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August 2, 2007 11:53:00 PM


So the time has come to build a new system, and I'd like to ask for a quick check on this system. PC will be used only for music production, hence the 4Gb of memory (w/3Gb switch). No OC planned. Ok, here it goes:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Board: Asus P5K
RAM: Kingston DDR2 PC2-6400 Low Latency 4x1Gb (#KHX6400D2LLK2/2G)
Graphics: Asus EN8600GT SILENT/HTDP/256M
Drives: Samsung HD501LJ 500 GB x2
OS: Windows XP Home
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 600W
CASE: Thermaltake Matrix

What do u guys think? Thanks!

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August 2, 2007 11:59:24 PM

If you just do music and don't intend to game at all, you can get a nice cheap 7200GT card which is much cheaper and you can get a smaller PSU 600W is waayy to much what your system needs.

I'd also go with a gigabyte p35 motherboard instead of the asus :) .
August 3, 2007 12:04:46 AM

Thanks for your reply. What would you recommend for the PSU? 500W? Like stated, there are 2 hard drives, and there will be PCI cards as well. I want a very stable system, and quiet if possible (it's going into an ISO box anyway).
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August 3, 2007 12:22:46 AM

I wouldn't opt for a 7200 - just to be safe, throw down 50-75$ for a 7600.

A 500W Antec would be stable enough for the build then.
August 3, 2007 12:26:33 AM

Thanks for the 2 links! Definitely, I'll look into these 2 units.

BTW, I need a graphic card with 2 DVIs out, and I don't think any exist with the 7200GT... So I'll stick with the Asus, plus it has no fan... -> quiet.

(Yes, you can actually use 3GB dedicated to 1 program under a 32-bit OS. But you have to activate it in the boot files. This is frequently done in DAW's, because samples library are huge and eat lots of RAM. Google 3gb switch...)
August 3, 2007 1:13:44 AM

Well, Solariscs, thanks again so much for the links man! :bounce: 

Deus Ex, for the PSU do u think the Neo HE 430 W will be enough? Or should I get the 500 W version?

I appreciate the time taken for these answers, this forum is great!
August 3, 2007 1:17:57 AM

If you go with antec, get the 500W one, the 430 seems to be of lesser quality. Also if your doing that, you should get the Corsair CMPSU-520HX from It's an amazing PSU and they have it for 99.99 with free shipping.

I'd link it, but the link doesn't want to work.
August 3, 2007 1:21:45 AM

imo go for a silent 2400pro, those are dirt cheap anyways and although its a crap card for gaming, its great for video
August 3, 2007 1:24:40 AM

yeah they are, but he needs two DVI outputs, not one.
August 3, 2007 1:25:20 AM

It's ok, I found it. The Corsair unit has got some good reviews. Thanks again, will keep you informed of the final decision! :) 
August 3, 2007 1:28:12 AM

No problem. I like the Corsair because its modular. So don't have cables you don't use laying around inside the case. Just use the ones you need and store the rest in a closet :) 
August 3, 2007 2:02:04 PM

So here's the system I finally ordered:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Board: Asus P5K
RAM: Kingston DDR2 PC2-6400 Low Latency 4x1Gb (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G)
Graphics: Gigabyte GF 8600 GT
Drives: Samsung HD501LJ 500 GB x2
OS: Windows XP Home En
PSU: 520W Corsair HX520W
CASE: Thermaltake Matrix

From the inital setup, here are the changes:

- Graphic card: the Gigabyte is cheaper and thinner, and got better reviews than the Asus
- PSU: the Corsair has great reviews and seems to be quiet and stable

What I didn't change:

Board: Asus P5K. It has Firewire built-in, which I need. And I like Asus boards...

RAM: I'll stick with 4 x 1 Gb. It's supposed to be more stable to have 4 identical modules...

Total price in my country for this system is ~ $1335.
Thanks to everybody who helped! :bounce: 
August 3, 2007 2:03:45 PM

no problem, good luck with your build :) 
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August 3, 2007 3:42:31 PM

looks nice , enhoy it