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April 10, 2008 9:20:37 PM

I am building a new system for Gaming and will also do some small audio and vid work at home. I will post the build below but I just dont know if I should spend this much with Nelahem coming out later. I want this system to last for a while if possible but will the new Processors coming out kill this being a system I could get by with in 3 or 4 years (ie hand down to the kiddies)?? Please let me know your opinions.


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April 10, 2008 9:28:45 PM

Looks pretty future-proof to me. What type of audio work? I only ask because I do not see a sound card in there...
April 11, 2008 11:51:26 AM

Nehalem is a new platform, so it won't be compatible with s775. I'm sure you know that. There's more to a new platform than gigahertz. One of the new advancements is that the Nehalem can do more things per cycle than any current C2Q's. On top of faster clock speeds & built-in memory controller (mch).

The QX9770 is a 45nm quad. If you have seen the benchmarks of QX9650, you wouldn't ask:

http://www.benchzone.com/page.php?al=intel_qx9650_revie...

The sad fact is 3-4 years later the QX9770 will be a 486.
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April 11, 2008 1:17:56 PM

bourgeoisdude said:
Looks pretty future-proof to me. What type of audio work? I only ask because I do not see a sound card in there...


Aye.
April 11, 2008 2:21:55 PM

This setup is funny, TBH. The motherboard/CPU/RAM choices are horrible, while all the other choices are excellent. Look at this:

P5E3 $370
QX9770 $1430
DDR3 4GB $390

You can get a system with almost the same performance for much less. In fact, since the hard disk speed is often the limiting factor in audio/video processing, you can get a system with THE SAME performance for much less.
The QX9770 will be better than a Q6600 only in things like Flight Simulator X.

I'd try this instead:

aBit IP35 Pro $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127030

Q6600, $235
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018

Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400), $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148183&Tpk=Ballistix%2b4GB

These changes save you $1705 and you lose almost no performance for the kind of work you do.

Also, I'd get two of those WD6400AAKS disks. If you do something that reads a large video and does something to it and saves it elsewhere (for example compression), it's much better if the source and destination are not on the same physical drive.
April 11, 2008 3:08:51 PM

I concur. There is no reason to go with the most expensive parts, other than bragging rights.

If you want a little more future proof, get the Q9300 or Q9450.

Right now, you can get the Crucial Ballistix 4GB kit at ZipZoomFly for $65, $40 after MIR.
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