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Noob Alert! - Proposed HTPC/Video Editing Build

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November 3, 2009 12:19:10 AM


BUDGET RANGE: Below $1000, and the lower the better. Every penny counts.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Some HTPC use, video editing, light gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS (will probably get a copy of Win 7), Hard drives (SATA WD Black 1 TB and Blue 500 GB), DVD-RW (SATA)




OVERCLOCKING: Not regularly. I might try it.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (and a TV as well)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be the first system I build from scratch. I'm going to want to be able to do some video editing with it, but mainly it's an excuse to get a Lynnfield. I do want this machine to be useful for years to come (I'm on a P4 right now) so I won't do a lot of OC-ing, but I might dabble a bit.

Here's what I have picked out:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

Thermaltake Silent 1156 CLP0552 92mm CPU Cooler For Intel Socket LGA1156 - Retail
- I'm not planning on a lot of OC-ing, but I think I read somewhere that the stock cooler is so weak that you need something else to even have the turbo mode work aggressively. Is this even any better, or just a waste of money?

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail

PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE5XEB GeForce 9800 GT EE 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card ... - Retail
- I think this is about the right level for me. Good for video editing and some gaming, but I don't need it up to the minute. Should I think about going with an ATI?

ASUS My Cinema-PHC3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/RC TV Tuner Card PCI Interface - Retail

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K56 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
- This one has the power supply on the bottom. I think all the power cables will reach. How worried should I be?

Can any one point out any potential pitfalls in what I have chosen?

It will probably be most convenient for me to buy this a few months from now. Will it be cheaper then?

Thanks in advance for any help!
November 3, 2009 1:36:40 AM

Welcome to the forum. I would change those components out for the following ones - if you have any questions about the new parts, feel free to ask.

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop

GIGABYTE GV-R577D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

That comes to about $850, but it's much more upgradeable, and the parts are higher quality as well.
November 3, 2009 1:48:21 AM

Thanks for the input. I take it you think the stock cooler will do just fine if I'm not going to do a lot of OC-ing.

Is the core i7 860 much better than the core i5? I don't think I really need the best of the best, and I would want it to be 50% better for 50% more money.
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