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October 28, 2008 10:26:16 PM

Ok, I've know about this website for awhile but this is my first post.

I'm looking to build a new computer but I don't know if I should wait till the end of this year for better deals or if I should start gathering up the parts. This is my first build ever and I want it to last me for awhile.

I will be using it to game, photo / video editing ect. I want it to be as fast as possible within my budget. I will be using this build on most likely a 24" Monitor.

Since this is my first build I need all your help from the ground up. I would like it to have an o/s also of course.

Preffer a Intel Quad core (what's the best bet?)
Video Card ( ATI? Nvidia?)
and all of the above to make it work. :) 

Any type of suggestion and help will be gladly appreciated.


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October 28, 2008 10:39:14 PM

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM $27.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $319.99

VisionTek 900250 Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $549.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $134.99 -$20.00 MIR

Corsair CMPSU-1000HX ATX12V &EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-1000HX $220.49 -$20.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.24

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $69.99

Total $1,597.66 -$40.00 MIR's = $1,557.66

You could step up to a X48 chipset motherboard to get full speed crossfire, but would need a 30" monitor to justify that. I would just stick with the 4870x2 and P45 chipset.

Edit: Since there's still a little room in the budget, you could pick up a VelociRaptor in addition to the 640GB drive as a system drive. That would be a nice combination. :) 

I've got to stop putting these builds together. It makes me want one for myself. :lol: 
October 28, 2008 10:43:07 PM


however, i might add that maybe another hard drive might be nice for space and speed.

so 2x the 640GB Caviar.

EDIT: Haha, just saw the edit. That would probably be a very nice choice.
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October 28, 2008 11:14:16 PM

Thanks for the advice, would 8gb of Ram be overkill? I usually multi task alot. Also, would I need a better cpu fan? I was thinking about overclocking the system. And would the fans from that case be good enough to keep the system cool?

Edit : Will the antec 900 case be enough space for that video card? Will a antec 1200 case be better?
October 29, 2008 1:07:06 AM

8GB of RAM is generally considered overkill, but it's so cheap you might as well add it. The XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 is a very popular CPU cooler. $36.99

Be sure to add the backplate also: $6.99

The Antec 900 is a nice case, but the 1200 is nicer! :)  The 1200 would cool a little better and includes filters for the fans.

You will definitely want at least two hard drives for video editing. It helps the speed quite a bit to have the source and destination on separate drives.
October 29, 2008 1:13:07 AM

8GB wouldn't be overkill, however it would be quite useful and speed up the computer quite alot.

Since I'm not seeing a CPU cooler above, I would recommend a Xigmatek.


as for the case, I think the 1200 would house things better, but its really a matter of personal preference. I am thinking about getting the 1200, I really like the black paint on the inside. As for the fans on the case, they should keep the system cool, however it might get a little loud on full. I wouldn't really worry about it though.
October 29, 2008 1:40:14 AM

Thank you all very much for your suggestions.
October 29, 2008 2:24:17 AM

i would get a lower wattage psu... you don't need that much power, and with the moeny you save, jump on a x48 motherboard

i would say get 4gb, its so cheap... if you get 8gb, its usually 4x2gb sticks, which will hurt overclocking potential... just stick with 4gb right now until 4gb on 1 stick gets cheaper[maybe a year?]

hope you got space for the antec1200, but if you do, go for it!

i envy you btw.. a year ago i spent $2500 on a computer that is 4 times slower than what your getting... worse time to buy a computer ever....

0o0 and if you do have extra money, i would get a flash drive, preferable slc... and install your OS on it, your bootups will be insane.. one hdd for media, another for OS
October 29, 2008 4:02:07 AM

eklipz330 said:
...i envy you btw.. a year ago i spent $2500 on a computer that is 4 times slower than what your getting... worse time to buy a computer ever....

I feel ya man, in the same boat as you!
October 29, 2008 4:11:00 AM

Thanks eklipz330 and eric54 :p 

By the way... Whats a x48 Motherboard?
October 29, 2008 4:24:13 AM

X48 is an Intel chipset that supports full speed crossfire. The P45 chipset also supports crossfire, but at 8x/8x speed instead of 16x/16x.
October 29, 2008 5:36:17 AM

Can you link me to one?
October 29, 2008 11:47:15 PM

Hey Antekz-

VoodooDan here from HP. If you haven’t decided on a system yet you should check out one of ours - the HP Blackbird 002.

It kind of has the best of both worlds, and might be a good starting point for you to consider if you’re a first time DIY’er. The system uses industry standard components and it can be easily upgraded and added to as time goes on. It’s under warranty too, so your investment is well protected.

We now have a config available for $1,999. You can check it out here:

Also, feel free to take a look at a review of Blackbird here:
October 29, 2008 11:47:46 PM

Let me know if you've got any other questions though - I'm happy to help.
October 30, 2008 12:01:45 AM

Voodo, thanks, but I would like to enjoy building a computer myself. I also think it would be alot cheaper and faster that way.


Also, can anyone suggest a good x48 mobo for me?
November 5, 2008 11:19:22 PM

Should I wait for black Friday or Christmas time to find better deals?
November 10, 2008 9:39:25 PM