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September 25, 2010 6:31:09 PM

Hey, I'm currently getting plans together for my first build. I make my living on the computer (web designer/developer) so I want something that really satisfies my graphic design and programming needs - with super-fast processing.

I'm into the hexacore and want a beefy video card to support the applications I run (usually 4+ Adobe programs simultaneously).

Here's my list o' parts:

Gigabyte AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Motherboard $108
Amd Phenom II X6 1090t 3.2ghz Processor $266
Gskill 8gb Ddr3 4x2gb Pc31600 RAM $199
Seagate Barracuda 750gb Sata 7200rpm 32mb $58
Gigabyte Ati Radeon Hd 5870 1gb Ddr5 Dual Dvi Hdmi $363
Corsair TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W $122
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Fan For AMD CPU $30
Sony Optiarc Black 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner $21
Sony Blu-Ray Burner/Reader & DVD Combo $183
Xion AXP100-001BK Vantage ATX $55
Asus LED Ultra-slim monitor $189
TOTAL $1594


I'd like to stick in this price range, but if there are options that will drastically improve performance, I'm all ears. Thanks for your time!
September 25, 2010 6:41:48 PM

Links would be nice, but the PSU/Vidcard seem bad for the price. Monitor is cheapo TN so it's not really suitable for production tasks.
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September 25, 2010 7:25:26 PM

Hmm, an interesting option. With this low price, I've then got the budget to purchase 2.

Do you think it best to run dual MSIs, or should I use the money on a single beefier card? I can always purchase a second card down the road if I went with the pricer upfront.

Quick edit: i should also note that I'm a little biased on brand names so I'm willing to pay a little extra for reliability ;) 
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September 25, 2010 7:31:13 PM

Realistically, I wouldn't be spending much at all on current gen 5XXX series cards. The 6XXX are coming shortly. The 'best' option IMO would be one 5850 now and another in a month or two when the 6Ks launch and the 5K's prices drop.

And even then, the money would be much better spent getting you a non-crap monitor.

Still need links for everything else.
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September 25, 2010 7:49:25 PM

Point well taken. My original plan was to get one card upfront and add on down the road. I'll certainly wait on the dual for now.

Gigabyte AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-... $135

Amd Phenom II X6 1090t 3.2ghz Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $266

Gskill 8gb Ddr3 4x2gb Pc31600 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199

Seagate Barracuda 750gb Sata 7200rpm 32mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60

Corsair TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $122

Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Fan For AMD CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30

Sony Optiarc Black 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21

Sony Blu-Ray Burner/Reader & DVD Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $216

Xion AXP100-001BK Vantage ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-XION-_-11208027 $65

Asus LED Ultra-slim monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199
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September 25, 2010 8:03:58 PM

Ok a few things to keep in mind:

1. If this is a production build, go with a good IPS LCD.

2. I highly recommend you grab a workstation card.

3. For a little more, grab the Hyper 212+: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you live near a MicroCenter you can get the 212+ for $23 or so.

4. Get the HAF 912 OR the RoseWill Blackbone OR Rosewill CHALLENGER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 25, 2010 8:36:38 PM

mkay, some good suggestions there.

1. these run pricey, but I suppose this one could work. thoughts?
http://www.walmart.com/ip/ViewSonic-VP2365WB/14301915?s...

2. again so pricey!! If it's worth the upgrade though, i'm all about it. does it really increase performance that much, and what are your recommended brands/models?

3. eh, why not! will do.

4. i like the look of the Xion so much better; i figure the case is mostly just for looks. am i wrong?
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September 26, 2010 2:16:06 AM

1. Yeah, IPS based LCDs are damn expensive. That ViewSonic isn;t the best and as long as you can live with the shortcomings you should be OK.
See here for review: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/viewsonic_vp23...
http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/viewsonic-vp2365wb...;get-selector#reviewPage1
Sadly, AnadTech haven't done a review on it yet.
Imo, if you can't afford a true IPS LCD, then get a pretty good TN based LCD to hold you until you can get money for an IPS LCD. IPS LCDs are getting a cheaper these days. Another option is you could try and track down a older IPS model via Ebay,etc for quite a bit less money.

2. Yeah. It depends on what you do. For any 3D app (Maya,3DS,etc) that makes extensive use of OpenGL the workstation card will make a noticeable difference. If not, I recommend you get a good gaming card with good OpenGL performance, for example, the GTX460.

3. Good.

4. Imo, looks should make up only 40% of the decision on the case. You should also look at air flow & internal size (esp. if planing to SLI/CrossFire). Airflow & size> looks in by book.
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September 27, 2010 2:36:21 AM

1. I checked out some Viewsonics at the store and went with a 22" LED. When I've got the cash I'll pony up for the IPS, which has some really nice looking color from what I saw.

2. I went for a Sapphire 5850 for now, a little cheaper but as SP12 says the 6xxx will be coming out soon then I can look at getting some good deals on multiple cards. Most of the graphics I do is photoshop/flash so the 3d rendering not so important. I hope the sapphire does me right!

4. airflow seems good by the reviews on newegg, we'll see how it works out and i'll check out other cases for sure if this one's no good. (couldn't find one in the store so I gotta order it to find out : (

Thanks to both of you for your help, I'm stoked to work on this build! Here's what I ultimately purchased, should be a good one :) 


Gigabyte AM3 AMD 890FXA-UD5 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $175

Amd Phenom II X6 1090t 3.2ghz Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 90ZFBGRBOX $260

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCIe CrossFireX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-102-...(keywords)#scrollFullInfo $300

Gskill 8gb Ddr3 4x2gb Pc31600 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product $199

Seagate Barracuda 1Tb Sata 7200rpm 32mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60

Corsair TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] MPSU-950TX $122

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24

Sony Optiarc Black 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product $21

Sony Blu-Ray Burner/Reader & DVD Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product $216

Xion AXP100-001BK Vantage ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-11208027 $65

ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD LED Backlight LCD monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170
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October 7, 2010 1:01:33 AM

Follow up on my first build - pretty sweet! Everything's running great - I'm flying way faster than before and happy with it so far.

The case looks awesome, one downside is slightly small so I have to choose between 2 graphics cards OR 2 hard drives, can't have 2 of each. But when/if I get to that point I'll upgrade the case anyhow.

CPU's at 26 C idol and I haven't seen it reach more than 34 C with load (using HWMonitor). So the case has great airflow and the Coolermaster was definitely a good choice.

But the monitor was defective with horizontal refresh lines. I bought it from a local store so easy return. For now I'm using the monitor I bought for $100 a couple years ago. It's not top of the line, but it works just fine and worth holding on to cause apparently I can't get a reliable monitor for under $400 these days!!

So I'm going to ditch the bluray burner to open up my budget for a better monitor which I hope to find soon. I really liked what I saw with the IPS monitors, won't be going with Viewsonic tho ;) 

I'm hooked now and there will certainly be many more builds to come. Thanks guys for your help!
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October 7, 2010 1:05:04 AM

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October 7, 2010 1:46:33 AM

Glad everything is running well.

Btw, I did find this 23" IPS LCD: http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/produ...

It's a bit more expensive (but still withing $400 budget) and no (reliable) reviews yet, but do keep an eye out for that LCD. I know Dell has a habit of doing some pretty good sales during Black Friday on LCDs (esp. new models).
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