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New work/play build

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March 2, 2010 2:26:41 PM

Looking for a little guidance here… I’m building a new rig and I’m not quite sure I’m picking the right hardware for my needs.

This computer would be used primarily for web design and photo editing (CS4) and maybe a little gaming (not a high priority). I am working with a budget, about $2200. Here’s what I was thinking…:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX

MB: Asus P6X58D Premium

CPU: I7-920

Video: Radeon HD 5870

RAM: Corsair XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB)[url=][/url]

HDD: 4x WD Black 640GB (raid 10)[url=][/url]

Burner: Lite-on sata DVD w/ lightscribe

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2010 2:30:19 PM

Case: Switch to the HAF 922. It's almost as big and a lot cheaper.

RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 6x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $360. Much faster at the same price.

HDD: Switch those for Samsung Spinpoint F3s. The 1 TB version is $90. These are faster, quieter, cooler and cheaper/GB.

PSU: You don't need that much power. Get a 750W version if you want to be able to Crossfire later, or a 650W one if you don't.
March 2, 2010 11:20:40 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'll definitely go with the G.Skill ram.

After reading about the CM 922 I am left with concerns with Cooler Master cases overall, more specifically the static discharge issue. Are there any other quality cases in the same ballpark that would comfortably hold two 5870’s?
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2010 11:28:00 PM

There isn't many quite as big as the HAF in the same price range. And the HAF is literally the best case out there.