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December 4, 2009 3:13:17 AM

Hi,
I'm planning to build this to use for digital photography and the more I research the more confused I become. LOL. Here's what I have so far in my Newegg shopping cart:

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I still need memory, video card, network card, DVD burner and fans. Is Newegg the best place to shop? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!

Brenda

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December 4, 2009 11:13:11 AM

Why do you need a NIC? Do you need 2 or more Ethernet ports? You didn't list your motherboard, but knowing which one can help with memory selection.
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December 4, 2009 5:23:50 PM

newegg has the best overall experience for computer part buyers. There are other good sites like buy.com, dell.com (free shipping), amazon.com (deals once in a while), zipzoomfly.com, etc. I'll throw them out there. Revise the list to your liking.

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

WINTEC AMPX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXH1600C8WS6GT - Retail

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

Use the onboard gigabit network in the mobo. The Armor has 3 bundled fans. No need to get more.

What kinda games do you play? What are the other uses of the pc? Do you need HDMI? If no gaming and just for photography, you can get a cheaper video card like the HD 4850 or even cheaper like the HD 4670/4770. In fact, you could get by with IGP (onboard video) for photos, but if you use Photoshop CS4, you can move the still images around smoother & faster with a faster gpu. And you can watch smoother HD videos with a good gpu.

Also, since you're a photographer, you might want to get an internal memory card reader like this:

nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port - Retail

All parts are from newegg.com
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December 4, 2009 9:34:59 PM

Sorry I forgot the motherboard- this is the one I was looking at: ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail Any ideas as to memory?

So, the net card is built into the mobo?
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December 4, 2009 10:01:58 PM

^Yes, the board has Integrated LAN/Network. As for RAM, get some GSkill Ripjaws:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For a mid-high mid level of photo/vid editing I recommend this:
i7 860

ASUS EVO LGA1156
It's a great board for the price.

3x WD Black 640GB OR 3x 500GB Samsung F3s in RAID5
This will offer increased read/write performance with redundancy for drive failure.

2*2GB DDR3 like the Ripjaw

Any cheap/decent DVD burner will work. Make sure it's SATA.

As for PSU, I recommend a Corsair 550VX or a 750TX or an equally good PSU from OCZ, Seasonic, Antec, or PC Power & Cooling. DO NOT go cheap on this part of the build. The OCZ Fatality is fine.

Any good case will do. Make sure it's got enough space and good airflow. Some of the good cases are: Antec 900, Antec 1200, HAF 922, HAF 932, Antec 300

Since you don't plan to game, an ATI 4670 will be enough.


That should be about $900-1000 or less.

A few notes:
Depending on your work load, you may want to consider going to the LGA1366 route. Especially, if you live close to a Microcenter. If you live close to one, let us know.

If you haven't already invested in a good LCD do so now. Also, do you plan to overclock? Also list software you are using, Adobe CS4? Elements?
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December 4, 2009 10:24:06 PM

Thanks for all the great input! It is surely appreciated.

I live in a rural area...not sure what a microcenter is. As for software, I'll be using Adobe CS4, PaintShop Pro X2 and a bunch of plug ins. Also be running Micro Office 2003 at the moment, might upgrade later. It would be great to watch TV/Movies over the internet, but that's not essential. The only games I'm "hard core" on are Farmville and Farmtown...country girl here....what can I say? :) 

I'm watching the net for a good deal on a LCD. Don't plan to overclock so that's also not an issue.

For the OS, I'm going to stick with XP Pro-not usure I want to jump into the Win 7 pool quite yet.

Any thoughts?
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December 5, 2009 1:20:56 AM

Imo, go with Win 7 x64 Home Premium. It's not worth it to go XP now.

If using CS4 and editing large RAW images, I highly recommend getting 8GB DDR3.

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It would be great to watch TV/Movies over the internet,

That depends on your internet connection more than anything.

Also, list budget.
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December 5, 2009 3:22:48 AM

Thanks for the info on Microcenter stores- unfortunately the nearerst one is 3hrs away from me.

As for the budget, my husband is financing this project as my birthday/Christmas gift so I'm trying to keep it under $800. Figure I can always add another hd or DVD drive and upgrade the memory after my next payday.

BTW, my internet connection is DSL.
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December 5, 2009 10:46:07 PM

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BTW, my internet connection is DSL.

In that case you'll be fine:

PS: You may want to check out the BETA drivers and Flash Player that enable GPU acceleration. From my experience, the GPU enabled drivers help when playing HD vids on Youtube and multitasking.
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December 5, 2009 10:53:01 PM

OK- here's what I've decided for the build -let me know what you think:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE 100295HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

All items in my Newegg shopping cart and total at $625

Will be running Windows 7 as OS

I plan to add another hd and DVD dr plus more memory as soon as I get more cash-holidays and all. :) 

So, any thoughts before I place the order?


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December 6, 2009 1:36:30 AM

^Looks good! You are set to go.

Note: Depending on your work load, you may want to get 8GB RAM. Also, turn off or limit pagefile to 1GB Max in Win 7 x64 for better performance.
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January 16, 2010 3:37:23 PM

I know this is late but my thought is in the 625 where is your processor? I know you said an 860 which is just under $300 at new egg but that will put you right around 900.
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