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Comments on this I7 configuration- help with GPU needed

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January 1, 2009 2:22:35 PM

I am wanting to build an I7 for home use, no gaming but will do video capture and editing as well as hdmi output to a TV. I am also trying to keep the system as quiet as reasonably possible.

I need help with the gpu, the one below is a passive one but can I do better or alternatively get a midrange card and put a cooler on it. I don't think I need to spend a bundle here as I do not play games.

Also- how about an alternative memory that might be a tad cheaper?

The Build-

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $300.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard with Triple Channel memory $210.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $155.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N9400GT-MD512H GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card $63.00
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID...

WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar SE16 SATA WD6400AAKS SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive $75.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS $70.00
Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AFT XM5U 26-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader $25.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $60.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X $28.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost so far is only $986.00 which isn't bad for an I7 I don't think.

January 1, 2009 2:35:51 PM

The gskill is about the cheapest 3x2gb set you'll find without sacrificing too much quality, so I'd keep it. As for the GPU, if you don't care about playing games or need a powerful gpu(Not sure if you need atleast a midrange gpu for encoding), then the 9400 will suit your needs, if you try to play any game it'll fall to it's knees.
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January 1, 2009 2:48:17 PM

Nice suggestion mighty, would definitely go with the 4670 over the 9400gt.
January 1, 2009 3:22:01 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. How quiet is the ATi 4670?
January 1, 2009 3:31:12 PM

Between the fans of your CPU and PSU I seriously doubt you'll notice the difference.
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