What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
- Photo editing in Photoshop and Lightroom. Batch processing of large RAW Canon files.
- Moderate gaming, starting with NASCAR 2003 Papyrus-Sierra, and iRacing.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
- Windows 7
- Microsoft Office
- Auto Racing simulations
- Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom with Topaz and Nik plugins
- Firefox, etc.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
- Auto Racing
- Turn based WW2 simulations.
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
Yes, normally 6 to 10
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, I can easily shoot 20 GB in a day, not all are keepers.
I have looked around at the following custom builders:
AVADirect Twinsburg, OH (Cleveland)
Maingear Kenilworth, NJ
Origin PC Miami, FL
Velocity Micro Richmond, VA
Since I'm East of the Rockies, I've not shopped the West coast builders just from a shipping standpoint (particularly if the computer needs to make a round trip to fix a problem.)
Does anyone have any experience with Maingear? Here is the system I've spec'd, but I would like to know if there is something I'm not taking into consideration:
F131 Super Stock (system-F131-SS) $2,491.00
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Chassis: MAINGEAR F131 Chassis With One-Piece Aluminum Front Construction - Silver with Acoustic Dampening
Chassis Modification: Performance Chassis Cooling Upgrade
Exterior Finish: F131 Super Stock - Stock Black
Motherboard: Gigabyte® Z68X-UD4 Featuring USB 3.0, SATA 6G [B3 Stepping]
Processor: Intel® CoreT i7 2600K 3.4GHz/3.8GHz Turbo 8MB L3 Cache GT2
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR EPIC 140 Supercooler
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service: YES! - RedlineT Overclock My System!
Memory: 16GB Patriot® Division2 G2 DDR3-1600 Enhanced Latency (4x4GB) [FREE UPGRADE! ]
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator: NVIDIA® GeForceT GTX 570 1.2GB GDDR5 w/ PhysX [ENTHUSIAST]
Power Supply: 850 Watt Seasonic® X-850 80+ Gold Certified Modular Power Supply ROHS
Hard Drive Bay One: 20GB Intel® 311 Series SSD (w/ TRIM) [SSD Caching ONLY]
Hard Drive Bay Two: 1.0TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6G 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Hard Drive Bay Three: 1.0TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6G 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Hard Drive Bay Four: Pre-Wired SATA Backpl ane Expansion Bracket For Easy Upgrades
Optical Drive One: 24X Dual Layer DVD RW Drive w/ LightScribe Technology
Optical Drive Two: 8X Lite-On Blu-ray Reader and DVD Lightscribe Combo Drive with Software
Audio: 7.1+2 Channel High Definition Surround Sound Supporting S/DIF Optical In and Out
Network Adapter: On-board Gigabit Ethernet
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Security Software: Microsoft Security Essentials
The Final Finesse: Designed, Manufactured, and Supported in the USA - Flawless Craftsmanship and Wire Management
Angelic Service Warranty: Lifetime Angelic Service Labor and Phone Support with 1 Year Hardware Warranty
Any advice appreciated,