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$2500 CAD/ ADOBE CS5.5 Workhorse

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February 17, 2012 10:57:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 21 FEB // Budget Range: AU$2500-AU$3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Dual Screen, Running two or more big softwares at once such as: SOLIDWORKS (CAD and rendering), ADOBE CS5.5 (photoshop, illustrator, indesign, premiere, after effects), other general use

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, speakers, OS, monitors (DELL 24", Apple 27" LED)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC-DIY or MSY (this system is built around parts available at PC DIY but still open to other parts/ideas)

Country: Australia // Overclocking: No // SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Apple 27" 2560x1440 (Landscape) & Dell 24" 1920x1080 (Portrait)

Additional Comments: Air Cooled, positive pressure case, low dust, easy to clean, Noise: medium to quiet. How much power(W) is a safe amount?

Parts List:

CPU: INTEL CORE i7 3930K [$688.00]

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA X79-UD3 [$277.00]

RAM: G.SKILL DDR3-1600 16GB(4X4GB) RIPJAWS-Z [$108.00]

GPU: GIGABYTE RADEON 7950 WINDFORCE 3G (R795WF303GD) [$592.00]

OPTICAL DRIVE: LG BLU-RAY COMBO OEM [$58.00]

SSD: OCZ VERTEX 3 120GB SATA3 [$208.00]

HDD: WD 3.5 CAVIAR BLACK 1TB [$138.00]

PSU: COOLERMASTER 1000W SILENT PRO [$227.00]

CASE: COOLERMASTER HAF X942 [$199.00] (or SILVERSTONE Fortress FTO2B USB3.0 [$249.00])

CPU COOLING: NOCTUA NH-D14 LGA2011 [$89.00]

TOTAL: $2584 (+$50 if Silverstone Case)


I'm usure about the CPU (air vs. pre-sealed liquid) cooling and PSU (adequate power, brand, anything else I should be aware of?). Also any other suggestions/comments would be great!

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Cheers, imran
February 17, 2012 12:06:05 PM

Power supply buy Corsair , Seasonic are the best in the world.
If you don't want to have trouble with the RAM heatsink , buy liquid cooling.Corsair H80.
Your build looks great.
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February 17, 2012 12:37:40 PM

sosofm said:
Power supply buy Corsair , Seasonic are the best in the world.
If you don't want to have trouble with the RAM heatsink , buy liquid cooling.Corsair H80.
Your build looks great.



Thanks for the reply! I'm looking for a PSU that is sub AU$300, this is what I can find within that budget over here:

Corsair: AX850 Gold [$245] and HX-1050 80 Plus Silver [$265]

Seasonic: XP-1000 Platinum 1000W [$305] and Seasonic X-1050 80Plus Gold 1050W [$285]

As for the heatsink - I thought about this a lot and the Noctua seems to be the best bang for buck... until you have to access your RAM.

Sealed liquid coolers, so far i'm leaning to the H80.
Intel RTS2011LC [$85] vs Corsair H80 [$139]? Should I even be considering intel?
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February 17, 2012 12:52:11 PM

If you don't crossfire this Seasonic X-660 80Plus Gold 660W http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... is more than enough.
I don't know how good is that Intel liquid cooling. Corsair have good reviews http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-H80-CPU-...
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February 17, 2012 1:10:04 PM

I agree that around 660w would be enough. That should save you about 140AU right there. Liquid cooling would be unnecessary though. Unless you buy a RAM kit with a mountable fan on top, the cpu cooler won't interfere with them. It used to be a problem, but cooler manufacturer's have gotten a little smarter.
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February 17, 2012 1:20:23 PM

^ Agree with above. 650w PSU will be enough. You could save money here. get corsair/seasonic/antec

Also Air Cooling is on par (sometimes better depending on cooler) with closed loop water cooled systems unless you get the corsair h100. The only real difference is noise if that is a concern. Water cooled is quieter is most cases.

If you do go water cooling you will need to check out some other cases. There are some better suited to for this such as corsair 650d / 400r/500r and fractual design.
Only reason I say this is because the FT02 (amazing air case) is not a great case for water cooling imo. For example: 1 exhaust fan/limited customization of placement for the radiator.

Also if your going with SSD get a samsung 830/crucial m4/intel. Much more reliable since speed shouldn't be your main concern. Speed between the fastest - slowest is not noticable in relation to speed between ssd/hdd.
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February 18, 2012 1:26:59 AM

Ok! Thank you all for the input, I have gone and done some reading and decision making.

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
PSU: Corsair HX750W [$189] - its peak efficiency seems to sit around 375W so its not over doing it but I want to be on the safeside of enough power
CPU COOLER: Corsair H100 [$159]
CASE: CoolerMaster HAF X 942 [$199] (i also found this filter kit for the HAF X [$69])

with these changes i'm only $25 over the original total! Thanks people!


Hotthree you make a good point about water cooling and SSDs - i know the FT02 to be a tight squeeze for the H80 and the Noctua looks way too crammed (image)! Would the CM HAF X be a safe choice to fit the Corsair H100?

stingstang and sosofm - re PSU i'm concerned about not having enough SATA power points and the PSU's ability to power up to 7 sata drives. Is there anything to this Silver VS Gold efficiency rating?
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February 18, 2012 2:03:39 AM

For what you plan on using your PC for I would seriously take a hard look at an Nvidia card like this 3GB 580 down below. Also the larger the case fans the quieter the case. Less RPM's ftw.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $235.00
ASRock X79 Extreme3 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $589.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Ultra Durable 3GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $135.00
Corsair TX-650M Modular Power Supply

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $139.00
Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler
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February 19, 2012 1:44:08 AM

Why_Me said:
For what you plan on using your PC for I would seriously take a hard look at an Nvidia card like this 3GB 580 down below. Also the larger the case fans the quieter the case. Less RPM's ftw.


Hey Why_me, thanks for the tips. I've really thought about this NVIDIA vs ATI thing for using Adobe CS5.5, do you know of any reviews/performance testing?

If i go with the GIGABYTE RADEON 7950 WINDFORCE 3G (R795WF303GD) with pci-e 3.0 will it be on par with current pci-e 2.0 O/C GTX580 cards or be better? The price difference is anywhere between $10 to $50. So i'd happily go with either - after the best bang for buck at this point.

cheers, imran
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February 29, 2012 9:04:26 AM

Thanks everyone for the input. After discussion with some people, this system is overkill for what I really need to do. This thread is now closed.

Cheers,
Imran
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February 29, 2012 9:05:31 AM

Best answer selected by TUBBYNOODLEBOX.
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