First Build...

Doing my first build in over 10 years ..ALOT HAS CHANGED ...LOL :pt1cable:

I'm building this computer because my ASUS G51 laptop died only after one year...

My main use will be Photoshop CS4/CS5 Suites.... some light video rendering (but more in future)
so mostly digital manipulation/ photo cataloging/ Photo business.....

NO Gaming !!

Here is what I am looking at... at this point...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...

Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996826 -- adding more later ...

but would consider higher class videocard !!! possible placing 2 in computer at a later date

then adding a HD and DVD/r also... but those i think are pretty much all the same...

So what ya all think.....

I have NOTHING .. so I'll be buying everything...including a the cheaper i can make this now is fine as long as i can upgrade relative easy later one (ie more memory, HD, added video card maybe a better Cd/Dvd burner....
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    You are on the right track I think, but there are changes I would make.

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    This PSU has never been tested and is suspect as far as I'm concerned. There are better deals, even from OCZ.

    Card and GPU
    As a for instance. See my PSU guide for further suggestions.

    Don't pay too much for RAM. It gets you zero performance gain, and the memory controller on the CPU will only handle so much once you start using 4 sticks.

    If you like Mushkin use these:

    Though this G.skill set would do just as well

    Now onto the GPU. We all like ATI for gaming, but for 2D work and especially for CUDA apps that increase your productivity when rendering and converting, you want NVidia. Also good for gaming ;)
    The GTX 460 is perhaps more than you wanted to spend, but is NVidia's best "bang-for-the-buck" card right now:
    If you are not gaming it's probably overkill, but is a cheap way to speed up rendering when compared to professional GPUs.

    If you are going to be handling larger projects then one of the faster Intel CPUs can save a big chunk of time, but you'll pay more of course. For the motherboard, CPU and RAM it's probably another 200 up front.

    If you like the looks of the HAF then fine. I think it's a bit overkill possibly. The HAF is all about engineering but light on aesthetics. The 840 is in some ways better designed and looks way better in my opinion, for the same price:
  2. Great ..I'll check it all out....
    I was fine with a core 2 and 4 gbs/DDR2 and a 9800gt so this is all a HUGE upgrade and will be able to handle what i need for now.....although whatever helps my files move/save faster is always a good thing...especially during batching
  3. havent really looked at many Intel cpu/mobo combos...
  4. There are advantages for the professional using the LGA 1366 platform, but then you pay more for memory up front to get 6GB.

    The LGA 1156 platform would work also, especially with the newer i7 875k CPU
    You could drop that into your build and it would be a $170 price bump. Same RAM could be used.
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