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November 28, 2010 4:47:48 PM

Hello everyone, I really need some help on my first build, and I am planning to get my parts tomorrow cyber Monday.
I saw here on Toms Hardware the Best Configs, and so many experts.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in these couple of days but I am aiming to do it tomorrow cyber Monday. BUDGET RANGE: 2000- 2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video editing, photo editing, animation, general business use, networking and gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com/tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: i don’t have brand preference, just something quality/affordable with decent specs.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don’t know what would you suggest?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure what would be the ideal?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Did I pick the right RAM - it's the cheaper Corsair, is the Dominator line of RAM worth the money?
Will the 2 GPUs be ok with the MOBO and PSU?
Is the stock cooling ok ?
Am I forgetting any other important part?

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Need help with this one. I don’t have idea.

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 128 GB - from what I've seen, there are firmware issues with a lot of the other brands, such as OCZ and Corsair. I'm told that the Crucial is more reliable, but a bit slower?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or should I get this one?

Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
2 x CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (8GB total)
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145263
or should I get this one :
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) any suggentions which would be better?


GPUS
2 x EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130552

Main storage (OS and apps)
OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227542

Secondary Storage
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

PSU
Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Power Supply
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371032

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black 24X SATA 24X DVD Burner
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

Case
Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Product link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129085

Do you think all my pieces will match up well?

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November 28, 2010 4:48:52 PM

Oh ... you were editing/pasting ...
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November 28, 2010 4:58:09 PM


You could prolly go MUCH cheaper and the balance could be significantly improved.

Your exact software toolsets and video codecs should govern the power and cost.

At first glance ... You could prolly shave a grand, get better balance, and never feel it.

What software suites and plugs are you gonna use?

In case I don't get back to you ... I'd say the FERMI 470 is more than enough and, unless you want more than two monitors, one FERMI is plenty.

= Al =
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November 28, 2010 5:06:32 PM

I am going to be using mainly Creative suite (CS5) master collection, Maya, Canvas, Microsoft Office Suite (entreprise 2010 including Visio and Project)
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November 28, 2010 5:15:25 PM

Intel i7 950 + ASUS x58 Sabertooth combo - $445 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CM 690 II Advanced - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte Super Overclock Series GTX 470 - $300 x 2 = $600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get the G.Skill RAM you have above.

Antec TruePower 750W - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB - $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or Samsung Spinpoint F3, whatevers cheaper at the time.

G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-120GBP2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $187 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24x DVD burner/reader - $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

= $1545 + whatever your RAM costs.
First upgrade I'd make if you still want to spend more, Better case (Haf-X, Silverstone RV02 off amazon not newegg, or Antec DF-85),2nd you Could always buy 2 gtx 580's but that would require a bigger PSU as well.
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November 28, 2010 5:21:38 PM

yeah I would pretty much go with the first upgrade you suggest which PSU would you suggest then?
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November 28, 2010 5:23:01 PM

depends, which case would you use? I'd suggest the DF-85.
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November 28, 2010 5:25:27 PM

vindictive said:
depends, which case would you use? I'd suggest the DF-85.

well i am looking at the Haf-X, Silverstone RV02 you suggested, wouldnt it be good ?
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November 28, 2010 5:26:01 PM

X58 mobo with a 940 and 6GB (3x2GB) of G.SKILL 1600-CAS7
120mm Push-Pull vertical stack cooler (under $65)
Corsair PSU ~900W~950W
FERMI 470 (Sapphire but not VaporX) ... or, PNY, EVGA ... ?
Vertex2 90GB SSD (Two: one for boot/office apps ... one for media apps)
TWO SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HDD @ 1TB ea.
One DVDR (SAMSUNG OR SONY)
TWO ~23"~28" 1920x1200 LCD under 6ms g/g w/HDMI and DVI .. ACER or SAMSUNG
... or ASUS.
Coolermaster HAF (922) case or Antec 300 **ILLUSION** MODEL ! (with fans).

Tah-Dahhh !
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November 28, 2010 5:27:28 PM

For video editing you can get the Phenom II X6, good for gaming too.
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November 28, 2010 5:29:43 PM

DF-85 - $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec CP-1000 - $150 (love how cheap these special PSU's are) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Gtx 580 - $525 x 2 = $1050 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

new total = $2165 + Your Ram
this will play/do anything for a good long time lol

EDIT: Sorry was typing this while you posted.. I'd highly recommend this case over Haf-X. You get the special PSU form factor that only fits 4 antec cases, and the DF-85 has fan filters.
^alvin she posted she didn't need a monitor :D 
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November 28, 2010 5:30:38 PM

CS5! ... BTW, you can't SLI on an AMD mobo ... just FYI. (not that you should).

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November 28, 2010 5:32:28 PM

ok Alvin thanks for the upgrade
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November 28, 2010 5:34:39 PM

vindictive said:
DF-85 - $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec CP-1000 - $150 (love how cheap these special PSU's are) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Gtx 580 - $525 x 2 = $1050 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

new total = $2165 + Your Ram
this will play/do anything for a good long time lol

EDIT: Sorry was typing this while you posted.. I'd highly recommend this case over Haf-X. You get the special PSU form factor that only fits 4 antec cases, and the DF-85 has fan filters.
^alvin she posted she didn't need a monitor :D 

thanks for your help- appreciated :-) just one more question am i forgetting something about the hardware compnents or is it all i need?
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November 28, 2010 5:36:45 PM

nope, everything should be there. Mobo's generally come with sata cables and SLI bridges.
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November 28, 2010 5:41:55 PM

ok thanks
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November 28, 2010 5:43:46 PM

Best answer selected by Cathy_25.
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November 28, 2010 6:05:52 PM

750watts certainly too weak for 2xFERMIs ... published.
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November 28, 2010 6:19:11 PM

negative.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-470-2-3-way-s...

"Our test system is a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 based and overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results).

I'd say on average we are using roughly 50 to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, water-cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc."

"Remember that these are peak / maximum wattages that we are showing. 2-way SLI was consuming a lot of power as well, roughly 550~575 Watts."

"Bear in mind that you are not looking at the power consumption of the graphics card, but the consumption of the entire PC. "
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November 28, 2010 6:26:40 PM

Take me to school! ... GTK!
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November 28, 2010 6:29:24 PM

haha :D .
gigabyte SOC gtx 470 has better fps + less power usage +cooler + is more quiet than any other gtx 470 for sale.
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