High End Build Gaming/Photoshop Build

Hey guys wanted to post my build again very shortly ill finally be purchasing my build so excited and wanted to see if you guys can help me make those last few changes to improve this build however possible

For now going to put towards gaming also want to use this for college, when I head into the gaming business. I love using Photoshop for drawing. if anyone has any other nice programs please let me know.

I do plan to overclock

Can Spend up to 2500.00.. though I don't really want to..

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Antec Twelve Hundred

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS

ASUS MK241H Black 24"
(wanted a large screen enjoy having the space.)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
(wasn't sure if I was going to go quad core don't think ill be needing it)

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Graphics card, going to wait for the 4870 X2
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  1. How far do you plan to overclock?
  2. didn't want to go to high on overclocking cause im not sure how the cooler will handle it but hopefully around 3.6-3.8
  3. First off, I just want to say that the 1200 is HUGE! Just letting you know. Do you really need 10 hard drive expansion slots? lol

    Anyways, everything looks good. Nice build.

    One suggestion though; If you're doing photoshop/game development software kind of stuff, I would recommend the Q9450(or Q9550 if you feel like spending $200 more). It will help you with those multithreaded apps and cut down on rendering time, etc.

    Also, I can speak from experience that the HDT 1283 is a great cooler. It keeps my (currently stock) Q9450 at a cool 30 degrees. Have yet to really test it to the max since I just built my computer last week.
  4. Beautiful build.

    Add this bracket for the Xigmatek:
  5. thanks guys for looking my build over and advice I have noticed that the antec twelve hundred is huge but I like its slick design and cooling though I have thought about picking another case:P Quad Cores seem nice just to expensive for thoses two extra cores.. but I do want to get the Q9450 with that cooler how high can I overclock it?
  6. Something like 3.2 GHz should be trivial, it wouldn't even need any overclocking for the MB and RAM. Some people even got 4 GHz, if you can believe user reviews...
  7. ah k ill start with 3.2 ghz and do a little research on further overclocking thanks mate
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