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November 11, 2007 2:19:15 AM

I need help building a new rig. Budget is around $2500 - 2700. This will be an all
purpose pc with casual gaming in mind. I don't plan on overclocking & the pc will
be up 24/7.

What I need the pc for:

-Video encoding/editing
-casual gaming
-store my media/files to be shared on my home network
-to be connected 2 monitors + 1 lcd tv
-need to last 4-5yrs before my next upgrade

components i'm looking at:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 ~$300
-I need the 8 SATA port on this mobo which I will fill overtime.
-any other mb that support 8 sata?
-do I really need the X38 chipset?

CPU: Core 2 Extreme QX6850 ~$1,100
-Is this overkill?

RAM: 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066mhz) ~$150
-CPU is FSB 1333mhz, so does the MB. Do I need 1333mhz ram also?

Graphic: 8800GT 512MB PCI-e 2.0 ~$270
-which brand to go for?
-need a cheap second card for connection to my LCD tv, suggestion?

HD: 500GB SATA2 ~$110
-already have 2 sata HD from previous pc

Display: Samsung 22" 226BW x2 ~$640 ($320 x2)
-really need this, so no compromise :) 

Case: Antec P182 ~$120
-need case that can fit 8 3.5" HD

Power supply: Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W ~$250
-need psu that can power 2 pci-e card, 8 hard disk & 2 DVD drive
-will 1000W sufficient?

budget exceeded, i need to tone down a bit. comments and suggestion please..

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November 11, 2007 2:28:13 AM

You can save a fortune on the processor. Just get the Q6600. Even the Q6700 is half that.
November 11, 2007 2:46:46 AM

Get the Q6600 processor and save some money. There's not enough difference in rendering time to justify the price. I know from experience. Look at my setup and I am using it for just the same reason, video editing and little gaming.
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November 11, 2007 2:51:55 AM

is there huge difference in speed between Q6600 & QX6850?
November 11, 2007 3:19:19 AM

At stock speeds -- hardly any. Once you've overclocked -- even less.
November 11, 2007 3:26:18 AM

nu-b said:
is there huge difference in speed between Q6600 & QX6850?

Yes, but not enough to justify the huge price difference. An overclocked q6600 can take on a QX6850 stock anyday tho.

My advice:
4X1gig DDR2 800 ram (any good brand)
A good solid 700W PSU
A P35 board will do fine if no SLI
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme for heatsink

Learn how (if you don't) to overclock and get your Q6600 past the QX6850 speeds. I would say what the choice of the motherboard should be, but then again everyone has his or her preference. The 1066mhz ram is overkill, just run the ram in 1:1 ratio and the 800mhz ram should serve you fine.

EDIT: Just read that you don't want to overclock. The Q6600 is still the better value even without overclocking, and 1066mhz ram is now truly overkill.
November 11, 2007 3:51:23 AM

will the life of the cpu greatly reduced by overclocking? If not that would be great.

run the ram in 1:1? how does that work

will 4gb ram offer any performance in Vista 32bit?
November 11, 2007 4:17:24 AM

I've got friends who have OC'd systems running pretty much constant and still going strong after 3.5 or 4 years. As long as you've got good cooling and don't put on too many extra volts it'll be fine.
November 11, 2007 4:52:48 AM

Hey nu-b,

Answers, for video encoding/editing, get a quad.

Get the Q6600; runs at 1066 fsb (or 4x266 quad pumped).
Get 4 gigs PC2-5400 memory; runs at (2x333 - 4:5), is plenty (you technically only need PC2-4300 memory to run 1:1.
P35 and X38 chipsets are good (I like the Asus Maximus Formula).

1000W PSU is overkill but a good power supply is necessary. Quite honestly the Corsair HX620 will be plenty, even the HX520 would be fine (yes, even with a quad).

The 8800 gt is a great card. second card should be nvidia as well.

4 gigs at PC2-5400 is better than 2gigs at PC2-6400, or even 8500. vista 32 will use the 4 gigs.

performance on my quad is great, check my sig.