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Looking to build i7: recommendations build

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Purpose: would like a faster computer than i have right now...
not much gaming will be used on this computer but would like to have that capability if anything
mostly want a computer that runs fast without any lag time etc. (like the one i have right now)
I do alot of photoediting so lots of memory will be need, my old setup sucks bad when i have Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom on (is 8gb enough?)
Basically something that wont need ugrading for a good while, or should i go with Sandy bridge?

budget: 800 or less

heres what i planning so far from new egg... what do you guys think??

CPU: should i get a bigger fan?? or is the stock on okay?
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

Motherboard:
MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX or GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 USB 3.0 ATX

Memory: not really sure here
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Video: or anything 5770??
XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770

Harddrive: is 32mb really that different to 64mb??
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB or the green series??
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Double post.
Edited by thrasherht - 2/7/11 at 9:24am
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whats the main difference between intel and amd? i never understood it
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cache on a hard drive doesn't make a huge difference. Not if that is the only thing between two drives. I would possibly recommend waiting till SB rereleases so you can get one of those setups. Or possibly wait to see what Bulldozer has in store.

But other then that, the setup looks good. I would recommend getting a black hard drive. Also getting a secondary hard drive for storage needs.

The intel CPU's can get pretty hot, but stock will work if you don't overclock it. If you want to get something better then stock that won't be loud, I would highly recommend this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

For ram, get 8gb. That gskill kit would work nicely. I don't know if the X58 boards let you do dual channel, or if they are only tripple channel.
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An SSD really helps Photoshop from what I hear. Most lag from opening programs, boot, etc. will be with your hard drives with that setup. Getting something like the C300 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357) would really help your computer feel 'snappy'. You can put Windows and your most used programs on there and put the rest on another drive if you run out of space.
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The only real difference is performance and price, intel costs more but you get more performance.
But right now AMD is getting ready to release their new Bulldozer line.
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thats interesting i will keep researching not sure if i should stick with i7 because of price or wait for sandy bridge
quick question, sandy bridge works of 1156 correct?
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Sandy bridge is 1155. They have removed the boards from the market at the moment.
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should i still invest in the 1155? or stick with an i7 setup?
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