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  1. Just go with the six core chip then. Everything else looks good, but I would save some money and not use the ssd scratch disk since 16gb of RAM will be plenty for photoshop.
  2. I've always been told the core temp is the most accurate, but try not to push any temps too high or you might damage the CPU.
  3. Duly noted...and shall I say welcome!
  4. If you get an aftermarket heatsink like IVIY suggested, just make sure there is enough clearance in your case to fit one of those. If you are building a decent gaming pc next year and have that kind of budget to spend on those two components, I would try for a 4gb GTX 670 or even a 680. But those will cost you a pretty penny.
  5. FWIW, I'm selling a GTX 470 in this thread if you would like to take a look. It would actually be a decent card to put in this system, since it would be more powerful than the 560 but cost a little less. Otherwise, I think it is a good setup. I am just concerned the processor is not up to snuff, especially since BF3 uses around 50% of my quad-core i7 at 3.9 ghz.
  6. Welcome! Enjoy your stay
  7. CPU: i7 930 @ 4 ghz, 1.256 v Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E RAM: G.Skill 6 x 2 GB @ 1487 mhz/9-9-9-24/1.65 v GPU: GTX 480 @ 775 mhz/1880 mhz SSD: Kingston HyperX 240 GB HDD 1: WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HDD 2: WD Caviar Black 2TB SATA III Sound Card: Asus Xonar D2X Chassis: Cooler Master Storm Trooper (Scythe side fans) Cooling: Corsair H100i PSU: Corsair AX1200 Display: acer 23" H233H 1080p LCD Audio: Turtle Beach HPA2 5.1 Surround | Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro Mouse: Logitech G5 Country: United States This is a great way to do the contest Boss!
  8. We are not in this category. I can think of plenty of arguments for keeping desktops around (mainly, the ability to upgrade them fully and actually keep them around). However, the average consumer is not going to care about building/modding/replacing/tinkering. They just want to "set it and forget it" and are willing to replace it when it starts slowing down. I agree with wevs, the tablet market will split the market away from the middle ground (laptops) and towards the two ends of portability (desktops and tablets/smartphones).
  9. Nice looking build so far sonic! Is there any way you can return the 7970s and grab the 680(s)? I agree, that is a lot of hoping. I am pretty confident AMD desktop support will occur eventually, but when is anyone's guess.
  10. This info is promising for you though. Take a look at this article that demonstrates how to manually add support for different Nvidia cards. It might not work for you at the moment, but when Adobe starts adding support for desktop AMD cards in the future you should be able to configure the file so that your 7970s are recognized
  11. Agreed, but only for gaming performance. I am not aware of a professional program that takes advantage of SLI. CMIIW
  12. I am surprised the OP did not choose a single 4gb GTX 680 considering he will be working with a lot of programs that can take advantage of an Nvidia GPU (e.g. the Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe). IIRC, the MPE does not support SLI (and definitely not CF) either. Otherwise, wow, what a machine!
  13. Since it's a Seasonic, I would hesitantly say that they would be fine. Any other brand and I would probably say don't do it.
  14. With so many backups available, does she even need to RAID or mirror the drives?
  15. I just wanted to chime in here and say that both times I switches from IDE to AHCI, I noticed a substantial speed boost. Windows booted 10-15 seconds faster in AHCI mode, and the transfer rates improved from about 200MB/s to 280MB/s (on my Vertex 2). I have done this twice: the first time because I didn't know any better, and the second time because my BIOS reset itself and I forgot to switch back to AHCI after re-overclocking. Bottom line in my experience is that AHCI makes quite a big difference.
  16. As nice as it sounds, I don't know if I would get a Korean monitor without the pixel perfect guarantee. The one IVI linked is almost guaranteeing there will be at least one dead pixel...look down in the description.
  17. Xonar D2X on the desktop. I usually just use the onboard audio on the laptop, but occasionally I'll break out the Creative X-fi Express Card for the laptop
  18. 670s are cheaper, use less power, make less heat, and are able to handle anything at 1080p. My vote is for the GTX 670. Plus, his PSU would be able to handle two of the 670s.
  19. Shurman292


    The ASrock Extreme4 is a good budget motherboard. As for video cards, a 6950 or 7950 would do you really well. However, I would wait just a few more weeks until the Nvidia GTX 660 comes out. That should be a beast of a card at a decent price.
  20. The software might show that you have a total of 8gb of vram, but each individual GPU works off of its own 4gb. Essentially this means that whatever goes into the vram is duplicated so that each card can have a copy for the GPU to process. Notice how it's using over 9gb of vram? That just means it's putting 4.6gb into vram and copying it to the other card. Be very glad you purchased the 4gb version instead of the 2gb version
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