I am currently looking to build a system for my father. He is on a budget of around $500. His main goals are video editing. He does not play any games whatsoever. He is also running Windows XP with no desire to switch to Vista at the moment. He currently has a case, DVD burner, power supply, and hard drives, which I plan on pulling over from his current system. This is the system I am looking to get him, suggestions on it would be very helpful.
BFG Tech BFGE88512GTSE GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $189 with 30 mail in rebate
OCZ Platinum Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) $87 with $30 mail in rebate.
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 Motherboard and processor on combo deal for $305
Also, I don't know what the board 'combo' is...does it give the motherboard brand/model?
Video editing loves more cores and RAM. The e8400 is about the same price as the q6600; quad clocks to 3.0 with a FSB change from 266 to 333 and no voltage adjustment. More if you really want...we can discuss that later.
True, why a 8800gts for video editing? You could get by with a cheapo card if that is ALL it is to be used for. Now, if you are going to be up late playing games after he is done for the day...most cards in the ~$200 and under range are pretty darn good right about now.
Edit: I see the board now...my fault. Swap CPUs. Consider a Xigmatek cooler.
Thank you very much for the help and also the consideration that I may be playing late at night. I do some gaming, but as I no longer live at home, that will not be an issue. I had set the higher video card thinking that it would help in editing. However my current knowledge of computer hardware is somewhat limited. I have taken your suggestions and modified the system. Here I bumped up the RAM, changed the motherboard, to one that could handle a quadcore and switched the processor to a quadcore.
SAPPHIRE 100237L Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $69 with $15 rebate
Too much ram now. Really, you won't use more than 2GB for the editing apps under XP. In fact, 1GB should be enough for almost all video editing apps under XP. You definitely don't want 8GB of ram, since 32bit XP can only address 3GB of total memory, including the memory of the video card.
Do you know specifically what video editing applications he'll be using? It matters b/c not all video editing apps can take advantage of quadcore.
A pure video editing rig shouldn't need much of anything in the way of graphics. Integrated works fine and doesn't cause much of a hit, but if you refuse to use IGP, then an entry level card works great like an 8400GS, or a turbocache style card and just disable the turbocache with rivatuner.
If your father doesn't play games, than why do I see a 8800GTS? That is total overkill!
Relocate your budget. Get a quad and reduce your GPU to 8600GT or HD3650.
Indeed, this GPU will be plenty powerful for video editing.
As for ram it's true that XP 32 won't use more than 3.5 gig but I certainly feel comfortable recommending the use of 2 x 2 gig since memory is so darn cheap, it's not like it burns a big chunk of the budget and unless over clocking is a sure thing than value will work just fine.
Wow, I am glad I posted on here, thanks for the help. Joe, now that you mention it, I am pretty sure that the program my dad uses for editing does not support quad-core, but I will have him check on that. So I think my final build will be a motherboard with a built in GPU, 4 gigs of RAM and either the Q9300 if his software supports quad-core and if it does not, then the E8400/8500 depending on how much money he wants to spend on the processor. The built in GPU will save my dad chunk of change, so thanks for the suggestion. This system will come in well under $500.
I know that my father will not be overclocking, so I am not too worried about that, but thanks for the mention.