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May 28, 2010 7:34:56 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (This Week – Willing to wait until next month, if necessary) BUDGET RANGE: (~$1500 - $1700)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I would like a fast PC for photo editing and have the option to play games.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

Monitor: Dell 2407WFP-HC
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2407WFPH...

Keyboard – Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/prod...

Mouse – Razer Naga
http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/prod...

Speakers- Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/products/promedia-2-1-over...

PSU – Seasonic X-750 (new still in box)
http://www.seasonicusa.com/X.htm

I bought the PSU early because my current one started to go out. It was pretty loud even after blowing it out. After I ordered it, my old PSU quieted down (it is still louder than before) so I decided not to replace it yet. The reviews I read stated that the fan is extremely quiet and raved about its performance.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Amazon.com no CA 9.75% sales tax or Newegg or any reputable website is ok) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Motherboard/RAM Combo - $300 at Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Processor - $289 - Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail BX80601930

CPU Cooler - $29 - 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
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Graphics - ATI Radeon HD 5770 OR 5830
I am not sure which one I should buy. I only want to use one video card. I am still looking for the best deal on video cards. What brands are the best and have the best service and warranty?

Hard Drives - $215 – OS - Intel X25-M 80GB for OS

Storage - $100 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

$105 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD10000LSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I can’t seem to find reviews for the SATA 6.0Gb/s drive. Is it faster than the 3.0Gb/s drive? Is my OS drive the best choice in that price range?

Optical - $31 - Samsung SH-S223
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Internal-Height-Supermult...

Case – I am having trouble choosing between these two cases. I placed them in order of preference I am leaning toward. I am looking for a quiet case that will have room for and properly cool the components I am using.

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2) - I like the external SATA drive bay.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advance-Mid-Tower-R...

Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-High-Tower-Black/dp...

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe – I have built several PCs but have not overclocked before. I am planning to try it… SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC but fast PC. I don’t have to get the Motherboard/RAM combo if there is a better RAM choice. I am looking to make sure all of the components are the best choices and I am open to suggestions. I plan on using Windows 7 32 bit. I truly appreciate the help.

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May 28, 2010 8:01:44 AM

If you are really serious about heavy photo editing, you may consider doubling the amount of ram (to 12gb). In this case you may either get two sets of the ram mentioned or get a set of 3x4 GB like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Generally, 3x4 GB may be better for overclocking because you'll use 3 vs. 6 sticks but more expensive. Some motherboards may require either slowing down RAM or loosening timings when all slots are filled. For applications that require a lot of memory it is better to have more ram than faster ram.
May 28, 2010 4:59:27 PM

Amazon is a great site so is Tigerdirect=Both were free shipping and no sales tax where i Live.....if you are doing mainly photo editing and some games i would go with the i 7 860 ( the 930 is a Gaming chip) it's more efficiant too! and I agree and get alot of Ram !
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May 28, 2010 6:08:41 PM

yyk71200 said:
If you are really serious about heavy photo editing, you may consider doubling the amount of ram (to 12gb). In this case you may either get two sets of the ram mentioned or get a set of 3x4 GB like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Generally, 3x4 GB may be better for overclocking because you'll use 3 vs. 6 sticks but more expensive. Some motherboards may require either slowing down RAM or loosening timings when all slots are filled. For applications that require a lot of memory it is better to have more ram than faster ram.

If I use Windows 7 32 bit does it matter if I have more RAM?
May 28, 2010 6:09:02 PM

foxmulder13 said:
Amazon is a great site so is Tigerdirect=Both were free shipping and no sales tax where i Live.....if you are doing mainly photo editing and some games i would go with the i 7 860 ( the 930 is a Gaming chip) it's more efficiant too! and I agree and get alot of Ram !

If I use Windows 7 32 bit does it matter if I have more RAM? Thanks for the Tigerdirect tip. I did not know that they don't charge sales tax. I'll look into the I7 860.
May 29, 2010 6:14:07 AM

waimea95 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (This Week – Willing to wait until next month, if necessary) BUDGET RANGE: (~$1500 - $1700)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I would like a fast PC for photo editing and have the option to play games.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

Monitor: Dell 2407WFP-HC
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2407WFPH...

Keyboard – Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/prod...

Mouse – Razer Naga
http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/prod...

Speakers- Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/products/promedia-2-1-over...

PSU – Seasonic X-750 (new still in box)
http://www.seasonicusa.com/X.htm

I bought the PSU early because my current one started to go out. It was pretty loud even after blowing it out. After I ordered it, my old PSU quieted down (it is still louder than before) so I decided not to replace it yet. The reviews I read stated that the fan is extremely quiet and raved about its performance.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Amazon.com no CA 9.75% sales tax or Newegg or any reputable website is ok) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Motherboard/RAM Combo - $300 at Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Processor - $289 - Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail BX80601930

CPU Cooler - $29 - 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
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Graphics - ATI Radeon HD 5770 OR 5830
I am not sure which one I should buy. I only want to use one video card. I am still looking for the best deal on video cards. What brands are the best and have the best service and warranty?

Hard Drives - $215 – OS - Intel X25-M 80GB for OS

Storage - $100 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

$105 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD10000LSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I can’t seem to find reviews for the SATA 6.0Gb/s drive. Is it faster than the 3.0Gb/s drive? Is my OS drive the best choice in that price range?

Optical - $31 - Samsung SH-S223
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Internal-Height-Supermult...

Case – I am having trouble choosing between these two cases. I placed them in order of preference I am leaning toward. I am looking for a quiet case that will have room for and properly cool the components I am using.

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2) - I like the external SATA drive bay.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advance-Mid-Tower-R...

Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-High-Tower-Black/dp...

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe – I have built several PCs but have not overclocked before. I am planning to try it… SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC but fast PC. I don’t have to get the Motherboard/RAM combo if there is a better RAM choice. I am looking to make sure all of the components are the best choices and I am open to suggestions. I plan on using Windows 7 32 bit. I truly appreciate the help.


Please let me know what you think!
May 29, 2010 6:36:50 AM

If you don't o'c, then you should be fine with stock cooling. If you plan to, then CM Hyper 212+ is great for its price. Also, I'd recommend using 930 o'cd over 860, if you do overclock, since the 930 overclocks nicely.

Using SATA 3 is pretty much useless on all but SSDs at the moment. SATA 2'll be fine.

Lots of RAM and 32-bit (at least I thought) are not friends. You'll be stuck at under 4GB with 32-bit.
May 29, 2010 6:44:57 AM

Why in the world would you use Win 7 32 bit? For you it would not make any sense. For 32 bit OS the limit that can be used is 4 gb, and 32 bit applications are limited to 2 gb per application. Having win 7 and going 32 bit is for basic computing only and I would not recommend you doing it especially considering that Win 7 is quite RAM hungry. 64 bit becoming mainstream with all the support and drivers for 7 and Vista.
May 29, 2010 6:51:26 AM

Mark Heath said:
If you don't o'c, then you should be fine with stock cooling. If you plan to, then CM Hyper 212+ is great for its price. Also, I'd recommend using 930 o'cd over 860, if you do overclock, since the 930 overclocks nicely.

Using SATA 3 is pretty much useless on all but SSDs at the moment. SATA 2'll be fine.

Lots of RAM and 32-bit (at least I thought) are not friends. You'll be stuck at under 4GB with 32-bit.


Thank you for the reply Mark. I was pretty sure about the RAM too, but I clarified the 32 bit after the previous posts. I do plan to overclock so I'll get the CM Hyper 212. The Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB SATA 3.0 I am looking at buying has a 64 MB cache instead of the 32 MB the SATA 2.0 Black has. Do you think the bigger cache will make it faster than the 32 MB version? What brands of graphics cards are the best? Or does it really matter what brand I buy?
May 29, 2010 7:30:45 AM

yyk71200 said:
Why in the world would you use Win 7 32 bit? For you it would not make any sense. For 32 bit OS the limit that can be used is 4 gb, and 32 bit applications are limited to 2 gb per application. Having win 7 and going 32 bit is for basic computing only and I would not recommend you doing it especially considering that Win 7 is quite RAM hungry. 64 bit becoming mainstream with all the support and drivers for 7 and Vista.


Thank you for your input. I know that 64 bit is becoming mainstream. But I am not sure if we are there yet. I am relatively certain that I won't have difficulty with driver support but I am concerned about applications supporting 64 bit. Maybe I am wrong about that. I know things are going that direction, but for now won't I be limited in the applications that I can use if I go to 64 bit? I was thinking of using 32 bit Windows until almost everything is available for 64 bit.
May 29, 2010 7:43:12 AM

What program(s) are you planning on using for your photo editing?
May 29, 2010 7:48:35 AM

Most programs these days come in a 64-bit version and having the extra RAM is usually worth it. If you're worries abour specific programs, then mb check for 64-bit versions.
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