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November 2, 2011 11:54:30 AM

Hi guys,

I'm looking to build a new PC somewhere in the next month, but honestly I really don't know what to buy.
My old PC is really starting to slow down, and can't handle the kind of big images I need to process for my work.
This is my current PC:

Cooler Master Centurion 5
Asus P5K,Retail
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB, SATA II
Be Quiet Straight Power, 550 Watt, Retail
Intel Core 2 Duo,Boxed, E6750, Socket 775 with Scythe Mugen “Infinity”
Team Elite,2048MB, DDR2. PC6400, 800MHz, 2x
Samsung SH-S203B,OEM, Zwart, Serial ATA150
ECS Geforce 8800 GTS, 320 MB, DDR3, PCI Express x16


I built it in 2007, but it's just not good enough anymore. The program that I use mostly is adobe photoshop CS5. Also, I would like it to run games in good quality (high). I read something about SSD drives instead of HDD drives. Would that be a good option to put in my new pc? Can you guys please help me with what kind of hardware would be best for my PC? I would really appreciate it! My budget for a new pc would be around a €1000, which would roughly translate to about $1300 dollars.

Thanks in advance,

Tom
November 2, 2011 12:34:07 PM

keep you case, cd/dvd drive, hard drives, and other accessories.

proc: i5 2500K - $200
mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 $125
ram: 8gb - $50
psu: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W - $100
gpu : 6950 - $250

total: $725 not including shipping
add another $100 if you need an os

SSD's are, in my opinion, not worth the cost. They're just too small. After loading programs like Adobe CS5 and games that take up about 9Gb a piece, its gonna fill up fast.
November 2, 2011 12:46:20 PM

Thanks for your reply!
But wouldn't it be worth the mony to have only my OS and Photoshop on an SSD? Since those are the two things I would like to have running really fast.
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November 2, 2011 1:16:38 PM

CS5 / Graphics design leans heavily to nVidia because of CUDA enabled applications that are used in this arena. I'd suggest a 900 Mhz 560 Ti unlocked for CUDA as per the 2nd link below

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....

No real reason you need Z68 as your needs and configuration won't see any real benefit but if ya leaning that way, I'd get a GEN 3 board like this one w/ minimum 3 year warranty and a 2600k. The games won't benefit from it but teh CS5 and other graphics apps will.

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Corsair low profile Vengeance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

120/128 GB SSD - Vertex 3, 4 or Intel 510

HD - The floods in Thailand have raised the cost $100 in the past week but a 2 or 3 TB Seagate Barracuda XT is what I'd use for video.

And yes, the OS and CS5 should reside on the SSD as well as any 'scratch" or temp files.
November 2, 2011 11:30:39 PM

Thanks for your response! I'm not going to use it for video editing, so I am not going to need a lot of space on my hard drives.

Ok so what I've decided on after much deliberation and reading tons of reviews is this:

Power: XFX XXX edition 750W
Graphic cards: 2x Sapphire Radeon HD6950
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K Boxed
Motherboard: Asrock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
SSD drive: Crucial 128GB m4
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 gb
Case: Corsair 500R

For a 2nd hard drive I think I'm going to use my old 'Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB, SATA II 0', since prices after the flood in Thailand have gone up dramatically. Is that going to form a bottleneck in my system?

So what do you think? Is this a good setup, or would you change some things?
November 3, 2011 10:23:51 AM

Oh, and would it be smart to put my old scythe mugen infinity in my new PC, or is the standard boxed cpu cooler that comes with the 2600k better?
November 4, 2011 1:48:29 PM

Also, I'm thinking about buying two of these: Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (res. 1920x1080)
Would those monitors slow my system down in any way?

Also, comments/suggestions on my future set up would be greatly appreiciated!!
November 4, 2011 10:55:39 PM

The Centurion 5 is NOT a good case, I owned one and it fell apart on me. I'd go for the HAF 912, or in the same price range maybe the Antec 300 Illusion, or maybe the NZXT Source 210.
November 5, 2011 12:34:55 AM

The case you chose, 500R is a solid case, defiantly go with that. I don't know that you should get the Extreme4 P67 Gen3, I think going with the Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 will save you money and still give you similar performance. As for the PSU, I say go with this LEPA just to have more power at a similar price and still modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for everything else, looks good.

Just keep your hard drives until the Thailand situation is sorted. Prices have nearly doubled.

As for a heatsink, I suggest either the Hyper 212+ or the Hyper 212 Evo, mainly since the Scythe Mugen Infinity doesn't have the brackets for the 1155/1156 boards. Also since the Mugen (I) doesn't really have reviews on even the first gen i7's to get a base off of how they'll perform.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
November 5, 2011 3:29:53 AM

aznshinobi said:
The case you chose, 500R is a solid case, defiantly go with that. I don't know that you should get the Extreme4 P67 Gen3, I think going with the Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 will save you money and still give you similar performance. As for the PSU, I say go with this LEPA just to have more power at a similar price and still modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for everything else, looks good.

Just keep your hard drives until the Thailand situation is sorted. Prices have nearly doubled.

As for a heatsink, I suggest either the Hyper 212+ or the Hyper 212 Evo, mainly since the Scythe Mugen Infinity doesn't have the brackets for the 1155/1156 boards. Also since the Mugen (I) doesn't really have reviews on even the first gen i7's to get a base off of how they'll perform.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...


The Hyper 212 is great, but for a couple other suggestions I recommend the Corsair A70 and the EVGA M020.
November 5, 2011 4:09:33 AM

^ Actually instead of the A70 or the EVGA M020 (Great coolers btw) The Hyper 612 is also a solid competitor.
November 5, 2011 5:59:49 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ Actually instead of the A70 or the EVGA M020 (Great coolers btw) The Hyper 612 is also a solid competitor.


I think the 612's been discontinued - I didn't see a listing for it on Newegg, unless you're talking about the 212+ (which is also a great cooler) or the 212 Evo.
November 5, 2011 7:17:44 PM

No, get a 600T and a H100 because your cpu will heat up when graphic designing. Also, you might want to get an Asus Gtx 560 ti direct cuII sli as the gpu will also get quite hot. This also gets you good enough cooling to OC.
November 5, 2011 7:47:56 PM

^ WTF. A 500R performs just as well as the 600T, there is no reason to get the 600T besides aesthetics and even then the 500R is just as nice.

The H100 is a crap cooler that practically is beaten by the Hyper 612S a $50 Air cooler.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/cooler_master_hype...

The H series is probably the worst for its value, specially since the NZXT Havik 140 can beat out all of them and still be more quiet and cheaper @ $60
www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4127/nzxt_havik_140_cpu_coole...

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