Need Help/Advice

August 4, 2009 at 11:26:56
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All right, I posted in the general hardware section and had some minor feedback, but I’m still in the ditch with what to do. I have a feeling that I’m really off in my thoughts for a new rig. Please, read the following original post and give me your valuable thoughts:

“I'd greatly appreciate your help in finding info/suggestions on building/buying a new rig. I built my last based on great community suggestions and research, but the time has come (5 years) to upgrade.

I'm looking for a gaming/multimedia computer build (multitask, photoshop, etc. capable) that will have some future staying power (ability to upgrade as much as possible though I understand there are no crystal balls). In addition to the rig, I will also need to purchase a new display (I guess the good news is I need everything but minor peripherals, so we can tailor for performance). Having done some preliminary research, I have been leaning towards Intel, but certainly I'm open for suggestions (I went with AMD for my current rig and have been very satisfied, but it seems the tables have turned slightly and AMD is now playing catch-up, so I'm wiling to go with the forerunner).

My budget is between $1,500 and $2,500 though I don't need to push the max just for the sake of it, but I'm willing to fork over the extra dough to purchase a build with some staying power (it's worked for me in the passed).

I can't tell you in advance how much I appreciate your time, help and knowledge; just lurking in these forums for some time reading my eyeballs dry has given me a wealth of practical information and the confidence to ask for this kind of help in such a knowledgeable community.
Please let me know if you need any more information.”

(Based on some initial suggestions I have come up with the following setups [very loose], and would appreciate your suggestions; I don’t know if these setups work or if they’re much more than I need to spend):

Intel Core i7 950
Asus P6T Intel X58
6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333
850 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-850TX Power Supply Quad SLI Ready
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 PCI-Express x16 – 1GB Single Card
500 GB HARD DRIVE-[Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache]
160 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache]
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9650
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR Intel P45 Chipset
800 Watt -- Power Supply-Quad SLI Ready
4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1333
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
500 GB HARD DRIVE-[Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache]
160 GB HARD DRIVE -[Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache]
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bi

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August 5, 2009 at 09:55:55

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August 5, 2009 at 10:41:40
That's kind of funny. I tried that with my first post and the suggestion was for me to give more information so others could give me more informed opinions/suggestions. Maybe I'm just SOL here at Tom's.

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