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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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?
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.
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
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?