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December 16, 2007 9:24:53 PM

Hello everyone,

I want a computer and I'm wondering if you could check my parts list to see about compatibility and offer any advice. I will use this PC mainly for Visual Studio Development, Photoshop, video editing using various programs, and web browsing. I plan on using Vista 64 Ultimate. I do not play any games. I plan to do some overclocking although I have no experience. The prices include the rebates.

Here's my list:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield - OEM $260
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115018

Motherboard: ASUS P5K-V LGA 775 Intel G33 ATX Intel Motherboard $135
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131184

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit x 2 = 8 GB total $190
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231112

HDD: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $105
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822152052

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black $25
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811119137

PSU: Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply $25
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817153052

CPU cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $22
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835186134

Thermal Paste: MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material $5
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835150080

DVD: LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black - OEM $30
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827136134

LCD: Hanns·G HW-223DPB Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor $260
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16824254020

External HDD: Cavalry CAXM37500 500GB 7200 RPM USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.0Gbps $120
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822101030

Keyboard/Mouse: Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black USB $22
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16823109156


Total comes to $1250 shipped.

So... what do you think? Does it all work together? Are there better choices?
Thanks for any advice. ;) 
Regards,

- J

December 16, 2007 9:47:28 PM

It all looks great. Do you already have a video card?
December 16, 2007 9:58:14 PM

I don't plan to get one. The motherboard has onboard video which I think is good enough since I don't game at all.
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December 16, 2007 9:59:25 PM

First I'd go with the Retail CPU, if your not into heavily overclocking, the HSF that comes with it will be sufficient plus the warranty is better on the Retail. While the onboard video will work for what you want to do, you'd be better off with a video card. You could get an 8600GT for less than $100 with rebates or a 7600GT for a bit less. If you decide to go with the video card would suggest a P35 mobo. The ASUS has onboard firewire if you need it, e.g., camcorder, or if not, the Gigabyte would work.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

I'd rethink Vista, it's still buggy and there are still compatibility issues. Vista SP1 is being Beta tested now so you'd be better off waiting. OEM XP is $90 at newegg. I'd suggest you get an 80GB Seagate for about $43 for your OS/programs and use the 500GB for storage. When you have to reinstall Windows, life will be infinitely easier. These changes would likely add $100 or less if you went with XP. You could always start with 2GB of RAM if money is tight and get a 2GB when you have the money. Looks pretty much like my current Wish List video editing machine
December 16, 2007 10:03:49 PM

Yes one of the reasons I chose this motherboard is that it has Firewire as well as e-Sata. What would the video card do for me?
December 16, 2007 10:29:47 PM

The On board video takes quite a bit of your RAM. At least get a 8400GS. Get the P35-DS3L/R. This is because G33 will not support the new 45nm CPUs. You can get an ad on PCI card for the eSATA and FireWire.
December 16, 2007 10:59:50 PM

If you want firewire, I'd go with the original mobo you chose given for $8 you get onboard eSATA. The more onboard features the better given you'll only have 3 PCI slots, which can get used up pretty easily, e.g., wireless card and sound card if you decide to upgrade the audio in the future. Shadow703793 is right about the RAM
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