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Ditching Dell and going back to a home built system

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January 8, 2008 12:57:25 AM

Please comment on my new build component choices.

After building my PCs for years, I bought a Dell the last time since it was much less money than building a similar system. After two plus years, I'm disgusted with Dell and my Dimension 9150, and decided to again build my own PC salvaging some of the parts from the Dell. While purchasing components, I decided to buy all new components, patch up the Dell, and ditch it on eBay.

From my previous builds, there were usually some unexpected calamities along the way and I got help from forums like this one. Please review my selected components and let me know if you see any glaring errors in my choices.

Thank you.

Greg

ASUS P35 Intel Skt-775 DDR2 1333MHz Black Pearl Edition P5K Premium / WiFi-AP Motherboard
ASUS EAH2600XT/HTDP/256M Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
INTEL Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz FSB1333MHz 4M LGA775 Retail BX80557E6750 Processor
ANTEC Sonata III Case
Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400 Xtreme Performance Memory
Western Digital Caviar SE 16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
January 8, 2008 1:23:31 AM

looks functional, whats the system for? Modern Games will find the 2600xt lacking. Regular use would find that to be too much....
January 8, 2008 1:26:03 AM

Way too much for the mobo and not nearly enough for the graphics.
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January 8, 2008 1:47:43 AM

I believe the black pearl edition is the watercooled one so I'm not sure if you want that. (If you are watercooling then you probably want a better video card too.)
January 9, 2008 12:25:54 AM

Thanks everyone for your informative replies. The system will be used for business homework (MS Office) and for personal photo and video editing and creation.

I got a good deal on the black pearl, so I spent about $30 extra for its additional capbilities. I scaled back on the graphics card just to get the system up and running. I will buy a better card once I have properly researched to find the best match for my needs and my system configuration.

What are your recommendations for graphics whose most intensive use will be video editing and dvd authoring.

Greg
January 9, 2008 12:46:54 AM

if you want wifi get a pci / pci-e card not the on board usb based card.
January 9, 2008 2:12:54 AM

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I believe the black pearl edition is the watercooled one so I'm not sure if you want that.


Good call, but I think the Black Pearl's are typically eVGA branded boards/cards with that concept of watercooled. Who knows...maybe this one is the same. Can the OP link us to the board for confirmation??
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