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November 11, 2010 5:38:04 PM

I'm new at this but was hoping for some advice on a build I'm planning. The system will be used as follows:

Photo and Webpage editing: 25%
Gaming: 25%
Internet browsing: 20%
Itunes/Media play: 20%
MS Office (Excel Powerpoint, Word) 10%

Would like to overclock but not too crazy (air only) and try to avoid being outdated too soon (upgradability).

Here's my thoughts/wish list which I aknowledge are from the technically hanicapped :) 

Gigabyte GA-EX58A-UD3R X58 Motherboard ? (upgradable to 6 core later, but have USB 3, Sata 6)
i7 950 or i7 930 (both cheap at Microcebter/New Egg)
Crucial C300 128 (only for programs to load/start fast)
Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3 1600 Triple Channel
(4) 1TB Hitachi Deskstar 0S02860 7200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drives (RAID 10 for speed and redundancy)
700W Power supply .. any suggestions ?
ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 (maybe 2 cheaper cards in xfire?)
Windows 7

Unfortunately money is a concern and I'm trying to pull this all together for under $1500 by shopping it peice meal and some slighlty used items from ebay.

Please feel free to suggest alternatives that will improve the speed/performance and yet be somewhat upgradable/future proof (like that really exists).

I toyed with the idea of am AMD x6 1090 black but the concensus I've read seem to say i7 and x58 is the way to go

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a c 105 à CPUs
November 11, 2010 5:46:18 PM

if money is an issue.

drop down to an i5-750 CPU + mobo. that should save you some cash and you really won't see any real world difference.

the ATI 5870 is a very good card but a 550-600w PSU is more then enough to run your set up, even with the i7 (or i5), RAM, and ATI 5870 all over clocked.

the antec TP 550w is currently on sale with both instant and mail in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 11, 2010 6:20:19 PM

The i5 750 is only $30 less than the i7 950 and seems like its 20% slower. I would also hate to give up the x58 and potential future 6 core for only $30 right? Was thinking about goping down to the HD 5850 instead of $5870 as that says almost $100 but I'm not sure how much of a difference there really is between the two. The four storage drives plus a SSD is really adding cost, maybe I should just go with manually mirroring the storage drives every week and forget about RAID? Not sure how much the RAID will sped up the system.
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a c 105 à CPUs
November 11, 2010 6:40:26 PM

sfinnerty said:
The i5 750 is only $30 less than the i7 950 and seems like its 20% slower. I would also hate to give up the x58 and potential future 6 core for only $30 right? Was thinking about goping down to the HD 5850 instead of $5870 as that says almost $100 but I'm not sure how much of a difference there really is between the two. The four storage drives plus a SSD is really adding cost, maybe I should just go with manually mirroring the storage drives every week and forget about RAID? Not sure how much the RAID will sped up the system.


its up to you, the ATI 5850 is a good card. I personally would prefer the i5 + faster video card for a better gaming performance.
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a c 81 à CPUs
November 11, 2010 9:54:54 PM

I second Ct's recommendations here.. Going for the X58 platform just for the sake of a drop in 6 core processor (which is currently around 1000$ btw with no apparent view of seeing any price reduction in future) upgrade is actually not worth it.. Also, gaming seems to be the most demanding of your requirements and hence, a faster GPU will fetch you more benefits.. Moreover, the i5 760 has awesome overclocking potential.. Just get a good set of components to accompany it and see it fly..
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November 11, 2010 11:27:02 PM

hd switch for the samsung f3 1tb. They should be about the same price, and the f3 is faster, and i believe samsung has the higher quality products.
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