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September 15, 2012 6:02:00 PM

Hello! Looking at keeping the cost under 1500 if at all possible. Here are the specs, built from the Cyberpower PC configuration. Programs that will be run on this are the Adobe Master Collection, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator with multiple images open at a time. Guild Wars 2... Minecraft :) 

I have bought from Cyberpower before and the only problem I had was the power supplies not being up to par for the Geforce GTX 580s I had installed. Otherwise the computers are superb.

Here are the overall specs. Right now the cost is 1431 and its the CyberPower X79 build.

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant

Motherboard: (3-Way SLI Support) ASUS P9X79 LE Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI Bios, Remote GO!, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)

Memory: 16GB (2GBx8) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory [+80] (Corsair or Major Brand)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+191] (EVGA Superclocked [+40])

Power Supply Upgrade: 850 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: W0319RU [+70]

Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+25] (Single Drive)
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

Thanks! I welcome all sorts of feedback and advice!
September 15, 2012 6:37:58 PM

That looks like a pretty badass setup to me, but if you're going to be doing some heavy photoshoping you may want more cores. Also I'd get 4gb ram dimms so that you can later upgrade to 32gb if you want. Perhaps get 2133 or 2400 mhz ram as well, 1600 is kinda slow for media editing; especially considering the support offered by the x79 platform. I'm sure some people that have more experience with media editing will have more to add but I hope this helps :) 
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September 15, 2012 7:08:56 PM

I didn't even think about the RAM mhz. I will look into that. I am still trying to keep it at or under 1500, its all we got for spending on this.

Thankyou! You gave me something to look into.
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September 15, 2012 9:40:11 PM

I didn't even see your price limit, sorry those higher clock ram kits are expensive as hell, at the very least try squeeze in 1866 and maybe see if you can overclock it.. It's an idea anyways.. That processor has hyperthreading so you'll have 8 virtual cores. Unfortunately the 3930k 6core proc is an extra $300 or so.. In that case I'd probably spend that extra money a decent ram kit instead of the better proc..
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September 15, 2012 10:22:20 PM

There's no need to upgrade to a faster Hz RAM, difference between 1600 and 2133 MHz is about 2-3 seconds which doesn't add any value in real world performance, so there's no difference technically.

@ OP
Can you pick parts for your own in this build? Also, i think it would be much cheaper you order those pieces and build it in your own.

You just need to pop in an SSD, it will be faster for your image processing, loading times & R/W transfer rates also.

TR2 series had a lot of troubles long time ago, thermaltake are known for their Toughpower series they are the best, any other series is just crappy, and you need only a 500W PSU for this build considering a true quality one.

Also you'd be better off with a HD 7970 GHz card or a GTX 680 for the best gaming experience. and by the way the PS CS6 benefits a lot from Open CL & Open GL benches shows that it's better than CUDA so you may wanna go AMD.

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September 17, 2012 10:36:30 PM

Okay. Rebuilt system. Considering just building this myself, priced everything through Newegg for about 1500. ish. heh.

Intel Core i7-3820 Quad -Core 3.60 GHz 10 MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011
Corsair H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU
ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) 240 PIN 1600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB PCIe 3.0
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB
Cucrial M4 128 GB SSD
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD

I prefer NVIDIA... Never had a card fail on me yet where as I have had two Radeons fail on me. My next question is... if I add another 660 in there for the SLI... will the 750 handle it? I used the Asus Power Supply Calculator and it suggested for two 660 ti's that I run 1000 watt PSU, but from what I understand, a good solid name brand will do better with less watts.

Thoughts?

Again, this is going to be used for two things. Photoshop and Illustrator (GF works for a Clothing Boutique chain and does their graphic design work) and Gaming (Guild Wars 2, TSW, but nothing like Crysis).
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September 17, 2012 11:55:37 PM

Well, it seems like you're very good to go.
But, 32 GB? What's the hell? For PS and Illu you don't need more than 8 GB of RAM, 16 GB just because it's very cheap and in case you're doing heavy work. I don't see any reason for a 32 GB of RAM.

The PSU is perfect for 2 GTX 680s in SLI too.
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September 18, 2012 12:02:33 AM

hm. 32 is overkill eh? Well it would save me money by dropping down to 16. The price dif was... I think 70ish. I think I was originally looking at 16 too.

Thanks!
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October 1, 2012 5:25:08 PM

Thank you for the help on this. We got the system and its built. The video card came in DOA so its running with an old 9600 and working like a charm. Waiting on the card to get RMA'd to us. The MoBo is sweet, I wanna upgrade mine to that board now. :D 
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October 1, 2012 5:45:28 PM

:) 
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