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PLEASE CRITIQUE NEW BUILD GRAPHICS PC

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October 11, 2009 3:13:44 AM

PLEASE CRITIQUE NEW BUILD GRAPHICS PC

Thanks to your suggestions, here’s our plan for a new computer. We want it to be as simple as possible, very upgradeable, quiet and cool. Please critique this plan. Is it in balance? Any suggestions? All ideas are very welcome. Thank you!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: late October, after Windows7 release.

BUDGET RANGE: up to $3000, preferably less.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3d graphics, photoshop, video editing and internet. No gaming.

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Home Premium

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: sound card, monitor and speakers.

OVERCLOCKING: No. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITORS: dual monitors. Will reuse old ones. Later may upgrade.

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P6T SE ATX MBD SKT 1366 X58 ICH10R 6DIMM

PROCESSOR: Intel I7-940 2.93G 8MB 4.8 GT/SEC

MEMORY (six of these): Kingston 2GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333MHZ

VIDEO CARD: XFX Radeon HD 4890 Graphics Card

OPERATING SYSTEM DRIVE: Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB SATA II 10000 RPM

DATA DRIVE: Seagate 1.5TB Baracuda HD 7200RPM SATA 32MB CACH

TWO CD/DVD BURNERS: Samsung DVDRW SH-S223L 22X SATA lightscribe

CARD READER: Sony All In One Internal Black Card-Reader

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

COMPUTER CASE: Cooler Master RC-830-SSN2-GP Stacker 830 Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

POWER SUPPPLY: Tagan 900W Quad SLI Power Supply

KEYBOARD & MOUSE: Logitech Desktop USB Keyboard/Mouse

USB 2.0 PCI CARD ADAPTER: StarTech USB PCI adapter 4 ports HS

WIRELESS CARD: Linksys Wireless-G PCI Card WMP54G

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October 11, 2009 3:30:06 AM

what kind of programs will you guys be using, anything like maya for graphic desing?

because the video card that you guys suggested might be good for photoshop, video editing and gaming, but for rendering and 3d graphics it isnt that good

for graphics i'd recomend the nvidia quadro series like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also for memory you guys dont need to buy individual packages you can buy 6x2 in a pack for a total of 12gb like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a raptor is fast but an ssd drive is even faster and more reliable, i suggest something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a backup hard drive for data like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
its sold out at the moment but give it some time.

and 900w power supply is more that what you will ever use, so drop to a more quality 850w like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but even that is alot, you guys can easily get away this this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as well.

the rest look fine
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October 11, 2009 3:35:38 AM

Drop the VRaptor and get an SSD and a 2TB Caviar black drive, it will provide you lots of storage. Also make sure you pick up 2 triple channel kits or 1 hexachannel kit, they will provide better performance than 6 individual sticks, which may require more than the allowable 1.65 volts.

Since you wont be gaming, drop the GPU down to a 4850, it has been specifically tested with CS4 and will cost you half as much as a 4890
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405711.html

Drop the PSU down to a Corsair 450VX, you have no need for a 900 watt PSU, it will just be inefficient and generate significant heat.

Also get an i7 920, the speed difference is negligible and certainly not worth the price difference, or get an i7 860 with an LGA 1156 motherboard, it will save you some and will perform better in single threaded applications where its better turbo boost can help out.
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October 22, 2009 4:08:14 AM

Thanks to your very thoughtful suggestions, we've had an education. You guys are the teachers. We took some of your suggestions; others not. We're listing the final build in a new thread here. Buying in two days, so there's still time to prevent disaster if we have made a mess. Would you please check it over. Thanks again.
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