All Im going to be doing with this computer is encoding video, and graphic design stuff. No games but would like a decent videocard to watch Blu-ray Movies on. This is my build. I plan on ordering the parts this week.
ASUS P5B Deluxe
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Western Digital 500GB SATA 3.0gb/s
Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - OEM (Asus website said it would work but now the memory that would worked changed so Im not too sure if this will)
EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card( Im going to buy a better card with hdcp support latter when directx 10 comes one and the prices drop)
You do realize that you need an overpriced BD player/burner to watch BD movies on PC? IMO, the PS3 is the best value right now that does everything from games, movies, music, Internet, shopping, etc. A standalone BD player costs $100us more than the premium PS3.
personally I would bit the bullet and get an 8800GTS 640mb now, directx10 games will be starting to come out from March onwards and you may even be dissapointed by the performance of the 7600GT with directx 9 games now (I recently upgraded from a 7900GT for that very reason)
the 8800GTS will (in my opinion) be able to run directx10 games at 1280x1024 with some AA for at least 6 months to come, I'm hoping in to next year as well (e.g. till the next gen of directx10 cards)
I also don't think the price of the 8800's will drop very much (if you shop around you can already get some good deals on the GTS), you'll just see the release of something like an 8600
akhilles is right, you'll need a drive that can read blu-ray. I read somewhere that a company will be producing drives that read both blu-ray and HD-dvd in the near future. That would be the one to get.
System looks real nice.
whats your budget
and what programs will you be doing your video encoding on?
will this be a hobby or are you doing this (semi?) professionally?
i ask because in video encoding esspecially with the more expensive programs is where you will actually see a gain in going quad core.
Bluray players are rediculously expensive
also out of interest (not really my area of expertise tho) why are you not going with a Quadro or Fire Gl Gpu designed for Video editing?
Cheapest BD PC player is the writer for $570 us. PS3 + 60GB HDD is $600 US. There's a 20GB version for... oh my, Sony got rid of the 20gb version earlier than I expect cuz the 20gb lost more money per unit sold than the 60gb.
The video encoding will be for a hobby along with the graphics. I will be coonverting vcr tapes to dvd/bluray. I dont plan on getting a bluray burner anytime soon, too expensive. for the videocard i dont know if i want to drop 300. I will spend 200. the 8800 is too much for me and i wouildnt use its potently. i would need a card that has hdcp on it. I have a ps3 so that is where ZI will do my gaming and bluray playback. But if i do cough up a better videocard i might start playing games on the pc.
I plan on overclocking latter on so that is why i choose the 800 mhx ram. I also plan on adding 2 more hard drives later so that is why i want that psu. the other psu i looked at were too small or had bad reviews.