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$1000 - $2000 Gaming and Audio/Photo Editing Workstation

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November 15, 2011 12:46:28 AM

Hardware gurus, I am in the process of buying parts for my new build I realized I should seek your feedback.

I computer will be used for, in order of frequency, (1) Internet, (2) Gaming and (3) Digital Audio Workstation and photo editing. Because the computer will be in my living room and/or man-cave, it needs to be stylish, sensible looking, and silent. Although I mostly just play Quakelive (i'm old), I want to be able to play the latest games (Rage, Skyrim, etc) on high/ultra for at least several years to come. Also, I have an aging Mac based Protools setup that I am *considering* migrating to my new PC, and I have been toying around with digital photography.

I don't mind spending money as long as I feel like I am buying quality components, but I prefer to save as much as possible - hence the $1000 - $2000 price range.



### Items Already Owned ###

Monitor: NEC Multisync EA231WMI (1080P IPS-LCD, may upgrade to a Dell U2410 1920X1200 monitor in the future)

Mouse: Steelseries Kinzu

Keyboard: Das Keybaord with Cherry MX-Brown key switches

HDD: 2X SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3, which I am pulling out of an older build until HDD prices go back down

GPU: AMD 5870. I have a couple of these. I am thinking of selling one and waiting until the next generation of GPUs come out before upgrading the other.

OS: Windows 7 and Linux



### New Items###
All item recently purchased or will purchased from Newegg. I don't mind returning items if needed.

Case: LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case; ($120) Call me a sucker, but I love brushed alumunum, and it is my understanding that Lian Li cases are known for their silent operation.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5-2500K
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55; ($170) MSI seems to be the only motherboard manufactures to include coaxial SPDIF outputs, which I like, but this is not a super huge deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 CMX16GX3M4A1600C9; ($60 after mail in rebate) Will this ram be fast enough?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 120GB; ($160 after main in rebate) I love the low low price and fast speed of this SSD!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W; ($135 after mail in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Let me know what you guys think. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
November 15, 2011 2:03:29 AM

Yeah, the RAM will be fine.
The mobo is a little expensive, but go for it if you want that particular feature.
The PSU depends on the GPU setup you end up adopting. With one card of any caliber (excepting the SLI-on-one-board options like the 2Wins and 590) you won't need more than 650W. Two 560 Tis will take 750W, two 570s 800W and two 580s 850W or, more efficiently, 900W.
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November 15, 2011 1:49:47 PM

kajabla said:
Yeah, the RAM will be fine.
The mobo is a little expensive, but go for it if you want that particular feature.



Thanks kajabla,

What would be a more appropriate and/or less expensive mobo?
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