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August 31, 2006 6:07:25 AM

I'm ready to begin building a new system. It has been a long time since I built my last time so I'm really out of touch with the scene. Your help would be great. I'm a Web/Graphic Designer (CS2, Illustrator), Photographer, do Video Production/Editing (Vegas & Premiere), and I just need something to really speed up my multitasking and encoding times.

This is what I have already and don't feel I need to upgrade

Dell 24" LCD Display and a 19" CRT
Plexter DVD Dual Layer Burner
Memorex CD-RW Burner
Internal Asus WIFI 802.11 b/g Wireless LAN Card
WD2500KS SATA Western Digital Hard Drives (going to order a Raptor X SATA)
ATI Radeon 9000 All-in-Wonder Video Card
(Its really old, but waiting for DirectX 10 Cards)

My current system is an Overclocked P4 sitting on an ASUS motherboard with 1GB of RAM. Please, suggest what components I need for my new system. Money is not so much of a concern, but I don't want to overkill either. I'm definitely for the fastest Core 2 Duo Extreme processor. Here's what I need to know to order and if I forgot something, let me know.

COOLING SYSTEM (if it doesnt require maintance, no time for it)

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August 31, 2006 2:56:32 PM

well if that vid card is agp yer gonna have a tough time finding a mobo that will support it...but there are some cheap card that should tide you over till dx10

heres my suggestions


CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe

PSU: ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Sound card(if u really need it):Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

Cooling(shouldnt need if you dont overclock):ZALMAN CNPS9500

vid card:ATI 100-714600 Radeon X1300 256MB

as for a case id say snoop around for somethin u like(just make sure its got some decent cooling
August 31, 2006 3:34:39 PM

I forgot about the dying AGP. That's okay, I can buy another card in the time being.

I'm positive I'll need the cooling sooner or later. I normally just overclock the computer 10-20% through ASUS's settings or even if I don't overclock the CPU I still end up needing a cooling system since there's days my computer is rendering and encoding video 24-7.
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August 31, 2006 3:36:53 PM

by the way thanks "muffins"

anyone else have any suggestions? or should I just start ordering from muffins' list
August 31, 2006 4:14:11 PM

by the way thanks "muffins"

anyone else have any suggestions? or should I just start ordering from muffins' list

Nope.. looks good to me..:) 
August 31, 2006 4:23:47 PM

in truth no one really know how much power dx10 cards are going to require, so if you have the money get the 620W version of the enermax to be on the safe side...just note that this is the very safe side and that the 500W version will most likely be fine, but no sense in getting that 500W now, then upgrading to dx10 later only to find out your 500W psu is right on the bubble...otherwise everything else looks good, but i would save 400 bucks and get the e6700, can overclock to above and beyond x6800 levels all the while giving your more cash for something else
August 31, 2006 4:51:45 PM

I saw the price difference, I can't justify the difference from the 6700 and 6800. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll do my best with the 500w or 620w psu....

All the stores in my area have lame or outdated cases. Does anyone have any suggestions since I don't really have the opportunity to check them out? If they have good cooling, front ports, look neat, and have easy access then it is meant for me.
August 31, 2006 5:03:30 PM

Alright, I'll hit you up with some cases:

HUGE server type: TT Armor, TT Kandalf, Tai Chi, CM Stacker
Larger cases: TT Shark, Sunbeamtech Transformer
Mid-large size: NZXT Lexa or Apollo, Gigabyte Aurora 570 (new revision), Apevia/Aspire X-Pleasure.

Take your choices from those.

Get a E6600, you can overclock that thing to 4 GHZ, especially with this following cooling solution:

Titan Amanda TEC cooler... reviews are here:

It weighs 1kg, but hey, it'll cool anything down like nothing.

Get a GameXStream, 600 or 700W. That will last you a long time.

Get the new DHX memory =P. If you don't want to spend 600 bucks, then just go with what muffin said =)

I doubt you'll need the sound card, but if you have the money.
August 31, 2006 5:24:53 PM

I fell in love with the Antec P180B - and have been rewarded for my affections. With the stock cooler and white goop it came with - my E6600 doesn't go over 45C at full load. I am keeping track of my temps and will be working on improving them with the Zalman 9500 - but as for a case - the P180 is tops. 3-120mm fans stock - with room for 1 more intake 120mm and 1 more internal 120mm just to shake things up.

Also - since the PS and the drive bays can all be in their own seperate channel - they do not negatively impact the MB/CPU temps.

The only thing you need to be aware of is that you may need a different power supply - or at least be sure it's supported by the case - the cables need to be a bit longer. I chose the Fortron FX600 - a bit spendy - but solid engineering. You would be pressed to hear anything negative about the technology - the price is a slightly different story.

As for sound, it does a pretty good job. As for looks - it's clean and sophisticated. As for airflow it is very good.

I hope this helps.

August 31, 2006 5:34:33 PM

Don't know how you guys feel about Maximum PC mag, but they were stating in their latest issue that the latest and greatest vid cards are going to run up to 300W.

Just passing the word since I can't verify the truth of this statement.

Anyway it states in MaxPC a kilowatt power source is recommended.

August 31, 2006 6:05:05 PM

I have the e6400 and its unbelievable. Zalman 9500 on it, the thing stays below 40 deg. under load. I havent OC'd it yet, but I will after I take benchmarks on the stock system. I have the P180b and I would recommend it to ANYONE. The fans are great, and the design is top notch. Two 120mm fans to exhaust from the CPU/mobo (one in the top of the case, one in the back) make it very smooth. The only gripe is the way the cabling from the PSU is shoved through a slit between the case sections. My Antec 550w psu seems to be sufficient.

Enjoy your new sys, whatever you get!