Holy smoking revised build list , batman!

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:

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=N82E16814130378 -or-
B. GeForce 9500 GT 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130395

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=N82E16811129021 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=N82E16835233001
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  1. KABAM POW! Go with this 2x2 GB DDR2 800 1.8v RAM, your mobo choice doesn't use DDR3.
    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.
    with the 3 pipe retention bracket
  2. 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!"
  3. 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?
  4. 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.

  5. Add five of these:
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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

    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
  6. 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?


    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
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