Need Help


BUDGET RANGE: $750-$1000 (CDN)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: heavy graphics design, multitasking, business use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, HD




OVERCLOCKING: Sure if it helpful and wont need me to buy more fans.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: dont know what this is


I have 1 500gb and 1 1TB External HD for backup and i have a WD10EADS 1TB Caviar Green HD bought on a deal month ago.

I put together the following build from open to all suggestions and criticisms. Thanks.

1 Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

1 XFX GeForce GTS 250 GS250XZDFU Video Card

1 GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

1 Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

1 Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

1 Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate

1 SYBA PCI USB 2.0 4+1 port controller card Model SD-V2-5U

1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Grand Total: $918.41
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  1. You have the wrong RAM... You need a 4GB set not a 6GB set. I would go with G.SKILL RIPJAWS 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7 instead of the Corsair, plus the Dominator's are overpriced IMO.

    Since you aren't planning on running SLI/Crossfire (two GPU's), I would go with the Antec EarthWatts EA550 550W PSU, which is more than enough power for your system.
  2. +1 on the Ripjaws. No one needs Dominators unless going for insane OC.
  3. Thank you for the feedback. Question though, is 4G RAM not too little. I am not that familiar with the difference b/w DDR2 vs DDR3. Is 4GB DDR3 like 6GB DDR2 if you were to draw comparisons? The reason I ask is that majority of the time I have photoshop, illustrator and other CS4 suites open simultanteously and designing say large posters with lots of images it takes about a lot of memory. I actually wanted to get 8GBRAM, but I cant afford.
  4. I would start with 4GB of RAM and save up for another 4GB of RAM... IMO 8GB is going to be your sweet spot for your needs!!

    Running 6GB will not function well unless you plan on purchasing a 4GB (2x2GB) and 2GB (1x1GB) sets, which will work based on your needs. Also, you have to remember, you are going to gain more CPU computing power with your new system, so that will help with your load / processing times.
  5. Quote:
    Is 4GB DDR3 like 6GB DDR2 if you were to draw comparisons?

    No. You can't draw a comparison like that. 4GB DDR2 and 4GB DDR3 are more or less the same in terms of storage. However, the DDR3 is faster than DDR2 in terms of transfer rate.
  6. Thank you for all the feedback. Starting with 4GB does make sense and you are right, I will be gaining more power with the new system.

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