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So the time has come for a new PC and I've decided to break precedent and get a desktop. Up until now I've always owned laptops but I've decided its time to get some serious performance.

The PC is built with power in mind. I plan on doing a good bit of gaming with it but it is also a work machine. I do a lot of 3d modeling, sculpting, texturing, and game design stuff so I hope this will speed up my workflow.

Right now I'm using a 6 year old alienware area-51m 7700 laptop. It has a decent 3.6ghz P4 and an nvidia 6800go but its really feeling its age, especially when doing texture baking digital sculpting.

What do you think of my configuration? Is it solid and will it perform well for the tasks I have in mind. Also do you think there will be any bottlenecks in the system? Here are the specs:

Case: NZXT Phantom

PSU: ABS Majesty 900W

Mobo: Asus Sabertooth x58

CPU: Intel I7 950 @3.06Ghz

Memory: 6 GB (3x2) Corsair Dominator 1600mhz

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 580

System Drive: Intel 40GB SSD SATAII

Storage Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB SATAIII

Also I've never really considered overclocking until recently. I'm a total OC noob but from what I gather, the latest intel CPU's handle OC'ing pretty well and with decent cooling a modest OC is pretty reliable. Thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 6
Get a cheaper PSU. 700W should be more than enough for you.
    
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Tone down the PSU and use the savings to get at least a 60gb SSD.

Case is ugly but that's a personal opinion.
     
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I think you should wait for Sandy Bridge CPU and motherboard to come out before thinking about upgrading. Its less than a month away.
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You did a good job selecting your components. I would as others have suggested get a 700w psu. IMO if you're going to get a ssd you should grab a 120gb model to get the most out of it and get a green drive for storage. Corsair ram is kinda hyped up, you may wanna check out G-skill or Mushkin for a comparable product at a better price. Also, what resolution will you be gaming at? The GTX 580 may be overkill. You will also need a cpu cooler. The Noctua NDH 14 is best but there are others available if you wanna spend less. I love that case by the way! Great value...good choice imo.
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Well, after a considerable amount of assembly time last night, I got it up and running. Wiring is a bit sloppy but the cables that came with the PSU had a hard time fitting the cases built in wire management spaces. The first press of the power button did absolutely nothing. I figured there could be one easy solution, I opened it up, and I got lucky. The front panel power connection slipped off the mobo. After putting it back, the PC booted right up. BIOS automatically recognized everything and Windows installed on the SSD in about 15 minutes. I figured getting all the software squared away might take a while but it was the quickest part.

After messing around with it a bit I can definitely see where some suggestions would have been good ideas. The SSD is too small. I didn't realize that windows 7 would take up 19GB (I've heard it was about 14-15). So starting up with a clean install I only have 18 free GB on the system drive. The 1TB HD is nice though. 7200rpm with SATAIII is plenty fast for most tasks and I never have to worry about running out of room.

As for the PSU, I've heard some negative reviews of ABS but it seems to be doing its job. I went with 900W because it was cheaper in a combo, also I like the future-proofing aspect of a large PSU. (SLi down the road)

My only problem right now is the SSD. I'm addicted to its access speed but its too small to fill with all of my applications. Do you suggest getting another Intel x25 40GB and maybe putting them in RAID or an even larger drive? I think 58 GB of free SSD space would be enough and the SSD I have is $80 at best buy.
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