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November 25, 2010 10:07:17 PM

Please see the latest comments on this post which has my updated build. Just hoping someone could verify all the new parts work together.

Approximate Purchase Date: Cyber Monday

Budget Range: 1100 After Rebates (not including monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo publishing, genealogy, learning foreign language, attach midi piano keyboard, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg, tigerdirect

Country of Origin: (USA)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Updated build to an i7-870 and changed most parts as a result. I would like a quiet PC that can handle large picture files and dozens of photos open at once. I create photo books so need a lot of RAM and large storage drive. I also want to watch videos from the internet (replay tv shows etc).
Please let me know if I am missing anything and if all these items will work together. This is my first build. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CPU: Intel i7-870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: GT430 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system builder 1pk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Build price 930.87 (this doesn't reflect any combos).

Monitor: U2311h Max Res of 1920x1080

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November 26, 2010 2:46:01 AM

^ Why not get the i7 870?? As you wont be overclocking, the faster Turbo on the 870 would be advantageous to you...
Also you are missing a vide card...And what s/w do you use for the Photo publishing ?
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November 26, 2010 3:00:35 AM

i7 950 has triple channel memory. Some photo forums suggest that is better for working with photos. Yes I am missing the video card - any suggestions? S/W not sure yet. I used Microsoft PictureIt before it was discontinued and have been searching for a good replacement and more advance photo publishing software. I have sampled a few but haven't found one that lets me design my own layouts like PictureIt did. I want a computer that is going to last quite a few years - my current laptop is five years and my desktop lasted much longer.
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November 26, 2010 3:28:47 AM

^ Frankly I doubt you would notice significant difference between the Tri-Channel and Dual-Channel...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Intel-Core-i7-Nehal...
But you would notice the difference between the Turbo(i7 950's turbo is 3.33GHz whereas the i7 870s is 3.6GHz), but if you have some idea about overclocking, then the i7 950 would be a good choice...
And if sticking with i7, then get this board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
And RAM - Dont populate all the 6 slots, get 3x 4GB kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Software - Have you heard about this ? Just came across in the net...
http://www.iview-multimedia.com/index2.html

Video card - I doubt you would need anything very powerful...
GT430 1GB - Chose Nvidia, just incase the s/w that you might use CUDA...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 26, 2010 4:15:53 AM

Thanks for the information. I'll work on configuring an i7 870 and update it here. I'll also check out that software - it looks interesting.
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November 26, 2010 6:32:19 AM

Another option for dual channel config starting at

$499AR (add bells/whistles as per desire/budget)
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November 26, 2010 12:47:31 PM

Is AMD as good as I7 for photo publishing?
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November 27, 2010 12:39:15 AM

How is newegg for buying/returning as I have only bought from Amazon in the past (but not computer parts). Prices are similar, but a couple of the items are only at Newegg - like the memory.

I am debating over the two hard drives. I really want the Green because it's supposed to be low power consumption, but reviews seem to show Black is better photo-editing. Please let me know if these pieces are all compatible and if I am missing anything. I want a computer that is going to last at least 5 years or at least be able to upgraded as needed. I really want to order this weekend! I appreciate any advice!
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November 27, 2010 3:29:16 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Why not get the i7 870?? As you wont be overclocking, the faster Turbo on the 870 would be advantageous to you...
Also you are missing a vide card...And what s/w do you use for the Photo publishing ?


Thanks for your suggestions. I updated by build to be a i7-870 and would appreciate if you could take a look again and let me know if it all is compatible. Most of the suggested builds here seem to be the i7-950 and I liked the idea of the triple channel ram. However as you mentioned I don't plan to overclock so the 870 does make since.
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November 28, 2010 12:44:39 AM

No one has any advice on my updated build? I originally had an i7-950 build but changed on gkay09 suggestion and further research. Now I see most of the reviews here seem to discuss the i7-950 - I am hoping the i7-950 will be best for creating photobooks.
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November 28, 2010 11:03:56 AM

^ Not necessarily the i7 950 is better, like I said before when not overclocking, the 870 would have the upper hand...
The i7 9xx CPUs(Most importantly the LGA 1366 socket) is the enthusiast level CPU/ Mobo from Intel, so it is obvious that it would be discussed a lot...but not necessarily they would suit in all tasks and situations...

AS for the AMD setup, even those are good, but would still be a tad slower compared to the i7s...
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November 28, 2010 12:18:22 PM

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I used Microsoft PictureIt before it was discontinued and have been searching
for a good replacement and more advance photo publishing software.


Photo - I can't speak to your build as I am new to building myself, however I can speak to what software to use, hands down, don't even think twice about it, Adobe Lightroom. Its very easy to use, Adobe has good video's to watch online that will teach you how to use it, once you figure it out, you will wonder how you ever got by without it. It is what pretty much every photographer I know uses, and there is ton's of support online to download filters and other goodies.

Good luck!
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November 28, 2010 1:47:34 PM

Yep a Lightroom machine is one rig that just loves as many cores u throw at it as well ^^
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November 28, 2010 4:44:04 PM

txdego said:
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I used Microsoft PictureIt before it was discontinued and have been searching
for a good replacement and more advance photo publishing software.


Photo - I can't speak to your build as I am new to building myself, however I can speak to what software to use, hands down, don't even think twice about it, Adobe Lightroom. Its very easy to use, Adobe has good video's to watch online that will teach you how to use it, once you figure it out, you will wonder how you ever got by without it. It is what pretty much every photographer I know uses, and there is ton's of support online to download filters and other goodies.

Good luck!


Thanks for the information. Does Lighthouse let you create your own layouts? I create books with photos and text - with PictureIt I could layout pages from scratch. A lot of the programs I see today have preset templates - which don't work for me.
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November 28, 2010 5:26:49 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Not necessarily the i7 950 is better, like I said before when not overclocking, the 870 would have the upper hand...
The i7 9xx CPUs(Most importantly the LGA 1366 socket) is the enthusiast level CPU/ Mobo from Intel, so it is obvious that it would be discussed a lot...but not necessarily they would suit in all tasks and situations...

AS for the AMD setup, even those are good, but would still be a tad slower compared to the i7s...


Thanks for the additional information. Can you tell me if all my components will work together? I really want to place the order today or tomorrow.
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November 29, 2010 12:33:20 AM

I would really appreciate if someone could let me know if all my parts are compatible and if I am missing anything. Also do you recommend the extended warranty on any of the parts?

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November 29, 2010 10:14:20 PM

This is what I came up with. Just asking a final check on compatiblity since I had to change RAM, hard drives and DVD drive. Appreciate any last minute advice.
Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1430-LR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
power:CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
CPU: Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7870
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
HD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2nd HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
DVD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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November 30, 2010 9:32:55 PM

Best answer selected by photo318.
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