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New Build For Gaming & Video editing & Graphic Arts

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February 12, 2007 7:26:36 PM

Yes, I know, another rate my build post. I put this list together for my new build. I believe it should work well for Gaming, Video editing and general graphic arts.

Case: LIAN LI PC-60BPLUSII W Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
MB: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
Processor: E6400
GPU: EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply
Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
HHD: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (drive 1 particioned for OS and programs 2nd particion for data. Drive 2 set as RAID 1 to be a mirror of drive 1 for security).

I am also, trying to figure out what Heatsink will best fit in this case, and fit on the evga 680i board.

Thanks for your insights.
February 12, 2007 9:19:14 PM

Excellent Choices

-I would get a E6600,however - the proportions doesn't seem right somehow
February 12, 2007 10:48:29 PM

Whatever hsf you pick, DON'T get Zalman. My friend learned the lesson the hard way. Hence, he sold it to me. AC Freezer 7 Pro fits 680i perfect & matches the black & silver colors.
February 13, 2007 12:45:34 AM

Not vital, but the articles I have read all agree that the additional cache on the C2D 6600 does help with video editing ... all depends on your budget, though.

More importantly, for video editing purposes, having your OS, windows page file, input files, export files and video editing software scratch disk (if your program utilizes one, such as the Adobe Premiere Elements I use does) all on the same mirror raid will cause a lot of competition for read/writes and slow things down. If you can swing another drive now, or add one down the road, you will see a significant improvement in video editing.
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