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February 11, 2010 11:48:44 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 weeks

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)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

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

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 min

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.

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Case - Antec Nine Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel i750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - ASUS P7P55D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics - 2x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage - 2x WD Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
February 12, 2010 3:07:17 PM

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!
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February 12, 2010 3:13:18 PM

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.
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February 12, 2010 4:10:57 PM

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

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this Corsair 750 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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