video-edit system build around PNY Quadro FX540

I have a PNY Quadro FX540 workstation graphics card (won it at NAB conference), it's circa 2004.

http://reviews.cnet.com/graphics-cards/pny-nvidia-quadro-fx/4507-8902_7-31345453.html?tag=specs

I'm thinking of building a system around it..is it worth it?

I did some research, & the minimum $$ for a custom build is ~$800

http://www.infohq.com/Computer/design-desktop-gaming-pc.htm


There is a Compaq Presario SR5410F being discounted to $279 at Staples, info here:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3776553

[ you get a lot of stuff: case, Windows Vista, etc. I have a 500G Maxtor SATA drive sitting around (brand new) ]

It has a PCI Express 16x slot available to take the above PNY video board. Does it make any sense to buy this cheapo system to play with? Or am I better off building a good system from the start? Doesn't everyone have to buy a Windows license ($149 & up) for their system?


I'm a Mac person (3 desktops), but I have a couple of PC laptops. This would be my 1st entry into PC desktop land. I'd like to give Sony Vegas (nice video editing software) a try.
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  1. Erm...
    Your Quadro is the same as a GF6600 non GT based GPU.
    Not at all worth building a system around.


    What all do you plan on doing with your system?
    What budget do you have and do you have anything other than a 500Gb Hd that you can reuse?
  2. outlw6669 said:
    Erm...
    Your Quadro is the same as a GF6600 non GT based GPU.
    Not at all worth building a system around.


    What all do you plan on doing with your system?
    What budget do you have and do you have anything other than a 500Gb Hd that you can reuse?


    I'd like to play with Vegas 8, a nice video-editing solution (holds its own against Apple's FCP/Final Cut Pro). I need Firewire capability to import HD video from my Sony FX1. Play with computer animation software, some gaming.

    Just a fool-around system. I'm too Mac-centric, need to get PC-savvy. Almost no budget, that $279 for a complete PC desktop I can afford right now.

    Specs:

    Processor Brand: Intel®
    Processor Class: Pentium® Dual Core
    Processor Number: E2160
    Processor Speed: 1.80GHz
    Processor Interface: Socket LGA775
    Processors Supported: 1
    Processors Onboard: 1

    [ Is this processor low-end, med-end, or ...? ]

    Additional Technologies: Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology
    Dual-Core Technology
    Memory Type: DDR2
    Memory Size: 512MB
    Total Memory: 1.0GB


    Memory Speed: DDR2 800 (PC2-6400)
    Memory Slots (Total): 2
    Memory Slots (Available): 0


    Maximum Memory Supported: 4.0GB
    Interface: SATA II
    Capacity: 320GB
    Speed: 7,200RPM


    Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Dual Layer Lightscribe
    Interface: EIDE
    Audio Description: Integrated Audio
    Audio Chipset: High Definition


    Channels: 5.1
    Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics
    GPU/VPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    Video Memory: up to 128MB Shared Memory
    Video Interface: VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)



    Communications Description: Integrated LAN Support
    Interface Type: RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector
    Data Transfer Rate: 10Mbps
    100Mbps
    Communications Description: 56Kbps Modem
    Interface Type: RJ-11 - Phone Connector
    Data Transfer Rate: up to 56Kbps

    Power: 250 Watt

    [ how would you rate this PS, low/med end..in terms of power? ]

    Bays: 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
    1 - 3.5" Drive Bays
    Internal Bays: 2 - 3.5" Drive Bays
    Available 3.5" Drive Bays: 2
    Available 5.25" Drive Bays: 1



    PCI Slots (Total): 1
    PCI Slots (Available): 0
    PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 2
    PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): 2
    PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1
    PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1
    PCI Express Slots (Total): 3
    PCI Express Slots (Available): 3
    Expansion Slots: 4
  3. Assuming you are in the states and can order from newegg.com....
    Here is your new $500 system minus monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers.

    Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G Mb $74.99
    Intel E7200 2.53Ghz CPU $129.99
    4Gb DDR2 800 RAM $76.99
    9600GT GPU $134.99 - $20MIR = $114.99
    Antec EarthWats 380 PSU $34.99
    Samsung 20x DVD/RW $26.99
    Case $20.99

    Total $479.93 after MIR

    If you need a copy of Windows...

    Windows Xp Pro $129.99
    -or-
    Windows XP Home $84.99
    -or-
    Vista Home Premium $99.99

    This system will be way more powerful than what you have selected. The components are of much higher quality also. Prebuilt systems use the absolute cheapest components that will just barley work through the warranty period.
  4. The link to the case you submitted, is to the DVD/RW. Do you mind reposting the link.
  5. Fixed in the original post.
    In reality, any ATX case will work just fine for you.
    There are a few cheaper and lots that are higher quality.
  6. outlw6669 said:
    Assuming you are in the states and can order from newegg.com....
    Here is your new $500 system minus monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers.

    Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G Mb $74.99
    Intel E7200 2.53Ghz CPU $129.99
    4Gb DDR2 800 RAM $76.99
    9600GT GPU $134.99 - $20MIR = $114.99
    Antec EarthWats 380 PSU $34.99
    Samsung 20x DVD/RW $26.99
    Case $20.99

    Total $479.93 after MIR

    If you need a copy of Windows...

    Windows Xp Pro $129.99
    -or-
    Windows XP Home $84.99
    -or-
    Vista Home Premium $99.99

    This system will be way more powerful than what you have selected. The components are of much higher quality also. Prebuilt systems use the absolute cheapest components that will just barley work through the warranty period.


    Thanks for the advice.

    I now understand that despite the incredibly LOW pricepoint ($250, there is another $25 off coupon off $279), it won't do what I want. The motherboard is a MSI MS-7525 (Boston):

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01386897&lc=en&cc=ca&dlc=en&product=3686678&lang=en


    Can you recommend a solution (MB & processor), which has onboard 1394 functionality? (I need it for FW import of HD video) Here's one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131232

    But, it's $149..almost twice the cost of your recommendation (Gigabit $79)
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