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Old 03-27-2010, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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real quick as I do not have much time.

No to the i7 960. go 920 or 930 as the 960 is a waste of money.

Do not get a gtx285 w/dx10 wither get a 5870 or wait until the new nvidia cards become available.

1366 boards need triple channel ram so go for 6gb 3x2gb. get ddr3 1600.

heatsink sumbean core contact 120 for value true 120 or magehelams for performance.

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This memory is only a few $$ more than those crappy Crucial modules
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory

And I agree with Hefe, go with the 920 or 930 and the 5870

As for the heatsink, do you plan on overclocking? Maybe in the future? Do you mind buying a heatsink from a shop other than NewEgg? NewEgg doesn't have the best selection of Heatsinks.
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I say NO to the caviar green as a primary drive.
Get a caviar blue or caviar black instead.
Caviar Black for performance.
Caviar Blue for reliability/value.
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree w/ everybody here.

As for case, its all about your personal taste. Since you're getting a big video card i suggest getting a full tower case because it'll be easier to work with and it'll provide better airflow (but you could get a small case and still be good).

Here's a very nice case but on the expensive side:
Newegg.com - LIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Some other good ones:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Or if you just want a basic one, here's a decent one:
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

And don't forget you'll also need a Power Supply. You'll need a good one to power a high-end card, and you should get one with extra juice just in case you go crossfire/SLI in the future. Also think about modular PSUs for easy wire management. A couple of good ones:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

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