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January 1, 2009 10:05:29 PM

Hey I know nothing about building computers but am in dire need of a new computer for photo/video/music editing...I was looking at dell and can't really stretch my budget over 1k and nothing in their repertoire really even comes close to that price. (even with the coups floating around) So I'm looking into building my own (can't be THAT hard right?)....I saw toms new build and looks pretty solid. I do play some games but am not too concerned, running a 22" 1680x1050 monitor.
Is this the best for the money? It says on the main page the prices have come down too since they themselves built it. Where can I get the best package for 1k? thanks.
(currect pc specs: dell e510, pentium d 3.2, 3gigs ram, ati 3650, windows xp media edition...still doesn't run THAT bad, keep it running smooth)

$1,250 Mid-Range System ComponentsComponent Model Price (USD)
Intel Core i7 920 $300
CPU Cooler
Bundled retail CPU cooler 0
Crucial PC3-8500 CT3KIT12864BA1067 triple-channel memory kit $79
Sapphire Radeon 4850 X2 2 GB $330
Hard Drives
Western Digital Caviar black 640GD 32 MB cache $85
Integrated 0
Integrated Gigabit Networking 0
Cooler Master Centurion 534 $50
Corsair 650TX $100
LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GH20NS15 $23
Total Price


edit PS: Is there a price drop comin soon? does it make more sense to wait?

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January 1, 2009 11:39:58 PM

The 4850X2 is way overkill for somebody who doesn't play games, I would get a cheaper card like an 8600GT (about $50-60) and more RAM.

Here is a 6GB kit of DDR3-1333 that I found for a pretty good price:

EDIT: didn't see that you mentioned gaming, sorry. But still a 4850X2 is overkill if gaming isnt your primary need. I would get a 4850 instead, they can be found for $150.

OR, if you want to save even more money get a 4830, which is still a very capable gaming card for about $110. I can run TF2 maxed out at 1680 x 1050 and get very good frames.

Also make sure you have a 64-bit OS in order to be able to use over 3.5GB of ram.
January 1, 2009 11:54:45 PM

HOWEVER, I think that getting an i7 setup is not in your best interest if you are looking for a PC under $1k. Most applications don't even take advantage of an i7 CPU enough to really be worth the cost. If I were you, I would get a Q6600 or Q9550 and still have a very powerful computer that would be just as fast as the i7 in most real world apps.

January 2, 2009 12:11:31 AM

Here is a setup I put together that would be great for what you do and would also be very futureproof.

Processor: Intel core 2 quad Q9550 2.83 GHz

(2X) 4GB G.skill DDR2-800 for a total of 8GB RAM.

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L

Graphics card: SAPPHIRE HD Radeon 4870 512mb (If its too much you can go with a 4850 or 4830 and still be able to game)

PSU: Corsair TX750W powersupply (might be a bit much but allows for lots of upgrades in the future and lots of hardrives)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Computer Case

Hardrive: SeaGate 640GB hardrive 32mb cache

DVD Burner: Samsung dvd burner

Windows vista 64bit