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February 2, 2011 11:11:27 AM

I am building a system for my father-in-law who has given me a bit of freedom to build him a unit that will last for awhile. He does some Adobe CS5 work and NO gaming at all. I am trying to get the best unit for the budget allowed. Does anyone see any issues or have suggestions on the components i've chosen so far. Or did I miss something?I have been using this site for reference and love the camaraderie that goes on. Hopefully I can contribute in the future.

Thanks in advance.

All parts are being ordered through NewEgg.


OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Left Angle W/ Metal Latch, Black, Backward Compatible 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps
Item #: N82E16812123282



LIAN LI PC-7FN Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112249


Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136456



ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814121424



PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S950 950W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817703028



Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339
Item #: N82E16820148347



ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131665



Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758


Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
Item #: N82E16832116856



LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106346


Verbatim 25GB 2X BD-R LTH Single Jewel Case Disc (use w/LTH Compat Drive) 96569 - OEM
Item #: N82E16817130069


Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148362

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211

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February 2, 2011 11:39:37 AM

Hello powermac867;

A few tweaks and you'll be set to go.
That PSU is MASSIVE overkill in a non-gaming system. And you've included a gaming graphics card.
Also you've picked a dual channel RAM kit for a triple channel motherboard.

OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable not required. There are two 6GB/s data cables in the Sabertooth accessory pack - the ones with the white clip.

Im going to suggest a LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum Mid Tower Case $140 for it's USB 3.0 front ports. Same price, but the shipping is double the cost for some reason.




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February 2, 2011 12:25:43 PM

A nice little run cool / run quiet option would be an after market CPU cooler like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $30. The stock intel HSF is certainly adequate but this will give you an option to push the CPU a bit faster without raising extra CPU heat or fan noise.

OK - that GTX 560 Ti will do an excellent job of bashing through any number of games. But it will also pull it's weight in Photoshop and Premiere processing. That Asus model got good reviews, it's quiet enough to not stand out during a work session and it's power consumption / heat output is nothing the rest of the system can't easily handle.
You can expect idle power loads on the system to be about 180 watts and maybe 280-300 watts under load.


It's going to be a really nice system. Let us know how things turn out.
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February 2, 2011 12:59:07 PM

OK I modified the cart a bit thanks to WR2. The modified changes are in bold

Hopefully these are favorable changes..

LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112099



Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136456


ASUS ENGTX460 DIRECTCU/G/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814121396



PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S950 950W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817703028


CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX12GX3M3A1333C9
Item #: N82E16820145332



ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131665


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758

Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
Item #: N82E16832116856


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065



LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106346



Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148362

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211
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February 2, 2011 1:24:21 PM

PC Power & Cooling Silencer MkII 950W PSU Review @ HardOCP they passed the PSU but weren't especially thrilled with the unit.
And the reviewers over @ PC Perspective felt the same way.

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W Modular PSU did much better at HardOCP.
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W PSU $95

Here is what a top-rated PSU looks like from the HardOCP perspective: Seasonic X-Series: X-560 Power Supply Review
Seasonic SS-560K 560W 80Plus Gold Modular Power Supply $121
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February 2, 2011 1:33:19 PM

I guess I should add that my father-in-law likes and wants the PC Power and Cooling Power Supply because of electrical reasons I don't understand. He picked that one out.

Thanks anyway for the info. I will post pictures and specs if I can..
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February 2, 2011 1:40:43 PM

Here is a review that shows power consumption with a 3.33GHz Core i7-975 Extreme Edition and GTX 460. (its a GTX 560 Ti review but also includes a GTX 460).
It was showing 133W @ idle and 298W @ full load. I had estimated a bit extra at idle for the 12GB RAM, SSD and extra items you're including. 180W @ idle and 300W @ load would be pretty accurate IMO.
A measured 300W load at the wall socket in a 80% efficient PSU means the DC draw of the system is 240W DC. The PSUs you're looking at do better than 80% efficiency, which is why a ~600W PSU has beau coup power for that system.
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February 2, 2011 1:43:06 PM

Let him peruse the HardOCP reviews if he's interested in doing the 'due diligence' study of new technology. He'll probably understand the reviews better than either of us would do.
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February 2, 2011 1:48:50 PM

Cool. I will pass it along.. Thanks you ROCK!!!!
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