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Graphic Design PC - Please review

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March 2, 2012 5:12:28 PM

I'm getting ready to do a sizeable upgrade to my current PC and was hoping you guys could look it over and tell me what you think!

Anything in italics is a part I already possess and am re-using.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX

CPU Fan: I've read a lot of the reviews that state the AMD CPUs come with crappy fans. Probably looking to get an aftermarket one.

RAM: Torn between this CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (I've read that many people have issue with the heatsinks being too big to get their CPU fan on) and this GSKILL Ripjaws 16GB

HDD Primary: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III SSD

HDD Secondary: (2) Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s set up in a mirror

Video Card: NIVIDIA GeForce 9400GT

Sound Card: Creative SB X-Fi

PSU: CORSAIR GS600

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Monitor: Acer H203H 20" Display

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Wireless


Basically I'm asking to see if anyone notices any compatibility issues and to maybe help out with the RAM selection and CPU Fan. This PC will primarily be used to run Illustrator and Photoshop CS5. Everything will be a fresh install.

Thanks!

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March 2, 2012 6:44:44 PM

If you want I nice big and frosty CPU cooler you will more then likely need what they call low profile ram. here is the same ram you listed but low profile.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the cpu cooler I would recommend

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for you I dont believe you are overclocking. If this is the case then I would suggest the

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its cheaper, smaller and works well
March 2, 2012 7:23:37 PM

I was looking at those RAM kits because both were on Gigabyte's approved memory PDF. Is there a better website for checking compatibility between RAMs?

And that first CPU cooler is a monster! How does thing not pull (warp) the MB?

EDIT: And no, no overclocking here.
March 2, 2012 8:35:02 PM

the ram i listed is basically the same ram only way smaller heatsinks. Yea I want that noctua bad! Its mounting keeps the board from warping. If you are not overclocking the 212 will work amazingly
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