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Hi all,

This is going to be the first system I have built myself from scratch. I "built" my current computer but I started with a case/mobo/processor combo package that came preassembled. I added everything else. I've done all kinds of upgrading on every element of the computer but this will be the first time I've installed the mobo and processor myself.

My main use for my computer is graphics and design. I use a lot of Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator (sometimes all at the same time) and tend to work with large files. Aside from that it's mostly music. I'd like to get into more of using it for movies and such but who knows if I'll ever find time for that.

So after reading a few articles and surfing NewEgg quite a bit, here is what I've come up with:

Case:Antec ATX case

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3p LGA 775

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16Ghz (Also getting an Artic Cooling Freezer 7 cooler)

Memory: A-Data 4GB DDR2 RAM

HD: Western Digital RE3 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

Not sold on any particular video card yet but I have been leaning towards this one: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+

I'm going to grab NewEgg's Win Vista 6b-bit Ultimate with a free upgrade coupon for Windows 7.

Thoughts on these components? The video card is really the only piece I'm questioning just because there are so many choices out there. I don't run dual monitors right now so that's not really a concern. I've read a ton of reviews and the components I've listed above seem to be getting pretty good reviews.

Any input would be appreciated. Thans.
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The case, mobo, and CPU all look good. How much more are you willing to spend? Are you interested in SLI or CrossfireX? The HDD also looks good since you will probably need a lot of space.

You might want to consider quad-core CPUs: http://www.newegg.co.....;name=LGA 775

For a PSU, I would suggest this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139005

That video card is strong and works well with 2 way SLI (if you plan to get another one)
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I don't think SLI is necessary at this point. The computer I am using now has decent video card but nothing near the EVGA I'm looking at. It's performance has been passable. I think I'll be OK with the single EVGA for the forseeable future.

Thanks for the response!
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For your intended use, definitely spec up on the processor as well. Get the best quad you can afford. You won't regret it.
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I'm trying to stay around $1000 for total budget. I don't have to worry about a monitor or anything so that's a plus.

So instead of the Wolfdale what about the Kentsfieldfor $10 more? (Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor)
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Actually that's a tough question, I'm not so sure. The Q6600 is a goodie but an oldie. There's quite a difference in the clock speed between the two, but I'd be tempted to get the Q6600 and overclock it a bit. The Adobe suite would run much nicer with the extra two cores.
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For $20 more there's the Yorkfield that operates at 2.83Ghz and has a 12MB cache. The next jump up would be about $100 and I'm really trying to keep this under $1000. (Not so much a budget constraint as a personal pride thing just to say I did it.) :)
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Remember to not count out AMD processors too.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103674
This CPU costs more, but it is very easy to bump up the clock speed to 4Ghz without worrying at all about heat. You will have to get another mobo, but AMD mobos are usually less expensive than Intel ones.

Here is a good mobo: http://usa.asus.com/...amp;modelmenu=1
It supports, I think, up to 4-way CrossfireX, and AM3 CPUs.
Here is a good combo: http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.212581 with the mobo above included.
You would also have to get DDR3 RAM...
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231193
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