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February 27, 2009 11:21:48 PM

ive been looking at the over priced studio pc's with ultra levels of quiet n all that crap...but i notice the components are not even what i want to put in my future system...the system requirements of programs like reason and sonar are beyond met...for ex. the recommended req. for the processor in sonar is Intel® Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T]
AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+ or higher...1 gb of ram
The mainstream now is dual cores and vista demands 2 gb of ram...anyway enough of stating the obvious...

seems like i can pick up any ol' dell, gateway, etc. for $700-$900 and i'd be good to go...i also wanna do a lil gamin, i used 2 be a major quake 3 head back in the day...

now to the point...

what can i get for around $800-$900(no monitor) with a decent case with usb, FW ports in front(preferably with a window) great but not to expensive motherboard, decent vid card...

for my monitor im getting somethin in the 22-24", $200-$300 range...not quite sure yet but looking at the ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD

advice also welcome on whether i should go with dual, quad, or i7 core

i plan on putting it together my self...i never built a system but ive installed ram, replaced hd's, rom drives, n pci cards...ive also watched several videos on you tube on building systems and i feel up to the task...i'd buy one already assembled but i feel like they place100-200 extra on the price tag just to build it and i could juss put that toward better parts

if u use any of the programs mentioned above or any other synth/sequencer and have a somewhat up to date system and use rewire with a breeze your welcome to post your specs

my current specs are p4 1.8 ghz gf4 ti 4400 1.25 gb pc2100 ram and my progs run decent...so i can only imagine with the new system

please, no comments on how long ago i should have upgraded
February 27, 2009 11:46:44 PM

you can definitely get a quality system for 900 or less - are you including the price of the lcd in this price too?

Here's my suggestion:
Intel C2Q Q6600 $197.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(you can't go wrong with this cpu, great price, very overclockable)

Asus P5Q-SE Plus $96.99 (before rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1066 - $65.99 (before rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Raidmax Smilodon ATX Case w/ 500w psu $89.99 (before rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB SATA HD $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 $89.99 (before rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before rebates: $670.94 +s&h

That also leaves you with about $230 to buy whatever else you wanted in this package, assuming you might be able to salvage your dvdr/rw out of your old pc or buy a new one for around $25 bucks unless you want blueray/hi-def

February 28, 2009 12:45:29 AM

thats pretty good stuff jlvitt...is pci express 2.0 only used for graphics? and whats with the x4,x8 when it comes to the pci express? cause the mobo only has 1 slot, or is this not important? and i wanna spend about $160 on the mobo cuz i want lots of usb and other ports...

i guess ill just upgrade the mobo, psu and case from your selction for now...and no the lcd price is separate...

including lcd im looking to spend about 1100-1200
February 28, 2009 12:52:30 AM

also will i be able to play crysis maxed out?
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