May 2, 2009

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Graphic design and webpage design workload (40 websites open at one, running photoshop, excel, paint shop pro, outlook, itunes and various text editors simultaneously).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitors.


PARTS PREFERENCES: any part thats compatible with the configuration below

OVERCLOCKING: maybe later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: dual 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: like it to run cool and be quiet

Would the following be compatible and run well together? I want to make sure that when i purchase this that it will work when i put it together, also I'm fairly new at this so any tips or recommended upgrades would be appreciated.

Here's what I have so far:
-[computer case] COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW SECC Chassis ATX Mid
-[power supply] CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
- [motherboard] GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
- [processor] Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz
- [memory] CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
- [cooling] Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler Socket 1366 Ready
- [harddrive] 2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 (I'm wanting Raid-1)
- [fan controller] Scythe KM02-BK 5.25
- [os] Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders
- [Blu-ray] LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L
- [dvd] LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30
- [video card] EVGA 01G-P3-1155-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
- [wireless] Zonet ZEW1642 PCI Wireless Adapter

Also, with raid-1 is it just a setting i would adjust on the Motherboard or do i have to purchase additional supplies to do this?


Feb 9, 2009
and if you can fit it in, a dual 1366 mobo and 2 1366 quad cores, it will give you double the threads so it will be faster when so many programs are open.

and the lower clock speed won't make a major difference just try and keep it in your budget.
You enable RAID in the BIOS.
You did a good job picking parts. You could order what you have without a problem.

The GTS 250 is plenty of graphics power for your 2D workload.

What features do you need in Vista Ultimate that Vista Home Premium can't meet? Potential $80 savings.

The bump up in speed going from Core i7 920 2.66Ghz to Core i7 940 2.93Ghz is not worth the extra $256 IMO.

With the hardware you've listed you can easily drop the PSU power down to Corsair 550VX but the price difference is only $20 so I'd stay with the 750TX just because its a crazy good value.

edit; I see you may already have your monitors
[strike]Maybe use that $256 saving to upgrade your monitors - you'll be using them a lot. 1920x1200 if you can fit them in your budget.[/strike]

Maybe a case upgrade to the CM RC-690