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I have been looking at some different components for a system I want to build for when I go to college. I am very much into music, video and imaging (Photoshop) and I will also be doing programming in college. I do occasionally use Rhino and ACAD. Gaming is an option, I'm not so much into it now as I was, but things could change once I get into the dorm.

What I have found so far that I am looking at (mostly @ NewEgg.com):
Case - Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS Black Full
Mobo - Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLi
Video - EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB
Sound - Auzen X-Meridian 7.1
Mem - 4 or 8 Gig Patriot eXtreme or G.Skill
CPU - Intel QX6700 OC'd
PSU - BFG 1000Watt Quad SLi
HDDs - 7200RPM Western Digital x2 320Gig
DVD-RW - ???
CD-R - ???
Cooling (fans/heatsink) - ???

By mentioning that I said 8gig's of ram... this is the reason why - http://www.farstone.com/software/vir...-drive-pro.htm "Virtual Hard Drive Pro"
Quote:
Virtual Hard Drive Pro takes a portion of your system memory and creates a RAM disk, which functions like a hard drive with dramatically reduced read and write times.
If you guys happen to have any ideas of something that would be a much better choice in my system and that would also save some money with the purchase I will be very thankful.
post #2 of 23
So it uses RAM to create a Virtual Disk and then creates Virtual RAM with it? Interesting...

DVD/CD Go with LiteOn. Sturdy drives, cheap, and come with nice software.
Cooling you can't go wrong with a Tuniq Tower.

Don't forget to include the OS and some MX-1 or AS5
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post #3 of 23
Get 2x 150 raptors and a SATA controller card instead of the ramdisk thinger.

For DVD-RW drives, get 2 LG DL burners. Forget cd-r drives, cause the DVD drives can do the same thing....

For cooling, get a prometeia machh II GT...lol
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everything there looks pretty good except:

motherboard: get the asus p5k deluxe
hdd: get raptors instead of that ramdisk and stick with 2 gigs of gskill HZ
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If you are not going to OC for benchmarks or gaming:

> drop the Striker and get an eVGA 680i Motherboard
> e6600 would suit you fine for your applications (not many software support quad processing still)
> start with 4GB and see if you still need the other 4GB
> you dont need the GTX either, go 8800 GTS 640mb
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Originally Posted by mcogan10 View Post
everything there looks pretty good except:

motherboard: get the asus p5k deluxe
hdd: get raptors instead of that ramdisk and stick with 2 gigs of gskill HZ
I agree on the mobo. I just got one and will put it together over the weekend.
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post #7 of 23
I wouldn't recommend thatPSU: BFG 1000Watt Quad SLi

If this is a non-gaming rig, the 8800GTX is overkill... I would go for a 8800GTS or even a 8600GTS.
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also, that PSU may be overkill for that rig, go for the OP750 from silverstone
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post #9 of 23
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OK So I found some things to change, this might be my final setup, more opinions???

Case - Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS Black Full (If anyone knows something better...???)
Mobo - ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
Video - EVGA 320-P2-N817-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
Sound - Auzen X-Meridian 7.1
Mem - 2x G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ
CPU - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 OC'd to 3.2
PSU - SILVERSTONE ST75F ATX12V / EPS12V 750W
HDDs - 2x Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200RPM
DVD-RW - 2x LG 20X DVD-R/RW GSA-H55NK
Cooling - Tuniq Tower 120

Grand Total: $2,835.88 (NewEgg.com) w/Vista Ultimate

BTW... This is going to be paid over a 4 year time span with no interest... so if that has any roll in this. I also need a monitor. I have one in mind but 1400 dollars.... hmm this is turning into a very big investment...? But I plan on using this rig through college and after.
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Case - Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS Black Full
Mobo - Asus P5N32-E nForce 680i Motherboard
Video - EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB
Sound - bluegears b-Enspirer
Mem - 4x1GB of G. Skill DDR2-800
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
PSU - PC Power & Cooling 750 Silencer
HDDs - 2x150GB Raptors; 2x250GB Caviars
DVD-RW - Samsung S-ATA Burner
DVD-RW - Samsung S-ATA Burner
CPU Cooler - Tuniq Tower 120

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