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#1 Nospoon

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:54 AM

Hello, I'm a newbie and I'm going to build my own computer.
Any and all input will be gladly accepted to make sure this is all compatible and will fit in my case. I don't have to have the latest technology, just something solid.

Budget: $700-$900 US Dollars
Uses: slight gaming, home use and digital video editing (Sony Vegas Pro 8) on the side.

OS: Windows XP SP3

Case:Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...Tpk=antec%20900

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115017

Mobo: EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026

Ram: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227289

Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130397

Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139002

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148262

(I also plan to use a WD 500 GB external hard drive that I bought a year ago)
Price thus far: $833.93 with shipping

As for burners, I have a Plextor PX-740A that I bought 3 years ago that seems to be doing well for me so far that i would like to still use.
http://compreviews.about.com/od/stor...xtorPX740A.htm

Thanks for looking!

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:07 PM

Case: You've got a good one, though I would prefer an aluminum case. Normally, I would suggest a full ATX tower case, but since you're not into heavy gaming nor using huge graphics cards, it would be largely unnecessary. A good alternate aluminum case is the Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA. It's about the same price.

CPU: Are you really sure you want that? There are other quad core processors around that work just as good as the Q6600 for less. The AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition (That means it can be more easily overclocked) has the same number of cores and clock speed, just costs $40 less. Since you're not a heavy gamer, the differences between AMD and Intel processors in terms of speed is minor.

Motherboard: EVGA makes excellent motherboards following NVidia specs and yours is no exception. If you do decide to go AMD, the MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI is a good choice.

RAM: That's good memory, but be aware that the top part of the RAM sticks can obstruct the CPU cooler. DDR2-1066 can be used by the Intel board you selected and by the AMD board I chose. The OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 does not have the issue the Reaper sticks do, costs less, and is just as good.

Video Card: Great for light gaming and general use.

Cooler: Another good choice. If you go with AMD, Arctic Cooling makes a cooler for their processors as well, the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro. If you want one that is quieter and moves more air, the XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler is a better choice. The XIGMATEK works for both Intel and AMD processors, but it is quite large.

PSU: That's an excellent PSU, I have one myself.

Hard Drive: Good drive, for $15 more you can get double the space and cache with the Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB.

Burner: That should do.

OS: You will not be able to use all 4GB of RAM without going to a 64-bit operating system. XP 64-bit blows with poor software and hardware compatibility. Vista Home Premium 64-bit is a better choice. If you go with Vista, add $100 to the total price. If you stay with a 32-bit OS, you will be limited to 3-3.5GB of RAM usable by Windows.

Cost, with the different case, AMD processor, AMD motherboard, AMD Arctic Freezer cooler, new RAM, and hard drive is $853. Rebates on mine reduce the price by $110, giving you a pre-shipping cost of $743. Note that with my configuration, you're only paying shipping on the case and motherboard. (The PC you configured costs $893.52 before shipping and rebates)

Edited by DJBPace07, 31 December 2008 - 10:12 PM.

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#3 Nospoon

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for the complete system redo! I was really set on the antec 900, but after reading more into it (like wiring) that Tsunami is looking sweet.

Edited by Nospoon, 02 January 2009 - 10:53 AM.


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Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:51 PM

I think the Tsunami looks great for a mid-tower. For a full ATX tower case the COOLER MASTER COSMOS is my favorite, even though it is expensive. I think it is just a very elegant design.

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