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May 4, 2009 10:34:28 PM

PURCHASE DATE: This weekend (5/10/09)

BUDGET RANGE: aiming to spend around $1000 (a little over won't kill me if the performance gain is worth it)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - work with cs4 (mainly PS / illustrator) - I dabble with vid editing as well.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard / mouse / monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (others welcome as long as reputable)



SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (not really necessary for the games I play at the moment but I'd like to keep the option available)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 or 1280x1024

The main goal of the build is to be able to fraps during WoW and other MMO's without lag and being able video edit / work when I'm not owning. I'm not overly concerned with being able to upgrade this system over time, just need something to get the job done for a year or so.

Your input is appreciated :) 

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May 4, 2009 10:40:41 PM

Ok, for this build you don't need to spend anywhere near $1000, spend 700-800 and get a new 22 or 24 inch monitor. (assuming those are US dollars?)
May 4, 2009 10:47:53 PM

nerrawg said:
Ok, for this build you don't need to spend anywhere near $1000, spend 700-800 and get a new 22 or 24 inch monitor. (assuming those are US dollars?)

Yeah, it's U.S. sorry for any confusion :) .
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May 5, 2009 3:27:30 AM

Ok, well here's what I would go with. It's just tad over your budget, because of the i7 Processor, but I can't recommend a Core series, as that socket is pretty well done, LGA 1366 is the way to go. This will game very well, and that processor is killer for video editing.

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May 5, 2009 4:01:31 AM

Dude - look at the details - the guy has a 1280 x 1024 monitor - you system is complete overkill - have him spend 200 dollars on a monitor and 800 on a system - otherwise it makes no sense. The guy plays a few games and dabbles with video editing - he doesn't need to spend that much on the system - especially when he will never be able to use half of its power at that low resolution!
May 5, 2009 4:16:56 AM

MOBO and CPU combo:


PSU (this is more than enough)

GPU and OS combo:


Optical Drive:



Total price:

22 inch: $945

24 inch: $1025

Remember that these are just suggestions and there are lots of good parts out there - read up on these and read Proximon's guide for good advice:

Disregard the other build above as it is irrelevant to your situation.

If you don't fancy a new larger monitor, you can get away with a lot cheaper build and still be video editing and gaming to the max - I would say not to spend one cent more than $600 in that case. For more on value and how much you should spend look at this: (its meant for gaming systems - but they will be more taxing than you're vid editing - so you could spend less if you want to forego maxed out gaming).

Good luck!
May 5, 2009 4:41:03 AM

Get the i7 setup, get bigger monitor later to accomodate it, dont buy 3rd rate crap which nothing in future will ever accomodate... spend your money on a Crap build in the beginning your throwing it away, buy good in the beginning just add monitor later, you wont be kicking yourself in the ass, you'll be glad you did....
May 5, 2009 10:10:13 AM

Crap build!? Sorry mate but you don't know what you are talking about. Great to hear that you are ranting about a build being crap becuase it doesn't have a Core i7 - now we all know you are a fanboy. Core i7 is better performance wise, but Phenom is far far from crap. i7 doesn't make any sense for this guy's budget either.

Sorry that you are getting all these contradictory messages choco - read proximon's list of parts - he is the guru here - not these hopeless fanboys. Also keep what you want to use the computer for in mind and look at the bench marks for these components - I doubt you will be disappointed.
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May 5, 2009 11:21:36 AM

Err WOW and MMORPGs??

I'd just tone down to just a notch to 1024 x 768 (since that could be your current monitor's native resolution) and run on integrated graphics yipee :kaola: 
$469.90 free ship

More GPU hungry games add $99.99 HD 4770 and do the dance of joy for the huge savings on your proposed $1k budget hehe

May 5, 2009 11:41:20 AM

Finally some good advice - go with that build - it suites you monitor very good.
May 5, 2009 9:47:29 PM

Thanks for the feedback all, might have grab myself a new monitor :p