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August 14, 2009 12:58:32 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In a week or two

BUDGET RANGE: About $1000, +/- $100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing (Adobe Premiere, AfterFX, Photoshop CS4), games (CoH, Diablo 3, SC2 mainly), watching HD movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD RW drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Microcenter, but open to others if there's a good deal

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Mid-tower/lightweight case

OVERCLOCKING: No / maybe - only if it will significantantly increase encoding/render times
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, would like to upgrade in future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, and not have to worry about overheating or anything like that. Though I am willing to sacrifice those features to bring costs down.


Here is what I've come up with so far, the only thing I wasn't sure about choosing was the mobo and PSU.

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 920

CASE: Rosewill R5605-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Front Mesh Design Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
I chose this after reading the Tomshardware May '09 SBM $1300 Enthusiast guide.

MOBO: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
I've heard good things about the P6T, wasn't sure what the difference was between that and the "P6T SE", but this one has a combo deal going with the following RAM:

MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C7 G - Retail

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Two of these to create a RAID0, where I can store all my video editing work files, etc. A 320GB HDD from my current build will be reused to be the OS/apps drive.

VIDEO CARD: XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


I'm new to the forums, and also a little new to building computers, so feel free to call me a noob and point out any gaping problems, like if the parts aren't compatible with each other. Thanks!
August 14, 2009 1:02:57 AM

Oh woops, I forgot to add the total cost of all that:
$856.56 - 35.00 MIR = $821.56 newegg
$218.50 microcenter

TOTAL (w/ shipping and tax included) = $1075.06 (before MIR)
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