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Old November 28, 2011, 03:49 PM
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well in february iam going to study graphical design and play a few games like MW3, the witcher 2, skyrim, etc etc... and i want to build a computer, but i dont know if i should build an amd, amd radeon computer or an intel nvidia computer

what r ur recomendations?
could u recomend me which parts i should buy?

some people say that i should buy an imac but meh...

budget is 1250 USD
i would apreciate much ur help


sorry for bad english
and for ur attention thanks :)

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Old November 28, 2011, 05:27 PM
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Honestly without a budget it's impossible to recommend anything, but I think by coming to Hardware Canucks you've made the first right step. Try posting your build in the new system builds section with all of the required information.

The iMac recommendation is a terrible one though. You sure won't be playing the latest RPGs on that...
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Old November 29, 2011, 09:49 AM
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my budget is 1250 , sorry for not posting it.
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Old November 29, 2011, 12:54 PM
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1250 in what currency? Euro? USD? CND? Will you be required to run some kind of Mac at your design school? My sister have notice small differences in fonts between PC & Mac version of software which make it hard to use a PC. Basically, everyone she deals with, from designers to print shops, use Mac so she had to stay with Mac. If so, I suggest you read up on iBoot & Multibeast and build a machine according to their specs so you can dual boot OSX & Win 7 easily. iBoot isn't the only option around but I found it to be the easiest to use. An issue you may run into is that the latest & greatest video card may not work with iBoot.
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Old November 29, 2011, 01:02 PM
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well iam going to use all the adobe design programs like photoshop, illustrator, after effects, dream weaver etc etc...a designer friend told me that adobe design programs work better on Windows than on OSX, and for the money I spend buying a imac I could buy an a loooot better pc, ill take into account the dual boot thing thank u
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Old November 29, 2011, 04:57 PM
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My build may be a good place to start, it cost about $1250 CAD after taxes.

Check out the button on the top right of this post.

It does quite well on every game I've thrown at it so far:

StarCraft II
The Old Republic (Beta)
nothing else too recent
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Old November 29, 2011, 06:11 PM
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Maybe yourself and hot dog could hook up and save each other some issues. :P

obviously if distance is feasible.
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Old November 29, 2011, 08:15 PM
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u.u i would like to see a professional advice
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Old November 29, 2011, 08:31 PM
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Well I order a new system for my friend that came out to around $1250

2500K, 8 gig of ram, Gigabtye Z68 motherboard, ATI 6950 2GB, a cheap case, some kind of Enermax or Antec 600w PSU. I don't remember what HDD it was or which case it was. It does include Windows 7 OEM and no KB and no mouse.
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Old November 29, 2011, 11:27 PM
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As far as CPU goes, you can't beat Intel at the moment, i5 2500K is damn good, i7 2600k if your using stuffs that will make use of the hyperthreading
8GB should be sufficient RAM but you can get more later if you find the need.

GPU, well this is 6 of 1 1/2 dozen of other.. 6950 is a good card as are the green alternatives (560ti 448 or 570)

P67 mobo to save some bucks (the z68 will offer ssd caching and on chip graphics but not much else for your money, the p67 is hella good and a fair bit cheaper)

I would suggest a decent but inexpensive case to keep all your bits nice and cool with dust filters to help keep the fans and heat-sinks clean too.

Will you overclock at all?
If not drop the k chips to save a bit more BUT the k series overclock very well and quite easily
(Giving you approx 15%(correct me here guys) speed boost for a decent, stable and 24/7 OC) There are plenty of guides etc.
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