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I'm working on a new build, and I'm looking for a little input. So far I've got:

i7 960
Intel DX58SO motherboard
1TB WD Black
Asus DVD drive
Antec 300

Suggestions for other components? Most likely, if Corsair make a product, I'll get it from them. I'm looking at:

H70
12GB (3x4GB) ram
HX/AX 850 PSU

Graphics card is still undecided. Computer will be used for photoshop/premier/light gaming (Civ5). I'm happy with my 5870, but I'm wondering if it'd be worth going with a nvidia card for it's benifits to some of the adobe products.
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post #2 of 5
Drop the i7 960, and get yourself an i7 950. Although seriously, there is no point of an upgrade if you already have an i7 920. There is barely a difference between the i7 920 and the i7 960.

You should wait til Ivy Bridge or enthusiast sandy bridge comes out.

As for cards you should look into the 6870/6950 or the gtx 570.
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post #3 of 5
Keep the 920 and get a different motherboard to overclock on.
    
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post #4 of 5
Keep the 920, and get a Sabertooth X58 or a GA-UD3R.

Then build a decent loop or get a nasty air cooler, and OC up to 960-esque speeds.

Also: SSD. Can't stress 'em enough. Look at a 64GB C300 or 60GB Sandforce for your boot drive.

If you opt for air cooling (or an inexpensive Rasa kit) , you'll still have a pocketful of cash leftover to transition to a green card or two.
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post #5 of 5
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Hate to burst your bubble, but this is a build, not an upgrade. i7 960 and mobo are already here, so I won't be changing them.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
3x 1TB Seagate 7200.12 Crucial C300 Seagate 2TB External LG BluRay 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung P2570 Razer Lycosa 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Lachesis Razer Destructor 
Audio
Asus Xonar Essence ST 
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Core i7 920 D0 Intel DX58SO HIS HD 6970 12GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
3x 1TB Seagate 7200.12 Crucial C300 Seagate 2TB External LG BluRay 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung P2570 Razer Lycosa 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Lachesis Razer Destructor 
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Asus Xonar Essence ST 
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