Need help/review - $1000 Sandy Bridge Web Design Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Website design (Dreamweaver & Photoshop CS5), Heavy Multi-Tasking/Many Browser Windows Open, Light Video Editing / encoding using Premiere, and possibly a game or two. (Maybe Diablo 3 and may want to try out a FPS or Racer w/ this new setup)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard & Mouse, Monitor

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Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel Core i5 2500k, Asus P8P67 Pro, NVIDIA Graphics for CUDA – need videocard with Two DVI outputs

Overclocking: No – Only because I feel that it will shorten life span of computer, not worth the benefit of marginally faster computer. Is this an accurate concern?

SLI or Crossfire: If going w/ NVIDIA, SLI capability would be a nice to have, but not for now.

Monitor Resolution: Currently 1680x1050 on Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW – About to get second monitor for dualscreen setup. (Will acquire on my own / outside of this quote)

Additional Comments: This is my first build in seven years. My current computer, AMD Athlon XP 2500 with Asus A78N8X Deluxe and 2.5GB of OCZ DDR2 Ram has lasted me well, but seems to be getting sluggish (despite a recent reformat) and seems to easily overheat & powerdown if I have too many videos/flash applications going at once.

I’d like to put together something that lasts for years to come. With the new Sandy Bridge cpu/mb and all the great reviews, seems to make sense to go the 2500k route with the P8P67 Pro… Now I just need to figure out the rest. Below are the components for the build I selected, please let me know what your thoughts are and if there are areas for improvement? Also, Asus has a Qualified Vendor List of memory for their motherboard. There's a Corsair XMS3 8gb (2x4gb) bundle I was eyeing, but this model number isn’t in the QVL. Would everyone recommend just sticking with one in their QVL?

The memory in my build is, CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 – (2 x 4gb) – The only corsair 1600 RAM in the Asus QVL is a kit that’s (4 x 2gb) – I’d like 8gb and figure it’s better to leave 2 of the slots free incase someday down the road I needed to add more. If your recommendation is to go with one on the QVL, there’s a G SKILL (2 x 4gb) kit, but I’m not really familiar with that brand. – Also, this kit I selected (corsair) is part of a newegg combo.

Also, presently I have a 300gb Western Digital SATA2 drive in my computer. It has 16mb of cache and has been very reliable, though a few years old already. Would putting this in the new computer be a bad idea as a scratch disk/backup? (Meaning, would this slow the rest of the machine down?) – Does Photoshop CS5 need a scratch disk? – Lastly, are my new build specs overkill? Would a ~$500-600 prebuilt be a better fir for me? Your help is really appreciated, thanks!

The following are the items I've added to my cart. I'm unsure if this is the best GTS450 card to use or maybe I want to go to a GTX? Also, would an Antec power supply do better than the Corsair? Lastly, RAM recommendation would really help if you think I may have a problem with the Corsair memory.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $19.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.95 (plus MIR)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $69.99

MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $124.99 (plus $15MIR)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - $99.99

COMBO 1: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - $184.98 for Combo (plus $20 MIR)

COMBO 1: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

COMBO 2: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K -$394.98 for Combo

COMBO 2: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Total is $954.87, minus $45 MIR = $909.87 (+ small S/H)
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  1. Looking at the Asus QVL- I could swap the ram to this one below. It will also save me $5 from going with the combo. I'm not familiar w/ G.SKILL and can't say I love the look of the "Red Teeth", but then again, it's sitting inside the case.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

    Any thoughts?
  2. No suggestions? Is this a good build? Should do you think of the video card? Is my 650W PSU too much power for what I'm putting inside? I'm about the pull the trigger, but would really appreciate a review as I want to be sure everything is compatible. Thanks!
  3. ^ No Overclocking, then why spend extra on the K series ?
    Also check this combo
    Core i5 2500 + Intel BOXDH67CL LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 + Free game
    Note that the above board wont offer much in terms of overclocking features, but as you said you wont overclock, it wont matter,...
    And frankly for your usage, I dont think SLI would be of any good use, as a single powerful card would suffice for such games,...

    RAM - That 8GB kit is a good one,...

    GPU - The GTS 450 is not in the official support list for CUDA with Premiere, though you can hack it to support though,...
    Or get a more powerful card like the GTX 470, would last you long and is on the official support list,...

    HDD - Cheaper here
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