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New Computer Build HELP PLEASE!!

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January 17, 2009 12:27:51 AM

Title pretty much says it. I'm planning a build, it will be my first.
I need advice on these parts. I will be buying locally so there may be price differences and I don't have access to everything.
The computer will be mostly be used for video and photo editing, internet browsing, and minimal gaming. By minimal, VERY little if any.
I may overclock in the future, but I'll buy a fan now, won't do any harm.
Any help is much appreciated! Thanks! :) 

Total should be about $770 which is where I would like to stay, however I can pay some extra for quality.

Case:
Thermaltake USA Inc Armor+ MX Mid Tower
Price: $139.99

CPU:
Intel 2 Core Quad Processor Q9300
Price: $179.99

Motherboard:
Giga-byte GA-EP45-UD3P 775 ATX Motherboard
(This one I really don't know about)
Price: $149.99

Hard Drive:
Seagate Technology Barracuda 500GB 7,200RPM Serial ATA-300 Hard Drive
Price: $69.99

RAM:
Corsair XMS2 4GB PC-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit (Two 2GB DDR2-800 Memory Modules)
Price: $57.99 ($27.99 with rebate)

Video/Graphics Card:
PNY Technologies Verto 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card
(Another one I'm not so sure about, looks really good though)
Price: $69.99 ($39.99 with rebate)

CPU Fan:
Zalman CNPS9500 LED Ultra Quite Universal CPU Cooler Kit
Price: $69.99

Case fan:
Antec TriCool 120mm Dual Ball Bearing Case Fan
Price: $19.99

PSU:
No clue!! No idea about this wattage stuff, recommendations appreciated!
Price: Less than $100.00 would be good

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January 17, 2009 4:04:40 AM

First you should switch the seagate for a Western Digital. The 640G cavair black is a good one. If you're going to go with the 8000 series, MSI has a good version of the 8400gs, you should be able to find it for around $30. The board you picked out is a great one!

Here is a good power supply. It should be plenty powerful, and has 4 rails (the more the better).
OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W
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January 17, 2009 6:43:19 AM

You could downgrade to the UD3R motherboard since you don't need crossfire support with an Nvidia GPU. You should look for something like the ATI HD 4670 instead of that 8400GS. The 8400GS is a very slow card. Check out this chart to see how the 4670 is light years ahead of the 8400GS:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

You could save some money on the cooler. See if you can find the Xigmatek cooler and bracket at your retailer.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A quality Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Zalman, Antec, etc... 450W PSU would power that build. If you want some more overhead, check out something around 550W. Remember to always buy a quality PSU from a well-known manufacturer. If you go cheap on the PSU there's a good chance it will blow up and take your rig with it.

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 19, 2009 12:31:40 AM

I never said the MSI card was a great card. I said it would be comparable to the PNY and it is a little cheaper. The 4670 is a good card but it will run around $85. I would trust MIS's graphics cards over PNY as a whole.

+1 to shortstuff for the psu suggestion! It touches pretty much everything in your whole rig. I've had one pop on me before and cost me a board.
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