Build for Gaming/Graphic Computer


BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 After Rebates (current loadout at $1000 w/shipping)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Graphic Work (Photoshop, 3dsMax, Indesign, etc), Gaming, movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, monitor unless $$$ permits (computer is more important)



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Mid/Full tower, ~24" LCD if a good deal is to be had




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Upgraded to Adobe CS4 and realized how sluggish my current system is. Haven't built a rig for 5-6 years, felt a little lost with all the new tech.


Case - Antec Nine Hundred

CPU - Intel i750

MoBo - ASUS P7P55D-E

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600

Graphics - 2x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Storage - 2x WD Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R

PSU - Not sure...don't want to go too expensive, definitely don't want to go too cheap and fry everything with bad luck

Monitor - As I stated above I can use the one I currently have until I get a bit more money saved up again, but if anyone happens to know of a decent ~26" HDLCD feel free.

Posting this mostly to get everyone's opinions on the entire rig as well as PSU suggestions. Hopefully I didn't forget anything. If anyone has suggestions to cut price without sacrificing much performance, I'm very open to suggestions.

Thank you all.
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  1. overall i really like the build. i don't see any compatibility problems.

    for the PSU i would go for either the 750 or 850WATT from corsair. note: they have an HX and TX model of each HX has some modularized cables and TX does not. the TX is normally 20-30 bucks cheaper.

    also i would try and squeeze a 5850 in there. it will give you more room to grow in the future where as in 2 years you would have to completely replace the 4850s just to keep up.

    again i really like the build. i would assume that you will Raid 0 or raid 1 those 750GB HDDs

    Hope this helps and happy building!
  2. RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS 7 for $115. Faster and cheaper.

    HDD: You'll get faster discs if you use the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 (500 GB or 1 TB models only).

    GPU: Agree with rammar. I'd try to get an HD 5850.

    PSU: Also look at OCZ, Antec Earthwatts, SeaSonic, FSP, PC Power & Cooling, and Silverstone. All of these are good quality, and fairly efficient.

    Another choice I'd like to present. You should consider using an AMD build (specifically X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTD-UD4 for about $304). This would allow you to get at least the HD 5870 as the GPU, which makes it a much better gaming computer. Everything else would be the same.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions, all.

    Thanks for the heads up on that G.Skill ram, MadAdmiral, looks like good stuff. I'll take a look at those HDs too. Those 500GB Seagates would save me about $50 and I'd still have 1TB in RAID 0. I think I would rather stick with Intel though.

    With this Sapphire 5850


    this Corsair 750 PSU

    It puts me right at $1200 w/ shipping. I think I'm going to go ahead with these changes...should be a system that will do what I need and last for a couple years at least.
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