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First PC Build, looking to make a WorkStation-quality PC

Hey, Tom's Hardware. I have a..lot of questions about building a new computer. First, I'll say that I am planning to salvage some parts of my now broken XPS 700 for the new one. These include:

Sound Blaster X-Fi Soundcard
two CD drives (I don't know if they're SATA or IDE)
It also has a media card reader on the front. I don't know if that would fit or..if it's even compatible.

Now for the formal template:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks, most likely

Budget Range: ~$1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe CS5 Master Collection, Gaming, other intensive applications

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, CD drives(?), sound card (I think so), PSU (it's a Dell XPS 700...can I save the PSU?), SSD HDs (My friend is giving me two for free, but I'm still planning on getting Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5")

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Everyone keeps posting newegg links, but if someone feels there's a better website for my parts, by all means show me.

Country of Origin: ..I live in the US. I don't care where the parts are made mainly because I don't know how the geographic origins of the parts effects their qualities.

Parts Preferences: I'm pretty dead set on the i7-950 processor, and the ASUS P6X58D Premium looks good for the motherboard. And I'm pretty undecided about the GPU, but I've always liked nVidia.

Overclocking: I'm not too excited about delving into overclocking, but if I get help I may try. I don't really care about whether I can or not.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, most likely SLI but I don't care too much.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 on my main monitor, but I use another monitor..of which I don't know the resolution.

Additional Comments: I'm willing to be very flexible about everything here.

Thank you all very much for all your help

Sincerely,
Ethan
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    You should wait a bit for Intel new CPU's releasing 9th Jan, 2011. if wait aint an option then following are my components selection.

    CPU+MOBO: INTEL i7 950 + ASUS Sabertooth
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.566445
    RAM: G.Skill 6GB (3X2GB) 1600MHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225
    GPU: EVGA GTX 470 1280MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550
    HDD: 2 X SAMSUNG F3 1TB SATA II
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD: ASUS 24X SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    PSU: Corsair 750w 80+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    TOTAL: 1,140$
  3. So it's worth it to get the Sabertooth over the P6X58D Premium? Are you sure I won't be missing any main features?

    And why get a DVD drive? I have two that should work from my old system, right?

    The WD HD is 2 TB and only $100,so I don't see how the two 1TB HDs are better if they're more expensive put together.

    The PSU and Case look good, and I had already selected those actually. Same with the GPU. I may get two of those...

    And most importantly, if I decide to wait for the Sandybridge Core i7-2600K, what advantages/disadvantages do I have? Is the higher clock speed worth the DDR2 memory? (why is it not ddr3?) And would I need a new motherboard/new ram?
  4. Sabertooth is fine for you, u wont miss much. Samsung F3 has better pferformance then W.D and u can also get 2TB in it but i prefer 2 x 1TB in RAID 0. For Sandy Bridge u will need new socket Mobo. It will provide better speed and longer run.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3922/intels-sandy-bridge-architecture-exposed/4
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-preview-three-wins-in-a-row
  5. If you're using CS5, I'd recommend RAM. And lots of it.

    Get at least 8 GB.

    And if you want to spend $300 on a motherboard, get one with dual processor support.
  6. So I'll need to wait to pick out the motherboard as well, since those aren't out? Any suggestions?

    Will the GPU still be compatible? Will I be able to use multiple GPUs and do SLI? And keep the same memory?
  7. Knox Gelatin, if you have a suggestion as to what ram to get (that would be compatible with the Sandybridge Core i7-2600K), that would be helpful.

    And if you have a motherboard recommendation that will also be compatible, that would help too...except it doesn't look like there are any supported mobos out yet. but I may be wrong.

    Thank you both for your help so far.
  8. GPU will of course be compatible, its only depended on pci-e slot. memory has to be dual channel, so 8gb (2x4gb) would be a gud choice.

    Asus boards line up for new CPU's http://techreport.com/articles.x/19982
  9. I'm fine waiting a month for the new CPU, but past that I really don't want to wait. Do you know if the new mobos will be out around Jan 9?
  10. of course they will be out on 9th Jan as well. but u have to wait a bit after that as well to check up on the reviews about each cpu and mobo.
  11. Sounds good. I know my case comes with 3 huge fans and CPUs and GPUs come with their own cooling, but will I need any extra cooling?

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    I'm not sure which of these to get. Is the $20 really worth the upgrade from 1333 to 1600 speed? I haven't had much experience buying RAM so I'm not sure what the speeds really effect.
  12. Difference aint that much, their prices might drop as well so if the gap drops down as well then 1600 is better to get. Xtra cooling wont be required unless u r planing on overclocking.
  13. I wasn't necessarily planning on it, but I'd like to have the option available. What do you recommend for cooling if I decide to OC?
  14. Well for overclocking CPU i recommend at least a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 but since u r planning on new socket CPU, i dono whether it will be compatible with it or not. If planning on overclocking RAM then u have to buy low latency ram.
  15. Okay, well I guess I'll check back here in about a month. Thank you very much for your help! :)
  16. Best answer selected by ethteck.
  17. Google "Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7"

    e.g.:
    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2556


    Caveat: when the Marvel 88SE9128 controller uses an x1 PCI-E Gen2 lane,
    the bandwidth is necessarily limited to 500 MB/second, not 600:

    SATA/6G / 10 bits per byte = 600 MB/second


    I don't know if the P67 chipset supports a full 600 MB/second
    on its SATA/6G ports: I'm still looking for the answer to that
    question.


    MRFS
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