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Old 03-27-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default A Couple Build Questions

I am building a desktop for gaming and photo editing. Here's the parts:

Motherboard: ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000CSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Red & Green LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TN1337 - Retail
I would like to go with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, but will probably settle with 4GB for now.

CPU: Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

GPU: PNY VCGGTX285XPB GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

Sound: I will not be getting a sound card for the short-term, but will sometime in the future as $$$ allows. I will just be using some normal desktop speakers in the mean time.

Optical Drive: HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Writer - Retail

My biggest questions are:
Is all of this compatible with each other?
What do I need for Power?
What case do I need?

Thank you for the feedback, everybody! I have taken your feedback into consideration. I have made the following changes to my computer:

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD10000LSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Retail

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail Intel X58 chipset core i7 6GB kit

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

I am going to stick with the ASUS P6T Deluxe with the i7-960. I do not know much about overclocking, and don't mind spending the extra money.

Still trying to decide on a case. Will full size be better than mid size since I am using the ATI 5850?



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Old 03-27-2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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Alrighty, down to business.

The links give me a 404. So check on that, please.

First off, Back that Core i7 down to a 920. You can Overclock the hell out of them and get the same performance for SO MUCH less.

Secondly the RAM, just based on the title, is DDR3 dual channel which is not meant for (or compatible with) the X58 chipset.
May I suggest...

OCZ Gold 2x3 PC3-12800

There are a number of cases you can go with, I've really been liking CoolerMaster lately.

CoolerMaster case listings @ NE

The HAF 922 and CM690 + CM690 II Basic are great cases, in my opinion.

Also, I'd get a different drive. Asus has a really great drive at a great price right now.

Asus DVD/CD Burner

For cooling, your retail CPU will come with a cooler. Some, like me, prefer to always buy after market. I've heard the CoolerMaster V8 does an excellent job keeping I7 9xx's cool. It's also kind of expensive. I can also recommend the Xigmatek S1283V DK.

Depending on the case you buy, you might need to purchase more fans.

Oh, and I guess I should add that your build needs a Power Supply. What's your price range for the whole build?
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