First time build, trying to keep it close to $800. Opinions Please

I am taking the plunge and have decided to build a system for the first time. I have been using pre-built Laptops for the last 5 years, so my knowledge of what is going on inside desktops is definetely dated. I will be using this system to edit 1080P HD videos and play current games. I have switched up my selection no less than 100x, but below is what come up with to date. I know some parts the Case and the PSU may be expensive for a $800 build, but I wanted to pick ground work components that could last many future upgrades, instead of putting money towards the components that will become outdated quickly. Please take a look and make sure I am not making any mistakes. Everything after rebated, taxes, and shipping comes to about $850.

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q/BEBN - OEM

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

MSI R4850-512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V NVIDIA SLI Ready ATI CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC24G6400LLK - Retail

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Combo deal from no direct link. $175.

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7200 - Retail From local store. $99.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM From local store 79.99.
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  1. i think it is a very nice build, good work :)
  2. Looks solid, although I'm not sure whether you would be served by a quad core (Q6600) if you are editing video. Not entirely sure what the current state of play on that is.

    Comments forum users?

    Good work on the design though - someone's done their homework!
  3. I thought about the Q6600 as well, but was unsure as to if I would need it. I figured I could save $80 now by going with the E7200 and then down the road purchase one of the 45nm quad processors in a year or so when those prices have come down.

    Maybe someone can help me decide if it is worth it to go with the Q6600 now. If it helps I will be doing pretty basic stuff with Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9 Pro Pack . Editing 1080P30 and 720P60 H.264 encoded files.
  4. I for one would go with the Q6600 now..

    Even if you do the math, $100 now for the processor you have chosen.. You may one day get a quad for $100 which means you have spent $200.

    Just take the plunge now and spend the $190 and have a better processor from the start.

    If you arent overclocking just use the stock heatsink, there $35 towards your processor.
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