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My first build! I would love advice/opinions!

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January 27, 2011 6:15:52 PM

Hi! I know nothing about computers so that is why I decided to take on the task of building my own. Also, I am so tired of working on terrible computers that can not handle the work that I need to do. I figure if I build my own I will know how to upgrade if I ever need more functionality! If you could please give me any advice or opinions on my choices that would be great:) 

I also am having trouble finding out the wattage for some of the parts so I just guessed at the wattage needed for my power supply. If it is too little or too much, please let me know.

The system as is equals to about $1,485.89



Functionality
Needs to handle multiple browsers and several programs like Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, and Dreamweaver 8 running at the same time.

Programs Used
Photoshop CS5
Illustrator CS5
InDesign CS5
Dreamweaver 8
Winamp (music)
Video Editing Software
Microsoft Office 2007

Hardware
Tower: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
Motherboard : ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail - BX80601930
Memory : CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP8GX3M2A1600C9
Graphics Card: MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Sound Card: Already in motherboard
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WDBAAY0010HNC-NRSN 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
CD/DVD Rom : LITE-ON 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 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
Power Supply : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Internal Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps Download Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant/ Vista/ Win7
Monitor : ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
January 27, 2011 6:32:34 PM

Welcome first of all.
I'm going to ask that next time you post like this, please do list the specifications with the link next to it rather than a hyperlink.

Thank you.


Okay, let's have a look. Will update this post in some minutes.
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January 27, 2011 6:40:15 PM

A couple of things I would change. First is the Mobo and Processor. Get the i5-2500k and a 1155 motherboard from Asus. The 2500k is faster and cheaper. That will save you about $100+ and use that savings to purchase a 128GB SSD for your operating system and programs. If you change to this, then the memory will be fine. if you are not overclocking though, 1333 would be adequate for your needs and a little cheaper.

The power supply you chose is great although I wondered why you linked it on the canadian site. Another option, instead of an SSD would be a second monitor. If you are going to do that much multitasking, 2 monitors will be a HUGE help.
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January 27, 2011 6:43:08 PM

Perhaps for your needs, you could go for the i7-980X (crazy price X6) or the AMD Thuban processors (hexa-core).
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January 27, 2011 8:01:09 PM

Rosewill is a "Bargain brand" and not something I would ever put in a build.

You'r pairing a 1366 MoBo with RAM for an 1156/1155 socket

At present time, a 950 is almost same price as 930

"Green" = slow

That's an older design monitor , get the LED version for same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You will undoubtedly get recommendations to switch to Sandy Bridge build, and if the goal is gaming, I'd echo that advice. However,with your listed programs, other than getting a CUDA capable card and very fast storage (SSD + HD suggested), I just haven't seen enough tests on SB with all of the programs on ya list to recommend strongly one way or the other.

For a SB build, I'd do this:

Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $90 - Antec TP-650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $80 - 2 x (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $200 - 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 - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $35 AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cost $1,528 w/o any combo discounts
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January 27, 2011 8:12:14 PM

If ya wanna go 1366, this would be my build

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - 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 - $200 - Asus Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950 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 - $170 - 3 x 4GB Mushkin CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $70 - Samsung F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cost $1,572 w/o any combo discounts

Note there's a significant case and PSU upgrade here, which I'd have to recomemend dropping another $120 and stepping up to a 570 superclocked. The XFX PSu could handle two of them.

GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 28, 2011 1:52:58 AM

I still feel there is no reason to go with the i7-950. The only "advantage" it has over the 2500k is hyperthreading. The chipset will be dead in 6 months and the motherboards are just as expensive as 1155 and don't offer anything that will be of value to ember as he is not gaming. Clock for clock, the 2500k is more efficient so in single threaded applications it will dominate. In threaded applications, it will at least keep pace with the 950 even if it looses a couple of benchmarks here and there. If you want hyper-threading get the i5-2600k which is only $35 more then the i7-950.

Also I don't see the need for an aftermarket cooler unless he will be overclocking a lot. A "mild" overclock to 4.2-4.5 will work on the stock cooler and he can save the cash.
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