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New Build For Gaming/Photoshop - NEED ADVICE PLEASE!

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February 25, 2008 3:42:54 PM

Thank you for taking the time to read my build. My goal is to build a system that is future-proof and can run new games on blast. Most parts are being purchased from new egg. Any suggestions/improvements are most certainly welcome!

PROCESSOR: INTEL E8400 WOLFIE $239

MOBO: EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel $249

MEMORY: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 8GB(4 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR2 800 $192

VIDEO CARD: EVGA GeForce 8800GTX $350 (Changed from GTS)

FAN/HEATSINK: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink $41

POWER: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W $100

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel Computer Case $110

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-2014L1T - DVD Burner $35

HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $120

OS: Windows Vista 64 Bit System Builders $129 (also will be running leopard hackintosh)

MONITOR: Westinghouse L2410NM Black 24" 8ms Widescreen LCD $399

KEY: Logitech G11 Keyboard $59

MOUSE: Logitech MX518 2-Tone Mouse $40

SOUND: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer $50

Let me know what you think, thanks!
February 25, 2008 3:58:12 PM

Everything looks good except for the Monitor. I don't know that I'd buy a Westinghouse. (Just had bad experiences w/ them in the past) I also can't find what panel type it is. If it's TN, then I'd think a Samsung 245BW would be a much more attractive deal.
February 25, 2008 4:31:59 PM

If your spending that kind of money you might as well add another hard drive, 1st for OS\Programs, 2nd for Swap File, Games, Video, mp3's, Data, etc. Also I don't see a heat sink you may look at:

Light to Moderate OC - Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

High OC - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler w/Artic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
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February 25, 2008 4:58:36 PM

Oh, I figured this may be worth mentioning depending how much you use photoshop. I know for a fact that Photoshop CS3 is multithreaded, so if you work with very large images with lots of layers, then I'd go for a quad core. Specifically, I'd wait for the Q9450 to hit and then go that route.
February 25, 2008 6:11:26 PM

Ive had a couple ocz stealthxstream and gamexstream models. All of them were kinda on the loud side..finally switched to the modxstream version.
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