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Some Questions + New Build Spec. List

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January 13, 2009 5:23:13 PM

This will be my first build.

PC Goals:
- Photo and Video Editing
- Occasional gaming
- Record TV

Spec List:

Intel E8500
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
SAPPHIRE 4850 X2 2GB
G.Skill 4GB DDR2 1066
PC Pwr & Cl'ng S75QB 750W
Two WD 640 GB HD
Antec P182 Case
zalman 92mm ball cooler

dvd burner (and maybe blue ray in the future)
tv tuner card
possible sound card in the future
vista 64bit

Comments:
- I know the 4850 X2 is really long and I'm hoping I can remove one of the hard drive bays in the P182 to accomodate the added length.
-I like the design of the P182 and would like to go with that case (plus its on sale at newegg)


Questions:

1. Will the 750W power supply be sufficient? I was also looking at Corsair's cmpsu-850TX 850W psu as an alternative.

2. Would I be better off with 8GB of RAM considering I plan to do mostly photo and video editing?

3. Any compatibility concerns I should be aware of with the selected equipment?

and lastly...

4. Am I getting pretty good bang for my buck?

There is no price limit per se, but I don't feel the urge to spend top dollar for latest and greatest. I'd like my system to run today's program really well and sustain my needs for about 2-3 years. Considering I don't game very much I think this system will fill that bill. For about the same money (~1300) could I get all of the above features with a different/better configuration?

Your comments are greatly appreciated!

RWC
January 13, 2009 5:29:31 PM

One last note...

I'm going to (try) and overclock the CPU to ~ 3.8-4.0 GHz which I understand is very possible with this processor.
January 13, 2009 5:41:53 PM

The build will work fine the way it is. You could do better on the CPU cooler, though.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.99

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.49

The 750W PSU will work fine.

With the current price of RAM, you might as well pick up 8GB even if it's not NEEDED IMO.

If you haven't picked a TV Tuner card, I highly recommend Hauppauge. I have two Hauppauge tuners in my HTPC, the HVR-1600 and the new HVR-2250. Both cards work great, especially the HVR-2250.
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January 13, 2009 5:50:26 PM

Thanks for the reply. I know the gigabyte board doesn't have a crazy heatsink design but could anyone comment on the clearance of the 120mm Rifle Cooler? I'm wondering if the larger cooler will have tighter tolerances than the zalman 92mm ball cooler (despite the unusual design of the zalman).
January 13, 2009 7:10:23 PM

The Xigmatek cooler fits just fine on the GA-EP45-UD3R. The Zalman cooler is nice (I actually have the Zalman 9500A), but the Xigmatek is a better all-around cooler and is cheaper.
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