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I7 2600k 560gigabyte newbuilt system for cs5 use and occasionnally gaming

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April 21, 2011 12:00:03 PM

Hi guys, I'm looking to change my camputer i have about 2100$ (hope i ll not spend all of it). I was going to buy the i7 950 until the new sandy bridge architecture came out.
the main use will be cs5 photophop premiere aftereffects and occasionally gaming.
now i have a couple of questions about the built in graphics chip and the system i ve chosen so far efficiency:
i7 2600K
Asus P8P67-DELUXE-B3
Zalman Ventirad CNPS 10X Extreme
RAM??? i was going for Kit Dual Channel DDR3, 4 x 4 Go, PC3-12800, CAS 9. is it compatible?are all 16gb necessary ? or is there any better price performance choice?
GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC, 1 Go, Gigabyte 1024 Mo GDDR5
SSD OCZ Vertex 2, 120 Go, SATA II
2 HDD Caviar Black, 500 Go, 32 Mo, 7200 tpm, SATA III WESTERN DIGITAL for RAID 0
Corsair HX750W or HX 650 W Power Supply
NZXT Phantom Full Tower Computer Case

we are two guys lookin forward for your advice
(we ll buy two of these incredible machines) thanks for your help
April 21, 2011 6:57:03 PM

8GB of RAM is all that is needed: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB for $70 after rebate. You can always upgrade easily if you need more an a couple of years.

Replace the GTX 560Ti with a HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 for $180 after rebate., an XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB for $210 or you could upgrade to this HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB for $253. These selections are from today's Tom's article, Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2011. If staying with a single card, I would be inclined to go for the 2GB upgrade, and select the 650 Watt power supply.

Also, unless you are going to upgrade to multiple graphics cards, you do not really need the deluxe motherboard. Just get the regular version and save $75: A$US P8P67 for $155.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD is on sale for $5 less than the WD caviar black 500 GB model: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB for $55. At twice the size and almost as fast, for $5 less, this is a good deal.
April 21, 2011 7:46:44 PM

4GB of ram is enough for gaming. I'd suggest no more than 8GB.

Eloric's suggestions are good.

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April 21, 2011 7:50:49 PM

Also, stick with the NVidea cards for photoshop and premiere pro. 560 Ti is a good choice
April 21, 2011 8:04:09 PM

If your primary use is CS5 and you will be editing RAW files go for the 16G of RAM, you will notice the difference.
4G of RAM with a primary use of CS5 editing RAW files? :pt1cable:  ? have fun with that...
April 21, 2011 8:59:48 PM

fisrt of all:
Thank you everyone for your help.
about the HDD and the MB i will follow your excellent suggestions
but i ll probably stick on the nvidia because of the cuda
about the ram i need your advice.
i was initially going for 8gb ram (to see first if it fits or not then buy later and cheaper if i needed to) but many cs5 users told me i ll need the 16gb ram.
to me it was not a problem when i first chose the i7 950 + Asus rampage III GENE MB i could put 4gb then add 4other and so on when needed.
but since i went for the Asus P8P67-DELUXE-B3 i read it was ONLY dual channel !(what is that?)
so i hope i didn't get it wrong
is the meaning of that :
1) i only can put DDR3 stick by two ? 4Gb+4Gb or 2*4Gb+2*4Gb......(so i can't get 12Gb )
2) there is only two slots for DDR3 RAM so i have to look for 8Gb sticks (i don't even think it exists)
thanks once more
April 21, 2011 10:12:14 PM

All the full size ATX Sandy-bridge motherboards have 4 memory slots that typically hold up to 32 GB, even though 8 GB sticks are not sold at the moment. Also, they are all Dual Channel, which means that memory is installed in pairs. If you really wanted 12 GB, then you could install 4 3GB sticks of RAM. 8 or 16 GB seems to be a more realistic option, using 4 GB sticks.

April 21, 2011 11:46:59 PM

you guys are lucky , price are very intresting in the us ;) 
though it looks to me like this new build will not be disappointing.
i am glad i came here ! thank you

merci beaucoup!
April 22, 2011 12:36:33 PM

:hello: 
eloric said:
8GB of RAM is all that is needed: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB for $70 after rebate. You can always upgrade easily if you need more an a couple of years.

Replace the GTX 560Ti with a HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 for $180 after rebate., an XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB for $210 or you could upgrade to this HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB for $253. These selections are from today's Tom's article, Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2011. If staying with a single card, I would be inclined to go for the 2GB upgrade, and select the 650 Watt power supply.

Also, unless you are going to upgrade to multiple graphics cards, you do not really need the deluxe motherboard. Just get the regular version and save $75: A$US P8P67 for $155.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD is on sale for $5 less than the WD caviar black 500 GB model: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB for $55. At twice the size and almost as fast, for $5 less, this is a good deal.


your advice were great
i still have some questions
i am planning to upgread the graphic card if needed in 2 or 3 years and probably make an OC.
do you think changing the MB has absolutely no consequence on the global system efficency?
and does saving 80$ worth these differences ?
thanks again
April 22, 2011 6:39:07 PM

The deluxe motherboard has better chipset heat sinks, better power conditioning and more features for overclocking. These features are important if you are trying to get an extreme overclock - if you were an enthusiast who wanted to stress their system to the maximum possible and post their results to HWBOT, then I would recommend the more expensive board.

But since that is not one of your primary goals, the less expensive motherboard still has the UEFI bios, and plenty of capability to overclock. The total difference between the two systems is probably less than 5 percent, which is hardly relevant.
April 25, 2011 10:52:42 AM


ok perfect ! this is valuable informations
i am learning a lot, and it's exciting to get closer and closer to this final new built (it ll be the most powerfull computer i ever had)
thank you really,
here some links to the prices in france

http://www.clubic.com/shopping-619782-3-intel-core-i7-2...
http://www.clubic.com/shopping-625313-3-gigabyte-gv-n56...
about the MB and the ram,thanks to you i know i ll not overspend but i am still lost thor the choice there are so many i don't know which to take
http://www.clubic.com/comparer-prix/comparaison-ripjaws...
http://www.clubic.com/comparer-prix/comparaison-p8p67/
http://www.clubic.com/comparer-prix/comparaison-gigabyt...

about the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ i read a lot about reliability issues
i want two reliable hhd for a RAID1

about ssd a friend told me to take an Intel 320 120GB
http://www.clubic.com/shopping-637557-3-disques-durs/in...
because the SSD OCZ Vertex 2, 120 Go, SATA II has quality issues
http://www.clubic.com/shopping-576638-3-ocz-vertex-2-se...
about the case...you re so lucky guys you can have it for 126$ (less than 87€) ain't that crazy? take a look
http://www.clubic.com/shopping-572544-3-nzxt-phantom-no...
http://www.clubic.com/shopping-434636-3-corsair-cmpsu-7...
http://www.clubic.com/shopping-454548-3-corsair-cmpsu-6...

you have the best prices here in france and you have to add 30 to 100$ for the delivery
i definitely have to move to the us someday!

:thumbsup:
April 25, 2011 11:48:41 AM


Do not worry about the RAM manufacturer so much as the speed and the price. 1333 Mhz will give you plenty of performance for the best price.

For Motherboards, here is the final list of selections:
Asus P8P67 Rev 3.0, Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 or GA-P67A-UD3P-B3

I would get the Asus because of the UEFI interface, but any of these are fine for what you want to do.

Samsung hard drives do not have as many quality issues as customer service issues. They prefer not to offer too much support on their bare OEM drives. If you wish to have increased reliability, then there are models that are built more like the enterprise cousins:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB

Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB

As usual, Western Digital is more expensive - 40 percent in this case.

Intel SSD's are not as fast, but they certainly have the brand name behind them. I paid too much for mine, also.

Cooler Master and Antec both make quality cases, if you want to comparison shop. The Cooler Master HAF 922 or HAF 932 are good cases. The Antec DF 35, DF 85 or 1200 V3 also build out well. I threw in a couple of Mid tower cases into that list because they are decent size and will hold all your components.



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April 30, 2011 7:22:35 PM

the joker smiles said:
Hi guys, I'm looking to change my camputer i have about 2100$ (hope i ll not spend all of it). I was going to buy the i7 950 until the new sandy bridge architecture came out.
the main use will be cs5 photophop premiere aftereffects and occasionally gaming.
now i have a couple of questions about the built in graphics chip and the system i ve chosen so far efficiency:
i7 2600K
Asus P8P67-DELUXE-B3
Zalman Ventirad CNPS 10X Extreme
RAM??? i was going for Kit Dual Channel DDR3, 4 x 4 Go, PC3-12800, CAS 9. is it compatible?are all 16gb necessary ? or is there any better price performance choice?
GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC, 1 Go, Gigabyte 1024 Mo GDDR5
SSD OCZ Vertex 2, 120 Go, SATA II
2 HDD Caviar Black, 500 Go, 32 Mo, 7200 tpm, SATA III WESTERN DIGITAL for RAID 0
Corsair HX750W or HX 650 W Power Supply
NZXT Phantom Full Tower Computer Case

we are two guys lookin forward for your advice
(we ll buy two of these incredible machines) thanks for your help



It is a nice computer!... but If you are going to use Premiere and After effects i think you can improve a bit your setup:

You can add a couple of disk for a second Raid 0, then you can use the first Raid 0 for the media and the second Raid 0 for exports, pagefile, previews... http://forums.adobe.com/thread/662972
16GB of RAM would be useful too.

If you need to save money i would drop first the SSD and i would take an HHD as i consider more important my first advices. What do you think?
Sorry about my english!
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