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First time computer build- US$800- Any recomendations on parts?

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July 8, 2009 12:33:39 AM

Any thoughts one these parts for my first build? I'm trying to keep the price down around US$800.


BUDGET RANGE: US$ 750- 850

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multimedia (animation/ video editing), Gaming, Music, Internet, Movies


NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8200Only
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM

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July 8, 2009 1:36:24 AM

These are the changes I propose:

Case- Antec 300 $55

PSU- Antec Earthwatts 500W $70

Graphics Card- Sapphire Hd 4870 512mb $125 after $10 rebate

This gives you a more powerful graphics card along with a quality case and psu. Quality power supplies are important.

As for the cpu, I wouldnt get it if you aren't going to overclock. If you are going to overclock you will also need to pay $30 more for a cpu cooler. Even if you overclock I dont know how high the cpu could go. You might be more interested with a Amd Phenom II 720 which is $20 cheaper and at a higher stock speed. Someone else can probably help you with the cpu better than I can.

But definitely switch the 9800gtx+ to a Hd 4870.

Edit: There is another post on toms similar to your post. Here is the link.
Go with shortstuff_mt's build. You get a fast quad core with a fast gpu for just $700.
July 8, 2009 1:55:13 AM

I'd seriously consider going with AMD at your budget and with your uses. This combo deal has the AMD PhenomII x4 940 BE 3.0 GHz processor and a Biostar 790GX motherboard deal for $210.... $190 after rebate
You'd get much better performance and save a good chunk of cash. I'd also go with the Antec power supply and graphic card change that Hamit offered.