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Compatibility issues with this rig?

Last response: in Systems
July 5, 2010 5:17:45 PM

Hello all, this is my first PC that I will have attempted to build. I am hoping that everything works out compatibility-wise and was hoping you could take a look to confirm. School and rent are really draining my money, and nearly all my expendable income is going to this great new PC to do heavy graphic design and hopefully get some Starcraft 2 play in... I would love it if I didn't have to waste money returning things! :) 

I am also open to ideas/advice on parts.

Case - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Motherboard - ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Video Card- GIGABYTE GV-R583UD-1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

I'll probably just use a spare SATA hard drive I have for the time being, as the rig is getting a bit spendy and a hard drive is an easy upgrade for the future. I'll plan on running windows 7 64-bit to get some extra use out of memory if I happen to get some more down the road.

Is there anything that I should be concerned about with this rig? Are there any common issues I should be aware of when setting up a new computer like this?

Thanks for any/all comments!
Andrew Mitty
July 5, 2010 6:40:31 PM

What apps are you using for "heavy graphics design?" If that's the primary use, you'll probably want to look to a workstation card instead of a gaming card. Though the hardware is the same, drivers and support are completely different creatures. SCII won't be a GPU hog, so even a workstation card should do well for that game.

Here's some reading to back my point:

Here's a good way to compare CPUs to see if the apps you use would benefit from an i7 instead of the i5.

The build looks good. But the PSU might be overkill. Doubt you'll be needing more than a 500w PSU. The mobo might be overkill too. Unless there's features exclusive to that model that you need, you can save $100 and go with something less aggressive. Look at todays article on high end x58 board vs mainstream. Aside from features, performance is about the same.