Hi everyone, I have been lurking around here for quite some time - some info as to what I will be doing with this build:
- video editing + TV show recording
- Not a lot of gaming, too busy with studies for games
- probably will not be overclocking
- will keep the computer on for extended periods of time, most likely 18 of 24 hrs in a day
Here's which I am thinking of getting, please tell me if my selections are good:
INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600 2.4 GHz 1066MHz L2 8 MB
ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP SKT.775 INTL P35/ICH9 ATX 3PCI/2PCI-EX/2PCI-E 16X 4DDR2- 1066, SATA RAID0 WIFI-AP 1394 (P5K-E/WIFI-AP)
I already have a TV Tuner and monitor that I like. Please don't burn me for getting a low end graphics card, once again, I am not into gaming and I am a graduate student, so working with a small budget really ties up my hands. My questions are as follows:
1) Are my choices solid? What changes should I make and why?
2) Are those RAM good to go with the motherboard? (Just making sure)
3) Will the stock Antec 500W PSU do the job for me?
1. For the most part, yeah. Since you're not going to game - going with an HDCP or TV Tuner card is probably your best bet. (The 8600 GT is also capable of these functions, I think, but it's all a matter of personal preference)
2. RAM is fine. You aren't OC'ing so timings shouldn't even really concern you. If anything RAM will be the last thing you need to worry about when considering a bottleneck.
3. Antec is pretty reliable from what I hear, but w/o more information (ie. model # / name) I can't really tell you more.
I would only go with 2GB unless you're using a 64bit OS. 32bit OS won't recognize the full 4GB (usually 2.7-3.5GB max). If you plan on doing 3GB you'll want to do 2x1GB and 2x512MB in dual-channel mode as opposed to 3x1GB, which will force your ram into single-channel mode. I personally would just go with 2GB of RAM though.
As for the PSU - Yeah, the EarthWatts are pretty solid from the comments that are posted around here.
Looks good. Here are some additional thoughts:
1) Go for the 4gb of memory up front. With a Q6600, you will be able to do considerable multitasking. It helps to be able to hold all those tasks in memory without demand paging. DDR2 memory is cheap these days. It is better to get a matched set of memory up front to avoid any problems with upgrading later. Sometimes memory vendors change their specs slightly over time, potentially causing problems.
2) For the same price, Consider the antec designer 500 case :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It has the same psu(which is very good, and will do the job), but the case has better ventilation, and comes with lots of sound deadening features. I also like cases without front doors; they are a pain. Don't be put off by the white color, I had the predecessor P150, and it looks very nice in the flesh.
3) Do you need wi-fi, or other features on the motherboard? For about $50 less, there are other good choices for P35 motherboards.
I think 64 bit vista is a good deal, I have had no problems. In fact, it seems a bit more responsive to me when I changed from 32-bit. The advantage is that you can use all 4gb. In addition, there are some additional security features and other goodies that I can't remember. I don't imagine that there are any games that will detect a 64 bit os, and take advantage of it.
I had no driver problems. The only problem I had was that vista-64 will not run any 16bit dos programs like civ2-2.42. No matter, civ2-mge runs fine with a patch.