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March 8, 2010 6:52:34 PM

I would like to get your thoughts on a possible desktop configuration. My #1 priority is speed in opening apps, multitasking between applications, etc. I'm a web designer that utilizes all adobe products and some video. Also plays some FPS games. I also want a very quite system.

CaseChassis: Lian Li PC-A71F
Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI MICRO
Processor: OverClocked Intel Core i7 920 3.6GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor (8MB L3 Cache)
System Cooling: Asetek LCLC-120 Liquid Cooling,
Power Supply: 750 Watt Corsair PSU
Graphics Card: Single 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5770
Memory: 12GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600Mhz (6x 2GB) Tri Channel Memory
Hard Drive One: 80GB Intel X25-M - Solid State Drive
Hard Drive Two: 500GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 32MB Cache HDD
Optical Drive One: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Audio: Creative Sound Blaster PCI Express X-Fi Titanium
Operating System: Genuine MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition

Specific thoughts on:

Memory. Corsair vs. Kingston...Corsair is more $$$ is that they only real difference?
Graphics Card...I don't need anything crazy but I still want a good card DX11
Do I need a bigger power supply?
Is the Asetek Liquid cooling good? Do I need something that is better?

Any thoughts would be appreciated on the overall system specs or specifics.

Thanks

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March 8, 2010 7:00:19 PM

Couple thought

You're better off with a i7-860, it's faster than a 920 in every benchmark.

Don't bother with those cheap liquid cooling kits, they are more expensive, perform worse and are louder than good air cooling.

The CM Hyper 212 plus an excellent and cheap air cooler that'll satisfy all your needs for $35.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM wise, go with 1- 2 G skill 4gb kits, $114.99 each.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I say 1-2, because very few applications benefit from more than 4gb, with Photoshop being one of these. So depending on your usage, may want 8gb.

Don't need a 750 watt PSU. A 550 is technically fine, but a 650TX is only $10 more, so might as well grab it.

Corsair 650TX $99.99 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No need for a sound card. It takes an audio expert these days to distinguish btwn mobo and discrete card sound.

A 5770 is probably best GPU for you.
$149.99 after $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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