Thanks to many suggestions in this forum, here’s our plan for a new graphics workstation. We want it to be as simple as possible, very upgradeable, quiet and cool. Please critique this plan. Is it in balance? All ideas are very welcome. Thank you!
BUDGET RANGE: up to $4000, preferably less.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3d graphics, photoshop, video editing and internet. No gaming.
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
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: PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 768MB PCIe
OPERATING SYSTEM DRIVE: Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB SATA II 10000 RPM
DATA DRIVE: Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black SATA 7200RPM 64MB CAC
TWO CD/DVD BURNERS: Sony DVDRW SATA AD-7200S-OB 24X
CARD READER: Sony All In One Internal Black Card-Reader
OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
COMPUTER CASE: Cooler Master RC-830-SSN2-GP Stacker 830 Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
TWO EXTRA FANS: 120MM CASE FAN W/ 3PIN CON 4PIN
POWER SUPPLY: 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
EXTRA E-SATA AND FIREWIRE PORTS: Black 3.5 Bay I/O Panel with USB Firewire400 & E-SATA.
I can't imagine why you felt you needed a 900W PSU. That one might be OK, but there are far higher quality units at better prices.
This new 650W Seasonic is the highest quality PSU you can buy and dead quiet under normal loads: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
One of the most efficient PSUs made. Because so little of the power escapes in heat, the fan doesn't even run under normal loads... and it looks to me like you won't be pulling more than 300W.
I agree with all Proximon said, I also think you can save a bit on your OS by going with Win7 Professional instead of Ultimate. 90% of the additional features that Ultimate adds are aimed at corporate users that don't even apply unless you are connecting to enterprise level IT resources. I'm not sure where you are posting from though, so if it's a non-English native speaking country, there is some use for having the support for an additional 35 languages that comes with Ultimate.
As for wireless card, not sure why you need one, but if you really do, I'd recommend getting one that supports wireless N. If you're willing to drop that much money on a nice system, get the better wireless card and a new $150 router that supports it.