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Holy smoking revised build list , batman!

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Anonymous
January 17, 2009 5:00:02 AM

Ive decided against the used Abit mobo and the used Intel quad. I checked benchmarks and have decided that the E8500 will work for me, and this is my working photo computer to make a living!

Here is my revised build:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
Processor: Intel E8500 (waiting for prices to drop next week)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W (in my Newegg shopping cart)
Video Card: Help choose either: either is affordable
A. GeForce 9500 GT 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -or-
B. GeForce 9500 GT 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: (updated 1-17-09) Mushkin 2 x 2gb RAM 1066 5-4-4-12 !
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channe

Case: Antec 900 (ordered and shipped) - worried about review that said that bottom mounted PSU was a problem for multiple SATA drives. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... View all reviews - see one dated 1-16-09 (at the top at time of writing).

DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7221S - OEM

Drives: WD black caviar drive 640gb - found it. Im putting several in my case as I need them for work.

I also have an existing 74gb Raptor for my Photoshop scratch drive. Why didnt Santa put a SSD in my stocking? lolo

Also, I need a CPU heatsink/fan for the E8500 in the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R. Im tending towards the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler and the mounting kit: XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 CPU Cooler Retention bracket - wondering: would the smaller XIGMATEK be enough:
here: 92mm ZIGMATEK Rifle Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 17, 2009 5:49:47 AM

KABAM POW! Go with this 2x2 GB DDR2 800 1.8v RAM, your mobo choice doesn't use DDR3.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'd go with the cheaper of the 9500GT
www.frostytech.com is a great place to compare reviews of coolers depending if you want quiet or cool or in between. This cooler gets good marks for both.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with the 3 pipe retention bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anonymous
January 17, 2009 6:09:20 AM

ZOK!!! holy mini-munchkin ram cards!

WHOOSH! Holy copper cooling tubes! (yes, but they are filled with poison gas, Robin...)

Seriously, do I need the rentention bracket? - I dont move my system around - it stays put, but then - I am proven capable of destroying stationary objects...

Later, in a dark Gotham alley...
"Careful, Robin, the Joker's men have rifle coolers!"
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Anonymous
January 17, 2009 7:27:47 AM

Okay, I've added the rifle cooler to my Newegg cart.

DDR2 RAM - okay, so Newegg was accurate in saying that the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R was DDR2!

Tell me more - teachable moment here - what is the reason for preferring Mushkin over G.Skill? Im just learning about latency rates - I see a couple 4's for mushkin.... is that the reason (faster), or are they reliable than G.Skill?
January 17, 2009 7:29:10 AM

Kapow zinnnng! You don't really need the retention bracket, it just makes contact between the CPU and cooler better and i really, really hate the stupid push pin mounting. You could also save some money by going with a different power supply. Since you're not using a gaming graphic card any quality 400w - 500w PSU should be plenty for your system.
Here's a few 80+ efficiency PSUs that would be fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anonymous
January 17, 2009 4:55:11 PM

Add five of these:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is this the FAST WD Black 32mb cache 640GB WD SATA drive with a good reputation here?

DirtMountain,
I run alot of drives due to my work. I appreciate the the options that you listed for more affordable PSU, but Ive learned (the hard way) what happens when I overload a PSU. I sort of want the Dodge dually diesel of power supplies lol
Anonymous
January 17, 2009 5:05:48 PM

re: the graphics board, the 1 GB version has a slower memory clock. For 2D photo work, whats more important: on board memory or speed of memory clock. My needs for still photos - i do A LOT of images - is different than a gamer, right.

See card links in original post above!
A. 512mb, 1000 mhz
B. 1 GB, ~500 mhz


There is only $10 difference between the two - so price is NOT an issue. If the faster clock is of greater benefit to me, them the cheaper one "A" is the best for my Photoshop work right?

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A. GeForce 9500 GT 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130378 -or-
B. GeForce 9500 GT 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130395