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So im building my first CS5.5 build, (mostly advanced photoshop with lots of automation)

i need to keep the cost around $1300 USD.

The most important factor is that it will last many years and be cheaply upgraded so i do not mind spending a little extra on
base components that will last beyond future upgrades.

This is what i have so far

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Mainboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+
Cooling: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive :EDITED:
totals = $1657
Nothing is set in stone yet

Feel free to let loose and be brutal on me. i wanna know what you think.

Does my build suck? is it great? Should i change it up? Am I wasting money? You tell me.
Edited by lourendo - 6/24/12 at 7:44pm
post #2 of 21
Nice build. Refurbished HDD though? Seems a little iffy.
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post #3 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by StormProtocol View Post

Nice build. Refurbished HDD though? Seems a little iffy.

is it worth the extra to get a new one? nvm 5year warranty vs 90 day...choice is clear
Edited by lourendo - 6/24/12 at 8:24pm
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For your requirements it looks like you have a pretty good build, I will say that the one thing I wish I had done is purchased faster RAM I too have 1600Mhz. I do a little video editing and some automation occasionally and I really think a 120Gb SSD and some 2xxxMhz RAM would boost my rendering times.
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you will diffenlty benifet from higher frequancy ram the FX chip can be over clocked up to 2200Mhz
post #6 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by lourendo View Post

So im building my first CS5.5 build, (mostly advanced photoshop with lots of automation)
i need to keep the cost around $1300 USD.
The most important factor is that it will last many years and be cheaply upgraded so i do not mind spending a little extra on
base components that will last beyond future upgrades.
This is what i have so far
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Mainboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+
Cooling: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive :EDITED:
totals = $1657
Nothing is set in stone yet
Feel free to let loose and be brutal on me. i wanna know what you think.
Does my build suck? is it great? Should i change it up? Am I wasting money? You tell me.

you could save money on the PSU, 850 isn't needed, but faster RAM would help alot.
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post #7 of 21
get the 8120. it will clock just as much as the 8150 for a lot less.

and this ram (x2) . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

i would try 8GB first and see if you need more before jumping to 16.
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post #8 of 21
i would save some money by using the 8120, a coolermaster TPC 812, get a GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3, and instead of that ram you could get some 2 kits of samsung 1600mhz ram. you could save quite a bit of money by using this combination and just overclocking the heck out of everything. and for the mobo, you might think that it is bad, but it can overclock well, for it has a 8+2 powerphase design, and it's vrms are heatsinked, so do not worry. the ram is really good, and i believe people have gotten it to 2400+mhz, so it might look like junk, but it can overclock like no tomorrow.

EDIT: Links
8120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
Samsung Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
Coolermaster TPC 812
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103176
Edited by thepoopscooper - 6/29/12 at 8:43am
post #9 of 21
Pooperscooper, 1600mhz ram that overclocks to 2400mhz? Is that air cooled? Sounds interesting. I wonder what the timings are like? I prefer to run my 1600mhz ram at 1500mhz with cl8 timings rather than 1700-1800mhz cl9. I just have hyper x though. I do agree with the fx8120. I own one and love it. I do not ever wish I would of gotten the 8150. I have the asrock fatal1ty 990fx board and it is really awesome. Quad gpu capable with 12+2 phase cpu power it overclocks very nicely. Never have to reset the bios if I oc too high. Pretty much any 990fx board is good and once Piledriver comes out you can throw one of those in no problem. Great build btw! Good luck

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post #10 of 21
PSU is major overkill, look at either this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132

or this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068

+1 to the Samsung RAM too

Would also look at this HDD instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245

use the money saved to buy another 120 GB SSD for scratch work etc
Edited by selectstriker2 - 6/29/12 at 9:06am
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