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Good place to get advice on mobo, case, etc.?

  1. #1

    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Good place to get advice on mobo, case, etc.?

    Hi, folks.

    Can anyone recommend a forum that I can go to for advice about custom built PCs?

    I am looking to build (or have built for me) a new desktop for work. I mostly use Adobe Creative Suite for...
    1. print design
    2. web site content creation
    3. video editing
    4. etc

    I'm not a gamer, but I still have a copy of Flight Simulator X & rFactor 2 that I might install again.

    My ideal system will be something like this:
    • 2 or 3 monitors (very high resolution)
    • 2 NVIDIA GPUs
    • a lot of RAM
    • a SSD to boot off of
    • at least 1 TB of onboard storage space (I'm backing up to WD Passports)
    • USB 3

    Thank you!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Our sister/brother site PC Help Forum has a lot of knowledgeable people and some of them/us are here too.
    Some advice for a start, Since you already set what you need computer for, set the budget too, at least within some boundaries and be prepared to hear a lot of Intel vs. AMD and Nvidia vs. AMD arguments.
    I do some graphics and video editing so here some of my experience:
    CPU, more cores vs. CPU "power". Like, AMD FX8350 vs, Intel I7
    As much and as fast RAM you can cram in the MB.
    Speaking of MB, a quality MB with good cooling and power section durability.
    Don't really need two video cards if you are not heavy gamer. one good one should suffice in your case. There are also some (expensive) video cards dedicated to graphic/ video work.
    Do not skimp on a power supply, it will be called to do a lot of work. A good make would be preferable to a lot of declared Watts.
    A large, properly ventilated case is preferably to fancy ones.
    Consider a good CPU cooler, preferably water cooling, CPU coolers supplied with processor are barely adequate for ordinary work let alone for heavy use hour after hour you will probably do in the warm climate.
    SSD, as large as you can/want to get, larger, 500GB or more are faster and more reliable than smaller ones. Video and to some extent graphic programs do a lot of work with disks even with large amount of RAM so it can speed up operations considerably.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Thank you, Mike! I posted there & would appreciate continuing the conversation there. My first post has been altered to include some of the info you gave me.

    Thanks again!

    New, custom work desktop (light gaming) | PC Help Forum
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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