First OFFICIAL Build - Upgrade from P4, 3 GHZ, 4GB, XP Pro 32bit

Hey Everyone. I have always pieced together computers from older out-of-the-box computers, but now I want to complete my first official build from start to finish. I feel like I have reached an end-point with my HP business microATX "piece together."

My girlfriend & I entertain often and we are looking to create a HTPC that will look great on the 60" plasma, serve as a great audio unit, but still serve as a graphic designer's main dream machine.

This is the list of parts I'm looking at:
CASE:
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - $99

MB:
ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $49 (open box special)

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model (with stock fan) - $164

RAM:
(8GB of PC2 8500) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory X 2 - $94

VIDEO CARD:
GIGABYTE R465OC-1GI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $60

VIDEO CAPTURE:
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interface - $110

PSU:
Rosewill RP500 500W ATX12V v1.3/ EPS12V Power Supply - $45

HD:
HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $95

DRIVE:
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA - $26

OS:
7 Beta 64bit or Vista Ultimate 64bit - Free - Company will pay for it

TOTAL:
Initially $775 (will be much less once I sell some older computers & parts) Probably cost about $200 - $250 out of my pocket.

Is this complete overkill? I'm not looking to be "submerged" in computer games, but do not want to wait to do anything while I am on my pc.

Tell me what you guys think. Point me in a better direction if there is one?
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  1. I think you want a lot but you aren't willing to pay for it :p

    Never buy open box specials, they RARELY work right if at all.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128380

    You don't need a 1GB 4650 as much as you need a 4670 that will at least vent part of it's hot air out of the case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252

    Any Rosewill PSU is asking for trouble.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703017

    Heat is your enemy.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136298

    -You'll probably need some very quiet fans to replace the fans in that case as well, but you could wait and hear on that one.
  2. You CAN get the same performance in RAM for much less though:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    You don't need 1066 unless overclocking a good bit, something you will not be doing in that case.
  3. You want gaming + HTPC + graphic design - me think you ought to go for a quadcore :P My suggestion:

    Hybrid Power and you!

  4. Well I'm not really looking at gaming that much .... more for recording tv - storing movies - creating highlights/short video clips - serving as an entertainment system on the weekends.

    I have already anticipated replacing the case fans & possibly adding a side fan. Also replacing the stock CPU fan.

    The upgradability to 16GB of RAM & possible future replacement with a Quad Core is the reason for the board I have chosen. I probably will NOT go with the open box.

    I agree with most of the recommendations made except for the quad core AMD. I was completely ready to make my purchase 3 weeks ago with a quad core AMD but changed my mind. All the research I've done points me to the belief that a dual core Intel will provide me with more power and provide quicker processes than the AMD quad. I am willing to sacrifice a few graphic advantages that AMD provides for quicker performance for programs and processes. Right?

    The IT department at my company continues to recommend the E7400 over the E8400. I don't see myself overclocking this system much, if any.


    With all of this said and recommendations made, I just can't imagine having 8GB of RAM! :bounce:
    :bounce:

    Thanks everybody for the help! Keep it coming!
  5. Err E8400 for multicore apps actually slower than both Phenom x4 9950 and Q6600 nevermind these newer Phenom 2..



  6. Ok ... here is the new config. I'm holding off on the Video Card ... I want to see how "well" the onboard graphics are.

    http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2939/screenshot005rg7.th.png

    Picked the AMD Phenom 9850 instead of the Intel E8400.

    Thoughts?
  7. I think you would be happier with a Phenom II if you are going that route, but it's certainly not a bad build. I know the onboard graphics will be enough for Blu-ray movies (1080p) but beyond that not sure.
  8. Agree - Phenom 2/Deneb >> Phenom 1/Agena both in performance and power consumption ^^
  9. Alright. I've made my decision about my system. Here is what I have purchased:

    nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case $99.99
    ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
    CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit $26.99

    We are WELL within the price range I desire. All I have to do is purchase the CPU.

    My last question is - and I've seen the charts above - is the AMD Phenom II 940's performance worth $40 over the AMD Phenom II 920's performance? I think not, but I'd like to hear from an expert.

    Thanks guys.
  10. It would be worth it to me. Just depends on your standards and needs.
  11. Ok. All parts have been ordered & should be here by Saturday. This is what I have ahead of me. Good thing I got the g/f a spa day on Saturday so I can work!


    nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case $99.99
    ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
    CORSAIR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit $46.99
    ASUS 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-22B1LT $27.99
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600 Brisbane 2.9GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5600DOBOX $69.00

    CRAPPY PROCESSOR I KNOW! I'm not keeping it! I am going to use it until I decide what cpu I really want.

    I am SERIOUSLY considering the new Phenom II X3 720, but am also eager to see the price point on the new Phenom II X4 925. I can't find a lot of info on it though. Thoughts? X3 720 vs X4 925?

    Also, after a little deeper research, I am seriously considering switching to this:
    ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX AMD Motherboard - $79.99

    I have already been guaranteed a cash sale for the crappy Athlon X2 and ECS board (with $25 profit)! So I am contemplating going ahead and ordering the Asrock board regardless of the ECS' performance.

    What do you guys think?
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