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New PC configuration

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Hello,

I plan on building a new desktop from scratch.
It will be used for general purpose (some LAMP development, data manipulation, picture editing, moderate gaming, HD movies).

Although I have little experience with hardware components, I did some research and this is what I came up with:

LGA 1155
CPU: i5 2500K
MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 [Z68]
RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB)
GPU: EVGA GTS 450 1GB
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 550W, W0134RE
CASE: Fractal Design Define R3

Specific questions:
  1. Should I add an SSD to the build? Does that add a noticeable boost?
  2. Can I do better with another GPU? (I may consider 2-way SLI/Crossfire in the future)
  3. Any other good case? (should help keep things quiet)
  4. Is the Z68 chipset OK, or should I go for a P67?
  5. Is the RAM OK? (quantity, quality)

As I said, I don't know much about hardware, but I am willing to learn/listen to advice.
Any other suggestions and opinions are welcome.

Thank you.
Mihelios
post #2 of 3
I would suggest a stronger video card, maybe AMD 6870 or Nvidia 560. Your PSU will only barely handle one video card, if you ever want to go with sli/cf you will need something more powerful (750~850 watts). No one needs an SSD, it is just nice to boot and load apps fast. It really depends on your budget, which way to go.
post #3 of 3
1. SSDs are great, would recommend it to anyone willing to fork up the cash.
2. Get an HD 5830 for the same price. Its a better GPU for the same price, cant beat it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-878-_-Product
3. I would probably shoot for an antec 300 which is cheaper and looks to have better air flow. Its not really a huge deal.
4. Z68 if you plan on getting an SSD, but it really doesnt matter if you are getting a GPU. I would just stick with that motherboard.
5. 8gb of ram is plenty.
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