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Machine For Graphic Artist (about to purchase)

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August 2, 2011 7:55:25 PM

Case - Antec 1200 full tower

Motherboard - ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0)

Processor - Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W

GPU - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB (x2)

Optical - LITE-ON DVD Burner

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Going to be running primarily Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quark XPress, goal is to stay under $1300


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August 2, 2011 8:27:10 PM

Azza is not known to make quality power supply. You really can't skimp on your PSU, it's the heart of your system. You don't seem to be doing sli or crossfire so 500-600W is good enough. I'll go with 650W to have more room for future add ons.

Antec Earthwatts 650 $75

Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W $95 -> $80 after MIR

Instead of using 2x 500gb, I would just go for the Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's amazingly fast at a good price.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 $60

I would suggest another case but I don't know your tastes. EVGA is a really reliable brand so no comments about that. G.SKILL RAMS are always good quality. I do recommend at least 1600MHz as Sandy Bridge processors will benefits from that. If you don't plan to overclock, you can put off the aftermarket heatsink. The stock heatsink works well until you push it past 4.0ish. So you will be fine. I do suggest Mugen 2 for $40 over the Hyper 212+ if you can afford it.
August 2, 2011 8:31:15 PM

thanks, do i have to worry about the gpu being over stressed if i have a power supply of 600-700 watts?
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August 4, 2011 7:38:53 PM

with those parts swapped out would it be a decent machine?
August 8, 2011 7:00:09 PM

I was about to purchase

any last thoughts / critiques / concerns