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New build
01-25-2011, 03:17 PM,
New build
Hello all wanted to say great site and has been helpful in me getting up to date on the new gaming hardware. i use to build PC's a few years back but since got out of the building when i grew a nice family. So I am comfortable with and around the inside of a PC. What i am trying to do now is go for a nice steady none overclocked gaming PC for me and my lady. She plays Wow and i will be playing newer shooters and MMO's. i also will be going back into web design and digital drawing so I will need to be able to handle adobe cs4 and after effects. So what I have done is gone and picked what i might do for a build and staying under 2 k with out the shipping and see what I have come up with. Feel free to correct any mistakes or help in anyway possible.


Power--CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER

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

Motherboard--ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67

Video--2x --HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

Ram--G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Harddrive--OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX160G 2.5" 160GB SATA II

CPU cooler--ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler

with ARCTIC COOLING AF12PWM 120mm Case Fan installed

DVD drive-- ASUS Black 24X i do not plan on doing blue ray i have theater for that

and artice cooling compound for the CPU to fan.

I will use the stock MOBO sound and network for now as i do not use wireless ever. sound i will take some advice for a nice surround sound card for later.

01-25-2011, 03:59 PM,
RE: New build
Welcome to the forums!

If you're not planning on overclocking, why not get the Core i5-2500 instead of the 2500K? It's the same speed and cheaper, just without the overclocking capabilities.

Besides from that, everything looks good. Good luck with the build!

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01-25-2011, 09:49 PM,
RE: New build
As both an avid user of Photoshop and a similar machine I can assure you it runs well. One problem though is that Photoshop (CS5) won't use the gpu enhancements because of an unspecified driver error. I'm hoping AMD fixes this in the next version of the drivers.
Beast Mode Engaged! CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.62Ghz 1.25v Heatsink: CM Hyper 212+ Mobo: Asus Rampage III Formula Ram: 12GB Corsair XMS3 @ 1574Mhz GPU: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6870 in Crossfire PSU: Corsair TX950W Optical: Lite-On DVDrw HDD: 2x Samsung F3 500GB in Raid 0 Case: CM HAF 932 See it here!
01-26-2011, 08:23 AM,
RE: New build
For Photoshop and digital drawing, you'd be better off with the Core i7-2600, since it comes with Hyper-Threading, unlike the Core i5-2500. Photoshop will definitely benefit from that upgrade.

The rest looks good to me, just keep in mind to go with a PCI-Express 1x sound card and not a PCI one when you get it, otherwise you won't be able to install it, since the 2nd video card will block the PCI slot.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
01-27-2011, 10:17 AM,
RE: New build
Thank you all for the great advice and the great help. I love the site and enjoy the wonderful help I will spread the word when people ask me about build and send them here first.
01-27-2011, 07:56 PM,
RE: New build
(01-27-2011, 10:17 AM)whispers Wrote: Thank you all for the great advice and the great help. I love the site and enjoy the wonderful help I will spread the word when people ask me about build and send them here first.

Thank you very much. Word of mouth is one of the best advertising tools out there. Heart

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