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November 17, 2010 6:03:53 PM

Hi all,
First I want to say thank you to everyone who contributes to this board with all of your invaluable knowledge. This forum has really helped me as a resource.

So, I am a web designer/developer/animator and I need a new computer that I can use for work, occasional gaming and one that will be upgradable for the next few years. I will be using the Adobe Suite a lot as well as some video editing and 3D design. I have been researching parts for the past week.

Also, I saw a sale on the i7-950 at MicroCenter for $199 so I went ahead and got it, thinking that would be a good place to start.

Here is what I've come up with based on my needs and budget:

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E
CPU: Pentium i7-950
Ram: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
GPU: GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N460SO-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
HD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III SSD
Case: HAF 932
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V


So here are my questions.
Does anyone see or know of any hardware conflicts here? Does anything just look like a bad idea?

I will probably get most of it from NewEgg for convenience sake and shipping savings. It looks like I will end up spending about $1,100 total. Is this a good build? Could I do better for my money?

I will want to overclock a little and definitely upgrade to using multiple GPUs in the future. Also I'm not sure if the stock CPU cooler/heatsink will be sufficient, should I invest in something more robust?

I would love to hear any comments, questions, concerns and thoughts.
Thank you so much for your time and expertise!
-Ben

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November 17, 2010 6:09:39 PM

Power supply is overkill.
Get the XFX Black Edition 750W modular, silver certified - $130. got a 9.7 on jonnyguru.com and 10 on performance, which only 4 psu's have done.

HSF: Cooler Master hyper 212+ and Shin-Etsu TIM - $35 will handle a pretty good OC.

That SSD has high reads but low right speeds. Just making sure your aware.
I'd get the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD if it was me.
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November 17, 2010 6:20:33 PM

Wow, thanks for the quick reply vindictive.

I agree that the Corsair 850w is probably overkill but they have it on NewEgg for $130. Is it still worth getting the XFX 750w for build quality or something?

Thanks for the cooler and SSD recommendations, I'm definitely going to check those out.

Thanks!
-Ben
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November 17, 2010 6:23:14 PM

My PSU is modular thats why, Less cables = cleaner case + better airflow.
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November 17, 2010 6:25:22 PM

Aha! Good call. I definitely do want to have a clean case / good airflow.

Thanks!
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November 17, 2010 6:28:27 PM

For the GPU, stick with AMD, get the 6870. Here's a list of the reliable brands that manufacture it from Newegg :)  It's a great card to Crossfire :)  Plus allows up to 6-way Eyefinity display XD (up to 6 monitors running on the same PC XD)

ATI Radeon HD 6870 - http://goo.gl/yDPy6

Indeed get the CM Hyper 212+ if you wanna OC your CPU

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - http://goo.gl/4p1W2

For a PSU, the XFX is a good choice, it can be found here

XFX Black Edition 750W Modular - http://goo.gl/NmGlu

You can also get the 750W from Corsair, here are the non-modular and modular versions

Corsair 750TX - http://goo.gl/6HRPO (Non-Modular)
Corsair 750HX - http://goo.gl/uchiI (Modular)

The CPU is not "Pentium", it's Intel :) 

For your RAM, make sure you get the "Ripjaws" series as they have nice heatsinks, plus they look pretty freakin cool :) 

G.Skill Ripjaws (3 x 2GB) DDR3 @ 1600 MHz CL8 - http://goo.gl/JOqrT

Hope I helped :)  Any questions are welcome :) 
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November 17, 2010 6:43:48 PM

Thanks Reaper!

Haha, can't believe I said Pentium. That shows how long I've been out of the building game.

Good suggestion on the Ripjaws. Thanks. And thank you for the links.

I will probably go with the XFX PSU based on your and vindictive's suggestions.

I'm still on the fence about GPUs but I'll definitely take another look at the ATIs.

Thanks for all the great info!
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November 17, 2010 7:01:24 PM


6850 beats it on average and minimum.
higher max lower min for 6850 CF vs gtx 460 sli
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November 17, 2010 7:08:51 PM

Awesome. I do love me some bar graphs.

So does that mean the GeForce performs a little better in SLI? I'm not really familiar with Min FPS.

Thanks,
Ben
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November 17, 2010 7:20:14 PM

well the max is higher with ATI, but the min could just be it dropped for 1 half second then went back up.
I guess I'd just pick whichever were cheaper at the time, which turns out to be the gtx 460 at the moment.
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November 17, 2010 8:36:11 PM

Good call vindictive.
I'm not in a huge hurry to buy everything, so maybe I'll wait a week and keep looking for deals on the different cards.

Your sig has me thinking of getting a Spinpoint as well. Why not, it's is a tax write off anyway :sol: 

Thanks again for your help,
Ben
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November 17, 2010 10:14:21 PM

also, I'd mix and match between Amazon.com and Newegg. I just compared items for my december build and Amazon saved me $60 on the case alone ($20 because of free shipping).

amazon also has cheaper radeon 6870's! and cheaper spinpoints f3 for that matter :p .
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November 17, 2010 10:15:51 PM

Another great tip. I definitely will do. I kind of prefer ordering from Amazon anyway.

Thanks!
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