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August 3, 2009 3:24:29 AM

Hi:

Please let me know what you think.

The computer will mostly be used for graphic/web design, digital photography and high def. video editing (AVCHD files). OK...I guess the occasional game may be loaded at some point.

Monitor resolution: 1280 x 1024

Will be buying this week from Newegg.com.

No overclocking.

Antec P183 Case
Intel Core i7 920
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR X58 Motherboard
SAPPHIRE HD 4890 1GB Video Card
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W Power Supply
Mushkin 6GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Vista Ultimate (if 64bit works with all my software I will buy 6GB more of ram, if 32bit then I guess I will be wasting 2GB...bummer!)
2ea. Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
Sony SATA DVD-ROM
Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe
ZALMAN CNPS9900LED CPU Cooler
Antec 75003 120mm Case Fan

Thanks in advance for any comments and advice!

Mitch
August 3, 2009 4:22:46 AM

I agree that the 4890 is unnecessary, especially at that resolution. I would go with something cheap like a 4830 and then pick up another monitor, the extra landscape will really benefit you for what you are doing. When you decide to play a game, the 4830 would be more than enough to handle gaming at 1280x1024.

Make sure you really need the business features found in Ultimate. If you don't then Home Premium is much cheaper and should be fine for you (Ultimate is Home Premium + Business, and I can't make any use of any of the business features so it would be a waste of money for ME to get Ultimate).
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August 3, 2009 6:00:10 AM

mitchel said:
Hi:

Please let me know what you think.

The computer will mostly be used for graphic/web design, digital photography and high def. video editing (AVCHD files). OK...I guess the occasional game may be loaded at some point.

Monitor resolution: 1280 x 1024

Will be buying this week from Newegg.com.

No overclocking.

Antec P183 Case
Intel Core i7 920
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR X58 Motherboard
SAPPHIRE HD 4890 1GB Video Card
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W Power Supply
Mushkin 6GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Vista Ultimate (if 64bit works with all my software I will buy 6GB more of ram, if 32bit then I guess I will be wasting 2GB...bummer!)
2ea. Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
Sony SATA DVD-ROM
Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe
ZALMAN CNPS9900LED CPU Cooler
Antec 75003 120mm Case Fan

Thanks in advance for any comments and advice!

Mitch

Would suggest a few changes to your build specs.

Would suggest this Combo for CPU/Ram
1. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
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2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99
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Combo Discount: -$12.00
Combo Price: $367.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Parts needed change to and needed.
1) Go with this case, better airflow and more space inside. It will come to same price if you add shipping cost to your case choice.
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $171.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) You will need a better CPU Cooler then the one you have picked. Below are 2 that work very well.
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3)1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is another Mobo/CPU/Ram Option you should look at, plus it will save you at least $30.00 and you get a free gift.
1. ASUS P6T: $239.99
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2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99
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3. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
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4. Intel Intel BunnyPeople: $19.99
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Combo Discount: -$81.99
Combo Price: $557.97
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GoodLuck on your build.
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August 3, 2009 3:16:02 PM

If you are going to overclock your PC then a change of case may be in order, but only if you are really going to crank up the voltage. The P183 is a fine case, and the i7 can do 3.6ghz at stock voltages if you get a D0 chip. I ordered from newegg a month ago and got a D0, so I am pretty sure they have cleared out their stock of C0 chips.

The Cooler you picked is good, the coolers that were suggested are a little better and cheaper, which is the main argument for going for them. The one you picked is a good cooler though and will work fine.
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