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Need Advice on Developer and Designer PC

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August 18, 2009 3:47:35 PM

Hello all, I continue to see advice and articles for building Gaming PC's, whether it be a Budget Box or an Extreme Box. But, I never get to read online on building a box for Web Development or Graphic Design or Best Productivity, Etc. I am a multimedia developer with the jist of my work being in web development and graphic design. I often use several memory hungry programs for 8 - 12 hours a day and currently it slows my PC way down. My Graphic Design Programs and Java Based Programs take a minute or more to load.

I was thinking two 640GB Caviar Blacks Raid 0 and a 1TB Caviar Black with an external sata HDD Case. I have a lot of music and a great deal of movies as well. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Buying Parts Here and There with hope to have all parts by October.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web Application Development, Web/Print/Multimedia Design, Movies, Music,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: reliable sites with inexpensive price
OVERCLOCKING: If beneficial, Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If beneficial, Yes

1.) Cordless Desktop LX310 Laser Mouse and Keyboard ($19.99 + s&h)
2.) Black Pioneer 20X SATA DVR-DVR-216DBK ($25.99 + s&h)
3.) Antec LifeStyle Solo Chassis ($84.97)
4.) Intel Core I7 920 Boxed ($199.99)
August 18, 2009 10:03:21 PM

As long as you back up your work frequently I suppose you can RAID 0. I doubt that's going to be a real big hindrance though.

Once Vista/Win 7 has your programs indexed they'll load fast enough. You just need 12GB of RAM and a solid video card, sounds like.

You have your processor all picked out, so it's a bit late to go with a true workstation board and a couple Xeons.

Really, there is no sense spending $1500 at this point. Getting a nicer case might be a good idea. Something quiet.
Maybe an SSD instead of the RAID.

Gigabyte UD4P
Solid MB
Corsair 12GB kit

Cosmos S case
Quiet, big, etc.
Corsair 650TX
Quiet. Maybe a bit overkill on the wattage but it will handle whatever you need it for in the future.

Noctua CPU cooler
It's big and very efficient and quiet. A bit pricey.

Corsair 128GB SSD

Sapphire 4670 1GB

That's about it. You'll want that Single Caviar Black internally of course, and an external one.

Here's an enclosure:

This enclosure is probably better as it's actively cooled. Just no firewire:

August 18, 2009 10:05:33 PM

OK, so after everything it's around $1500 after all :p 

August 19, 2009 3:48:16 AM

Here are two other X58 Mobo's you should look at, The P6T is basically like the Gigabyte UDP4 and the P6T Deluxe v2 has Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, plus 16+2 phase power.

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $249.99

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $289.99 Free Shipping*

Here is another SSD you should check out.
G.SKILL FALCON FM-25S2S-128GBF1 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk - Retail $314.00 Free Shipping*

Get 2 kits of these 6gb(3x2gb) Cas 7 Ram.
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) OCZ3P1600LV6GK $114.99 Free Shipping*

For $10.00 more I would go with this PSU.
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*

Get either of these CPU HSF Coolers'.[/b]
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99

CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95

If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95

One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.

Items you will need.
Thermal Compound.
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99

You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99

Subtotal of parts above using the Asus P6T Dlx v2 and CoGage True Spirit, CPU Cooler and before MIR and shipping costs is: $852.95
MIR is $20.00

Total after MIR rebate and before shipping costs is now $832.95

Thats not adding a backup HDD, Case, Graphic Card and also the 2 Monitors.

Now here are some Monitors you should look at.
Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $159.99 Free Shipping*

SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen $209.99 ($189.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)

Optional Case that will work.

Storage (Backup) HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $74.99 Free Shipping*

Graphic Cards you should look at.
XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $144.99 Free Shipping*

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit $189.99 ($159.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*

Using these additional parts above with the 2 ACER monitors added in, the price will be.
With XFX Graphic card = $1462.90
With Evga Graphic card = $1477.90

Also this Link might be an interest to you when deciding on which Graphic card.

Hope this helped you out some more.