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November 3, 2011 2:07:48 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~$1500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Development, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Browsing the internet, Watching movies, Occasional Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Current res on 22" monitors 1680x1050 would like higher

Additional Comments: This will be my first build. I'm looking for a stable, powerful machine that can support a minimum of 3 monitors. I may want to add up to two additional displays. I run many applications simultaneously.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Xigmatex SD1283
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive OS: Crucial SSD 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Data: WD 1TB Cav Green
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***20111103 Edit***
GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antex 903 v3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 850TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Lite-On 12x Blu-ray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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I was considering using a Linux variant for an OS. Is this something that some of you are doing?

Thanks in advance for any advice on the build.


November 3, 2011 3:30:40 AM

Linux Ubuntu 11.10 is a good OS for what you want to do and it dosn't take up a whole lot of space. You put maybe on the crossfire yet you have two video cards listed .I would consider a 128gb SSD for the OS and the new Zalman cpu cooler is now listed for sale on Newegg and I ahve always liked Zalman coolers because they do work well.
ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Make sure you have the latest AMD drivers if you are doing five displays , they just released new drivers that support up to five displays. Nvidia can only do three.
November 3, 2011 4:41:39 AM

i would say get the most powerful single card you can to keep more room for upgrade later. HD6950 2gb would be perfact for 3 monitor.
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November 3, 2011 10:42:00 AM

inzone said:
Linux Ubuntu 11.10 is a good OS for what you want to do and it dosn't take up a whole lot of space. You put maybe on the crossfire yet you have two video cards listed .I would consider a 128gb SSD for the OS and the new Zalman cpu cooler is now listed for sale on Newegg and I ahve always liked Zalman coolers because they do work well.
ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Make sure you have the latest AMD drivers if you are doing five displays , they just released new drivers that support up to five displays. Nvidia can only do three.


Ubuntu, it is.

I listed 2 video cards because I wasn't sure how many monitors I could run from just one GPU. I see that there are 5 ports listed, can they all be used simultaneously? If so, then it may be overkill to put in a second GPU.

Regarding the CPU Cooler. That thing looks amazing. But it's also 3x the cost of the Xigmatek. Newegg listed the Zalman at 99.99 while the Xigmatek is 29.99
November 3, 2011 11:54:21 AM

Revised shopping list with prices:

***20111103 Update***
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12x Triple Fan $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws (2 x 4GB) $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***20111103 Edit***
Hard Drive OS: Adata S501 V2 128GB Sata III $182.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Data: WD 1TB Cav Green $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***20111103 Edit***
GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antex 903 v3 $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 850TX $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Lite-On 12x Blu-ray $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 3, 2011 1:09:39 PM

Again, any advice is greatly appreciated. My main concerns are stability and compatibility.

Thanks
November 3, 2011 1:25:36 PM

What kind of gaming are you going to do with Ubuntu ?? :lol: 

Asus M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3: $150

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz: $180

You really don't need a Thuban -- a PhII quad would work just as well and save you $70 (and buy another kit of ECC RAMs if you are a true 'multi-tasker')

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) ECC DDR3 1333: $80




Not sure if the card you selected is unlockable -- check this one out


Probably not a good idea to use a WD 'Green' as any type of data drive - use the Green HDD for long-term storage and back-up IF you have to buy one. I'd use a 'Cloud' or salvage a 250GB-500GB drive from another system; wait 6-8 months and go back to buying 1TB drives for $50.

Buy 2 x OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SATA III SSDs for $350 after rebate. Use one for your OS/Apps and the second for your data.

If yah really wanna fly, put your OS/Apps and Data SSDs in RAID for another $380. Update the firmware (it's not that hard) by attaching the drives to another computer prior to installing your OS.

Buy a CM Hyper 212 Plus for $26.

Not sure why you want a BR burner -- you can purchase a BR-ROM & DVD burner for $20 less than the cost of the BR burner itself.
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