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January 22, 2009 2:31:05 AM

Hello,
I'm trying to build a rig for doing live video performance and also to plug into my tv for home theater use. I most likely will be playing some games on it as well. I need it to be portable, so I think the micro atx is appropriate. I really would like to save a little money and have some good capability so am opting out of a lap top. The video work takes some juice and am hoping this can handle it. Any advice on overkill, underkill, anything wrong, incompatible, or just plain dumb? I would appreciate some input.
Thanks,


NZXT ROGUE Crafted Series BLACK ROGUE w. BLUE LED Black Aluminum MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$89.99


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
x2
$159.98


SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
$229.99


OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
$89.99


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF
$109.00


DFI LP JR P45-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99


Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E850
$188.99

Subtotal: $1,017.93

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January 22, 2009 5:07:12 PM

Should be fine. You could save a few bucks and be fine by buying DDR2 800 ram that runs at 1.8v.
January 22, 2009 5:30:03 PM

Yup, DDR2 1066 RAM is pretty useless on an Intel build unless you're planning an extreme overclock. I'm assuming that's not the case because you don't have a cooler listed. Check this RAM out:

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-12 timings at 1.8v is about as good as it gets.

I'd avoid the 7200.11 drives. They're having major problems with them. For the same price, I'd pick up a couple of these instead:

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
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January 22, 2009 10:08:19 PM

Great advice. I feel funny, I meant to list the dd2 800 but slipped up somewhere.

I most likely will not be overclocking. I know this form factor has a rep for bad cooling, and I am also not a skilled computer man. I like enthusiast specs without having the enthusiast know how. That is why I appreciate all the help from this wonderful forum.

Also, noted on the drives. Thanks.

I am going to put a new list up. Any other thoughts are very appreciated.
January 23, 2009 11:51:17 PM

Alright, new List.

I decided on a different graphics card based on reviews and crossfire ability vs. price point. All these folks are saying this is a crossfire only mobo, and there is no reason to get it unless you crossfire. There is this whole 8x or 16x dispute. i thought the mobo was great because it did not have onboard graphics, was p45, and geared for someone whole wants a small box and big power.

I do a lot of video performance so I need to be able to move this thing often. I was doing it with a full tower and a crt and it was a nightmare. I don't want a laptop because the power vs price is not to my liking. The DFI mobo seems like the only board up to the task.

One problem I have is that I need firewire. So many video devices, sound devices, and artsy type hardware is firewire only. I don't want to get caught with my pants down. I can get a pci card, but I bet the GPUs will cover the slot.

Thoughts?


NZXT ROGUE Crafted Series BLACK ROGUE w. BLUE LED Black Aluminum MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$89.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E850
$188.99

DFI LP JR P45-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
$229.99 x2

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HP 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVD1060I - Retail
29.99

Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card (Cable Bundle) Model RC-501 - Retail
12.99

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
$89.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
159.99

Around $1000
January 26, 2009 2:11:52 AM

Yes!
This is it. i am going to get this stuff in the next couple of days. Any last thoughts? anyone? Is this is smart system? A little naive? Am I a fool?




Thermaltake VF1000BWS Black Aluminum Front Panel/ SECC Chassis MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
$129.99


XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
$164.99


ENERMAX Liberty ELT620AWT 620W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$134.99


Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card (Cable Bundle) Model RC-501
$12.99


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
$74.99


DFI LP JR P45-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99


Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E850
$188.99


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit for System Builders
$104.99


LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L
$104.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$89.99

TOTAL: $1166