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December 5, 2007 10:13:12 PM


First posting at your incredibly active forum.

I am in definite need of recommendations.

Building my first system and going crazy especially with Motherboard choices. Seen so many reviews my eyes are crossing. The big fears are actually my choice of all the components.

The system is mainly built for Photoshop CS3 and Premiere pro. I am aware that with Premiere the system configuration possibilities can go over the top for professionals, but my requirements would be so that for a 4GB avi file I don’t have to wait 24 hrs for the rendering; as well, a little bit of gaming of the Tomb Raider type is contemplated. (devoted fan of Lara Croft here).

System Description

Case: Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 ATX Tower (with appropriate cooling fans)

PSU Thermaltake ToughPower Cable Management 750 Watt ( or should I go to 850 watts ?)

Motherboard ASUS P5K Deluxe ( Major indecision here with graphic cards supposedly
covering up PCI slots etc..)

CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS8700 LED Copper Heat Pipe.

Memory (2) 4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 (thinking of maxing board and running Win XP Pro at 64 bit on one partition and 32 bit on another partition just in case drivers problems).

Graphics Card PNY VCQFX1400-PCIE-PB Quadro FX1400 .

Hard Drives (2) Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drive - WD5000KSRTL
and a few more older ATA drives.

Optical Drives (2) Sony 20x Multi-Format DVD+ -RW Burner, Internal.

Floppy Drive Anything will do.

OS Windows Vista Pro ( Seen a lot of poor reviews about it but hopefully future Service Packs will remedy)

So, I would appreciate any constructive critique and or opinions on anything that may occur you, overkills, anything!.

Thank you.


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December 5, 2007 10:30:27 PM

If your not overclocking, the HSF that comes with the retail CPU should be fine. If you have enough connections, might want to consider a smaller drive strictly for the OS/programs, avoids hassles and angst when reinstalling Windows. You could save quite a bit if you don't need onboard WiFi.
December 6, 2007 2:13:03 AM


No overclocking, have not seen ntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 that include HSF.
Excellent call on the smaller drive and WiFi.

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December 6, 2007 10:00:58 AM

As far as I know all Retail CPUs come with HSF and they also have a better warranty than OEMs. Check this out. newegg does not ship out of the US but you should be able to find this retail CPU even in you're not in the US
December 6, 2007 12:00:10 PM

Right again on CPU g-paw. located outside outside rochester ny in cow landia. No problem getting parts. That motherboard business is baffling, any suggestion ? not much of a gamer but still would like a good board ; is it that the market better boards are geared toward gamers?
December 6, 2007 12:10:54 PM

Yeah, retail would be the way to go. That PSU is overkill! You'll be pulling 300-400w MAX with this setup. Find something cheaper there too. Someone with more experience with professional graphics cards, would the fx 1400 still be recommended over a new gaming card like an 8800gt? I don't have enough experience with pro cards to be sure of the advantages. Make sure you get SATA drives for everything, I'm sure that MB only has a single PATA connector.
December 6, 2007 2:56:57 PM

If you need onboard firewire, e.g., for a digital camcorder, the ASUS would be could and if you don't the Gigabyte. For mobo the cost largely comes down to features, how well they overclock, and various RAID configurations. Unless you need a professional video card, an 8600GT should work. Higher end video cards are really for gaming rather than photo and video editing/rendering, which again are CPU intensive

December 7, 2007 10:26:34 PM

Yes, will probably go down 100 watts. I would still like to have some peace of mind since I am going to install some more drives I already have on the single PATA and on a extra Ultra Ata board I already have. Still Checking on that video card. By the way can you install a regular PC whatever card, on a PCIe? and thanks for taking the time to pass on the knowledge.
December 7, 2007 10:31:28 PM


Thanks for suggestions, still comparing motherboards and graphic cards and yes it seems Photo and Video editing I just found out seem to be and memory and cpu intensive. Thanks again.
December 7, 2007 11:06:55 PM

Look at getting a mac as well and a new mac pro should be out soon.