I've got some cash to burn so I'm looking to get a solid rig put together before I head back to school. I primarily want to do dvd ripping burning and creation. I also want to be able to game. I Already bought and Antec P180B case so thats firm but what do you think about the rest?
Hey hows it going. I just built myself a new rig to do the same thing as you would like to do. (im also a college student) Anyways i have a smaller case than you so i chose a micro ATX board. Ill give you my specs.
MObo =Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R
HD =Seagate 7200.10 320 gig (2)
PSU = OCZ GXS 700 watt
RAM = OCZ DDR2 6400 5-5-5-15
GPU = 8600GTS
TV tuner= Avermedia TV tuner PCIe 1x http://www.aver.com/mpd/combopcie_mce.html
and a no name dvd burner
That tv is great toms did a review on it a few weeks ago. It plugs into a PCIe 1x slot so its new technology. Im running my CPU at 3.0 GHZ on the stock cooler and stock voltages its alittle loud but it works. I was lucky and got the new G0 stepping for my Q6600. If you are doing DVD editing lke AVI to DVD i really suggest getting the Quad. Its just awesome.
As for what you have i think everything will work great. I would suggest the Seagate and the quad core. The graphics card you have is very good and same with the mobo.
and any reasons why I should go with the Q6600 will the encoding utilize all four cores? I know that for most games they dont use all 4 cores but as cheap as the q6600 is now that may be the chip of choice
would stepping up to 4 gb of ram help in the encoding tasks? I know I would need a 64 bit OS and there are still issues recognizing all of it but would that help the problem without stepping up the CPU?
i dont use the software from avermedia. I have Vista Ultimate 64 bit and it use use the built in media center. Infact if you want software you have to download it from the website. ( im guessing to cut costs)