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October 7, 2010 12:21:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing with Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, light gaming, web surfing

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like to have a high performance PC while still keeping it quite.


Processor:
Intel Core i7-930 - $229
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU Cooling:
Scythe Mugen 2 - $47.95
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Mugen-CPU-Cooler-Processor...

Motherboard:
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $229.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
LIAN LI PC-B25SB - $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
2X - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM - $158 total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SDD:
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $125.90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price: $1448

What do you guys think of the parts that I have listed? Do you see opportunities for me to reduce cost without sacrificing performance?

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October 7, 2010 1:01:23 PM

Is there any reason you're buying 2 1TB HDDs?

The case seems a bit on the expensive side.

The memory is good, and at a good price


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October 7, 2010 1:05:45 PM

looks good but whats the need for the 200$ case....save your money and get a HAF 922... or if you want something big a haf932....otherwise looks good if it fits in your budget
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October 7, 2010 1:13:09 PM

Really, you can get a way better case for that price. But I would only get that if you have some extra budget. Get the HAF 922
HAF X- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HAF 922 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mmm... why do you need two drives? Who uses 2TB???? :o 

Also, consider the AMD 6-Core CPUs, they are great for video editing (Cores > Threads) and they preform better than the i7 in highly threaded applications.
1055t - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





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October 7, 2010 2:13:19 PM

Actually Mr. Pizza, that not true. Threads and cores are completely separate things. Threads refers to how many parallel computations may be done at a time, cores refers to how many execution cores are present on a chip.

One is software, the other hardware. You can't directly compare the two, it's apples to oranges, and stating Cores>threads is completely false. Threads are the the TASKS carried out BY cores.

It would be like saying I've a telemarketing company, and to make more money, it's more important to have more computers in the company, than having the software to make automated calls. It's nonsensical. You need both to get the customer, can't have one without the other.

If you mean having extra threads through hyperthreading is worse than having extra threads through cores, that's also not true. All threads by definition are virtual.

Anyway, for the OP's needs, the i7-9xx cpu's are better.

Here are the photoshop bench's
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3674/amds-sixcore-phenom-...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-phenom-ii-x6-10...

The AMD x6's are a much better value, but considering the budget and the purpose of the build, OP should go with Intel.
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October 8, 2010 8:23:36 AM

I am planning to order 2 HDDs in order to run them in RAID 1. I do a lot of photography and want to ensure that my data is safe.

It doesn't seem as if either of the Cooler Master HAF cases have sound damping features on them. Anyone know of mid tower cases that are proven to be silent with good airflow?
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October 8, 2010 8:29:59 AM

The thing is, the more fans you have the cooler the case. Because then all the fans can be run at their lowest setting, decreasing the overall dB
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October 8, 2010 8:47:59 AM

Agreed, more fans running at lower rotational speeds will help reduce noise generation.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but cases with a more enclosed design (no plastic window and less vents and grills) will help to dampen noise generated from inside the case from components such as the CPU, GPU, and power supply fans?

I guess it should be a fine balance between plastic parts and vents for airflow with the amount the case is enclosed?
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October 8, 2010 8:50:04 AM

Also, any recommendations for my other components or are they solid choices?
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October 8, 2010 8:51:40 AM

No I think you have a really good build.
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October 8, 2010 12:35:11 PM

well your build looks good

but if you do go with one of the cheaper cases (which are quiet btw) I have a HAF922 and love it.....you might need an extra case fan on the side but grab any case fan and then run them at lower speeds....this thing runs soo cool it rocks.

but get a HAF 922 or 932 if you want and put the extra money into a better GPU like a 470 or a 5850
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