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July 10, 2009 2:49:14 PM

My buddy does a lot of video editing work, website creation, that sort of stuff (he makes stuff for the Orlando Magic). He wants a box so he can work from home. I put something together for him. Right now the budget is right around 600, under is better, but I dont want to skimp on parts. Quad core is a must, I think we are going to stick with Intel. I think my main question is will that Dark Knight cooler fit in the case. I bought that cooler for another friend of mine and we put in in an older case and couldnt get the side panel back on, so I know its a monster. Here is the parts list so far, he has HDD, CD ROM, Vid Card and all peripherals. These are the only parts he needs. I am going to OC the CPU. I dont know much about this case and PSU and was looking for something cheap with good ratings, and I have seen this up at the top of the Newegg list for a while now.

NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS24G6400LLKN - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO:
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
BIOSTAR TA790GXB A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

587.70 - 85.00 (rebates) = 502.70 WOW

Thanks

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July 10, 2009 3:28:37 PM

Looks good just change the RAM and get a DDR2 800 RAM but with CL4 timings its better for OC'ng.
For PSU Corsair 520W is a good choice and for case there are many good brands like Thermaltake,Antec....
July 10, 2009 3:38:15 PM

Since a phenom II 940 can be had for the same price as the q8400 I'd say get that. It's a bit better performer. In the event you're not overclocking. Even if you are, the right settings put it ahead of the 8400.

AND: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Going with this combo practically gives you a free motherboard. Then you could use the extra 100 dollars on a better gpu or hsf.

OCZ makes amazing ram and as for the case. I have one. With the 80mm on the side you have 13cm of clearance. 14-15 without.

Case is fun :) 

Terrible cable routing though. It was hard squeezing a 650tx in this thing.

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K got the ram changed up, just wondering about the case I chose. You know any items that would match that Case/PSU combo in price?


As for this, no. I don't. I originally was buying the case/psu combo but couldn't find any really helpful information on the psu, so I splurged a bit on a way better psu. Now I'm recommending it to everyone. What is the most important component to a computer?

The power supply. Seriously, don't skimp on this.

Amd build could save money and get a better psu,bigger case, multitude of things.

Also, the fans that come with the smilodon hardly move any air.
July 10, 2009 3:38:51 PM

K got the ram changed up, just wondering about the case I chose. You know any items that would match that Case/PSU combo in price?
July 10, 2009 3:46:35 PM

I just dont see an AMD build saving that much money, because I would still want to get one of the better phenom II quads, and a decent board, it wouldnt really ammount to much savings, I dont believe. Unless you can find me a CPU/board combo that is cheaper and offers same-better performance that is.
July 10, 2009 4:02:58 PM

I did.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You're effectively paying 20 bucks for the mobo.

With a processor that is on par and on average 6% faster/better than the q8400.

I thought I made that clear in my long, winded, over inflated post.

I guess if a hundred dollars less for 6% better performance isn't saving money, get what you picked out :) 

Just remember the money saved could go towards a real psu or better gpu, better ram, bigger cpu cooler. Whatever ones heart desires.
July 10, 2009 4:12:18 PM

I was just looking at that myself. Ill have to see how he feels about AMD. If its me, Im down, but certain people will scoff at AMD because they just dont know any better. That is an incredible deal they got goin there.
July 10, 2009 4:18:04 PM

billin30 said:
I was just looking at that myself. Ill have to see how he feels about AMD. If its me, Im down, but certain people will scoff at AMD because they just dont know any better. That is an incredible deal they got goin there.

Indeed.

Your friend would be pretty silly not jump on it.

That money saved can go a fair way on upgrades :) 

Happy building.
July 10, 2009 4:25:47 PM

Updated parts in original post, let me know what you think. Does that cooler still work with AMD?
July 10, 2009 4:31:13 PM

Yep. the cooler will work with the cpu :D 

edit: there is cheaper ram at the same speeds & at 1066...for less than what you have picked out :D 

I still say the jump to a 4870 would be worth it. Unless you friend is gaming at some crazy resolutions the powercolor card is 126.99 I think?
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