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First system build in a few years...please comment / advise

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August 30, 2006 7:23:30 PM

*Motherboard and Memory have been updated.

Hi:

I haven't built a system in quite a few years due to Dell deals. I thought it was time for a new PC and wanted to build one.

As you review the system please keep in mind that I due not overclock and want a stable system. I will use the system for doing web/graphic design (no 3D stuff, mainly products that Adobe sells) and of course FPS games. :D 

Here is what I was thinking about:

- Antec PERFORMANCE TX TX1050B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply - $129.99

- Intel BOXD975XBXLKR Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - $269.99

- ATI 100-435801 Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - $322.99

- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - $369.99

- CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Unbuffered System Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4 - $190.00

- QTY2 each: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $155.98

- SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM - $19.99

- NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A - OEM $29.25

- Antec 75001 80mm 2 Ball Case Cooling Fan - $5.99

- Antec Model:75009 92mm Temperature Sensor SmartCool Case Fan - $13.99

Subtotal: $1,507.90

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Mitch
August 30, 2006 7:44:15 PM

you computer is a newegg shopping card list.

it will do it fine. but why spend so much unless you play a LOT of games?
August 30, 2006 7:46:40 PM

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you computer is a newegg shopping card list.

it will do it fine. but why spend so much if you are not going to play games?


might want to read his post again
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August 30, 2006 7:48:08 PM

yeah my bad, i did an edit
August 30, 2006 7:51:18 PM

Quote:
you computer is a newegg shopping card list.

it will do it fine. but why spend so much unless you play a LOT of games?


Sorry...but you lost me on your comment? Can you please explain what you mean?

Mitch
August 30, 2006 7:53:42 PM

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Very nice setup. But do you really need 2 gbs of RAM. Also you could save some money and go with and AMD x2 system. You don't really need all the power of a C2D unless you do cross over to the world of 3D rendering. An x2 system will last you several years before another build is needed. All these high end top of the line parts are nice but i perfear going with budget picks and getting the most for my money.


Thank you for the comments.

After reading all the reviews on the Core2 Duo it seems to make sense to go with that processor seeing that it is very powerful and not that much more money.

You are correct about the 3D rendering, but I do a bunch of video editing and though the extra horsepower and ram would help.

I should also mention that I have given myself a $1500 budget and I want to spend it all seeing that I need to come up with some tax write-offs for my side business. :D 

Mitch
August 30, 2006 7:55:24 PM

Quote:
you computer is a newegg shopping card list.

it will do it fine. but why spend so much unless you play a LOT of games?


Sorry...but you lost me on your comment? Can you please explain what you mean?

Mitch

um, well it was an edit, but all i mean is you have spec'ed a very high end system. If you budget permits this then go for it. if you want to save some money, decided what you do more, graphics or games.
If its graphics then cheap out on some stuff here and there (i.e. gx card)

If its games then prolly just leave the system as is

BTW sorry for my pre-edit post, it's been a VERY long day for me at work.
August 30, 2006 8:02:13 PM

Hmmm, haven't heard much about that Intel mobo. Since your not going to be oc'ing, I'm thinking it will be fine, but if you want, I would recommend spending a bit more and get an Asus P5B for only $150...

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4884800

Decent memory, faster, and cheaper. Otherwise I would recommend Corsair XMS PC6400C4, you can probably find that for 200, or at least last time I checked.

Do you really need a dedicated DVD-ROM drive?

Everything else looks fine. Good luck!
August 31, 2006 1:22:54 PM

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Hmmm, haven't heard much about that Intel mobo. Since your not going to be oc'ing, I'm thinking it will be fine, but if you want, I would recommend spending a bit more and get an Asus P5B for only $150...

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4884800

Decent memory, faster, and cheaper. Otherwise I would recommend Corsair XMS PC6400C4, you can probably find that for 200, or at least last time I checked.

Do you really need a dedicated DVD-ROM drive?

Everything else looks fine. Good luck!


Thanks for the info!

I updated the motherboard to the Intel "BadAxe" and better memory.

Mitch
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