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May 15, 2009 8:08:58 PM

Hey guys,

This is my first build, and I want to have something adequate to edit HD video (with special effects in programs like After Effects) and to play games (COD, Company of Heroes, etc...)

My price range is ~$1200 (not including monitor) . I would prefer to buy all parts from New Egg.

My biggest question now is to go i7 or to get a older Core 2 Quad (or Core 2 Duo)

Thanks for the help!
May 15, 2009 8:58:55 PM

please read *How To Ask For New Build Advice* sticky and tell us if you need keyboard,mouse,speakers,operating system or not and please specify your monitor's resolution anyway follow the sticky
May 16, 2009 2:07:04 PM

Ok, I don't need keyboards,speakers, mouse or monitor (going to use 22in widescreen 1600x1050). Im thinking of something like this for my build...



Sorry if image is small. If it isn't too hard I would like to overclock.

What are your thoughts on this system? I would like to purchase within next 2 weeks.
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May 16, 2009 2:45:39 PM

i would more go the i7 for editing

if you want to save money go with a amd p2 955
amd p2 955
790gx am3 board
ram ddr3
May 16, 2009 4:17:28 PM

The i7 is a lot more money though, and from reviews I'm not to sure if it is enough to justify the price. This is a massive upgrade from what I currently have, so I'm sure I would notice enough of a difference for the extra cost.
May 16, 2009 5:06:36 PM

fore video editing i7 would be worth the extra cost
fore gaming i7 would only be slightly better than the amd
so what is more important? i7 lower video card/ amd higher video card

the i7 is a better chip and i think would be worth the higher cost fore you
but the 955 would still be pretty good
May 16, 2009 5:22:52 PM

I think I'm going to keep the Q9550 because when i7 prices go down I can always upgrade. I would rather have a better video card.
May 16, 2009 8:38:59 PM

Ok I came up with an i7 System, let me know what you think.

Thermaltake V9 VJ400G1N2Z Black Computer Case

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2C 64-bit for System Builders

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3
12800) Desktop Memory

EVGA GeForce GTX 285 01G-P3-1281-AR Video Card

ASUS P6T ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

$1,472 From New Egg
May 16, 2009 9:01:08 PM

^great system but i would change the memory to OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail(cheaper and has lower timings)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and if you are going to overclock get XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

are you sure you want to get xp on that machine? you won't be able to use directX10 as it is only available for vista so i recommend getting


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and why not getting the caviar black as it is better and newer it is only 10 bucks more

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i would get SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail(it is 100 bucks less and outperforms the gtx 285 )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for benchmarks about the 4890 vs the gtx 285 see this

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gtx285sl...






May 16, 2009 9:30:41 PM

Thanks man, Im gonna go with what you said. It better but it's $100 cheaper! This puts me only a little over my Q9550 system now..
May 17, 2009 12:53:17 AM

the 4890 is not better than the 285 the 275 competes with the 4890

i would not go with the Q9550 the amd p2 is better in this price range and the 775 socket is dead and will not get any new cpus wile the am3 is a new socket and will most likely more cpus so later you can later upgrade the cpu
May 17, 2009 11:01:50 AM

ke7diz said:
the 4890 is not better than the 285 the 275 competes with the 4890

i would not go with the Q9550 the amd p2 is better in this price range and the 775 socket is dead and will not get any new cpus wile the am3 is a new socket and will most likely more cpus so later you can later upgrade the cpu


(+1 for amd p2 i would get amd p2 or intel core i7 well if you took a look here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4890,2262... you will find that ati 4890 is just less than the gtx 285 in performance with 2-4 fps so i don't think that the 2 or 4 frames worth 100$ more

anyway here is a verygood i7 build that won't cost you much

it is for 1310-80 mail in rebates=1230$ without a cooler and without shipping but it is an i7

Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid ... - Retail

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

all from newegg and if you will overclock then get the Xigmatek i suggested

May 17, 2009 11:34:27 AM

Nope the 4890 competes with the GTX 285 since the standard 4890 runs at 900mhz but they had a load of bad gpu's which couldn't reach 900mhz so sold them as 850mhz processors.
May 17, 2009 2:31:15 PM

mikehill4 said:
Computersss, i'm basically going to go with that system, but i read that the case needs a power supply with a fan on top, so is this one ok?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also read that the case has difficulty mounting an aftermarket CPU fan.
So would this case be ok? (I also like having the firewire port on front)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for all o the help guys


to be honest with you i really have no idea about the thermaltake case and ocz isn't the best brand when it comes about the psu but it is very good,anyway i would suggest getting the antec 900 or COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail with the 650TX corsair
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