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July 22, 2008 4:55:49 PM

I've done a lot of research on this forum, but I am still a newbie and welcome your suggestions. I want a good gaming/video editing, graphic rendering machine that might last a few good years. This is what I've purchased so far:

Benq FP241W Monitor
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W
G.Skill F2-8000CL5D 4GB DDR2-1000
Windows Vista 64bit

This is what I have in my cart at Zipzoomfly:

LOGITECH QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam[/b] 960-000048 USB Black Retail 1 $87.99
OCZ OCZTVEND Vendetta Aluminum & Copper Intel/AMD CPU Cooler Retail 1 $28.99
OCZ OCZTFRZTC Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound Retail 1 $4.99
SAMSUNG SH-S202N 20X IDE DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk 1 $26.25
GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 Intel Core 2 Quad Socket 775 1600 MHz PC2-9600 (DDR2-1200) ATX Motherboard Retail 1 $224.99
INTEL Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66 GHz 1333 MHz 775 12MB Desktop Processor Retail ***Free Shipping*** 1 $325.50
WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar?SE16 SATA WD6400AAKS SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk ***Free Shipping*** 1 $89.00
WESTERN DIGITAL WD3000GLFS VelociRaptor 300GB SATA II 10,000 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk ***Free Shipping*** 1 $294.99
VISIONTEK 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail 1 $279.99
Logitech Deluxe 250 Desktop keyboard/mouse (Black) 1 $11.99
Verbatim 95115 CD-R 80min 700MB 52X LightScribe 10 Pack Spindle Retail 1 $4.99
Chevron $10 Gift Card 2 Free Gift

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Estimated Subtotal $1379.67

I read many reviews about the velociraptor and will use it for OS and games and the other hard drive for everything else. Better suggestions? Do I really need a RAID set up? If so, which one?

I may go crossfire later when prices on the 4870's decrease.

Thanks for your help!
July 22, 2008 5:26:26 PM

Swap the Q9450 to the Q6600.
Swap the OCZ Vendetta to XIGMATEK S1283.
Get a SATA DVD burner.
Drop the VelociRaptor, get 2*500GB 7200.11 HDDs in RAID 10 or 1 or 0.

Also consider getting the P45-DS3R insted of the X38-DS4 if looking to save ~$100. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you plan to OC?

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Benq FP241W Monitor
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W
ATI 4870

Those are very good choices.

July 22, 2008 5:39:31 PM

Keep the Q9450. It has the SSE4 instructions that the Q6600 lacks. They may not matter, but they are for video / graphics functions you might want. You are describing a mid-range build, so I don't think you need a Crossfire board. Assuming the memory you already have is on its QVL, I'd go with Shadow's suggestion of a P45 board. Other than the CPU, I'd say his other suggestions are good too.
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July 22, 2008 5:53:53 PM

+1 for q9450
July 22, 2008 6:02:00 PM

Good point. Providing the software OP uses has SSE4 optimization the OP should go with a Q9450.
July 22, 2008 6:13:19 PM

lets see motherboard, CPU, GPU all just fine here is what i would look at...

i would drop the velocorapter and just get a raid 0 if you want a faster drive...

i would get a sata2 dvd drive...

finally i would get either the xigmatek or a zalman cooler the zalman is quieter and the xigmatek has a little better performance (you will need the retention bracket with the xigmatek)

personally i would keep the x48 motherboard it is far superior in crossfire, the CPU is great if it fits your budget, and all the accessories are just opinion so...

hope this helps and good luck
July 22, 2008 8:47:07 PM

Thanks for all of the feedback - this is GREAT!!! I'll definitely get the sata dvd drive, and I'll change the cooler to a XIGMATEK S1283 or a Zalman. I'm really surprised that everyone is saying to drop the velociraptor. Why??? I'm also not sure I want to go RAID 0 - I'm doing more than gaming and would hate to loose important programs/data. I'm not a hard core gamer...just really enjoy gaming.
July 23, 2008 8:26:52 PM

The reason every one recommends against the VelociRaptor is because of it's price. It is very fast but the price is ridiculous. A 7200.11 HDD are more than fast enough for most cases. If you want fast encoding/transfer times get a old Raptor as a scratch disk.
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