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Old March 7, 2010, 10:59 PM
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Default Building a new Workstation Budget is Approx $3500 Any suggestions?

After totalling everything I have about another $300 left in my budget, can anyone help me allocate this. Or if i should change any of my items? Thanks.
I have two 24" monitors 1920x1200 each dvi connections. Will be using windows 7 64bit ultimate. My primary use will be for adobe photoshop, illustrator, and programing using visual studio. I don't really wish to overclock. No 3d or maybe a little video editing not much at least it wont be heavy video.

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard - Socket 1366, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, USB 3.0, RAID, SLI, CrossFire at TigerDirect.com
Intel i7-960
Intel BX80601960 Core i7 960 Processor - 3.20GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 4.8GT/s QPI, HyperThreading, Quad Core, Bloomfield, LGA 1366, with Fan at TigerDirect.com
CPU - Cooler
Ultra ChillTEC 939/AM2/AM3/775/1366 Thermal Electric CPU Cooler
Ultra ChillTEC 939/AM2/AM3/775/1366 Thermal Electric CPU Cooler at TigerDirect.com
Video Card
PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 1800 newegg
Newegg.com - PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card - Workstation Graphics / Video Cards
12gb ocz platinum tri channel cl7 7-7-7-20
OCZ Platinum Tri Channel 12GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz, 12288MB (6 x 2048MB), CL7 at TigerDirect.com
Kingwin ABT-1000MA1S Mach 1 Modular Power Supply
Ultra ChillTEC 939/AM2/AM3/775/1366 Thermal Electric CPU Cooler at TigerDirect.com
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1 256gb
Newegg.com - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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Old March 7, 2010, 11:15 PM
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Few things I'd change.

First, the slightly higher clocks on the 960 over the 930 don't even come close to justifying the price premium. Even though you're not really looking into OCing, with the cooler and the amount you're willing to blow on the CPU I'd say get a 930 and OC it as high as it will go without a voltage change. It won't be significantly hotter than stock and it'll perform better...for about half the price. Your other option, of course, is waiting about a week, at which point the first Gulftown processor will release for $1000. If you want more than a 930 that's really the only good option, IMO.

Second, I can't really speak for the quality of Kingwin's PSUs, but I'd say drop it in favor of either an 850HX or 1000HX. 850's a bit better quality, but of course the 1000's got more wattage.

Lastly I'd skip the Antec 1200 unless you REALLY like the looks. I've got the 900 and it's got a load of things I don't like that weren't changed for the 1200. I'd suggest the ATCS 840 or HAF 932 personally. They've got side-to-side mounted, toolless HDD bays, more room for video cards, and they'll be a LOT quieter (3 200mm fans + 1 120mm fan vs 6 120mm fans and 1 200mm fan).

Other than that, it's a tossup for me personally between the Caviar Black (warranty and customer support) vs the Spinpoint F3 (speed and price).

Wish I knew more about WS cards, but sadly I can't make even a slightly informed comment.

As for the extra money, you could always put it toward a second 1TB drive for backups (RAID 1) or speed / capacity (RAID 0). And then, there's always the i7 980 XE.
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Old March 8, 2010, 12:22 AM
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My System Specs


- I probably be interested in the intel 6-core if you programs are cpu -intensive enough.
else i7 920 should be good enough.

- Skip that so-called TEC cooler. If I recall correctly the reviews are not that great. So, maybe a high-end air cooler from thermalright , another good choice would be the Corsair H50.

- PSU wise. Don't get the kingwin one. Try not to skimm on the power as it's is one of the most
important part. Corsairs are great, Sliverstone, Antec and Enermax I would suggest.

-If you just need dual screen support, I dont think you need a quadro , but im not sure on that.
you might know more than I do.

-RAM: look for some 6GB kits. sometimes they have discount for about 150 or so. And those
are 1600Mhz ones too. But that isnt a bad choice.

Hope it helps

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Old March 8, 2010, 05:53 AM
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i7 930, or possibly the Gulftowns chips
HX850 as a PSU
Coolermaster 212+ for the HSF
Cheapest DDR3 ram you can find
Gskill Falcon II 128Gb SSD
Second Black 1Tb for RAID 1
Ditch the FX1800 if you don't intend to do renders. A GTX260 will do plenty, and is actually overkill - even for dual screens.
I second the CM ATCS 840. Huge, silent, very good airflow.
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