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Configuration advice
07-21-2014, 03:16 PM,
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Configuration advice
I've been away from this forum for a few years. I was here lurking and ready to build a work station for my wife. She became ill and had to drop from her academic pursuits...and I became preoccupied in many other ways. Before I gave up on the idea of a build I had already purchased the following items:

Seasonic 750W 80Plus Gold power supply.
Zalman Performa 10X Performa CPU cooler
Corsair 650D - initial fan problems supposedly solved by a supplimental kit they sent me in the mail.

So here I am with a Dell...purchased in 2003. It's crapping out and only starts in safe mode. It's been giving me progressively more problems and the HD is full as a tick on a healthy dog.

What I want to do is build something that is basically a home multimedia pc with the capability to easily run CS6 for times when my wife wants to be creative. I'm not a gamer...although I would never say never given enough free time.

My initial thoughts are to build kind of a Work Station/Gaming PC hybrid to replace my currently dead/dying system. Really, 99% of what I do is surf, read email...so most of this is way overkill...but I also like the idea of future proofing and having the graphic capabilities. So....

Here are my initial thoughts.

1. Use my Corsair 650D unless selling it is a better idea...perhaps getting more front panel USB 3.0 ports etc?
2. I don't need peripherals...monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.
3. I will want to configure a back up. This can be external at a later date or internal as a mirrored drive.
4. Maybe use the latest Intel i7 4790 chip? Super fast with hyperthreading. Don't want to mess with OC. Also not sure about what motherboard?
5. Start with 16Gb of RAM But would consider more.
6. Incorporate a Samsung EVO SSD (probably 120G) to use for Windows 7...still need to figure what does and does not get put on the SSD versus the HD.
7. Propably go with a 1TB HD. (my current system is 80G and full)
8. Buy an up to date CPU cooler
9. Add a Bluray player DVD burner
10. Add a video card capable of running CS6. (could be gaming or other)
11. Add an affordable audio card
12. And...should I add any fans to the 650D?
13. Finally....should I be considering anything else...smartcard readers, etc?

It should be said...this probably won't come cheap....I get totals of around $1300. Saving money would be nice but only if it doesn't take too much away. Am I way off base? Can I use the case and powers supply I already own?

It should be said also....I've never built a pc....am not feeling super confident and will be relying heavily on how-to sites like HR. If you're still with me....I would appreciate the help. Thanks!!!
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Messages In This Thread
Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-21-2014, 03:16 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Rapajez - 07-21-2014, 04:46 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Dan-H - 07-21-2014, 10:26 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-22-2014, 01:55 AM
RE: Configuration advice - by PwnBroker - 07-22-2014, 09:02 AM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-22-2014, 10:30 AM
RE: Configuration advice - by PwnBroker - 07-22-2014, 02:59 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Dan-H - 07-22-2014, 08:11 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-22-2014, 11:55 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-28-2014, 06:40 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Phrosty - 07-28-2014, 09:04 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Rapajez - 07-29-2014, 09:23 AM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-30-2014, 08:39 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-31-2014, 11:14 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Dan-H - 07-29-2014, 10:00 AM
RE: Configuration advice - by Rapajez - 07-31-2014, 07:24 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 07-31-2014, 09:09 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by Rapajez - 08-01-2014, 01:55 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by MathieuB - 08-06-2014, 02:08 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 08-13-2014, 06:53 PM
RE: Configuration advice - by andiron - 08-17-2014, 11:51 AM

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