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Hopefully this won't be too much for you to read, but I want to provide as much info as possible to get the best help possible... That makes sense right? I know a little bit about computers, I've built two on my own and I guess it's time for something new.

I need something that's somewhat all around. I do gaming, graphic design, video stuff, and recording. So I guess the gaming aspect is really the smallest part but I still want to be able to play my games at higher than 10fps, haha.

Antec 900 Mid-Tower Case
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Radeon HD 6870
G-Skill RipJaws 8GBs
ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4
Corsair 850TX

I'll be running Windows 7 64bit Ultimate. I already have three Sata drives, I'll probably use the Seagate 7200 Sata as my main. Yeah, a bit old but it works.

I'm somewhat questioning if I should go with this setup, the only thing I seem to be sure on is the CPU and Case. If I got the 6870 I would probably end up doing CrossFire a bit down the road. I want to maybe Overclock my computer a bit to get the most out of if so I'm not sure if that RAM and Mobo would be the best choice.

So bottom line is I don't really know what I'm doing and I need your advice pretty much. Budget is around 1K, the lower the better though, obviously.

Thanks.
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That's actually a very good gaming build. You say recording; what kind of recording will you be doing? What program?
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That's actually a very good gaming build. You say recording; what kind of recording will you be doing? What program?
Music recording. I'll most likely be using Pro Tools 8. And for design and video I'll be using Adobe CS5 Suite.
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I can't see anything wrong with what you have chosen. I think that would make a wonderful rig. Better than mine. LOL
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Not trying to run down Asrocks at all here but you're only $60.00 away from the best mobo out right now. Plus reviews are better for whatever that's worth to you. I'd at least look at the Crosshair IV Formula, it is as nice as they say! 3 year warranty instead of one year too. That's my
 
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For much less ($85) you can get a

that will slightly edge out the 1333 CL7 kit, though it is heatspreader-less and I am not sure about overclocking; if you intend to overclock the speed or timings of your RAM I still recommend a 1600 CL9 kit; the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 is slightly cheaper and slightly better

If you don't mind rebates... for $162/$122 AR you can get an XFX modular 850W or for $141 shipped, $111 AR the XFX Black Edition 750W Modular would be a great choice as well. On a case with no cable management you will definitely want a modular PSU.

Or for the same price of $110 shipped you can go with the Lancool PC-K62 (which comes with a side window and more fans and cable management!). Better yet the NZXT Tempest EVO for $90 shipped
Edited by xd_1771 - 1/24/11 at 7:10pm
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Looks great man. Should do you good. Only things I'd say would be that 850W is a bit overkill. 750W will be more than safe for that setup. Also, my bro has an Antec 900. I'm not the biggest fan (cable management isn't great). Cooler Master, NZXT, and Lian Li/Lancool all have great cases in that price range.
     
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
For much less ($85) you can get a 1600 CL9 kit that will slightly edge out the 1333 CL7 kit, though it is heatspreader-less and I am not sure about overclocking; if you intend to overclock the speed or timings of your RAM I still recommend a 1600 CL9 kit; the G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 CL9 is slightly cheaper and slightly better

If you don't mind rebates... for $162/$122 AR you can get an XFX modular 850W or for $141 shipped, $111 AR the XFX Black Edition 750W Modular would be a great choice as well. On a case with no cable management you will definitely want a modular PSU.

Or for the same price of $110 shipped you can go with the Lancool PC-K62 (which comes with a side window and more fans and cable management!). Better yet the NZXT Tempest EVO for $90 shipped
I wouldn't mind saving a few bucks on RAM, that would be sweet. But from what you're saying, it'd be better to get something with higher speed than low Latency? Even if I plan to overclock it a bit in the future?

Hmm, I chose that PSU and Case just cuz it fit what I needed and had a lot of good reviews/feedback on it. Rebates work for me, but I'm just not sure when I'll end up buying it and the rebate might be over by then. I chose the 850W just cuz if I end up doing Crossfire I don't want to have to buy a new PSU. Would having too strong of a PSU cause damage if I don't need that much power?
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Quote:
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Music recording. I'll most likely be using Pro Tools 8. And for design and video I'll be using Adobe CS5 Suite.
Cool. I record using Mbox powered ProTools 7.4 so I can't use W7; I have an XP machine dedicated to recording. The ProTools upgrades are EXPENSIVE, so the 7.4 and XP will have to do for now.
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Win 7 pro and ultimate have an xp mode. Got my xp all set up in my win 7 and I've never used it. LOL
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