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$500 budget for FSX and HD home video editing

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December 18, 2009 5:42:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: before 1/1/10

BUDGET RANGE: $500 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FSX, streaming internet video, editing and rendering HD video with Sony Vegas, surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor - Dell 2209WA, speakers, SB sound card, case - Rosewill R103A, DVD burners

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel, would like to possibly stick with ASUS for mobo, nvidia card for FSX

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Prob not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050,

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Using XP Pro for now.

This will be my first PC build in 8 years. I need a system that will run FSX smoothly, with the sliders as maxed out as I can get. I also will be editing home movies of my newborn with Sony Vegas. These will be shot with a Samsung consumer HD camcorder.

Over at the flight sim boards they seem to prefer Intel to AMD, but there are people who are completely satisfied with the AMD Phenom chips running FSX. I want to stick with nvidia, as most flight simmers agree that FSX runs much better than with ATI. There are also reports that FSX doesn't really benefit from a quad core CPU, but that's why I'm posting.

So, do I go Core Duo 8400/8500 or AMD Phenom X2 955 quad core? Both are about the same price. Will I benefit from quad core when rendering the HD files from the camcorder? Two possible newegg builds I have put together:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

PNY VCG98GTXPXPB GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail $99

Sunbeam PSU-COM680-BK-US 680W ATX12V Modular Active PFC Power Supply - OEM $34.99 after rebate

AND FOR AMD-

COMBO - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
ASUS M4A78 Plus ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $219

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996557 - Retail
$79 after rebate

OR Intel

COMBO - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
ECS Black Series P45T-A ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $254

Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996558 - Retail $79 after rebate

I can't go i5 or i7 due to cost. Any suggestions would be helpful.




December 18, 2009 5:50:15 PM

if you go with amd, get a radeon card, performance will be better due to better parts integration.
all in all, of FSX doesn't supports more cores. go with the e8400/8500, else get the phenom II.
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December 22, 2009 2:01:27 AM

Well, I think I'm going to go Intel i5 750 now. Can anyone suggest a good mobo under $130?
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