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Build for Multitrack Audio, Photoshop, and some scientific computing

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January 6, 2010 9:09:25 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap BUDGET RANGE: under $700 (without processor)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Matlab/Programming, Ableton Live, Photoshop and Lightroom

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Win 7 Pro, soundcard, PROCESSOR (Core i7 860), 1TB backup

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 as of now

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet is nice, but not imperative as my audio work is mostly electronic.

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Luckily I already have a Core i7 860 on my hands, but I'll put it in the parts list for completeness:

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$280

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55

BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$95

2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110

BFG Tech BFGEGT2201024D2BE GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

Total cost: $880

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Hi all. So the current plan is to run this setup. The hard drives will be in a RAID0 array via the motherboard. I also will have a mirrored 1TB drive to keep the array backed up. I will start with 4GB of RAM for now and add another 4GB later if I need it. I just want a solid and quick desktop that can handle what I throw at it.

Note that I was given the processor as a gift and it didn't come with a heatsink. Not sure if I will overclock.

Any guidance would help. I haven't built a desktop in years!

Thanks in advance.
January 6, 2010 10:13:28 PM

A couple things:

1) The only really important thing you do is switch to Gigabyte's P55A-UD3R. This board incorporated USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s and thus is more future-proofed, since those will soon become the standards.

2) Try the Corsair TX650 Power Supply. My recommended PSU Brands are Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, or PC Power & Cooling.
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January 6, 2010 11:00:17 PM

raybob95 said:
A couple things:

1) The only really important thing you do is switch to Gigabyte's P55A-UD3R. This board incorporated USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s and thus is more future-proofed, since those will soon become the standards.

2) Try the Corsair TX650 Power Supply. My recommended PSU Brands are Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, or PC Power & Cooling.


Good catch on number 1.

For the PSU, is the Corsair really worth double the cost? That BFG got great reviews on Newegg.

Thanks!
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