fast with the Intel i5. A 2x4 RAM module would've been faster because dual-channel can work more at a time, just like dual-core vs single-core. The case is for me too expensive, but considering the clean design and material, it's a bargain. An extra GPU can be easily added with Crossfire, and a Haswell 4th generation i motherboard couldn't been better.

Just curious, what OS does your sister use? I don't see Windows in the list.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, never EVER use the stock cooler, you can easily pay 30 bucks for a coolermaster hypo 212 evo for even better temps.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I would usually agree, but the case is out of the way where it can't be heard and that chip can't overclock, there literally is no reason to upgrade it. The CPU doesn't get above 60c in workloads, the 30 bucks would be more useful put towards a faster drive or more RAM for editing.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, he may not need one because it is a locked processor

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

No need for one, the Intel one is ample for this computer.