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August 25, 2006 12:44:59 AM

hi, i got a budget of $1k for all expenses

here's wat i was thnking of:

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...

i intend to use the comp for video editing and mayb some gaming... idk

couple q's

1. is the psu overkill?
2. is the graphics card overkill?
3. is teh graphics card able 2 display widescreen resolutions for the 20.1"?
4. can i get 1 hdd now, put some data on it, and get a second hdd of same density and make it RAID 0?
5. should i get a conroe? but that costs somewhat more
6. is everything compatible?
7. how can i decrease the cost of this thiing? im a bit over

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August 25, 2006 1:43:46 AM

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hi, i got a budget of $1k for all expenses

here's wat i was thnking of:

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...

i intend to use the comp for video editing and mayb some gaming... idk

couple q's

1. is the psu overkill?
2. is the graphics card overkill?
3. is teh graphics card able 2 display widescreen resolutions for the 20.1"?
4. can i get 1 hdd now, put some data on it, and get a second hdd of same density and make it RAID 0?
5. should i get a conroe? but that costs somewhat more
6. is everything compatible?
7. how can i decrease the cost of this thiing? im a bit over


Don't use wish list links if you want people to post. They usually don't work and its annoying.


1) Don't buy a noname PSU. $48 for 500W != good PSU
2) The video card is horrible.
3) Yeah, but still.
4) No
5) If you want, but it will cost more.
6) Yes
7) ...
8 ) AM2 needs DDR2-800. DDR2-533 will perform like crap. If you are that strapped you really might want to go S939.
9)Biostar is horrible. That board uses an older chipset made for S939 as well.
Find another motherboard.
August 25, 2006 2:39:49 AM

I'm only recommending this PSU because if you are only going to spend $50 on one, it might as well cover as many features as possible. Otherwise, I'd recommend something that would be a slight bit more expensive.

COOLMAX CP-500T EPS12V 500W ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Great buy for the price because it has dual 12v rails with strong amps (18 per rail). It has the added bonus most in this price range do not with Active PFC. which protects against things like voltage fluctuations and electrical irregularities that can affect the efficiency of your power supply.

There are three types of PFC: active, passive, and non-PFC. Active PFC provides the best protection, while non-PFC provides the worst. With a more efficient PSU there is less waste and, therefore, less heat produced by the PSU. This, in turn, means a reduction in it's contribution to overall system heat.
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