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Old October 12, 2008, 06:28 PM
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Hey all, I'll be using this computer for 50% photoshop/rendering, 30% gaming, and 20% random things (Multitasking). (I will fold too)

I'll be buying my parts from NCIX, and some from Anitec.

I have a DVD drive, fan controller/fans, half of my WC gear, and a HDD.

Heres what I'm planning on:

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box I'm getting this because its the cheapest Quad out there, but still can perform pretty well. (I want Quad because I'll be doing some rendering etc.)

MOBO:
Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard Don't need a fancy mobo because I'm not planning on SLIing at all. Also, heard this mobo OCs well.

RAM:
G.SKILL F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit I decided on G.Skill over Mushkin because I saw a thread somewhere saying G.Skill was better or something. (I won't be OCing my ram anytime soon, so maybe I'll be better off with some ram with tighter timings?)

PSU:
Antec Truepower Quattro 850W Power Supply ATX V2.2 EPS12V 20/24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS Dual 8PIN PCI-E I'm can get this for $116 after PM, so I decided I'll just get it.

CASE:
Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio Two 230mm fans are silent and perfect for intake, while I'll mount my triple rad at the top, and have 4 120mm fans (3 top, 1 back) hooked up to a fan controller. (Hoping this build will be silent)

GPU:
Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX280 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Video Card *IR-$20* I got this because for some reason, I couldn't PM the EVGA GTX 280 for $400, so the next best thing was this. I don't really care for warranty, so that won't be a problem.

Random things:
Swiftech 7/16IN ID Vinyl Tubing 10 Feet
Swiftech Hydrx Water Additive Coolant 2 oz Bottle
Rebuilding my loop with this stuff.


I'm not sure if this build is best for what I'm doing, but its the cheapest after PMs. ($1,119.64) Feel free to post any comments and changes I might be able to do to get the best price:performance ratio.

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Old October 12, 2008, 06:45 PM
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Should be a nice build. Don't forget to post a build log.

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Old October 12, 2008, 07:01 PM
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Looks good and nice price....you'l enjoy that GTX 280 "for a little gaming",,,!
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Old October 12, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Yepp, sure will.. Anyways, about the ram, would it be better to get the G.Skill or some Mushkins with tighter timings? (I won't be OCing em)

Also, I heard that more Vram would be better for rendering and photoshopping. Is it worth getting the 4870x2 (2GB) over the GTX280(1GB)? But then again, NVIDIA has some sort of video acceleration for CS4, so I'm kind of not sure what is better.. Whaddaya guys think?

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Old October 12, 2008, 08:05 PM
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Yepp, sure will.. Anyways, about the ram, would it be better to get the G.Skill or some Mushkins with tighter timings? (I won't be OCing em)

Also, I heard that more Vram would be better for rendering and photoshopping. Is it worth getting the 4870x2 (2GB) over the GTX280(1GB)? But then again, NVIDIA has some sort of video acceleration for CS4, so I'm kind of not sure what is better.. Whaddaya guys think?

Go with the Mushkin for sure.
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Old October 12, 2008, 08:14 PM
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Okay, how are these?
NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin HP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - 996587 In Canada.
They're the cheapest of the mushkins, and their timings are better than the G.Skills.
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Old October 12, 2008, 08:25 PM
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Mushkin Redline XP 8000 (See my Sig)...great RAM!!
GPU - If you reguire VRAM, then perhaps the ATI 2GB Card is the solution......I'm sure someone here can give you more info for that Card...My GTX 280 has performed very well so far! Check out DC for Evga GTX 280!
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Old October 12, 2008, 08:30 PM
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Yep, I was looking at that, but NCIX doesn't allow PM of that card for some reason.. Also, about that ram, I think I'll get that.

EDIT: YAAAAAAY! I tried to PM the EVGA GTX280 again, and this time, I could! YAY! I saved a ton of money there.. New total is: $1094.03. (With the redlines)

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Old October 12, 2008, 09:55 PM
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I was just wondering.. Is this pump: NCIX.com - Buy D-TEK Customs DB-1 12V Micro Silent Water Cooling Pump 1/2" G1/4 Barb Fittings - 1003/DB-1 In Canada. enough for a Fusion v2 and a swiftech triple rad? It'll be a CPU only loop.
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Old October 12, 2008, 10:15 PM
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The mobo / cpu combo works great.
I had some problems with the initial BIOS, as it kept crashing on me.
The board runs great for all intents and purposes on my part.
I have yet to overclock though.
Otherwise, can't wait to see your OC results.
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