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January 8, 2011 8:47:45 PM

Hey guys.

I am in desperate need of a review of my new build. All these research is frying my brain and am hoping someone out there can offer some opinions. I need this as my workstation (at home) and will be on it 10 hrs+ a day. I think some of the components are overkill but I didn’t want to risk skimping and having anything backfire or be a bottleneck.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: Under $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: AutoCAD 2011 (2D only), Photoshop CS4, Net, minor use of Revit and ArchiCAD 10.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:

Motherboard:
Asus P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:
Kingston DDR3 PC3-12800 6GB Triple Channel Kit
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25617(ME).aspx

GPU:
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperCloocked EE 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Corsair HX Series 850W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
WD Caviar Black 3.5” 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB SATA II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
WD Caviar Black 3.5” 2.0TB 7200 RPM 64MB SATA II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
ANTEC Nine Hundred II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
not sure why the Nine Hundred II is deactivated from newegg.

OS:
Window 7 64-bit

Overclocking: No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly but I should be ok with one card.

Monitor Resolution: using 1440x900 on current system but would like it to be higher.
I will be buying a new monitor after this system is build.


Additional Comments: I am also considering the;

Asus Sabertooth x58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and either of these cases

CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
CoolerMaster HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's it. Thanks again for any input.

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January 9, 2011 1:16:23 AM

At this budget range it is essential you wait for Intel's new processors suspected to be on sale in the US not sure for Canada but I would suspect the same time monday

Mobo: Asus Sabertooth P67 (new mobo for new cpu) ($190)
CPU: i5 2500K (unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking should help with the CAD) ($220)
RAM: nice g skill set for the P67 series mobos (comes in on the 17th) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($70)
GPU: good choice ($200)
PSU: save money with MIR this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... is ($110)
Why do you need both the HDDs just get the 2tb one it is very fast and will have a massive amount of space for everything ($180)
Case: HAF 922 is the best in this price category http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Heatsink for OCing CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
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January 9, 2011 1:20:25 AM

By the way do you need a ODD (optical disk drive) or do you have one
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January 9, 2011 3:20:31 PM

joelmartinez said:
At this budget range it is essential you wait for Intel's new processors suspected to be on sale in the US not sure for Canada but I would suspect the same time monday

Mobo: Asus Sabertooth P67 (new mobo for new cpu) ($190)
CPU: i5 2500K (unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking should help with the CAD) ($220)
RAM: nice g skill set for the P67 series mobos (comes in on the 17th) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($70)
GPU: good choice ($200)
PSU: save money with MIR this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... is ($110)
Why do you need both the HDDs just get the 2tb one it is very fast and will have a massive amount of space for everything ($180)
Case: HAF 922 is the best in this price category http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Heatsink for OCing CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...



Yeah, I was debating if the P67 was worth the wait. Because this is my work computer, I generally stay away from the latest tech until some of the kinks are worked out and the 2nd gens are on the market. But if it really is that big of a difference, I will hold off and look into it some more. The system you specified is half the price of my original so on that basis alone, it might be worth it.
Thanks for the input.

As for the two hard drives, the setup which has been working for me is to have the OS and applications on one drive. The image file is small and manageable at 20GB. Then I keep all my data on a second drive which currently is about 500GB. The data is somewhat protected as I have lost my main drive twice (fried and virus) but the second drive was untouched. And the image file is kept on the second drive so cloning is a breeze. The data drive is backed up to an external drive as well. I’m open to suggestions if there is a better way to set it up. Would having a RAID Level 1 setup be better?

Good point. I must have 2 or 3 optical drives around here that I can use.

Thx again
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January 9, 2011 3:59:44 PM

For the HDDs you should look into getting a 120gb SSD for OS and Applications and then just get a 1tb one for storage

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($200 with MIR)
1tb HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($70) best 1tb HDD out there

That's 270 in total which will make this system substantially more expensive, to save money on mobo get the asus p8p67 instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (160)

I posted the us links sorry
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