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Need expert opinion on first build

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#1 steelecurtain


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Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:36 PM

Hello Everyone,

First time in the forums. Alot of good information. I need some expert opinions on my first computer build. Building the computer doesn't scare me at all. I used to rebuild automotive transmissions. But I could use some expert advice on the components that I have selected so far.
My main use will be for Photoshop elements/premier. I am not much into gaming at this point, but I seem to have ADHD. I am all over the place. I can never keep tuned into one thing. I don't really have ADHD, I just want to be able to do alot of things all at about the same time on the computer.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here is my system. Most if not all will be purchased from newegg. I still need a monitor or two. I might go with 2 23" samsung monitors to help with the photo editing/scanning. I will be scanning alot of old pictures for my grandmother. Would 2 monitors help with that?

Here is the list:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:RC-932-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119160
-$20.00 Instant

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:141-BL-E757-TR
Item #:N82E16813188049
-$5.00 Instant

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:512-P3-N871-AR
Item #:N82E16814130339

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-650TX
Item #:N82E16817139005
-$60.00 Instant

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Model #:BX80601920
Item #:N82E16819115202
-$9.00 Instant

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7 G - Retail
Model #:TR3X6G1600C7 G
Item #:N82E16820145242
-$20.00 Instant

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD2500AAKS
Item #:N82E16822136161

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Model #:WD1001FALS
Item #:N82E16822136284

LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
Model #:iHAS224-06
Item #:N82E16827106333

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Model #:66I-03525
Item #:N82E16832116677

I thank everyone for all their input.

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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 13 September 2009 - 11:04 PM

This is a drastically overpowered system for scanning pictures and not doing any gaming or other enthusiast activities.

Case: Good, that's a nice, solid case.

CPU: I have no idea why you would need this processor if you're not gaming since the i7 920 is near the performance of less expensive processors. I suggest the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz since you're not gaming. It too is a quad core CPU with a high clock speed and a lower price.

Motherboard: That is an enthusiast board meant for high-end gamers or people who intend to overclock their PC's. If you go with the processor I suggested, the ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard is a solid choice and is $150 cheaper. However, if you insist on keeping the i7 920, the ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard would be a less expensive alternative.

Graphics Card: That GPU is old and has recently been rebranded as the GTS 250. If you want to go ATI, the SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB offers greater performance at a similar price. If you are going to be using two monitors, your graphics card will need at least 1GB of video memory, which the ATI card has.

Power Supply: Good choice, Corsair is an excellent brand. However, if you want to use Crossfire or SLI at a later date, usually used by gamers, you would need a better one with a higher wattage.

RAM: That will work, if you want to fill up all RAM slots you will need two of those kits. If you want the AMD system I suggested, you can purchase two Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 memory kits and get 8GB of RAM. If you are going to use video editing software, it can take advantage of large RAM amounts if they have been designed for 64-bit operating systems.

Hard Drive: That will work, though the Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive has greater cache for added performance and is only a few dollars more expensive.

Everything else looks fine. For scanning in pictures, one monitor should work out fine. I suggest just getting a good single 24 inch monitor, like the ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor.

Edited by DJBPace07, 13 September 2009 - 11:06 PM.



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