First Build Going With Sandy Bridge

im going to be building my first pc i decided to wait for sandy bridge and now its here so time to get looking for opinions on my build based off what i need it for ask as many questions as you want

i would like to spend between 1500-1600 usd of course less would be ideal

i will be using the computer for basic photoshop and video editing along with basic pc and internet tasks,bittorrent download and all types of multimedia stuff..i will not be overclocking atleast for awhile i wont be so no matter what processor i get i might want to get the k version just to leave my options open

this is what im looking at right now

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

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

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

so the things that i keep going back and forth on

do i really need the i7-2600K or can i get away with the i5-2500k and be good for years to come

i know new ssds are coming out but really cant wait so do i go with the one i have above or this one OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ram do i stick with 4gb or will i notice any realistic benefit to 8gb

power supply good choice?

video card go better or good enough for my use?

i have some other questions but will leave that till after i start getting a few answers on this stuff

all opinions will be greatly appreciated
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  1. PSU = Good
    I personally would go with I5 2500K
    GPU is fine for your needs but photoshop favors nvidia cards.
  2. Get the I7 sand all the way....
  3. If you're using CS 5 you really want to get an Nvidia card. CS 5 includes a lot of hardware accelerated features that only run on Nvidia cards. Here's an article on CS 5's GPU acceleration, 64-bit, and multi-core compatibilities, highly recommended read for anyone building a system for CS 5 usage.
  4. thanks for opinions so far

    as i said im looking at getting this case LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62

    bu ti want better quality fans plus ones with no leds so i want to replace them right away i would like to get 3 120mm fans to replace the 140mm fans just cause the 120's are more widely available more out there more options

    i was told to get this so i can do that

    now how exactly does this kind of adapter work do i connect it to the fan or do i connect it to the fan holes in the this the right adapter for what i want to do cause i saw others while searching

    one more thing im also debating getting this side panel to add more cooling..if i add these fans should i make them exhaust or intake?

    besides answering these questions i still would love to hear more opinions about my original post thanks alot all

    sorry about so many questions but as i said first build so want to make sure i got everything covered
  5. On the fan adapter the inner holes for the fan and the outer to the case! I personally think that you do not need more fans but if you do just make sure you have a balance between in and out, just remember that you count the PSU as out.
  6. rolli59 said:
    On the fan adapter the inner holes for the fan and the outer to the case! I personally think that you do not need more fans but if you do just make sure you have a balance between in and out, just remember that you count the PSU as out.

    yea im not def going to do the sidepanel with more fans i will probably only do that if i run into probs with temps

    that adapter is the right kind right for what i want to do?
  7. Yes the adapter is to fit a 120mm fan on mounting holes for 140mm fan or vice versa!
  8. rolli59 said:
    Yes the adapter is to fit a 120mm fan on mounting holes for 140mm fan or vice versa!


    another thing ive been seeing with this case is sometimes cables arent long enough depending on motherboard or what not for the price that extension cables are it seems like i should just get a few just in case

    this is one review "My only concern was the length of my PSU power cable. Due to the height of the case, I had to attach an extension cable so it can reach the motherboard. "

    so i would like to get extension cables for the psu and all the fans just in case there needed..can you or someone recommend or show me what exactly i would need
  9. I do not think you need any cable extensions with this PSU all the cables are over 500mm long and the case is 496mm tall.
  10. This is now my base $1500 CS5 (Ya want CUDA here and that's a nVidia thing) build:

    Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
    Case Fan - Later - CM Red 200 mm
    PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $350 - GTX 570 SC
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm
    SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
    OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM

    If peeps no likie the 922, the DF-35 is recommended


    The Seasonic is a great PSU but the black is its equal, has 200 more watts, is $30 cheaper and can power twin 570's in SLI should you wanna add one later.

    Monitor - $190 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED
  11. once again sorry for all the questions..with the case/motherboard/psu would i need any fan adapter for 3 pin to 4 to get all 4 fans hooked up
  12. I would be surprised if you do not get any with the case but it would not hurt to get couple of molex to fan adapters just in case. (for some reason I found about 8 or 10 the other day when I was playing with some old stuff, must have gotten them with cases and other hardware through the years)
  13. so now after reading some posts on various forums im thinking maybe of going with the i5 2500 or k version do you think this will be adequate i wont be gaming i will be doing basic photo editing basic video encoding and converting

    also since im not gaming and will just really be doing the above and other basic tasks i think im going to go with a downgrade on video card also i was looking at this
  14. This is where I can confused. I have similar needs. Video editing with FAST encoding mostly using VideoStudio, standard web/email stuff, multimedia, an occasional VMware virtual machine, very limited if any gaming.

    Is SB good enough or is there still some benefit of having a dedicated GPU/graphics card?
  15. There is a benefit having a dedicated card, it frees up system memory and works faster with encoding because of low latency on the Vram.
  16. I see. So if you have a SB and a dedicated graphics card, can you have both of them work together to speed up encoding or is one or the other?
  17. One or the other!
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