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1500 Graphic Designer Build From a New Builder

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February 11, 2010 1:23:05 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 10-15 days

BUDGET RANGE: 1300-1600 Before / After Before

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video editing, Watching movies (rendering), Photoshop, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference, newegg is probably the easiest
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I think I want to go the i7/x58 route. Not married to it, but leaning strongly.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build, so hopefully everything is compatible and makes sense together. I would love something quiet, but my main goal is to try to maximize my money.

These were my current thoughts, but would love (probably need) as much input as possible. I preemptively thank all comments/ideas.

CPU: Intel Core i7-920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Combo deal CPU+Mobo is 578.98)

GPU: MSI R5850-PMD1G OC Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Combo deal GPU+RAM is 432.98)

HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(44.96)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(99.99)

Case: Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TPQ-850 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Combo deal Case+PSU 219.98)

DVD: Samsung Black 22x DVD+R 8x DVD +RW lots of other stuff
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(25.99)

Total right now is 1402.98. I am flexible by 1-200 right now. Thanks again.
February 11, 2010 3:18:03 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Check this configuration, and let me know if that work for you.

$ 288,99 CPU i7-920 $ 288,99
$ 309,99 MOBO Asus P6X58D $ 309,99
$ 89,99 HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB $ 89,99
$ 299,99 GPU 5850 $ 299,99
$ 239,99 RAM Mushkin 3x2GB $ 239,99
$ 89,99 PSU Antec 550W $ 89,99
$ 109,98 CASE HAF 922$ 109,98
$ 29,99 CPU COOLER Hyper 212+ $ 29,99

Total: $ 1.458,91 + MIR + SHIPPING
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February 11, 2010 3:42:07 AM

Stick with the LGA 1336 platform. It's currently the socket Intel will support a long a time, from the looks of things. Make sure to get at least two drives, since Photoshop and Illustrator(?) work best when they're using a drive where they're not installed on as the cache.
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February 11, 2010 3:06:27 PM

^+1... saint19, plus my recommendations below :) 

I would go with this case / psu combo... Antec 300 Illusion & Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W over the HAF922 or Antec 900. You are not build this system for gaming, so you don't need such a big case and the Antec 300 in relatively small and quiet.

Also, you don't need a 5850 for your needs, since you don't list gaming as a purpose of the build. I would drop down to an XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 or XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750, which either will be more than enough power for your needs.
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February 11, 2010 4:18:04 PM

tecmo34 said:

Also, you don't need a 5850 for your needs, since you don't list gaming as a purpose of the build. I would drop down to an XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 or XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750, which either will be more than enough power for your needs.

+1, just what I was going to say, also you can drop the gpu more to 5570 imho.
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February 11, 2010 9:33:36 PM

Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. I probably will downgrade the GPU to a 5770, that would be an easy way to save ~130.

I had a few questions about the other suggestions. Will getting a less powerful PSU be an issue? Can a PSU ever be too powerful? This is an area I am the least informed about.

Another question I had was about the CPU Cooler that saint suggested. Was this recommendation made for price reasons (45 vs 30) or performance reasons.

With the savings in other areas, it definitely makes sense to get the better memory.

And finally, the Samsung HDs are no longer available from newegg, I could look for another vendor, or try something else. Something else I was thinking about was the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
What are people's thoughts on getting 2 HDs like maniac said (maybe 2 500GB 7200.12s)?

Thanks again for all the great insight.
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February 12, 2010 2:33:32 AM

Hi, was for performance reasons.

A 500W PSU is the minimun requeriment for a good rig. The 5770 is good if you think that is enough for you.

I think that the 1TB is good for your needs.
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