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I am planning on building a new system, however the last time i built a computer was when there was only single core CPU's and Intel's Pentium 4 was the latest rage. I do a lot of video and photo editing for work on my computer ( I use adobe production suite, and I also do some decent gaming, (Battlefield, SWG, things like that) and to cap it off i want to get into music recording on my PC. So i am gonna need to build a new computer. I'd like to keep it under $2000 but if i can't, oh well.

I'm gonna need everything from case to dvd drive.
I've been looking on new egg and i have a few ideas but im open to suggestions

Ive been look at these two, but i dont know the difference in ram types and ive never heard of north and south bridges before. I'm open to suggestions as long as its got a lot of USB ports and PCI slots. Also i'd like to stick with intel
GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP ATX Intel Motherboard

As for soundcard i'd really like it to be good quality for sound recording.
For Videocard I'm open to suggestions
For Ram I plan on getting 4 gigs of whatever type is good for the motherboard i go with
DVD drives i'll figure out
PSU i was thinking one with 850W so it can run everything well
Case Open to suggestions
Monitor - I have
OS - I am gonna stick with my XP professional
CPU - is quad better than dual? i dont want to get to expensive but i'd like it to be 2.8GHz or higher

Thanks! Sorry for the long post!
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  1. MOBO: P5K-E is not even in the same league as DQ6. Perhaps, Rampage Extreme would be a fair comparion. The overclocker in us already knows the answer. If you don't overclock, you get pick up a P45 like P5Q vanilla. You can throw in an extra USB card or Firewire if need be.

    CPU: Q6600, period. You do more work than game? Quad it is.

    I'll leave the rest to others.
  2. For videocard HD 4870 is best choice.
  3. pulasky said:
    For videocard HD 4870 is best choice.

    i searched HD 4870 on newegg and it came up with 5 different brands that all look the same. is there a difference in these? or is it the computer version of camaro/firebird?
  4. Where we are now
    Mobo -GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA 775 DDR3 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

    CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600

    Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100243L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

    I still need to think about RAM. Is ddr3 worth it? or should i drop the mother board down to the GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard which only takes ddr 2 as opposed to the other one which only takes ddr3?
  5. Yeah, don't worry about DDR3 memory. Stick with DDR2 for now, it'll get the job done.
  6. ^^^ DDR2 will get the job done for LESS!!! <--- Keyword.
  7. does anyone else know of any other good videocards other then the HD 4870 in case it sells out before i can order my system at the end of august?
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