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
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.
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.
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.