Help with Final Components in New System

All,

I have most of what I want (price limit is $1500 CAD) but I am looking for suggestions on some things (items in bold). I will be using the system for Video Conversion, CAD, and some video editing. Gaming is not a main concern.

CPU - Intel i7 920
MOBO - ASUS P6T-SE
RAM - 6 GB (3X2 GB) looking for ideas on type
Video Card - Help please, which one,1 or 2 and PCI-E ?
HDD1 for OS - 150 GB Velociraptor
HDD2 for Read/Write (Storage) - WD Caviar Black 1 TB
Case - Does it matter ?
Cooling - Do I need it
0S - I assume I can only use 64 bit Vista
Power Supply - Calculated 550 W from Asus website
CD/DVD/Blue Ray - Don't think this matters but could be worng

Thanks all for your input and patience
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  1. Dont get a raptor, OS boots are relatively sequential so the 1TB caviar black will give you almost the same performance, if you want faster performance just get 2 640GB caviar blacks and put them in RAID 0.

    For the RAM, i would suggest this
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381&Tpk=ocz%20platinum%201600

    If you arent planning on overclocking you dont need an aftermarket cooler, and since you arent planning on gaming you dont need a strong graphics card either, a 4670 should do.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121274

    Pick a case you like, thats all that really matters, make sure it supports full ATX boards. For the power supply you dont need quite this much power but after rebate it is the cheapest good quality power supply that fits your needs.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx

    Dont forget to shop sites like direct canada and use NCIX for price match
  2. hunter315 said:
    Dont get a raptor, OS boots are relatively sequential so the 1TB caviar black will give you almost the same performance, if you want faster performance just get 2 640GB caviar blacks and put them in RAID 0.

    For the RAM, i would suggest this
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381&Tpk=ocz%20platinum%201600

    If you arent planning on overclocking you dont need an aftermarket cooler, and since you arent planning on gaming you dont need a strong graphics card either, a 4670 should do.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121274

    Pick a case you like, thats all that really matters, make sure it supports full ATX boards. For the power supply you dont need quite this much power but after rebate it is the cheapest good quality power supply that fits your needs.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx

    Dont forget to shop sites like direct canada and use NCIX for price match


    Thanks for the info thus far,

    For the video card I assume you suggest just a single card due the lack of gaming I will be doing ?
  3. waketech said:
    All,

    I have most of what I want (price limit is $1500 CAD) but I am looking for suggestions on some things (items in bold). I will be using the system for Video Conversion, CAD, and some video editing. Gaming is not a main concern.

    CPU - Intel i7 920
    MOBO - ASUS P6T-SE
    RAM - 6 GB (3X2 GB) looking for ideas on type
    Video Card - Help please, which one,1 or 2 and PCI-E ?
    HDD1 for OS - 150 GB Velociraptor
    HDD2 for Read/Write (Storage) - WD Caviar Black 1 TB
    Case - Does it matter ?
    Cooling - Do I need it
    0S - I assume I can only use 64 bit Vista
    Power Supply - Calculated 550 W from Asus website
    CD/DVD/Blue Ray - Don't think this matters but could be worng

    Thanks all for your input and patience

    I would go with the OCZ Platinum 1600 and move up to 12GB's, which is what you need for your build.
    I would go with an XFX 4850, it is a solid card and since gaming isn't your main focus... it will be more than enough.
    I would go with either the Antec 300 or Cooler Master RC-690, both are very good case at a low cost. If you want a full size, the only way to go is either the HAF 932 or Antec 1200.
    I would go with either a Corsair, PC Power&Cooling or Antec 550w PSU.
  4. Thanks for the input guys/gals,

    Here is the system close to final, pending comments

    MOBO - ASUS P6T-SE
    CPU - i7 920

    RAM - OCZ 6 GB PC3-12800 Plat (Total 12 GB, two sets)
    As this is out of stock at my store, any replacement suggestions

    HDD - WD Cavair Black 500 GB (2 of them)
    Video - XFX4850
    PSU - OCZ 700 W GameXStream
    Cooling - None (Don't plan on O.C.)
    OS - Windows Vista Ultimate w/ Windows 7 Upgrade
    Case - Anetec 300

    Any other speed increase parts within reason would be appreciated2
  5. Bump, sorry I'm close to buying 1-2 days
  6. Any reasonably priced 6GB 1600MHz triple channel kit will do, try to find one with CL7 but get CL8 if you have to. Stay clear of the corsair dominator ram, it doesnt run any faster and is overpriced.

    Do you need the business features in ultimate? If not you can save a bunch by getting home premium
  7. What's is CL7, CL8 ?
  8. CL is cas latency, it refers to how many clock cycles it takes for it to access a block of data. You can find it by checking the timings, the OCZ golds are CL8, the OCZ platinum is CL7, thus the platinums are better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

    Toms did a review recently that compared tight timings to increased clock frequency and found that the difference between CL9 at 1600MHz and CL7 is the same as the difference in performance from 1066MHz to 1600MHz.
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