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July 1, 2010 8:21:21 AM

All help is greatly appreciatted.

I am putting together a new system. I have a supplier but am looking for some advice on (a) which psu and (b) where I can save without too much impact on performance. I won't be overclocking or anything and I don't really play games but may on occasion play something like Dungeon Siege® or similar.

The pc will be used mostly for internet, music, web development, design (illustrator/photoshop/photoshop 3d). The things I definitely want are the harddrive, CPU & MB.

For RAM I can get Corsair or Kingston.
PSU I can get Corsair, MUKii, Vantec, Zalman, Antec. looking for something of good quality but affordable.
Graphics Cards I can get Sapphire or Asus - I'm looking at an ATI card see my current choice below.

CPU:
Intel lga1366 i7 930

Motherboard:
ASUS P6X58D-E

RAM:
Corsair TR3X6G1333C7 , XMS 3 , with heatsink , 3 x 2Gb/2048mb kit - support Intel XMP ( eXtreme Memory Profiles ) , ddr3-1333 ( PC3-10666 ) , CL7

Harddrive :
Western Digital caviar black WD1002FAEX , 1Tb/1000gb , Sata6G , dual processors unit with 64mb cache , 7200rpm

Video Card:
Asus EAH5750 FORMULA/DI/1GMD5

Wireless card:
D-Link DWA-547 rangebooster N

PSU: I am thinking about this PSU but wonder if I can get away with a 450w psu?
Corsair GS600

Monitor: Not decided yet but was looking at this monitor
Samsung art series P2450H or

I would prefer something cheaper around 23'' and trying to decide between Samsung and LG.

Thanks in advance

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July 1, 2010 8:30:54 AM

The Corsair 450VX will be fine for that build.
July 1, 2010 8:43:11 AM

Nvidia is better for photoshop do you have acces to nvidia?

If not then your build looks good ;) .

Also I tend to avoid LG for bassically everything. They are cheap and good quality in general but everything I buy an LG product there are little things that bug me. Like if I turn on my LG blu-ray player with the remote my LG dvd recorder also turns on. Likewise if I stop a movie playing on my blu-ray player then my dvd recorder will stop recording. It's minor but it really could be avoided
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July 1, 2010 8:54:47 AM

Somebody_007 said:
Nvidia is better for photoshop do you have acces to nvidia?

If not then your build looks good ;) .

Also I tend to avoid LG for bassically everything. They are cheap and good quality in general but everything I buy an LG product there are little things that bug me. Like if I turn on my LG blu-ray player with the remote my LG dvd recorder also turns on. Likewise if I stop a movie playing on my blu-ray player then my dvd recorder will stop recording. It's minor but it really could be avoided



Umm I am pretty sure Photoshop is mostly CPU dependent and does not care one way or the other about what graphics card you have as long as it is not integrated.
July 1, 2010 9:03:08 AM

To my knowledge you need a gpu with openGL support(ati supports that now aswell due to recent drivers). And also CUDA is supposed to improve performance although as you say the cpu is still very important.
July 1, 2010 9:53:50 AM

For the 3d stuff in photoshop they use the GPU with Open GL support.

Thank you so much for the advice thus far.

Is there any where I can save cash so far?

Happy to spend the money so far but if I can save a little here and there it would be great. I always have a tendency to overspend on things that are unnecessary.
July 1, 2010 10:10:42 AM

well the thing is you took the highest end platform: x58. And your already at the low end of that high end. If you want to make more cutbacks you'll have to downgrade to p55
July 1, 2010 3:21:29 PM

IMHO, the last place to try to save money is a PSU. It's the cheapest insurance policy you can buy.
July 1, 2010 7:12:29 PM

If you are not overclocking ( or even if you are ) this is a great board for less money than the Asus. I personally like Gigabyte better anyway.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster RAM for less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster hard drive for less. SATA 3 or 6.0 gb/s is wasted on 7200 RPM drives as they do not even come close to using the bandwidth of SATA 2. It is for solid state drives. These Spinpoint F3s are great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card is up to what you think you will use. The Corsair 450VX will run the above system just fine.
July 1, 2010 7:23:46 PM

anort3 said:
If you are not overclocking ( or even if you are ) this is a great board for less money than the Asus. I personally like Gigabyte better anyway.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster RAM for less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster hard drive for less. SATA 3 or 6.0 gb/s is wasted on 7200 RPM drives as they do not even come close to using the bandwidth of SATA 2. It is for solid state drives. These Spinpoint F3s are great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card is up to what you think you will use. The Corsair 450VX will run the above system just fine.


The f3 is NOT a faster drive than the WD black it may be better bang for buck but the OP stated that his mobo and HDD are certain and will not be changed so well it doesn't really matter.
July 1, 2010 7:40:28 PM

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The f3 is NOT a faster drive than the WD black


Oh yeah? F3 1tb vs WD Black 1tb FALS. Ok so the FAEX is newer and probably faster than the FALS but I do not see any side by side benchmarks between the FAEX and F3.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

OP also stated he has a tendancy to overspend. I am just providing options to save money.
July 1, 2010 8:24:47 PM

Let me just make a summary

F3: good sustained read/write

Black: good random read/write

Random read/write is used constantly and will improve overall system speed specifically load times and bootup.

Sustained read/write is used for transfering LARGE files which occurs far less.

In conclusion the 2tb black has a significant advantage over the f3. As one can see in the pcmark test result which is very extensive. And also in the conclusion of the sinpoint f3 review from toms where they say that the black is better if you've got the money.

And yes the faex lies somewhere in between fals and 2tb black and closer to the 2tb even so yeah it's quite a bit faster.
July 2, 2010 3:42:43 AM

OCZ Modular 700W PSU 84.00 60 after MIR

That's a fantastic PSU with a great price point and it's modular. This is exactly what you're looking for. Also had great reviews on johnyguru.com if anyone has any doubts on it's quality.
July 3, 2010 5:15:30 PM

Thanks for all the comments so far. Really appreciatte it.

I am now deciding on RAM - as previously stated I can only get Kingston or Corsair. Ordering online is not a great option being in South Africa so I have a specific supplier.

CPU: Intel lga1366 i7 930 and MB: ASUS P6X58D-E

Which Ram is going to be better the price difference is about $5?

Corsair TR3X6G1333C7 XMS 3 , with heatsink , 3 x 2Gb/2048mb kit , ddr3-1333 ( PC3-10666 ) , CL7

or

Corsair TR3X6G1600C9 XMS 3 , with heatsink , 3 x 2Gb/2048mb kit ddr3-1600 ( PC3-12800 ) , CL9
July 3, 2010 5:18:31 PM

the above ram with cl7 would be quite a bit faster.
July 3, 2010 5:38:58 PM

Corsair TR3X6G1333C7 XMS 3 , with heatsink , 3 x 2Gb/2048mb kit , ddr3-1333 ( PC3-10666 ) , CL7 is better
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