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October 17, 2010 10:05:47 AM

Looking to build a budget workstation with gaming capabilities. Mainly for 2-d design work and photography in CS5, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc. Some video and animation use too, but I'm not going for a video editing system. I would like to order this week. This is what I have so far:

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Combo = $484

GeIL Value PLUS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model GVP38GB1333C9DC

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Combo = $275

Antec Six Hundred Black Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

Combo = $130

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$88

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

$80

TOTAL: About $1060

I'm wondering if these components have any compatibility issues, if this will run CS5 well, and if I can use a 30" monitor at 1920. I'm going to add a wireless card and optical drive as well. Will probably overclock. Any advice is much appreciated.
October 17, 2010 10:35:17 AM

d3signr said:
Looking to build a budget workstation with gaming capabilities. Mainly for 2-d design work and photography in CS5, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc. Some video and animation use too, but I'm not going for a video editing system. I would like to order this week. This is what I have so far:

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Combo = $484

GeIL Value PLUS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model GVP38GB1333C9DC

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Combo = $275

Antec Six Hundred Black Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

Combo = $130

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$88

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

$80

TOTAL: About $1060

I'm wondering if these components have any compatibility issues, if this will run CS5 well, and if I can use a 30" monitor at 1920. I'm going to add a wireless card and optical drive as well. Will probably overclock. Any advice is much appreciated.


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Integrated sound card will do fine,pick any optical drive you wan't and don't go I7 on LGA 1156
Case may be worse but the CPU cooler is better.
add more ram if desired.
just my opinion and do not go with LGA 1156 and I7,if you wan't I7 go with 1366
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October 17, 2010 7:41:17 PM

Nice build. Recommendations:

Sound card: Can always be added, hold off until you are sure you need it. Onboard sound is going to surprise you unless you have specific needs it doesn't meet.

HD: The black is a good choice, but consider this is cheaper and faster:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

Mem/Mobo: This memory is quality, same spec, total is cheaper ($252) without the combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Yes, your monitor can be used at lower resolutions. I assume your 30" is 2560, and you are looking at gaming at 1920. Some say the compromise of 3d outside of native resolutions can cause visible issues, but frankly I personally haven't noticed. You could consider buying a mobo that would support 2x460 (your psu will), but quality gaming at 2560 can bust your budget and it isn't your priority.
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October 17, 2010 10:21:44 PM

Thanks for the feedback! Now I have:

Cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

Gpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

Mem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Case/ power supply combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.521199

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Optical drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Total $1107

Now I'm wondering mainly about the mobo/cpu, they seem spendy, I'm going to do some more research but I have been going in circles with this and need to order soon.

I would like a 1gb gtx 460 card, and 8 GB or RAM, and yes 1920 res is fine. Any suggestions for a wireless card?

Compatibility issues, recommendations, missing anything?

Thanks!
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October 18, 2010 10:40:34 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the mem, I'm going with 6GB for now and will add more later, I may double up the gpu as well. I changed the psu, case and added a wireless card.

Case: Antec three hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Wireless card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320048

I can't help but look at my build and think about how it can be cheaper (900 range?) especially with Radeon's 6000 series being released very soon. And the eventual release of Sandy Bridge, but I don't want to wait much longer, and I doubt it would save me that much on my cpu or gpu. Right now it totals 1105, which has been my goal. I'm pretty happy with the way this build is looking, I'm going to think about it for one more day, double and triple check it, then order.
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October 18, 2010 7:17:28 PM

You can knock $175 off by going with i5 750 instead. That platform with a 460 is an excellent gaming machine, but would be outperformed in your apps by your proposed rig. Whether the difference:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=109

. . . is worth the money to you is a question only you can answer
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October 19, 2010 9:22:20 AM

It looks worth it to me, as I want performance in my apps. And as much as I would like to wait a few months for the new processors to come out and the prices to drop I'm going with the i7. First and foremost I want this machine to run cs5 well, as I will be working with large files in Photoshop, HDR photography, InDesign, some video, etc. But I don't think a workstation gpu is really necessary.

This is going to be my first build, and now I'm thinking about a modular psu and if I need another fan. Just don't want to cook anything.

Modular psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026
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October 19, 2010 7:00:41 PM

Of the two, the Corsair is the better performer. And it is fine for your rig.

Don't rush the build - enjoy the process! Don't try to do two things at once. If you run into a tricky assembly area, don't be afraid to disassemble stuff if that makes it easier - each build can have its own ideal build sequence.

And enjoy your rig!
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October 21, 2010 10:03:12 AM

Twoboxer said:
Of the two, the Corsair is the better performer. And it is fine for your rig.

Don't rush the build - enjoy the process! Don't try to do two things at once. If you run into a tricky assembly area, don't be afraid to disassemble stuff if that makes it easier - each build can have its own ideal build sequence.

And enjoy your rig!


Thanks for the advice, I'm really excited about it and the building process, I will order it today. I was either going to order a dell or do my own build and I'm really glad I went the custom build route, I have learned a lot just by picking parts. These forums have been really helpful and I'll report on my experience and try to help others when I can.
Thanks again for your advice Twoboxer you have been very helpful, cheers!
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October 21, 2010 10:04:10 AM

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October 22, 2010 8:19:20 AM

Twoboxer said:
Of the two, the Corsair is the better performer. And it is fine for your rig.

Don't rush the build - enjoy the process! Don't try to do two things at once. If you run into a tricky assembly area, don't be afraid to disassemble stuff if that makes it easier - each build can have its own ideal build sequence.

And enjoy your rig!


Well now last minute I'm concerned about the case. I don't know if everything is gonna fit in it, and I'm unsure how to tell if it will. I need some suggestions about cases, I don't need a bunch of led lights and gimmicks, just something that will work with this build. Im willing to throw a little more cash at a better case, recommendations?

I'm thinking of going back to the HAF 912, even though I'd like something that looks more sleek http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

I need to order this today, I can't wait :D  thanks!
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October 22, 2010 9:32:14 AM

d3signr said:
Well now last minute I'm concerned about the case. I don't know if everything is gonna fit in it, and I'm unsure how to tell if it will. I need some suggestions about cases, I don't need a bunch of led lights and gimmicks, just something that will work with this build. Im willing to throw a little more cash at a better case, recommendations?

I'm thinking of going back to the HAF 912, even though I'd like something that looks more sleek http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

I need to order this today, I can't wait :D  thanks!


What exactly don't you think is going to fit? You didn't really choose a huge GPU and I know from experience that the CM 212+ will be fine in the antec 300. If you just want a larger case in general then the HAF 912 is a good choice.

Here are some of my favorite cases.

Low:
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