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April 28, 2010 7:09:18 AM

Hi,

I am building a new PC. I'd appreciate thoughts/advice/comments on the components I've selected.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon (this week)

BUDGET RANGE: < $2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo Editing (Lightroom, Photoshop), Raid File Storage, DVR, Video Editing, Surfing, Watching Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Dell 24" widescreen), speakers, DVD drive (will reuse)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com, amazon.com

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe/unlikely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (Dell 24" widescreen)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am primarily building this machine because I am tired of processing photos in Lightroom on my Macbook. So building a Windows workstation for Lightroom/Photoshop is my primary use case. A good level of expandability/futureproofing is important for some possible future projects. I currently have a Linux RAID fileserver that I use mostly like a NAS, and I might eventually retire that system and build more file storage on this system (I am running out of space and the system is kinda old). Additionally, I've been thinking about ditching Comcast's DVR service and moving to Media Center, but again that won't be till later. Since I am not a gamer, I didn't select a GPU, but let me know if that's a bad idea. It seemed that for photo editing, the onboard graphics would be fine.

Here's what I've tentatively selected.

I'd appreciate any thoughts on any better alternatives for what I'm seeking, or if anything here is over/under powered.

Thanks!
-joe

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Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL3KIT25664TB1608

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

HDD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

April 28, 2010 7:15:41 AM

The V8 doesnt really perform all that well, maybe look at a Cooler Master HAF 212+ Heat sink fan (cheaper than V8 too)

No link and Im too lazy to hunt alot, but make sure that memory is triple channel.

Also I know you have Linux fileserver, but toss in a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB HDD for 89 bucks. Good value/reliability/performance/speed.

Good call on the 80 GB SSD drive. OS and Photoshop will be snappy as fuuuuuuuuuuudge on that.

I PERSONALLY would upgrade to an Antec 900 Two case, or at the least an Antec 300 Illusion(like 10 dollars more than the standard 300 case)

Also just so you know that PSU is overkill but if you have the money, keep it as it allows for future upgrades without worrying about power consumption. (Like you're 300 watts more than you need atm)

But like you said, if you do add more HDD, that PSU will handle alot of HDDs fine.

Also the 900 Two Case has alot of room for HDDs. (In fact the Antec 1200 case would rock as it can fit 9 HDDs in it)

Other than that stuff, nice build. You are most likely well under your 2000 budget.
April 28, 2010 7:18:34 AM

Just to let you know, that motherboard does not have onboard graphics, which means you will have to purchase a discrete GPU card.

I think a mid-range GPU helps with Photoshop though to what extent I do not know. Here's a link that may help

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405445.html
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April 28, 2010 7:19:25 AM

tserich said:
Just to let you know, that motherboard does not have onboard graphics, which means you will have to purchase a discrete GPU card.

I think a mid-range GPU helps with Photoshop though to what extent I do not know. Here's a link that may help

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405445.html


Good catch didnt even look at the motherboard. :( 
April 28, 2010 7:26:59 AM

Thanks for the tips and sorry I forgot to add links - here they are:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL3KIT25664TB1608 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

HDD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
April 28, 2010 7:30:44 AM

Seems no X58 motherboards have onboard video, so yeah you'll need a graphics card.

Do you do any work with CUDA?
April 28, 2010 8:21:00 AM

That GFX card is made by a good manufacturer and I believe it will do exactly what you need.
April 28, 2010 4:42:50 PM

Below is my updated component list.

* I switched to the P183 case since it appears it will be quieter and I like the looks of it.
* I am debating between the Corsair and Crucial memory. Thoughts?
* Upped the CPU to the 930 since it was only $15 more
* Switched the cooler per cmghee358's rec
* Added a GPU

I might add the Samsung 1 TB HDD but I am going to wait until I sort out my NAS/Raid strategy.

Let me know if anyone has any other thoughts/comments on this setup. Thanks for all the help so far, much appreciated!

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Case: Antec P183 Black Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL3KIT25664TB1608

or

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

HDD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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