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Full setup for home editing and another for Animation...?

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April 18, 2008 2:58:57 PM


I would like to build next month a system for ~1200 not inc. the softs or the 22" screen.

My kid with slightly lower budget also need a system , she's an Animation student working also with 3D and Adobe premium pack.



For myself I was thinking of this list:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (S775) - 2.4GHz 1066MHz 8MB Shared Cache 64bit Box - 3Y Warranty
Or should I go for Q9300/9450 ???
Arctic Cooling Freezer AM2 64 PRO
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Intel Socket 775 ATX Motherboard and 1394 connect.. [Or other for 45MM? Abit pro???]
DDR2 3GB[or 4G or DDR3] Dual Channel kit 2X2048MB PC6400 OCZ\G. Skill etc... - Life Time Warranty
320GB- SATA-II - 7200RPM - 16MB - Western Digital WD2500AAKS - 3Y Warranty
160GB - SATA-II - 7200RPM - 8MB - Western Digital WD1600JS - for system and programs
Samsung DVD-RW S203B Sata Black X20
Quadro FX1500 256MB 256BIT DDR III - Leadtek Professional 3D Card- 3 Year Warranty.
do I realy need It or 8600GTor 2600 is OK ?
Antec Sonata 2 /3 + 450W/550W smartpower PSU - Silent Case ?
Logitec G5 and keyboard

Thanks a lot for your comments and what will be the changes you think will be needed for the animation ???



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April 18, 2008 3:14:35 PM

The new 45nm quads have additional sse4 instructions that streamline code specifically for rendering/compressing so they might be the way to go for you if you can get them within budget at a similar speed. Just a thought.
April 19, 2008 12:26:55 PM

Surely, the 45nm quads are faster than the 65nm counterparts, but is the slight boost in speed in rendering worth the extra $100+? Not to me. Mind you, I'm an overclocker. Look at it this way: you can buy a Q9450 for about $400 or you can pick up TWO Q6600s for about the same price. $179 at frys.com. Yup, Intel will cut the price on 20th. Neither of you are speed zealots. You could probably care less if the rendering took a few minutes more.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2quad-...

Arctic Cooling Freezer AM2 64 PRO is for AMD AM2/AM2+ cpus. Swap it out for Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 PRO.

The DS3L doesn't have firewire, but you can throw in a $10 pci card. Or consider the GA-P35-DS4.

Go with DDR2-800MHZ 2X2GB or 1X4GB. You will probably not see the same low price ever. DDR3 is going mainstream in the summer/fall.

I don't know how much the FX1500 costs, but I STRONGLY suggest you look at ebay. I saw the FX1400 sold for about $70 + shipping. Did I say brand new?

Sonata 3 with 550W would be the best bang silent case. You buy separate, you pay more for the same quality.
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April 19, 2008 10:00:15 PM

Thanks a lot.
Is the GA-P35-DS4 or the Abit pro can take adventage of the 45mm ?
[If Ill take the Q9300].

Please advise re. the right graphics card , In the lower side of the scale [for video]whould you choose the 8600GT the ATI 2600 OR the 9600 Nvidia ???
April 20, 2008 2:18:35 PM

Tech-speak, even the old P965 can do 45nm as long as the BIOS supports the cpu. I have yet to see a P35 board that can't do 45nm without a bios update.

Ok, you have 2 builds & it's a bit confusing for us used to single build threads.

My suggestions is build 2 identical barebones and add the rest for the specific purpose. For the video editing, 8500 would suffice even for high def & light 3D. I would get one with passive cooling - no fan; just heatsink. For the 3D rendering, NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500 would be plenty. Look for it at ebay. Basically, any of the FX line would be fine for 3D.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_family.html
http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html

Barebone pc:
Q6600
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 PRO
GA-P35-DS4
DDR2-800MHZ 2X2GB or 1X4GB
Western Digital WD2500AAKS
Western Digital WD1600JS
Samsung DVD-RW S203B Sata Black X20
Antec Sonata 3
Logitech G5