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Hi all,

I was hoping to have gotten away with not registering and pestering you with my questions, but I'm afraid I must confess. I built my own rig for the first time about 6 years ago, and now it's time for an upgrade; however, since I built my PC a while back, I have become hopelessly lost in this new world of Core2Duo, SLI slots, and all that stuff.

That being said, I'd not only like help building my system, but I'd also love it if I could learn about what I am building, so that way I feel confident in my decisions and fully understand the parts of my PC (and I'll be able to upgrade later if necessary).

Ok, so here goes:

- I need a PC that can handle gaming, and video editing on AVID. I will most likely have a portable HD with a large capacity so I can transport my work to and from other edit bays.

- I have about $2,000 to spend.

- I currently have a keyboard, nice mouse, and a monitor (but if you can squeeze in this monitor: in that range, I'd be happy).

Here's kind of what I've been looking at so far (obviously not complete). If you have any suggestions, criticisms, or comments, please share! :)

All products courtesy of

ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail (x2)

Rosewill RP550-2 ATX 2.01 550W Power Supply - Retail

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speaker - Retail

SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM

Open for suggestions on case and cooling as well as everything else, as I know I missed some stuff. :)

This config puts me at about $1,878 bucks (including the monitor). I don't think I really need 7.1 speakers, nor do I really need some of the really fancy stuff. But, I would love feedback and helpful suggestions on making this rig as decent and (hopefully economical) as possible.

Can't thank you enough!
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  1. chhannngge out that roswell 550w psu and go with something from antec or someone else ( too lazy to think of other psu brand offhand)

    g.skill... hit up corsair ram instead of g.skill.

    are you planning or getting another 8800gtx in the future? if not don't get sli.
  2. Roswell isnt rated well. I would recommend at least 600-750 watts for non-sli, and 700-1000 for sli. the samsung 216bw is a better monitor and is the same price right now (b/c free shipping), though .4" smaller. corsair is good memory. I personally wouldnt bother with sli, not enough performance for the price. I would get a Ip-35 motherboard (good overclockers at a moderate price, but dont support sli). Q6600 is great and near future proof but, the G0 is comming out and is a better version if you dont mind waiting. Everything else is pretty good. If interested I posted a in depth part list here.
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