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    SuperMicro ATX Full Tower 750A (W/H/D) 8.5x26.5x17.5, Intel Pentium IIIE, 713 MHz (7 x 102)
    Asus CUSL2 , 512 MB (SDRAM), Matrox Graphics Millennium G400 AGP (32 M, ViewSonic PF795(18”) (2) IBM-(30 GB, Ultra-ATA/100), Windows 2000 Pro
    New System No Gaming Yet. Video/Pictures, Financial, Mathematica, Programming?, etc..

    Video Card/Monitor are important(eye problem) Clarity is critical. Cooling & Quiet & Stability Are VERY Important.
    Case Antec P183
    CPU Intel Core I7 920(D0)
    Motherboard ASUS P6X58D
    RAM Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 KHX1600C9D3K6/12GB

    Video Saphire 5870(VaporX Cooling) OR
    ASUS EAH5870(Dark Knight Cooling 5 x 11 inches) 1GB
    Monitor Uncertain but am looking for Very Good at least 24inch
    Power Supply Corsair HX750W or Seasonic X-750

    CPU Cooler Unsure Scythe Zipang 2, Corsair H50

    Case Fans Scythe Gentle Typhoons, Scythe S-Flex if needed
    DVD Drive Unsure

    Now the big question on Storage.
    I was thinking of putting the Operating System(Win 7 Ultimate 64) on a SSD and adding a
    WD Velociraptor 300GB 3.5inchfor applications and a 2nd WD Caviar 650GB(WHICH COLOR) for Pictures, Video, etc.
    Any and all help is appreciated.
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    Putting the apps on the Raptor and keeping the SSD with OS nice and clean is a great idea. You could even go for a smaller SSD and save a little money for other nice toys for the system.

    I like your idea for the storage myself, at least that's the way I am thinking my next build is going to going.

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    If you are going to be working with a lot of large RAW JPEGs or TIFF files, then I would suggest running:

    1-2x 40GB Intel SSD's for your OS (and maybe a few select programs)
    1x 300 GB VelociRaptor - separate partitions for programs, data you need for quick access, and Photoshop scratch disk
    ??? As many 1TB drives as you feel you need to run for storage needs.
    If you are going for the WD640 GB HDD's, stick to the Black Editions. The greens slow down to 5400 rpm for power consumption.

    Now, as for your monitor(s), there is only one that I would truly suggest:

    The NEC 2490WUXi

    This is the monitor that all other monitors are held up to, and you will get the best color correctness money can buy (unless you are needing it for Print Media, then get the NEC 30" display)

    Here's a link to a comparison of the NEC 2490WUXi and many other popular monitors:

    NEC 2490WUXI - The Full Story. Part I.
    NEC 2490WUXI - The Full Story. Part 2.

    These monitors will set you back though. They are only offered still on the NEC website (The 2490WUXi2 is offered most everywhere online, but Part 2 above will show you the difference between them). For one monitor + calibration software/ hardware, it will set you back about $1200 USD. But if you are doing color critical work, you can't get any bettter. Not even from LaCiE or Eizo.
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    Chuck, we will be reviewing the Asus P6X58D Premium shortly, they sent us a sample last week. I would say by the end of Feb, we have another motherboard review that has to be published first.

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    What about the NEC LCD2490WUXi2-BK

    It is closer to the budget. How does it compare to the HP LP2475w? Are the DELL monitors any good.
    They seem to get a good rating on TECH ARP.

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    It all honestly depends on what you are going to be using the monitor for predominately. Here's the thread I use when looking for monitors:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=39226

    The WUXi2 is still ranked very high (best for webdesign /photoshop) but is still just slightly behind the original model. I'd still get the colorometer from NEC to use with it. Those NEC monitors are able to save the color corrections via hardware, no software to keep running on your PC to ensure a good picture. Set it once and you are done with it. They also have a light sensor that will adjust the brightness on your display depending on the ambient light in the room.

    The only other monitor I'd look at would be the Dell UltraSharp U2410 (make sure its the second revision). They are the top of the line for Office work and general Multimedia usage. The price is much more attractive as well, as they are around $300 - $400 less than a NEC, but the LUT is not rewritable from software.
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    Default Planned New Build

    I am getting closer to a decision. That is unless ASUS upgrades the P6X58D Premium to have SATA 6.0 available for the new WD internal drive. I only saw external connections. Anyway
    Antec P183Intel Core I7 920(D0)

    ASUS P6X58D Premium
    Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 KHX1600C9D3K6/12GB
    Intel® X25-M G2 160GB & WD Caviar Black 1TB
    NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK-SV or 2-BK-SV(follow on)
    Seasonic X-750
    Scythe Gentle Typhoons if additional fans are needed for overall cooling
    Video Card was the ASUS EAH5870(Dark Knight) but in another forum it was suggested this my be too much. Maybe I should drop to the 5770? Still want Directx 11 for future proofing.
    The Cpu cooler is still a question as I don't want the monsters coming out, yet cool is important.
    I have no information on a good CD/DVD Read/Write unit.

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    Chuck, go with the Corsair 800D that I just reviewed, it's a fantastic case with excellent cable management, plenty of room, hot swap drive bays, SSD mounting , water cooling ready. What more could you ask for ? By the way, WD is coming out with a 600GB VelociRaptor later this year

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    Stick to the Obsidian 800D only if you are water cooling your processor. Posts on many other sites from people that have tried to air cool their system with the 800D have not met with great results. The trend I am seeing here lately is to use the 800D for water cooling and the SilverStone FT02 for air cooling.

    Also, I don't see the point in getting the new 6GB/s mechanical HDD's, unless you plan on buying enough of them to utilize the bandwidth with a HUGE RAID setup. Even a VelociRaptor is not able to come close to 3Gb/s on its own. Now running a few SSD's in RAID 0 would actually let you see speeds above the 3GB/s, and actually make use of the newer 6Gb/s connections. Mechanical 6Gb/s mechanical drives seem like a Marketing ploy to me.
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    Thanks Shattered

    Good info on the Obsidian. Once I have current financial obligation handled I am thinking Obsidian with the Domino cooler.

    Sorry to the OP, not trying to steal your thread.

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    Nice choice with the SSD and Windows 7. The Tuniq 120Tower Extreme is a monster of a CPU cooler, great for overclocking.

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    I am staying with the ANTEC, if I can find it. Question: Is there a problem with the build to this point being maybe a foot from the Monitor? If I have to put it on my corner desk. Thanks The NEC I mentioned is wide screen and I am not sure if this is wise because of space constraints.

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    Those NEC monitors shouldn't have any problems with being that close to your PC. They aren't cheap TN panels, they are IPS monitors if I'm not mistaken. You won't get as good of performance during gaming with the NEC's, as the response times aren't that great. But, by turning on gaming mode, they have an 8ms response time, and you shouldn't really notice any lag during gaming from that little bit of difference.
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    I use a 30" XHD3000 best LCD I have ever owned, with Quad SLI and all the eye candy turned on the graphics are truly amazing at 2560 x 1600. I used it for the first time the other day with both 5970s again the graphics were outstanding, this time I got what I paid for, it was worth the $1500.
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    Doctor Death, That would kill me, but I would love to see the rig that drives it.
    The NEC I mentioned, would an ASUS EAH5770 drive it for Video work, non-professional? It would
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    I am getting closer to a decision. That is unless ASUS upgrades the P6X58D Premium to have SATA 6.0 available for the new WD internal drive. I only saw external connections. Anyway( Cool, Quiet, Clean with Very Good Monitor Picture, eye problem)
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    The Cpu cooler is still a question as I don't want the monsters coming out, yet cool is important.
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    Hi Chuck, check out my photo album there's a photo of my Quad SLI build but it was the day I was putting it together the tubing was hanging and there was no DVD or SSD installed yet, but it was running. Dual GTX295s 965 Extreme @ 4GHz, 12 Tec Boreas Chiller, dual 300GB VelociRaptors 1300W Tagan installed in a TJ 07

    Now it has the 1500W Strider, 120GB OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD, and WD 1TB. The rest of the planned upgrade will be two GTX480s, Asus P6X58D Premium and the Intel 980X . I'll use the old build with the HD5970s and sell the GTX295s

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