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February 23, 2010 1:06:31 PM

Will this be a good system for gaming and digital picture manipulation, plan to Overclock this as well.




Case CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full Tower Gaming Case
Processor [== Quad Core ==] AMD Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU
Processor Cooling Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System (AMD)
Memory 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1333 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand ** Free Upgrade to DDR3-1600 **
Video Card ATI Radeon HD 5870 - 1GB - CrossFire Mode (Dual Cards)
Motherboard [CrossFire] ASUS M4A79T Deluxe -- AMD 790FX CrossFire Chipset w/8-ch HD Audio, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 2 PCI-E MB
Power Supply 1000 Watt -- Extreme Power Supply - [Gaming Series] Quad SLI + Active PFC
Primary Hard Drive 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive
Optical Drive 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black

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February 23, 2010 1:12:58 PM

Please tell me you're not actually buying this prebuilt. You're going to get fleeced...

If you would refer to the guidelines from the link in my signature, we could do a lot more. We need at least a budget.

Switch the HAF 932 to the 922. The 922 is a huge case and significantly cheaper.

Switch to the X4 955. It's cheaper and overclocks to be just as powerful. Though for your uses, you should really look into an i5-750 or i7-860 build.

Liquid cooling is a waste of money. You get the same benefits for a good quality air cooling system.

It's a waste of money to get two 5870s right away. They cost $400 each, and are exatly the same (technically) as the HD 5970 at $650.

That board isn't a great one. Look into the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 instead (if you stick with AMD). If you go Intel, the Asus P7P55D-E Pro is a great one.

You do not need 1000W. 1000W PSUs are good enough to power 3 5970s (6 GPUs total). At most, you'll need an 850W. Make sure it's quality (another strike against prebuilts).

Make sure that HDD is one of the newer 500 GB platter drives. They'll be a lot faster.

As you can tell, a lot of changes should be made. If I had a budget, I could give you an exact build that I garauntee would be cheaper and likely have better performance.
February 23, 2010 1:38:35 PM

Budget is around 3000 USD
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February 23, 2010 1:43:10 PM

WOW 3000 USD and was going AMD?

You are going to have someone build a Sweet i7-920 rig for that amount.
February 23, 2010 1:50:14 PM

Agree on MadAdmiral's build.

If you're doing a lot of Photoshop, you might double the RAM for another $250 and/or add 2-3 more hard drives for storage (or increase to 2 GB drives), but that is a better gaming build than the one you originally had, and Photoshop is going respond a lot faster with the SSD.
February 23, 2010 1:53:11 PM

+1 other then you might need need the converter for the SSD since it is a 2.5" drive.

I tried looking at the link and did not see if it came with one. But there are only like 20 bucks if you need to pick one up.
February 23, 2010 1:54:19 PM


thank you very much
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