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System for Home Office, Light Video Editing < $1K

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August 2, 2009 3:29:07 AM

Hi All,

I'm getting ready to purchase for my first build and I'd appreciate any advice or comments on the parts list. I've replaced various components over the years - power supplies, drives, memory, graphics cards, etc., but haven't attempted a custom build yet.

Most of the parts choices are based on the great information I've found here already so hopefully it's a good start! Thanks for any advice and comments...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or next
BUDGET RANGE: US$600-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: web surfing, email, office apps, light video editing. No serious gaming. This is replacing a home machine which is very outdated.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Gigabyte or ASUS mobo, mid-tower case due to space contraints

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: probably going with a new 19" widescreen LCD at 1600x1200

Here's what I'm thinking:

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8200 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video:
GIGABYTE GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
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...

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Planning to run Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM

Thanks!
August 2, 2009 4:46:57 AM

Intels socket 775 is still a good performer but is about to be dropped in favour of core i5 processors and boards .

For your uses theyre still good choices . I think you'd be better off with a dual core rather than the very slow clocked quad . The e8400 or e 7500 would both be better in games and handle most other task fatster to thanks to the higher clock speeds.

Widescreen 19 inch LCD's are generally 1440 x 900
22 inch screens are well worth the extra . Theyre 1680 x 1050 , or sometimes full 1080p .

The corsair is a good psu , but expensive because its modular . Modular isnt much of an advantage in a mid tower case
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August 2, 2009 4:57:34 AM

Swap the PSU for this, it is more than sufficient.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you may want to consider an AMD build with integrated graphics so you can skip the video card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Costs you $300 for the board, ram, and processor instead of $375 for the ram, motherboard, processor, and video card.
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August 3, 2009 11:48:33 AM

$534.95 - integrated HD4200 good to go for your purposes hehe
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August 4, 2009 5:09:21 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I was looking into the AMD builds before and the replies got me taking a closer look, especially with the limited future of socket 775. I'm considering the mobo/CPU below now, mainly due to the higher clock speeds. I usually have a fair number of apps open so I'm still thinking quad-core would give the best performance in that respect.

Also going with the PSU from hunter315's recommendation.

Any comments on this combination?

Mobo, one of these (I don't mind adding video and these seemed to get the best reviews):
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks again!
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August 4, 2009 5:22:43 PM

Hmm i'd just get the 770 since dun think you'd benefit from a crossfire 790X chipset hehe
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August 4, 2009 6:44:06 PM

The 770 would be just right for you. Make sure you put the CPU on the top of your list (spend the most money on) because video editing is VERY cpu dependant.

Also I'd swap the Coolermaster case with the Antec 300, the coolermaster looks pretty tacky but thats my opinion.

Everything else on your list looks good (Y)
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August 5, 2009 3:34:20 AM

Many thanks to everyone for the replies!

mattkk, that's exactly what I was thinking, too... I ran across the Antec while checking out the other PSUs (thanks, hunter 315!) and actually have the Antec in my list now. I didn't really care for the look of the Coolermaster.

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August 5, 2009 3:37:52 AM

You are welcome, the antec 300 provides plenty of cooling so it should work great for you, its actually surprisingly spacious inside when you are moving from cramped OEM minitowers.
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August 9, 2009 3:31:04 AM

Thanks to all for the suggestions! I decided on an AMD build after all, mainly since I could put together a 3.0 or 3.2 GHz quad core system and remain under budget. I really appreciate the help!
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