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January 10, 2011 8:16:50 PM

im going to be building my first pc i decided to wait for sandy bridge and now its here so time to get serious..im 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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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2011 8:23:08 PM

PSU = Good
I personally would go with I5 2500K
GPU is fine for your needs but photoshop favors nvidia cards.
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January 10, 2011 8:39:13 PM

Get the I7 sand all the way....
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January 10, 2011 8:45:37 PM

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.
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January 10, 2011 11:50:28 PM

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 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9004/duc-49/Bitspower...

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 case..is 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? http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

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
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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2011 12:13:43 AM

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.
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January 11, 2011 12:55:04 AM

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?
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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2011 1:01:28 AM

Yes the adapter is to fit a 120mm fan on mounting holes for 140mm fan or vice versa!
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January 11, 2011 1:05:05 AM

rolli59 said:
Yes the adapter is to fit a 120mm fan on mounting holes for 140mm fan or vice versa!


thanks

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
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2011 1:22:54 AM

This is now my base $1500 CS5 (Ya want CUDA here and that's a nVidia thing) build:

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $350 - GTX 570 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

$1516

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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 11, 2011 1:23:23 AM

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
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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2011 1:33:06 AM

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)
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January 11, 2011 9:03:36 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 11, 2011 10:29:56 PM

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?
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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2011 11:02:01 PM

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.
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January 11, 2011 11:44:17 PM

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?
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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2011 11:45:04 PM

One or the other!
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