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post #1 of 11
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It's time to build a new system. I've been lurking for a while reading up on what's new and it seems like Sandy Bridge is the way to go. I'm looking to build a medium to high budgeted system that will last a me a while.

I'll use it for gaming as well as some Photoshop and video editing. I will OC a some( around 4.4), but not too extreme. Initially I will use one video card but will go to two (SLI) after a year or two.

Here is what I've selected so far. Let me know if something would be better served for what I'm looking for:


Case: CoolerMaster HAF X

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Motherboard: I wantedASUS P8P67 DELUXE
but It's been out of stock. Should I wait or go for: MSI P67A-GD65

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 or
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Any real difference between these two?

PSU: CORSAIR HX 750W Modular Enough for future SLI?

Boot Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 SATA III

Data Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Monitor: ASUS VE276Q Black 27" Full HD

Optical: LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner

Speakers: TBD
Mouse/Keyboard TBD
Card Reader TBD

I think that's about it. For my last build, I bought rounded cables and such. Do I need to buy any SATA cables or should each of these drives come with their own?

I've done some dual monitor setups for video editing in the past with smaller monitors. Has anyone used one with a 27" or bigger for Photoshop/editing? Would one screen be sufficient of this size?

Thanks for any suggestions/comments.
    
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AMD 64X2 3800 Toledo MSI K8N NEO4 Platinum Connect3D 3038 Radeon X800GTO 256MB CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
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COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
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post #2 of 11
Why HAF X, watercooling?

If not the CM690 II Advanced is like $90, and NZXT Phantom is $140.
Edited by _Chimera - 3/25/11 at 1:36pm
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I just saw it as a popular and huge case. Not super attached to it. It did have USB 3.0 front case plugs. I've also seen that the storm sniper case and the NZXT Phantom are popular...
    
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AMD 64X2 3800 Toledo MSI K8N NEO4 Platinum Connect3D 3038 Radeon X800GTO 256MB CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
Case
COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
Case
COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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post #4 of 11
Since you're OCing, you might consider an aftermarket CPU cooler, Hyper 212+ is cheap and effective
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Originally Posted by suitcasemurphy View Post
I just saw it as a popular and huge case. Not super attached to it. It did have USB 3.0 front case plugs. I've also seen that the storm sniper case and the NZXT Phantom are popular...
My favorite cases are 800D or 650D. 800D might be out of your price range though.
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64 GB Crucial C300 SSD + 1TB Samsung F3 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 64bit Spectre 24" LED TV 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
64 GB Crucial C300 SSD + 1TB Samsung F3 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 64bit Spectre 24" LED TV 
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post #6 of 11
For your Data Drive instead of the 1TB Samsung you should get the 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000. They are new and FAST. Faster than the Samsung and you get 1TB more space for only $10 more.

They score very well and come extremly close to the Veloceraptors. Go here for the benchmark
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240gb Sandisk SSD Windows 10 Nixeus EDG 27s Saitek Eclipse 2 
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240gb Sandisk SSD Windows 10 Nixeus EDG 27s Saitek Eclipse 2 
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For your Data Drive instead of the 1TB Samsung you should get the 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000. They are new and FAST. Faster than the Samsung and you get 1TB more space for only $10 more.

They score very well and come extremly close to the Veloceraptors. Go here for the benchmark
More like Deathstar.
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i5-2500k Gigabyte P67-UD4 Asus Direct CU II 6950 Crossfire CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
64 GB Crucial C300 SSD + 1TB Samsung F3 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 64bit Spectre 24" LED TV 
PowerCase
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W Corsair Obsidian 800D 
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i5-2500k Gigabyte P67-UD4 Asus Direct CU II 6950 Crossfire CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
64 GB Crucial C300 SSD + 1TB Samsung F3 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 64bit Spectre 24" LED TV 
PowerCase
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W Corsair Obsidian 800D 
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post #8 of 11
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Sweet. Great suggestion. Nothing like HD video to chew up drive space.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
Case
COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
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COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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post #9 of 11
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Any other suggestions? Is there really a big difference between those motherboards? I'm itching to pull the trigger.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
Case
COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA X2 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP (Home) ENERMAX Noisetaker AX 485W 
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COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01 
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post #10 of 11
This is very similar to the build that I'm putting together. I'm intersted in seeing what type of replies you get on the MB. I plan on getting the i7-2600k for Photoshop while multi-taskings.

If you want to go high end on the display check out the NEC P221W-BK. Its highly recommended on Photo.net, I think its more for the color range. I myself have an LG E2360.
Edited by Spark64 - 3/25/11 at 6:14pm
    
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Crucial C300 128 GB, storage Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Home Prem. 64 LG E2360 Flatron Logitech Illuminated 
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Crucial C300 128 GB, storage Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Home Prem. 64 LG E2360 Flatron Logitech Illuminated 
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