Battlefield 3 + Workstation for engineer, $1700 - $2200

I'm building a computer for both work and play for about $1700 - $2200 , not including monitors, speakers, optical drives, keyboard, mouse. Purchasing any day now.

For work, as a software engineer:

Adobe CS5, Eclipse, lots of up/downloading with servers, tons and tons of windows and programs open. No video editing.

For play:

Battlefield 3, Starcraft II, GTA 5 (?!), nearly maxed out settings for all the games. Plus music and movies.


The build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

CPU: Intel i7 2600k $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 $490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Gen 3 $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (x2) $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $198
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

PSU: Corsair TX750 Bronze $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

CPU fan: Zalman Extreme $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118091

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116983

Monitors: dual 27" 1920x1080 HDMI or DVI monitors that I haven't picked out yet.

Grand total: $1,825


The plan:

i7 and GTX 580 cuz I'm smart, a few less than premium choices (PSU, motherboard) cuz I'm cheap.

Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. 1 hard drive dedicated to Ubuntu, work programming, etc. The other hard drive for Windows 7 use. SSD to hold Windows 7, and Photoshop scratch drive. Does that sound like the best dual booting set up with 2 HDDs and 1 SSD?

The Windows 7 Home Premium vs Professional specs lean me to get Home Premium. Are there any huge downsides?

I want my dual monitor setup to be flawless, so is there any issue with my pick of GPU and motherboard working with dual 27" 1920x1080 monitors? Suggestions on specific monitors?


Thank you all. I appreciate your time and knowledge!

Andirk
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  1. andirk said:
    I'm building a computer for both work and play for about $1700 - $2200 , not including monitors, speakers, optical drives, keyboard, mouse. Purchasing any day now.

    For work, as a software engineer:

    Adobe CS5, Eclipse, lots of up/downloading with servers, tons and tons of windows and programs open. No video editing.

    For play:

    Battlefield 3, Starcraft II, GTA 5 (?!), nearly maxed out settings for all the games. Plus music and movies.


    The build:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    CPU: Intel i7 2600k $315
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 $490
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Gen 3 $200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) $52
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (x2) $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $198
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    PSU: Corsair TX750 Bronze $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    CPU fan: Zalman Extreme $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118091

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116983

    Monitors: dual 27" 1920x1080 HDMI or DVI monitors that I haven't picked out yet.

    Grand total: $1,825


    The plan:

    i7 and GTX 580 cuz I'm smart, a few less than premium choices (PSU, motherboard) cuz I'm cheap.

    Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. 1 hard drive dedicated to Ubuntu, work programming, etc. The other hard drive for Windows 7 use. SSD to hold Windows 7, and Photoshop scratch drive. Does that sound like the best dual booting set up with 2 HDDs and 1 SSD?

    The Windows 7 Home Premium vs Professional specs lean me to get Home Premium. Are there any huge downsides?

    I want my dual monitor setup to be flawless, so is there any issue with my pick of GPU and motherboard working with dual 27" 1920x1080 monitors? Suggestions on specific monitors?


    Thank you all. I appreciate your time and knowledge!

    Andirk

    for 40$ more you can sli those 580's in the future- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028&Tpk=pc%20power%20and%20cooling%20950w (worth it)

    for 6$ more you can get the best cpu cooler on the market- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=noctua%20nh-d14 (worth it)
  2. Quote:
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) $52
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

    You might be in one of those rare situations where 16GB of RAM actually helps.
  3. SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    --$129.99 after coupon code

    Super sweet deal on a top rated PSU. Found through techbargains.com on newegg.
  4. 16 gigs of RAM and ability to sli that 580 for future proofing. ALSO, I suggest you wait a few days for bulldozer to come out as it has 8 physical cores rather than 8 logical cores and SHOULD (theortically) be better than i7 2600k. Also, switching to AMD would give you future CPU upgrade options while with the intel i7, you'd be limited at what you buy then which will be outdated in about 2 years.
  5. whens bulldover out?
  6. supposed...
  7. i was simply mentioning how long its been put off
  8. For all my general AMD Bulldozer information, I have found a wealth of information at http://lmgtfy.com/?q=amd+bulldozer

    And as far as builds, my discussion topic is about how THESE parts work together within a certain price point. I am definitely going i7 + GTX 580, and I'm looking for specific suggestions on the build I have created above.

    Yes, I am skimping on PSU and halving the RAM, and I will take into consideration enhancing those picks. Thank you for those suggestions.
  9. OK, so a good PSU is definitely necessary from what you guys are saying. but WHY?! I don't understand. I just want one that will last me about a year or 2 before I go SLI and get a better one to feed my two graphics cards!! Thanks
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