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August 5, 2008 9:56:33 PM

Hi I'm new to this and I was wondering if this is a good choice of components. My main usage is primarily for editing in standard def and HD using software like Avid for Television editing. It's secondary use would be to be able to game high end games on my free time.

I also want the system to be able to be used or upgraded in the long run as trends change and of course all this has to be within a reasonable budget or I'd be going for a mac pro.

ULT31824 :: Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Full-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports (30 lbs) $85.73
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


P450-9800 :: XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card - 1GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDMI (4.2 lbs) $426.99
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


O261-8038 :: OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2x2048MB) (0.6 lbs) $123.99 X 2 = $247.98
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


E145-2034 :: EVGA nforce 780i SLI Motherboard - A1 Version, NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID (4.7 lbs) $304.99
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


T13-1062 :: Coolmax / CXI-600B / 600-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / SLI-Ready / 20/24-Pin / Power Supply (5.15 lbs) $121.99
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


M333-3000 :: ZEROtherm / Butterfly BTF90 / Socket 775/754/939/AM2 / Copper Base / Heatpipes / CPU Cooler (2.15 lbs) $60.99
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


CP2-DUO-Q6700 :: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Processor HH80562PH0678MK - 2.66GHz, 8MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Kentsfield, Quad-Core, OEM, Socket 775, Processor (0.2 lbs) $259.99
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Total = $1,508.66 CAD

Additional after sales rebate = $135

Also I'm Canadian so i shop at tigerdirect.ca unless you know of a better source!

let me know if this is a good deal or if there are areas where i can cut costs, I definitely would appreciate it!
August 6, 2008 4:57:46 PM

wow i expected a lot more criticism than that for being a n00b.

regarding the power i kinda figured it wouldn't be enough last night especially if i plan to add more XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Cards (up to 2 more) in SLI

so i've replaced power with this will this be good enough if i choose to upgrade to 2 more cards in the future?


Ultra X3 ULT40064 1000-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular $365.81

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

to cut cost i've ditched that fan for 2 cheaper conventional fans since i figured i might as well work with the case's airflow design.

I don't plan to overclock this system, do any of you recommend it? I know i'd have to spend more in terms of cooling if that's the case but i don't see why i should overclock a system that's powerful enough.

August 7, 2008 12:33:17 PM

Well, it looks like you did your homework.

X3 is a solid psu. Can sli GTX 260s & 9800GX2s.

No, I don't recommend overclocking right away. Play with the pc for a while. When the new games get more demanding, you can overclock your cpu & gpu to procrastinate the next major upgrade.
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