Building a PC

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After looking at Best Buy for a PC and not really seeing what I wanted. I decided to build one. Will be my first PC build so not sure on what all I need. Not sure about the hard drive yet. Usually when I download photos I keep them on the HD until I'm done editing them and then I transfer them to the external HD's that I have. I thought about using a 250g HD just for software etc. and then something to load photos/data to. Or should I just go with a 1TB for everything? What would everyone suggest for the HD?

Here is a list of parts that I plan on using:

Asus P8Z68-V-Pro motherboard
Intel i7-2600k CPU
Asus Xonar DG sound card
Lite On DVD Burner
Corsair H60
Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 ram
Corsair AX750 or AX850 power supply
Corsair 600T LE case
Windows 7 64

Also can someone suggest some cheaper video cards. I'm using two 22" monitors now and plan on adding a 3rd later this year. Do plan on doing some HD video editing once I get a Go Pro.

Anything else that I would need to complete this build?
 
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Get the 1TB. They aren't that expensive.

I use an nVidia GTX 460. It's moderately priced, ~$160-180. I'm not sure if I can recommend it if you're going to be using up to 3 monitors. But It should be fine if you are not running insanely demanding programs.
 
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You may want to think about a SSD as a boot drive for your O/S and applications. And then use the 1 TB drive as a storage drive. Of course you can simply use two normal drives as well.

Either way, having a separate drive for your O/S and apps is not a bad idea. That way your data is kept separate, and should the boot drive fail your data remains safe.

Regardless of how you do it, always have and use a backup strategy of some kind for your data, be it an external portable hard drive, optical discs, online backup, USB flash drives, whatever. But use something. The reason being: all hard drives will fail. It's only a matter of when (typically 3 - 5 years).

Suggestion: Since this is your first build you may want to read up on installing a CPU and its heatsink fan. And unless you use the stock Intel heatsink and fan (they use a thermal pad that melts with heat) do not use too much thermal compound!
 
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I got all of this stuff ordered:

Asus P8Z68-V-Pro motherboard
Intel i7-2600k CPU
Asus Xonar DG sound card
Lite On DVD Burner
Corsair H60
Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 ram
Corsair AX850 power supply
Corsair 600T LE case

I think I'm going to go with a 60gb SSD and a WD 1TB HD. Which one does everyone suggest? Looks like alot use the OCZ Vertex 2. Only other things I will need then is a video card and Windows 7
 
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The 60gb HD -after a windows
7 setup (and maybe few more programs),
you should check the remaining space-
and set the next setups for the second 1gb HD.

about the video card-
a video memory of 2GB is recomended.

also,think if you need a blu-ray drive.
 
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A vertex 2 60GB is a pretty good bargain now, but a little small for my taste. Enough for OS and just some critical apps. Personally it I'd suggest Intel 80GB 320 series as an alternative. It's a few more dollars but it is a little bigger, and has a better reliability record.

You still haven't listed what your backup solution/setup is. You MUST budget for that as well.
 

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My C: drive, with just Win7 and other software, no data at all, currently takes 90GB. Nowadays I would not install a boot drive of less than 128GB, and preferably 160GB. If you run out of space on C: you will be in a mess.
 
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I have been comparing prices between the 60gb and 80gb SSD's. Looks like about $40 more for the 80gb Vertex 2. Will most likely end up going with a 80gb. I think Windows 7 64 needs 20gb of space so figured 80gb will be plenty since currently on both my PC and laptop I'm only using a little over 40gb on the HD's.

Currently I store all my photos on two externals HD's and usually also save them to either CD's or DVD's. Plan on adding other external HD's in the future.
 
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For video, why not get an SLI ready board, like the XFX 750I or similar that can be bought for around $100-200, and run dual video. You can run your two monitors. One for each card, without any quality deprivation between the two. Some boards will even allow for a 3rd SLI slot.


For the HD, run 1TB at a minimum. I know it sounds crazy, but if you're a photo pack-rat like me, it all adds up quick.
 
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I would recomend the AMD HD6950 u can get it for under 300 bucks and its a hell of a card .. u can unlock the shaders and Mhz to match the 6970 .... i have the 6950 and have yet to find its limits ....... also look into a Thermalright Silver arrow cooler its the best air cooler on the market and SUPER quiet .. will keep that 2600k crazy cool... i have one on my AMD 965BE at 4.2ghz and doesnt break 48 degrees im well under 15 degrees of the safe zone for my CPU
 
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