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I am a medical student who does graphic and web design work on the side. I also play fairly demanding PC games (e.g. crysis) a few hours a week. I currently use a Dell XPS laptop for this purpose, but I would like to move to a desktop in the near future. I have never built a PC before, however i'm willing to give it a go as i'm not completely computer illiterate and enjoy practical things.
The system I have designed below seems, in my inexpert opinion, to offer reasonable performance and value for money. I have selected these components as I believe they allow me to expand in future by:
1) Overclocking the CPU to increase performance.
2) Adding another graphics card in SLI/crossfire.
3) Adding another hard drive in RAID.
4) Adding a second display.
Approximate Purchase Date: End of January
Budget Range: < £600 for the computer itself, ~£100 for the display
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, graphic and web design (Adobe CS5 suite), audio and video encoding
Parts Not Required: None
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Value for money is extremely important as I am a student
I would be grateful if someone experienced could cast their eye over my list and tell me whether or not everything is compatible and if I can achieve similar performance more cheaply by substituting components.
The OCZ 600W ModXStream Pro Power Supply will not allow you to crossfire unless you get power adapters for the second graphics card(not recommended). The specs for the PSU list only one 6-pin PCIe power and one 6+2 Pin PCIe power adapter and the HD 6870 will use both of those.