I need specs for a $1000 PC for multimedia PC

I am in need of everyones infinite wisdom to help me build a great machine to use for my office needs and heavy dvd ripping, decoding, and video editing. I need something that will perform best for ripping dvds and video editing, not gaming, but I guess they are inter-related minus the video attributes.

I think I am well settled the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or E8500 provided I can find one. I do not think I will gain a massive edge by purchasing the E8500 since the price differential is about $100.00.

Also, I believe the best hard drive for this system will be 2 Raptor 150GB SATA drives unless someone thinks there is something better.

As far as motherboards go, I have always favored Asus, but have heard you need to flash this board prior to installing the E8500. I also want to make sure someone recommends the proper MB for the E8500's 45nm tech. I have my eye on the ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard.

So please let me know what you think of the above.

Here is where I need the most help.

CASE
Heatsink
DVD+-RW
DVD Reader
Multimedia reader
Video Card (must have dual dvi ports)
Memory
PSU
Anything else I need.

I can spend a couple hundred more if needed

Thanks in advance for your time and efforts
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  1. I'm afraid you'd have to have the bios flashed to support 45nm cpu's either by you or a local computer store for a small fee. That's the case for me. Luckily, my old C2D hadn't been sold until after the update.

    So no gaming, & mostly mundane work. I think your best option would be a Q6600 - quad cores. If or when you feel the need, you can upgrade to a Yorkfield (45-nm quad). You wouldn't have bios update hassle.

    GPU: I suggest you look at 8X00 geforces with passive cooling (heatsinks; no fans) on newegg. This will help you pick out the right one:

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_family.html
  2. For video editing and decoding you would gain significantly with a quad core, like the q6600 as noted above.
    If you don't plan on overclocking than I don't see why the stock cooler wouldn't suffice, but you could always go with products from Thermalrite, Zalman (just not the 2 Tom's just failed), Arctic Cooling, or Cooler Master.
    Your choice of the Asus board is good, and I don't really see much difference in optical drives lately. I have 3 different brands, Pioneer, Samsung, and NEC and they all work great. Raptor drives are good, but you might want more space if you are doing video encoding.
    500 GB HDDs are cheap now, and putting Vista on one and swap on the other, or data on the other would work well.
    Get a good P.S. 650 watts or more...
    Seems like 64 bit Vista with 4 to 8 GB mem would rock for video work
  3. I would think that from what your saying, the q6600 would be a good idea. As for video, I would think you might want at least an 8800GT 512MB, or even the 9600GT 512MB might work out. I would swap the raptors in for a 320GB or 500GB WD or Seagate HDD. And 4GB RAM would be a good choice. One other thing you might want to look at is the HD 3870 512MB it maybe a bit cheaper video option.
  4. sprucebr1 said:
    I would think that from what your saying, the q6600 would be a good idea. As for video, I would think you might want at least an 8800GT 512MB, or even the 9600GT 512MB might work out. I would swap the raptors in for a 320GB or 500GB WD or Seagate HDD. And 4GB RAM would be a good choice. One other thing you might want to look at is the HD 3870 512MB it maybe a bit cheaper video option.

    Raptors should go

    Go with two of these
    Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288
    about as fast.. cheaper.. more space...

    Q6600
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
    do the searches.. figure with extra money for the power and mult. you got

    8800GT
    Would be the next level if you can afford it. Major step up.
    Evga would be the better brand to go with
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318
    GeForce 8800GT 512MB

    if you like ASUS
    ASUS P5K-E
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131225


    If you are looking for cheaper you can go with open boxes.. just need to keep checking the Newegg.
  5. Thanks guys. I have a question about the 4gb of RAM recommendation. I was under the impression that only a 64 bit could take advantage of the full 4gb. I was going to use vista 32 bit so that I do not have any driver issues. Can someone shead some light on this. Also, does anyone have any RAM recommendations?
  6. No issues. 32bit sees up to 3.5gb of ram. You should get 4 gigs before the DDR2 prices go up in the fall. If you overclock, get G.SKILL HZ, FIRESTIX or BALLISTIX. Otherwise, any 800mhz ram with heatspreaders will do.
  7. sprucebr1 said:
    As for video, I would think you might want at least an 8800GT 512MB, or even the 9600GT 512MB might work out. One other thing you might want to look at is the HD 3870 512MB it maybe a bit cheaper video option.


    Quote:
    Get a good P.S. 650 watts or more...



    READ WTF HE'S USING IT FOR!!!


    He's not gaming, so a $50 8500gt class card would suffice, as would a quality 350-450watt PSU.

    For what you're doing, a Q6600 would be best.

    A P35 board like this Intel would be fine, it has plenty of sata ports for hard disks and DVD burners.

    The Raptors are a waste as the newer 500gb models are nearly as fast and have triple the capacity.

    32-bit OS's can use about 3.2gb of RAM.
  8. Noya is correct about the power requirements. I just recommended the 650 as I've never been a fan of going the bare minimum, which for this type of system is prolly 305 to 350 watts.

    Video card can be bare minimum as well, just hope you never feel like playing any games....

    And if you really want to try go with no more than what you need, buy 3 GB memory.
  9. Great feedback thanks so much. I think everyone convinced me to go quad-core. I also saw the post about the video and cooling. I do tend to play games, so I decided perhaps I should just shell out the money and get a nice video card. Additionally, I do not want to chince out on the power so for $105.00 I can have a great PSU since I already own the OS.

    Here is goes, from an old head that hasn't built a system in 5 years.

    SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151154

    LITE-ON Black 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-08 - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106225

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Two Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA-300 Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

    EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318

    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002

    SABRENT CRW-UINB 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820300608


    CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194

    ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131225

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

    Total Cost = $1,330.90 after rebates

    Do I need any gels, fans, heatsinks, etc?

    Any changes, suggestions, etc?
  10. Stock heat sink and fan will suffice if you don't O.C.
    If the case has 120mm fans you should be good on cooling

    Looks good, should be a nice system.
  11. Perfect for a stock gaming pc. The 900 comes with enough fans. The Intel cooler has some thermal paste on the base.
  12. I might have missed it, but I didn't see an OS.

    PS - thank god that Antec uses 120mm+. I forgot how noisy 80mm fans are. I had two of them running, plus the CPU fan on a system I just built, and it sounded louder than the fans I have in my system. To give you an idea, I've got seven 120mm fans running, three of them always at full speed. D'oh. Screw 80mm fans. Rather, unscrew them and remove them from your case before hammering them into pieces.
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