Micro atx vj and home theatre system

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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  1. Should be fine. You could save a few bucks and be fine by buying DDR2 800 ram that runs at 1.8v.
  2. 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=N82E16820231209 $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=N82E16822136319 $79.99
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
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