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New build for digital artist, help

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October 10, 2010 7:54:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next week or two.

Budget Range: around $1200 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Illustrator, sketchup, Autocad, (no gaming at all)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, tablet, speakers, case (without power supply),

Preferred Website for Parts: I have been looking at but I am open to other sites that ship to Canada with reasonable shipping rates.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I know to get good use out of photoshop I need a strong processor and lots of ram and possibly a nvidia graphics card, but other than that I'm a little lost.

Power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W $115]

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W

Memory: CORSAIR XMS 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $129

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $99

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure yet, still looking at my options. Probably between 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 somewhere. Looking at 19” to 21”

Additional Comments: The main focus of this computer is 2d - painting large files with many layers for print, batch editing photos - and it has to do that really well, as well as having many programs running at the same time. I would like this computer to be able to run some autocad programs such as Maya, but it wouldn't be for production work, just learning the tool so it doesn't have to do it that well really, just minimally to get the hang of the program.

QUESTIONS: Can anyone help with completing this build or suggesting a comparable one? Parts that run quiet would be pretty nice. Of course I would like better value versus overkill performance.

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October 10, 2010 10:19:46 PM

Win 7 64-bit and Caviar Black 1TB -$210
(when I refer to multiple parts scroll down in the link to see "combo items")

i5-950 and Corsair 6GB 1600 - $465

Gigabyte UD3R board - $235

Antec Sonata III - $106
Comes with a high quality PSU and you won't need more for this. It's also quiet.

GTS 450 - $124
NVidia is usually better at 2D work. This may be overkill, but with the MAYA dabbling it may not be.

Do you need a blu-ray burner?
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October 10, 2010 11:25:41 PM

Thanks for your help! I think I'm going to go with, their prices are better than those combos plus free shipping.

Gigabyte X58A-UD3R $209

Gigabyte GeForce GTS 450 $109 (rebate)

Windows 7 64 bit $94

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S $86

Corsair TX650W 650W $100 ( I really don't need another case)

Intel Core i7 930 $275 or Intel Core i7 950 $289

Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C9 6GB DDR3 $139

ASUS DVD-E818A4 16X DVD-ROM drive $17

total 1029 plus 12% tax = $1152 I need to find a monitor.

Would there be a noticeable difference between the i7-930 and the i7-950? I don't need a blueray burner, I only burn photos and stuff no movies, so I think this cheap one should be fine.

October 10, 2010 11:57:17 PM

OK, but if you are buying the 650TX thinking that it is the quiet one you have seen in reviews you may get a surprise. It is no longer the Seasonic-built 650TX but is actually made by CWT... you have to look at the label to see the actual model number is 650TX-C. It's not reviewed but while CWT is a quality OEM they are not known for quiet operation.

Would you be interested in spending a bit less there? You don't need that much PSU and this one is quiet, here is a review:

It has a Yate Loon fan, one of my favorites.
October 10, 2010 11:59:34 PM

The i7-950 is definitely worth the extra $14.
October 11, 2010 12:08:10 AM

I was just thinking that actually, I just picked that power supply because it was recommended for someone else's build. Quieter and cheaper is much better for me.

This is the first computer I will be building, other than the monitor and things I have, is there anything I am missing?