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New Build: Web Development/Photoshop/Premiere/AE

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November 24, 2010 6:01:29 PM

Hi! I'm trying to scope together a new build. I would love any suggestions on things to swap out. Here goes!

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 1700-1800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Development (Visual Studio 2010), Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, light gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MicroCenter, as they are in town for me, or; MC had the i7 for waaay cheaper than newegg, but they recently took the price down.

Parts Preferences: Perhaps an nVidia card that is Adobe preferred for Premiere Pro (see recommended GPUs), i7

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 x 2 (need two monitors)

Additional Comments: I've put together some components, but I'm not sure if my selected components (vid card, ram, mobo) are the best choices. Also, do I need a CPU cooler? In order of preference, visual studio and Photoshop are 1 and 1a. I would *like* the capabilities to do video editing, but to be honest, these probably won't be important for probably the next six to nine months. Will this setup be good for that in the future? If not, can I easily upgrade certain components within the next 12 months? I'll also need two monitors. I would *love* the Dell US 24" that can go 1920x1200, but the price is way too high right now. I settled for much smaller, with the theory that I can ditch those on Craigslist in the future when I get the funds for the 24 inchers.

[EDIT] I think I forgot a processor cooler... Anything else?

Here goes. And thanks for lookin'

2 Dell UltraSharp U2211H 21.5"W

Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor

EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 1280MB GDDR5 PCI...

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case

Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 X58 ATX Intel Mother...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7,...

Eagle Technologies Voltas 600 Watt ATX 12V Power S...

OCZ Technology Gold Edition 12GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10...

Sony AD-7260S 24X SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
November 24, 2010 6:21:41 PM

theoshu1 said:
[EDIT] I think I forgot a processor cooler... Anything else?

That's a good system there. I'd recommend a bigger hard drive with SATA support. You might want to look into a RAID array of hard drives since the box will be used for production work. RAID is a fail-over array of hard drives. Your motherboard will support this feature.

Like you stated, an after-market heat-sink and fan (HSF) for the CPU is strongly recommend. Make sure that it is a quality HSF that fits your motherboard's LGA1366 socket. I also recommend a quality thermal paste like Arctic Silver 5. Take the time to learn how to properly apply thermal paste to your CPU and carefully mount the HSF. You want even thin coverage of the paste on the cores of the CPU--avoiding squeeze-out. A little silver paste goes a long way. Don't over do it.

How to apply thermal paste:

You might want to consider this review ( ) regarding your MoBo selection.

jaquith said:
For a few dollars more, there are better alternatives.

Review w/benches -

- Only 3GB total memory be utilized by 32-bit O/S
- SATA6G/USB3 borrow from PCI-E link lanes
a b B Homebuilt system
November 24, 2010 7:50:38 PM

Don't get OCZ RAM, get G.skill, Corsair or something. Look on the mobo manufacturer site for the RAM support list for your mobo. Maybe a mobo with SATA3.
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November 30, 2010 12:48:10 AM

Arrrrgh MicroCenter doesn't have the 950 in stock anymore.

Change of plans. How about this? (built around the i7 870):

Asus P7P55D-E PRO LGA 1156 P55 ATX Intel Motherboa...

Intel Core i7 870 Processor Boxed

2x (which is really 4 sticks of 2GB) Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 DIMM Memory K...

Same video card, case, ps, etc. RAM drops from 12GB to 8GB.

Thanks in advance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2010 8:19:07 AM

That PSU is not very good.

You can get this:

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T + GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470
2 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA + COOLER MASTER HAF 912


2 x UltraSharp U2311H


December 1, 2010 12:32:08 PM

Best answer selected by theoshu1.