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$1800 Build i7 2600k - Workhorse

Approximate Purchase Date: Friday (2 MARCH)

Budget Range: $1800 AU

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe CS5.5 Master Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere, After Effects), Solidworks 2012, Rendering using 3rd party software, Powering two screens 27" Apple LED Display and 24" dell ultrasharp, multi-tasking programs (i.e. solidworks + illustrator + web + music running at once).

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC DIY

Country: Australia (Melbourne)

Parts Preferences: Big brands, Gigabyte, Asus, Corsair etc.

Overclocking: Maybe - but air cooled.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 27" is 2560x1440, 24" is 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like to build a Positive pressure PC to keep dust out. Just want it to happily chug along while I work it hard and be as reliable as can be expected from today's components. I'm unsure about the MoBo at the moment. As i'm still a bit of a newb, if anyone can suggest any changes that would be awesome!


CPU: INTEL CORE i7 2600K [$318]
MoBo: GIGABYTE Z68X-UD3H-B3 [$153]
RAM: G.SKILL DDR3-1600 16GB(4X4GB) RIPJAWS-Z 1 [$108]
GPU: GTX 570 1280MB GIGABYTE OC [$368]
OpD: LG BLU-RAY COMBO [$54]
SSD: CRUCIAL M4 128GB [$199]
HDD: WD 3.5 CAVIAR BLACK 1TB [$138]
PSU: CORSAIR HX 750W [$187]
CASE : COOLERMASTER 690 II? usb 3.0 + window? [$128]
CPU COOLING: NOCTUA NH-D14 1 [$89]

Total: $1653
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  1. Everything looks great. Good build.
  2. Best answer
    Check out this article on the Adobe forums
    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

    You may want to consider if everything will fit in a mid tower. Reconsider the ripjaws height. Low profile ram may be needed to fit under the heat sink. For another $20 you can get Core i7 2700k.

    Really nice build. Good luck.
  3. padraigm_02 said:
    Check out this article on the Adobe forums
    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

    You may want to consider if everything will fit in a mid tower. Reconsider the ripjaws height. Low profile ram may be needed to fit under the heat sink. For another $20 you can get Core i7 2700k.

    Really nice build. Good luck.



    Thanks man! I thought i'd shrink the budget by shrinking the case but i'll go back to the HAF X. I think the G.Skill ram fits under the cooler provided you install it first. By adding $100 I can upgrade the CPU and Case.

    I read the adobe article, makes some very good points. I attempted a more heavy duty build two weeks ago but thought i wouldn't be doing work that intense (yet :P). It also talked about the PSU - and going for a Gold rated psu. I was thinking of the Coolermaster Silent Pro GOld 800W, any thoughts or should i stick to corsair/seasonic? It seems to review well.
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