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First build need some advice

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January 15, 2011 7:16:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: About a month


Budget Range: $1750-$2750


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Gaming, Surfing, email

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer Newegg

Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Intel


Overclocking: Nope


SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what that means


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: This is my first time building a computer and I was wondering if all these parts i'm thinking about buying are compatible. A question that I have is what PSU do I buy I'm totally lost.


Here's the parts:

Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970: $899.99

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card: $529.99

EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: $259.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case: $139.99

CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G: $179.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive: $99.99

Thanks for suggestions in advance.

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January 15, 2011 9:31:18 PM

Go for a Sandy Bridge i7 2600K.
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January 16, 2011 3:20:22 AM

"SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what that means"

Do you ever plan on using more than one GeForce GTX 580 graphics card (SLI mode) at a time in this system?

This information is required to determine the capacity of the power supply unit that is required to properly power the system.
January 16, 2011 6:02:09 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=100 <--- SB cpu review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i... <--- SB cpu review

The case down below has two SATA 3.0 ports...which are handy seeing how the mobo has them also. This Sandy Bridge 2600 cpu down below has hyper threading.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 FREE SHIPPING $20 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ26, ends 1/17
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $414.98
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ84, ends 1/17
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $529.99
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

Total $1,494.92 *not including rebates, promo codes, shipping, etc..
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