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A Couple Build Questions

by Kyle4321 / March 27, 2010 3:51 AM PDT

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 cooling? (heatsinks, # of fans,...)
What case do I need?


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Looks good for the most part...
by Brechan / March 27, 2010 12:01 PM PDT

CPU, motherboard, RAM, optical drive, so far so good.

1) If this is for gaming, photo editing; then why settle for a slower HDD, when you might be better off with a WD Caviar Black (fast) or WD VelociRaptor (faster)?
2) For the moment ATI is king of the hill; for the price you're looking at for the NVidia card, you could get 2 x HD5770 and run them in crossfire.
3) You have left out one small detail...PSU?

I myself have an older (18 months old) gaming computer, I got myself a full tower case. You want your current build (and future builds) to go as smooth as possible; getting the wrong size case (eg: too small)
could turn this into a nightmare-trying to cram stuff in...but the choice is strictly up to you.
Here are a few examples of (tasteful) full-size cases.

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by Kyle4321 / March 27, 2010 4:16 PM PDT

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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Definitely !
by Brechan / March 27, 2010 5:25 PM PDT
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"You want your current build (and future builds) to go as smooth as possible; getting the wrong size case (eg: too small)
could turn this into a nightmare-trying to cram stuff in...but the choice is strictly up to you."

If you compare the specs of a mid-tower compared to a full tower; it may be only a matter of a few inches, but these mere inches could make your build go so much better.


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Midsize, a full tower is quite large and unnecessary
by damasta55r / March 28, 2010 3:34 AM PDT
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i have a full tower, it is quite LARGE. Even midsize towers are larger than most mini towers that are ubiquitous at bestbuy.

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