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January 25, 2010 7:56:13 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000 excluding monitor

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photoshop and photo manipulation, general purpose. not for gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, software

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7-860

OVERCLOCKING: not at first, maybe in future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: at least 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: this is my first build. ill pay extra $$$ for high quality and reliability but dont want to splurge on stuff i dont need. im looking for feedback on the system, if everything is compatible and/or if im missing something.

things im most unsure of are the case and PSU -- will everything fit ok? do i need additional cables/extensions? im planning on getting a SSD in the future as they get cheaper. will 450W be enough?

im still researching monitors so advice on that would be helpful.

thanks in advance!

build info:

CPU: i7-860

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: POWERCOLOR AX4650 512MD2-H Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 25, 2010 8:25:45 PM

450W would be fine. You might want a modular PSU since you have a windowed case.

Antec TP-550 would give you modularity and a bit more expansion room in case you need it at some point.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you didn't actually care about the window, the the CM 690 II is a great case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to go with the Caviar Black:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seems good otherwise.
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January 25, 2010 10:25:46 PM

Another fine choice. They tend to perform differently in different situations, so really you may want to decide where you need the performance the most.

2009 3.5” Desktop Hard Drive Charts
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January 25, 2010 11:17:23 PM

I agree with the previous comments about the hard drive. WD Caviar Black and Samsung F3 are top notch. Check out the benchmarks that Proximon posted, find one that matches what you expect to be doing the most (or would deem most critical), and if power/noise/temperature is important to you check those out, then pick one.

As to the PSU, if you're looking for a 'cheap' PSU thats high quality you picked a great one. Here's the review that convinced me to get that same PSU, you might find it interesting: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/540 There are a lot of extra cables, if that's important a modular PSU might be better. I just used wire ties to hold them in place at the top of the case.

You're looking at something very similar to what I built (see my signature). I've been testing my rig with a kill a watt to measure power draw from the wall. With the stock cooler on and going full tilt with Prime95 or IntelBurnTest the most I pulled was 197 W. I replaced the stock cooler with a Hyper 212+ and even with a small overclock the max pull dropped to 189. Idle power in both cases is 70 W.

If you're going to be frequently stressing your PC, or you live in a hot climate (and don't keep the air on) I would recommend replacing the stock cooler. With the Hyper 212+ my idle temps dropped from 25 C to 18 C, and my full load IntelBurnTest temps dropped from 85 C to 53 C. Granted, your case looks to have much more airflow than mine. And there's nothing wrong with hitting 85 C from time to time, but I wanted a lower ceiling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 25, 2010 11:30:46 PM

I'm new so I will defer to the experts but I think the i7 does well with triple channel memory vs dual. IE get 3 x 2gb of DDR3 vs 2 x 2gb.....

Also if you are doing Video as well as Photoshop you may want to look at a Nvida card vs ATI .... for CUDA. Cuda seems to have more momentum than the ATI stream.
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January 25, 2010 11:49:48 PM

ski-4-ever said:
I'm new so I will defer to the experts but I think the i7 does well with triple channel memory vs dual. IE get 3 x 2gb of DDR3 vs 2 x 2gb.....

This is not correct. There are different "i7s". The Bloomfield / socket 1366 / i7 9xx's are triple channel memory. The Lynnfield / socket 1156 / i7 8xx's (as well as i5s and i3s) are dual channel memory.
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January 26, 2010 12:41:49 AM

thanks for the info! window isnt important so ill switch the window-less version of that case Lian Li PC-K58. looks similar to the CM 690 II but about $20 cheaper.

ill also go with the samsung HD instead of the Hitachi

Proximon said:
Another fine choice. They tend to perform differently in different situations, so really you may want to decide where you need the performance the most.

2009 3.5” Desktop Hard Drive Charts

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February 2, 2010 3:05:11 AM

Best answer selected by mogar.
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