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November 1, 2009 1:08:27 AM

I've been building computers for quite awhile, mostly for business apps and now I'm ready to build one for myself that will be primarily for digital photography (big files, lots of editing), audio, and business applications (lots of multitasking). I've read about all I can for now and came up with two alternate base systems--one is Intel and one is AMD. I'm looking for feedback and/or advice based on your experiences with the chipsets for both the CPU and Graphics boards. I plan on buying everything from Newegg. I have hard drives, cases, optical drives, etc. so I'm only including CPU, motherboard, memory, video card & power supply. Here are my choices:

AMD Based System
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Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX $ 99
CPU: AMD Athlon X4-630 $122
Memory: 3 pcs CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G - Retail $138
Video: HIS H467PS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1gb DDR3 $ 83
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 $140
TOTAL COST: $582

Intel-Based system
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Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $189
CPU: Intel I5-750 $199
Memory GeIL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Triple Channel
Kit Desktop Memory Model GV36GB1333C9TC - $161
Video: XFX PVT96OZDFA GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $ 90
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 $140
TOTAL COST: $779

Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated.

Chuck

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November 1, 2009 1:15:44 AM

More info I forgot to add: Time frame to buy build is in a week or so

I also need Operating System advice:
I'm currently running Windows XP Pro 32 bit and I wanted to ask whether I'd get any advantage my doing a clean install of Windows XP Pro 64. I hate Vista and Windows7 is too new but I could be convinced to do a clean install of one of them if there are any really compelling reasons to do so.

I think that's about it for now.

Thanks again,

Chuck
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November 1, 2009 1:19:35 AM

You should check out the sticky on new builds...

On the Intel build:
The 1156 socket uses dual channel drr3 so you will want something like 2x2gb or 4x2gb.
Here's some good memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can definitely save some money if your not overclocking and get a cheaper motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


750w PS is way overkill for that setup unless you plan on upgrading your graphics card to a high end model down the line.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm running win 7 64 bit after using vista 64 and its definitely worth the upgrade over vista. It responds quicker and feels lighter.

Are you a student? Windows 7 is only $30.
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November 1, 2009 10:24:13 AM

Thanks for your suggestions. I did read the sticky and picked out the (overkill) power supply so that it would last me through a few future builds. I'm thinking that the Intel build would probably be faster although it is 25% more than the AMD build.

I wasn't sure what kind of memory to get, so your suggestion is helpful. I don't plan to do any overclocking.

I'm a little cautious about getting Windows7 so early in the product cycle--I've done that with Windows OS's in the past and like everybody else gotten burned with system crashes that required complete reloading. I'm pretty happy with XP but wanted to know if moving to XP 64 would be of any significant benefit for the time being.

Chuck
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November 1, 2009 2:03:30 PM

32bit OS can only utilize 3.2gb of memory while 64 bit OS's can use up to 64gb.

Windows 7 actually performs better than xp. There are plenty of reviews around.
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November 8, 2009 1:51:52 AM

Thanks for the vote for Windows7. I'm going to run first with XP and then do a clean install of Windows7. That way I'll see how much improvement I can get with the hardware upgrade and create a baseline against which I can measure Windows7 when I install it.
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