First time build- HD Video/ Gaming

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!
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. ^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=N82E16820227381

    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=N82E16835233029

    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=N82E16832116488

    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=N82E16822136284

    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=N82E16814102830

    for benchmarks about the 4890 vs the gtx 285 see this

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gtx285sli-hd4890cf_9.html#sect2
  9. 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..
  10. 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
  11. 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-4890,2262-7.html 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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=N82E16817341019

    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=N82E16811129021

    Thanks for all o the help guys
  14. 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=N82E16817341019

    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=N82E16811129021

    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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