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
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.
^ 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.
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?
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.