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April 6, 2006 4:03:15 PM

i've decided to build my own computer from scratch and i want to mainly use it for video editing, i'm not really a gamer at all, so it'll just be for normal school work and editing. i wanted to make sure i had everything i needed to get it going so i'm posting what i plan on ordering, if i'm missing anything or you have any suggestions that might help me out please let me know.

CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A - OEM
Model #: ND-3550A BK OEM
Item #: N82E16827152058
$37.99 $37.99

ATX Computer Cases
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UW
Item #: N82E16811119068
$49.99 -$8.00 Instant
$41.99

Internal Hard Drives
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3300831AS 300GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3300831AS
Item #: N82E16822148064
$105.00 -$5.00 Instant
$100.00

Monitors - LCD
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 HP L1740 Silver-Black 17" LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: PL766A8#ABA
Item #: N82E16824176043
$259.99

AMD-compatible Motherboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N-SLI
Item #: N82E16813131524
$112.99 $112.99

Video Cards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 PNY VCG62128APB Geforce 6200 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
Model #: VCG62128APB
Item #: N82E16814133149
$54.00 $54.00

Sound Cards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24bit 70SB041000000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Model #: 70SB041000000
Item #: N82E16829102176
$33.00 $33.00

Power Supplies
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: ATX-CW500WP4
Item #: N82E16817148027

$39.99 $39.99

Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASPIRE CF4SL-4C 80mm Multi-Color LED Light Case Cooling Fan - Retail
Model #: CF4SL-4C
Item #: N82E16811998108
$4.99 $4.99

Keyboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Rosewill RK650 Silver/Black USB Slim Keyboard - Retail
Model #: RK650
Item #: N82E16823201015
$15.99 -$3.00 Instant
$12.99

Mouse
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Microsoft D66-00069 Black 3 Buttons 1x Wheel USB + PS/2 Optical Mouse - Retail
Model #: D66-00069
Item #: N82E16826105164
$15.99 $15.99

Memory - System
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX1024-3200C2PT - Retail
Model #: TWINX1024-3200C2PT
Item #: N82E16820145450
$87.00 $87.00

Processors
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200BVBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA4200BVBOX
Item #: N82E16819103547

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April 6, 2006 6:30:22 PM

I am not a big fan of the aspire/turbolink PS, so I would upgrade to this:
FSP/Fortron 450W for $57

Even though it is rated for 450W it is a better quality power supply IMO, I have one in the same case you are going to get and it is silent.

Speaking of the case, my Centurion 5 came w/ a 120mm rear and an 80mm front, so do you need the extra LED fan? I guess you could put it in the side door, but the case is extremely well ventilated as is.

Also since your are video editing, have you considered getting a second SATA hdd and creating a RAID 0 stripe? it will improve your i/o tremendously.

Also I noticed this deal on newegg:

Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) Model #: PDC2G3200LLK $195 shipped @ newegg (w/ $55 MIR!!)

It should help to have 2Gb total overall, and with that rebate you can't go wrong... I also have that memory and it performs very well.

as it stands, it is an excellent rig - but can be awesome! Hope I gave some helpful suggestions.
April 6, 2006 7:16:17 PM

Just an FYI you picked out an motherboard with SLI which uses PCIE slots and the video card your picked is AGP which a completely different slot. You will either need a different video card or motherboard, and if you don't plan on ever using SLI I would get a different motherboard.
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April 6, 2006 7:31:24 PM

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Just an FYI you picked out an motherboard with SLI which uses PCIE slots and the video card your picked is AGP which a completely different slot. You will either need a different video card or motherboard, and if you don't plan on ever using SLI I would get a different motherboard.


ok see i wasn't sure if i overlooked anything like that. thank you very much i will change the motherboard, and power supply and maybe the memory as well. thanks a lot guys.

also, i'm sorta confused about the RAID hdd, what exactly does it do. I know there is one config where it is basically backing up your hard drive correct? and if i did get 2 hard drives could i afford to go with two 160's or so, because i don't wanna go too high in price. i'd say 1300 is my limit, and i'm almost there now.
April 6, 2006 7:53:20 PM

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price


Update ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1695 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: 939Dual-SATA2
Item #: N82E16813157081
$19.99
$66.99 $66.99

i changed to that motherboard since it has a agp slot and i also upgraded to the patriot 2 gigs of ram. so yea only thing left to decide is whether or not i want a single 300 gig hdd or 2 smallers ones. since i'm on a budget could i just use that hdd now and then buy another later and config it for RAID 0 or w/e
April 6, 2006 10:32:19 PM

just more of my 2 cents if you are going to buy a new motherboard and graphics card you should really get PCIe graphics and motherboard, AGP is pretty much dead at this point. PCIe is the way to go.
April 7, 2006 1:27:30 AM

Definately go pci-express slot for gpu, even if you're not a gamer. AGP is dead.
April 7, 2006 4:46:52 AM

He is talking about RAID 0. Your system will take 2 160GB hard drives and treat it as one large drive. For video editing there will be a noticable performance improvement.

For a motherboard, get the Asus A8N-E for $92. This ia great motherbard, and will be good for your needs. For a video card get something in the 6800 range with PCI-E. AGP is dead and should be avoided. Get 2GB of RAM, for your system the more RAM the better (up to around 3GB).
April 7, 2006 5:06:22 PM

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For a motherboard, get the Asus A8N-E for $92. This ia great motherbard, and will be good for your needs. For a video card get something in the 6800 range with PCI-E. AGP is dead and should be avoided. Get 2GB of RAM, for your system the more RAM the better (up to around 3GB).


The Asus A8N-E is great. If you're trying to build a high-performance machine but SLI isn't in your future, then this is the board you want. Good bios, good chipset, Sata II.

The downside is that there's no firewire.
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