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April 16, 2010 5:55:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month BUDGET RANGE: N/A

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, multi-tasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, four monitors, Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4, CPU Q9300, Zalman cpu cooler 9700, Case (Lian-li full size tower), Evga e-GeForce 8800GT 512 mb ddr3, Nvidia Geforce 7600 GT 265mb, PSU 750 watt Silencer, Lite-on DVD writer, 6 hdd’s, Seagate 7200.11 and 7200.12, total of 5 tb’s, 8 GB DDR2 Ram (Crucial), Vista 64 bit.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or other COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type I would like to use an Intel CPU & Gigabyte mobo

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hi, I built my existing system in March ’08. It has slowed since adding more apps and hdd’s onto the system, so I thought to upgrade.
This is mainly for Photoshop, although heavy usage. I’ll be upgrading to CS5, and as a beta tester know that a lot of its new features love Ram and CPU power.

Been researching and have come up with some components, but would like help in deciding whether these will greatly improve my rig, and to some degree future proof it. Also, how many of existing components besides mobo, cpu, and 7600GT vid card need to be replaced?
Any suggestions are welcome.

Here's what I've picked out ---
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

12 GB - G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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April 16, 2010 6:23:57 PM

Why are you going for an Nvidia card right now? For the price of the GTX 470, you could get the ATI 5850... and with the money you save get a good aftermarket cooler for the i7 and overclock that beast.

and im more then 100% sure when the benchmarks start coming in you'll see that ATI still has the upper hand, Nvidia isn't catching up anytime soon, do you remember the 4850/4870 days? when they were released even the "as AMD woulda called it then" low-end card the 4850 beat almost everything Nvidia had.

Stick with ATI for now, they are the leader in the industry.
April 16, 2010 7:15:00 PM

jesseheichertiii said:
Why are you going for an Nvidia card right now? For the price of the GTX 470, you could get the ATI 5850... and with the money you save get a good aftermarket cooler for the i7 and overclock that beast.

and im more then 100% sure when the benchmarks start coming in you'll see that ATI still has the upper hand, Nvidia isn't catching up anytime soon, do you remember the 4850/4870 days? when they were released even the "as AMD woulda called it then" low-end card the 4850 beat almost everything Nvidia had.

Stick with ATI for now, they are the leader in the industry.



What do you recommend for a cooler? Thought I might need to upgrade that.

Why Nvidia? They have good drivers for OpenCL for one thing.
Also, Fermi - CUDA - Adobe, is what I see in the marketplace, and if Adobe is leaning toward Nvidia then that's what I'll buy. Even if I go for a lesser GPU than the Fermi it would still be Nvidia. No offence, just my taste.
July 28, 2010 6:22:40 PM

fotoeye said:
What do you recommend for a cooler? Thought I might need to upgrade that.

Why Nvidia? They have good drivers for OpenCL for one thing.
Also, Fermi - CUDA - Adobe, is what I see in the marketplace, and if Adobe is leaning toward Nvidia then that's what I'll buy. Even if I go for a lesser GPU than the Fermi it would still be Nvidia. No offence, just my taste.


CUDA and Phyx-X support hardly matter when the actual architecture of the actual GPU is better made, less heat, and all around more the most economical after the 4850/4870 announced ATI the guru of GPU's these days.

Cooler, if you're into looks maybe a Zalman CPU cooler, or if into temps - noctua
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