Hey everyone this is my first build, i've posted a few other times on here but i've made a few changes and would like some response before i make my purchases. This is my first build and i am new at this so i wouldn't want to **** it up.
Total comes to $782.87!! I already have a few copy's of windows both 32 and 64 bit vista, and i plan on either buying a monitor or just using the 32" toshiba 32HL67US i have as a monitor (i think i can watch the blu-ray on it as long as my graphics card supports HDCP right?)
I also heard that nVidia was on the uprise after AMD got bought out so i switched from the SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire with the ASUS P5Q Pro mobo for $114.99
And no i don't plan on burning blu-ray's i would just like to watch them on my nice 32" 720P TV.
i've read a bunch of your post's, including the one about how which parts to use, which was very helpful btw, and i thank you in advance for your help you seem very knowledgeable.
Ok we'll lets try this. Would you say that the ATI cards are better than Intel's right now? If so i'll go with this build which i think works out better.
Purposes for new computer:
Minimal video editing, not enough to buy a quad
Non-video intense gaming, I game but not like large video intensive games like WOW
Blu-Ray viewing (I have a Toshiba 32” (32HL67US) can I hook up my comp to it via a dmi to hdmi/hdmi to hdmi cable and have it view? I heard there was some sort of protection with the blu-ray’s)
I have a decent surround sound system, 5.1 surround Logitech Z-5500
IT Ability, I’m a college IT major and want the ability to interchange certain parts to check and fix other people’s computers
Basically a Home Media computer
only thing i still don't understand is the ram... is it really worth it to buy quality ram at 4-4-4-12? And i know absolutely nothing about power supply's so i'm just going with what you suggested verbatim.
ATI cards are just as good as Nvidia. It simply comes down to price and performance on specific models. AMD is doing a much better job on drivers than ATI did.
The RAM you chose is a good deal. I think it will do fine. You'll get some minor improvement with the CAS 4 RAM, but it's likely not 30 dollars worth.
I was trying to save you a few bucks with the P43 board, but if you want P45 that's OK There are exactly two differences between the P43 and P45 chipsets:
1. Ability to support DDR3, which most P45 boards do not use anyway. 2. Ability to support crossfire, which the majority of P45 boards do.. but not all.
The P5Q Pro is a very inexpensive crossfire board, but is not cheaply built. The Gigabyte UD3P would be more robust, and that might be good for you, but it's out of stock currently. A P43 board MIGHT not have quite the build quality of a P45, at least if we are speaking about ASUS. There is no way to say for certain, but it's generally assumed that the most design work and best parts go into the more deluxe boards. That's why I myself use the P5Q-E, because it's more in the deluxe family of boards but at a reasonable price. (It also comes with eSATA and a few other goodies). P5Q-E
The Gigabyte board I mentioned is even better than the P5Q-E, but a bit less... but as I said out of stock: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
A 4850 will be significantly faster than a 9800GT.
The P5Q pro comes with a combo deal on an E8400.
I believe your TV needs to be HDCP-compliant, which it is. It will not display in 1080p however, just 720p