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I7 system for photos, games & video - please help!

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January 18, 2010 3:27:52 PM

This is my first build, and I'd really like to make sure all these parts will work together, but I'd gladly take any suggestions or comments. I've been reading lots here & elsewhere about different options, but there's no substitute for actually knowing what you're talking about. :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: around $1,500-1,600 after Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Lightroom/Photoshop, games, office applications, surfing the internet, some HD video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Microcenter COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: While just about any choice will be an improvement over my 5 year-old Dell, I'm leaning toward a i7-920 in the hopes of speeding up Lightroom/Photoshop workflow.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll use the finished computer to process lots of big image files in Lightroom & Photoshop, to play games, and (occasionally) to edit HD videos. I probably won't jump through hoops to overclock, but if it's easy and risk-free, I'll try it. I'll eventually add a 2nd video card to keep up with new games' demands.

Draft Parts List

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor – Retail - $230
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler – Retail $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity – Retail $309
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail $299
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2x) OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G2000LV6GK – Retail $380
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply – Retail $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support – OEM $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL = $1,634.92
January 18, 2010 3:35:58 PM

HDD: Don't get a Samsung F1. You want the F3.

RAM: Those sticks are pretty bad. Here's a 12 GB kit that's good: G.SKILL PI Series DDR3 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $350

PSU: 850W is overkill. You only need 750W for Crossfire AND overclocking. If you're only going to do one, you could get away with a 650W (maybe).

Case: Might want to consider the slightly bigger (and one of the best cases period) HAF 922 for the same price.
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January 18, 2010 4:21:01 PM

Thanks very much for the advice. Is there any downside (besides cost) to a larger power supply?
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January 18, 2010 4:25:52 PM

Not really. But I think saving the $20 (or more) would be worth it by itself.
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