New System Please advise

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.


ASUS P5E3 PREMIUM/WIFI-AP @n LGA 775 DDR3 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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  1. Looks pretty future-proof to me. What type of audio work? I only ask because I do not see a sound card in there...
  2. 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_review&pg=10

    The sad fact is 3-4 years later the QX9770 will be a 486.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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