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January 17, 2009 4:22:51 AM

Hello, I'm looking to build my first computer. This will be used for web surfing, home video editing, and a little gaming. I don't plan on overclocking. I just started looking and this is what I came up with. I was thinking of getting the 8500 Duo processor also. Is there a big difference between the 9400 Quad (2.66 GHz) and the 8500 Duo (3.16 GHz) for my applications? Also, Is my power supply overkill? Thanks Wheelz ( I already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse)

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$74.99

Update COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $54.99

Update GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$119.99

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video
$169.99 -$15.00 Instant $154.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
$159.99 -$60.00 Instant $99.99

Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9400 - Retail
$249.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail
$69.99 -$20.00 Instant $49.99

Update LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black IDE Model GH22LP20 - OEM
$23.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
$109.99 -$10.00 Instant $99.99

Subtotal: $928.91

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January 17, 2009 6:04:13 AM

The build looks good! There are only a couple changes I would suggest.

You might as well step up to the Black version of the WD 640GB drive for an extra $5.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

You might also want to upgrade to the UD3P so you have the option of adding another GPU in the future since the PSU you chose would also allow it.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 - $20 MIR

If you need some money for the above upgrades, you could go with this GPU instead:

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $144.99 - $15 MIR

You should also pick up the SATA version of that DVD burner. There's no reason to put an IDE drive in a new build.

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
January 17, 2009 6:09:41 AM

Since you're picking a non crossfire motherboard you can go with a cheaper power supply that would be fine for your system and cost less. Ones i'd use if it were my system is 80+ certified 430w Antec Earthwatts $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling 500w 80+ $50 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tuniq 80+ bronze 650w $47 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Go with a SATA burner, not the IDE one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

looks good

*EDIT* or you can always go with what shortstuff says !
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January 17, 2009 3:16:49 PM

Thanks a bunch dirt and shortstuff. I don't plan on crossfire, so I think I will take your advice dirt and get a smaller power supply. I will change my DVD and harddrive to shortstuffs recommendations. From my research on the web, I think I will go with the quad for sure. On I side note. Since I'm planning on going with Vista 64 bit. The only issue I think I might have is with my old HP printer, scanner, copier.(6 years old). Are there driver updates for something this old?

Thanks again,

Wheelz
January 17, 2009 3:48:45 PM

It might be a problem, check with HP. They usually have good support and they have good forums that would probably answer that question.
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