Please help me finish this build before I go nuts


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I have been out of the computer game for about 4 years and after recently coming back into it, I was blown away. Anyway, I've been slowly chipping away at everything but now need help on finishing up a few things. I basically need a case, ram, hard drives, extra cooling?.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, music/video server, visual studio programming, small amount of video processing

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

DELL Ultrasharp U2410 IPS 24" Monitor

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail


Going to purchase i7-920 or 930 in 2 weeks from Microcenter Brick and Mortar store.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reputable site that has a good deal on my part. I am also visiting microcenter and have a fry's 20 minutes away.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes - some but not hardcore SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet case / components please.


RAM: I think I'm going to just go with 6gb of ram. I think it should be enough for what I'm doing. I have no idea on all these different speeds, brands, CAS, latency, whatever... can somebody recommend an affordable tri-channel set that is a good deal (preferably less than $150 but will spend more if it's worth it)

CASE: Any recommendations? Looking for a normal looking, quiet case without LED lights. I don't want a disney light parade in my front room. I'd also prefer having a front panel usb 3.0 port.

HARD DRIVES Uh, I'm throwing the idea around of an SSD for booting and a fast drive for storage. Or just putting a raid 5 together and that way my 100's of gb of photos would have another level of data recovery. There are all these fancy named and 'colored' hard drives now. The last internal hard drive i bought was IDE!

COOLING I think I'm going to OC but not push the limits. I have never OC'd before so don't know what parts/cooling I would need to achieve this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm probably missing something here.

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  1. Budget?

    I'd say go for the 930, overclock performance is supposedly as good/better than the 920, and it's got a reasonable clock speed increase to start with.

    The 4850 is probably overkill for you unless you also plan to do some moderate gaming. You could try going with a 5670 or 5770 if there's any chance you will want to try out Eyefinity.

    I'm just going to toss a few ideas out under the assumption that budget isn't a limiting factor.

    RAM - Mushkin 6 GB CAS 6 kit - pretty much the fastest timings available for DDR3

    Case - I don't really like recommending a case, as it's largely up to personal preference. The HAF 922 gets recommended around here a lot, and you can turn off the LEDs, but I don't like how it looks at all. Tom's just did a review of the Silverstone Fortress FT02 and recommended it, but most people will find it a little much for their budget.

    Hard drives - An SSD will really improve your computing experience, loading programs will be lightning fast. The Kingston SSD Now series are the entry point for most people. I think the Corsair Reactor/Nova series are a good blend of performance and affordability. The 80/160 GB Intel X-25 Ms are stil king of the hill by many measures, though and should be considered.

    For traditional hard drives, any 500 GB platter hard drive would provide the best performance. For boot/performance drives, this includes the Seagate 7200.12 series (500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB Barracuda, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 series (500 GB, 1 TB), and the WD Caviar Black 1 TB (WD1002FAEX) and 2 TB.

    For cooling, the Hyper 212 Plus is frequently recommended around here as a good price/performance option.
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