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March 12, 2006 12:02:12 AM

Hi,

I plan to order the following to build my first PC. This will be used mainly for dgital photo processing and video editing. May also use it for some CAD application. Any suggestions to improve or to save cost are appreciated.


ASUS A8N-E Motherboard ATX S939 NFORCE4 Ultra DDR PCI-E16 PCI-E4 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA RAID Sound GBLAN
In Stock 14268 $113.98 $113.98

AMD Opteron 165 Dual Core Processor S939 Denmark 1.8GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 90NM Retail *IR-$30*
In Stock 16792 $363.24 $363.24

Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO2 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI VIVO OEM Video Card
In Stock 17166 $216.78 $216.78

Corsair Value Select PC3200 2GB 2X1GB DDR400 CL3 184PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
In Stock 15448 $206.34 $206.34

Pioneer DVR-110D Black DVD-RW 16X6X16 DVD+RW 16X8X16 Dual LAYER+-R 8X IDE OEM Burner
In Stock 15872 $45.98 $45.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB SATA2 7200RPM 8MB 11MS NCQ Hard Drive 5 Year MFR Warranty
In Stock 16663 $62.98 $62.98

Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive 3 Year MFR Warranty
In Stock 16141 $115.99 $115.99

Coolermaster CAC-T05 Centurion 5 Aluminum ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT SILVER-BLACK No PS
In Stock 13954 $67.65 $67.65

Fortron Sparkle FSP/SPI ATX-400PN 400W ATX12V 20/24PIN Power Supply W/ 120MM Fan P4 AMD Ready OEM
In Stock 17076 $37.98 $37.98
March 12, 2006 12:18:34 AM

You don't need a $215 GPU if you aren't gaming, I'd say get a 6600 *non-GT* for around $90.
March 12, 2006 12:53:44 AM

Instead of getting two gigs of value ram get a gig of good stuff.Other than that it looks fine.
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March 12, 2006 1:53:32 AM

gtfan1235: Thanks for your suggestions on the video card. 6600 costs around $125 (all in Canadian $) which should meet my needs. I may go for x1300 pro as suggested in the video forum.

Thanks, Sekeru: 1Gb fast ram vs. 2GB value -- since I will doing a lot of multitasking and lots of memory intensive application, I'm inclined to the current choise.
March 12, 2006 2:03:26 AM

With the cash you save on the vid card change, go with 2 gig of ram with cas 2.5 (shouldn't cost much more), there's a noticable difference on my machine if I use cas 3 instead (within the same brand even).
March 13, 2006 12:40:56 AM

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Thanks, Sekeru: 1Gb fast ram vs. 2GB value -- since I will doing a lot of multitasking and lots of memory intensive application, I'm inclined to the current choise.


If you are not planning to overclock your system Corsair ValueRAM is good stuff. I use it, and have no trouble with it at all. I would agree with the poster on seeing if you can find RAM clocked at 2.5. I know OCZ makes some which is around $220USD.
March 13, 2006 2:14:15 AM

Thanks everyone for sharing your experience and giving tips. I do plan to do some minor overclocking just for the fun of it. I'm seriously considering the option to get a better RAM with saving from the video card.
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