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$1800-2000 budget...... Good Build?

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June 7, 2009 4:51:54 AM



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next day or two

BUDGET RANGE: $1500-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3d modeling, Adobe CS4, AutoCAD, General computing with heavy multitasking.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers, XP64

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:
looking for quality.

OVERCLOCKING: yes, shooting for 3.8-4.0

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to build a system that I can push a bit and keep stable. My current CPU is 6 years old and rapidly and gallantly crawling towards 'the light at the end of the tunnel'. I need something that can karate chop through photoshop, Modo, etc. I can't deny that there will some game playing in between. I want to make sure that I am providing enough power and ventilation while overclocked. Lots of people like the dark knight fan, does anyone use the one I have selected? I didnt see it rated at Frostytech when I looked. Thoughts on ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution vs GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA or ASUS P6T Deluxe V2? Also, would it be better to go with a single card or 2 cards? I did a bit of reading and still find myself searching for a clear answer.

Lots of Noob questions i know.


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The road bike that I am no longer purchasing: :) 

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

2 - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G

DoubleSight DS-219STA Dual Monitor Flex Stand

ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler Socket 1366 Ready

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SUBTOTAL: $1,882

Much Thanks for the feedback in advance.



June 7, 2009 5:06:11 AM

I think you should be fine with the 750W Corsair PSU.
June 7, 2009 5:14:47 AM

solid build overall but I would switch out the 150gb raptor for either a smaller SSD or a 300gb raptor. The speed difference between a high density 1tb black vs the 150gb raptor is very similar yet the raptor costs more. The newer raptors in the 300gb size are actually faster than the 150gb. It's one of those things were it doesn't really pay to go the older technology.

Some savings could be done by running 2x gtx 260 in SLI if you can get a good deal on those cards. Nothing wrong with the 275 though :) 
June 7, 2009 6:40:22 AM

use a single GTX 260, it isn't really worth paying the extra for the 275 for what the PC's for.
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