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Hello Everyone -

This is my second system (I built the first 5 years ago and I'm <ahem> rusty). I have an i7 extreme 975 processor on an intel board (DX58SO) that I bought from a friend who sold it to me cheap (he decided he didn't like the board and had another 975). I wasn't planning on building one but I felt I couldn't pass up the opportunity to build with Intels' top processor (what I'm told, anyway). I've read a bunch of reviews and done quite a bit of research on building a new system, including scouring newegg everyday for component deals. So far I've only bought a case (Antec 300) and a PSU (Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Crossfire ready etc). This system will be used primarily for a photography business and audio recording, but also gaming and general purpose use. Here are my thoughts on addt'l hardware/software:

*Either a SSD or rel. small sata hd to run the OS on (300G?). Not sure if the SSD is worth the extra $$, but I've read some good things - brand?
*1TB+ Hard Drive (just for data) - haven't decided on brand etc.
*Not sure on the video card...don't want to spend too much here, but also don't want to waste an i7
*Memory - Seems as though this board's specs call for ddr3 1066 RAM, so I was going with Patriot RAM(6 G):
*CPU Fan/cooler - No clue
*Windows 7 64bit
*Backup software - Acronis True Image (I've used Ghost extensively in the past, but I've heard bad things about their newest release for W7)

Already have monitors, printers, etc, plus a sound card that I'm dubious will be supported by W7 (an old echo card, it has four 1/4" cable receptacles for guitars, preamps etc), so I may have to buy a new sound card.

Any suggestions or thoughts? I'll be reposting with issues I'm sure once I delve into this!
Thanks! :D
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  1. See the form in my sig and we'll be able to help you out more.
  2. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: $1000 Before Rebates

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo Editing/Audio Home Studio (i.e. Protools)/Gaming/General Home Use

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor/Speakers/already purchased PSU/Mobo/Processor/Case (see above: Antec 750W/Intel DX58SO/Intel i7 975 Extreme/Antec 300)


    PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference

    OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - not familiar with this


    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a quiet pc, but that ship may have sailed with the purchase of the 300. Worried about cooling etc as I have little/no background there.

  3. Welcome to the forum. So you just need a HDD, RAM, GPU, ODD, HSF, and OS.

    XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal

    See what you think.
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