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New Build: Web Development/Photoshop/Premiere/AE

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 newegg.com; 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 http://www.nvidia.com/object/builtforadobepros.html 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
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-9271

Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0346210

EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 1280MB GDDR5 PCI...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337978

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0323929

Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 X58 ATX Intel Mother...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0350749

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7,...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0334293

Eagle Technologies Voltas 600 Watt ATX 12V Power S...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0311653

OCZ Technology Gold Edition 12GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0335418

Sony AD-7260S 24X SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0342674
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  1. 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: http://www.arcticsilver.com/instructions.htm

    You might want to consider this review ( http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/280311-30-opinions-gigabyte-usb3-1366-mobo ) regarding your MoBo selection.

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

    Review w/benches - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=458&Itemid=69&limit=1&limitstart=16

    - Only 3GB total memory be utilized by 32-bit O/S
    - SATA6G/USB3 borrow from PCI-E link lanes
  2. 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.
  3. Sardason said:

    You might want to consider this review ( http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/280311-30-opinions-gigabyte-usb3-1366-mobo ) regarding your MoBo selection.


    Thanks for the advice. The UD7 is pretty expensive, and it isn't available at MC. What about this MoBo?
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0334224
  4. 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...
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0325863

    Intel Core i7 870 Processor Boxed
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0319779

    2x (which is really 4 sticks of 2GB) Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 DIMM Memory K...
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0307440

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

    Thanks in advance.
  5. Oh right, and I changed up the HD.

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331606
  6. Best answer
    That PSU is not very good.

    You can get this:

    AMD Phenom II X6 1075T + GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.543298
    EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550
    2 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB + CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.556746
    LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA + COOLER MASTER HAF 912
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.542870

    $905.92

    2 x UltraSharp U2311H
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=usl=en&cs=19&sku=320-9270

    $640
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