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May 30, 2007 9:24:03 PM

I am building a PC for a friend on a $1000 budget-specifically for video editing. This is a rough draft I put together, complete with Newegg links (when needed).

Processor- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz $224.90

RAM- G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

Motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard $129.99

Hard Drive 1- Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136054

Hard Drive 2- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148136

EVGA 256-P2-N740-LR GeForce 8500GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card $97.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130089

Case- (Will choose) $50-$80

PSU- FSP Group (Fortron Source) Blue Storm II 500 ATX 2.2V 500W Power Supply 100 $86.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104034

Total:::$1084+tax/shipping-rebates~~~$1000!!! 8)

Before you all start ranting about why I did this and that, let me at least try to explain myself. :)  I am totally up in the air about RAM and HD, don't know if 4GB is worth it with XP Pro, and the raptor is undecided. The video card is just in case some new DX10 video editing program comes out (I have no idea just seemed cool). Any help would be appreciated. Tell me if I am overkilling or underkilling anything and straighten me out.
May 30, 2007 10:33:32 PM

bump the raptor and get another 500gb hd or run 2x320gb hard drives in raid 0 or raid 5

the 8500gt is a piece of junk ur better off with a high end dx9 card or wait till the end of june/july ati should release their other HD series cards if you want dx10
GDDR3 > GDDR2

4gb is uselesssssssss! unless your a autocad or like to keep millions and millions of useless files on your computer just to be cool on win xp
May 30, 2007 11:13:41 PM

Ditch 2GB of ram and spend the difference on a 7900GS. The 8500 is a complete piece of shite.
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May 31, 2007 1:16:45 AM

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Ditch 2GB of ram and spend the difference on a 7900GS. The 8500 is a complete piece of shite.


For video editing, anything among those lines will do.

If you friend desperately needs the 4GB of ram, then he needs Vista Ultimate X64, as it will only detect the full 4GB of ram. Harddrive space is his own personal preference, whether he will need that much or not.
May 31, 2007 3:05:28 AM

Quote:
Ditch 2GB of ram and spend the difference on a 7900GS. The 8500 is a complete piece of shite.


As I said this is only for video editing, so if not DX10 I would say a 7600gs or gt if that's alright. As for 4GB, I'm changing it to 2 or 3, simply because she is working on a full length film. I rechecked the list and remembered it needs a decent sound card, so finding one would be nice-but keep it on the cheap side.

I will go with the 2 320 barracudas in raid 0, but I need info on how to set that up.
May 31, 2007 3:24:47 AM

UPDATE:

Processor- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz $224.90

RAM- G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231065
and...

If I'm going for another gig I need to find matching specs on 2x512 if it's even worth it... :roll: maybe $60?

Motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128042

Hard Drive- Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive $154.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136033

Case- (Will choose) $50-$80

PSU- FSP Group (Fortron Source) Blue Storm II 500 ATX 2.2V 500W Power Supply 100 $86.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I'd like some sort of criticizm on this I just guessed from what I've heard)

Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102002
Should I get this???

Video card: EVGA 128-P2-N441-LX GeForce 7300GT 128MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130026

Total:::$936.83+tax/shipping-rebates~~~less than $1000!!!
(anything under 1000 is great as long as it does the job well)

We agreed that a 74 GB raptor along with her external HD will be all that she needs for this project.
May 31, 2007 7:32:17 AM

OS: If you get 64-bit XP Pro, go with the 4 gig (4x1gig) if not, stick with 2.
RAM: If you're not overclocking, you can get cheaper. Transcend JETRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $72.

Mobo: No need for the newest rev of the Gigabyte. Do this one instead. Save $30.

PSU: I don't know much about the PSU you picked. Looks okay, but look at Enermax Liberty and/or Seasonic S12.

Sound card: Looks ok.

Video card: Not much needed for video editing. Looks ok. Make sure it can support dual display (very handy)
May 31, 2007 3:42:09 PM

Yeah my customer already has a copy of XP Pro 32-bit that she will reuse, so we decided on 2 GB for now. Are you sure that Transcend RAM is good quality? We want to try and avoid RMAs and warranties, so another $40 for the CL4 Gskill might be better. Have you personally seen this RAM??

I'll change to the other Gigabyte you picked out. I can't even see a difference in any of the specs.
June 1, 2007 12:20:07 AM

It's a generic brand of RAM- might be good, might not. I've ordered it for my new build, but haven't tested it yet. If you like G. Skill, here's a cheaper deal.
June 1, 2007 12:23:55 AM

Yes but I think that Gskill RAM isn't compatible with P965 Chipsets so I think I'll go with the $110 deal. Plus the timings are 4-4-4-12.
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