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Sandy Bridge System for Photography/DVR

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January 13, 2011 1:43:10 AM

I'm building the following system, looking for comments/advice (though I'm a bit late as I've placed the order already!)

Approximate Purchase Date: arrives tomorrow, 13Jan11

Budget Range: under 2k$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: managing 50K+ photo library and DVR

Monitor Resolution: 1200x1920, 1920x1200, 1280x1024 (for TV)


CPU Intel 2600K
MB Asus P8P67 Pro
Cooler Coolermaster 212+
GPU-1 EVGA Overclocked 460 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU-2 EVGA GEforce 6200 (for TV, now discontinued!?)
Mem 4Gx2 Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TV Hauppauge HVR-2250
Blu-ray Liteon http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD-1 Crucial 128G SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD-2 WD 2TB Black Caviar
Case CoolerMaster 690II http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PS Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyway, that's it. I think everything should work, but if you notice any problems, let me know.

Total build price, including 30 BR disks for 34$ was right at $1850
January 13, 2011 1:58:23 AM

^ Nice parts,... I dont see any glaring issues,...
The only thing that you could have dont different is that you could have got the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
which save about ~$65 and with that cash, could have got a small SSD as a separate scratch disk,...
January 13, 2011 12:57:20 PM

Thanks for taking the time to look and for the feedback. Fwiw, the SDD I got was on sale for $244 and is SATA 6 capable (which may or may not mean anything for an SSD; it doesn't for a regular HDD.)
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January 14, 2011 1:57:01 AM

^ For SSDs, SATA 6GB/s would be beneficial especially that Crucial SSD, so its fine,... Also it is a very good SSD so no issues,...
January 14, 2011 12:59:17 PM

Ok, first post late last night. No real problems, installed all the patches and then ...

Now the system hangs at boot time, displaying the Welcome screen for 30+ seconds.

Any ideas why? The only result I've found is to set the background to an image vs a solid color; well, mine is already set to an image, plus that's an old bug.

thanks for any ideas!
January 14, 2011 2:23:16 PM

Actually, the hang was for almost 2 minutes.

Anyway, I had booted w/the 6200, just to start things w/the more simple config.

I removed the 6200 and installed the 460 and the hang is now gone.

We'll see what happens when they are both installed.
January 16, 2011 5:50:58 AM

^ 6200 ? Geforce 6200 ? I guess it has to do with the graphic card itself or the drivers,...
January 16, 2011 6:41:14 AM

gkay09 said:
^ 6200 ? Geforce 6200 ? I guess it has to do with the graphic card itself or the drivers,...


Um, yeah.

Once I put in the 460 things have been fine; too busy too post an update! :-)
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