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First time build (thoughts/ feedback)

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October 11, 2011 4:29:41 AM

Hey guys, so this is my first and very long awaited for build and was just hoping to get some feedback on it. im going to be gaming on this and doing a lot of photoshop, video editing and music edits along with overclocking it too.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k

Cooling: Cosair H60

Case: Cooler Master HAF X

Mobo: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z ROG mATX

Ram: Corsair Vengence 8 GB (2x4) DDR3- 1600MHz, dual channel

GPU: XFX HD 6950 2 GB (going to OC this and unlock the additional shader units so this really is going to be a 6970)

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750, 750W

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 60 GB

HHD: 2x 300 GB velociraptors 10000 RPM (getting these for free from work :D )

WD 2 TB Caviar Green
DVD: Samsung DVD writer SH0222AB

the only thing im not sure yet is how to install the OS and my applications.
should i do 1)
use the intel smart response set up and run one of the velociraptors using the SSD as a cache of frequently used OS, application and data files for quick access

or 2?)
just put the OS and programs on the SSD on its own

once again any feedback is much appreciated and if someone could help me out with my HD arrangement dilemma that would be very helpful

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October 11, 2011 7:24:56 AM

You should be using a Sata III SSD. Crucial M4 64Gb would fit the bill. But the SataII will still beat the crap out of a HDD as well.

You should install your OS and apps on the SSD. Games you can probably put on the raptors, or on the SSD if they fit.

If you do a lot of editing and encoding of video, you should consider i7 2600k instead. It will give you improved performance.

October 11, 2011 2:34:45 PM

thanks rvilkman i would of def missed the SATA III SSD and thanks for the clear up on the HD set up. i was considering teh 2600k but ive already pushed my allowed budget past what it should be so im just going to have to keep the 2500 and OC the hell out of it.
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October 11, 2011 3:13:31 PM

Yup that is understandable. The $100 is a lot of money anyway, i5 2500k rocks pretty nice for me :) 
October 18, 2011 12:03:40 AM

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