Hello. I'd like to build a fast, quiet machine for making music videos and short films. Currently I'm mixing audio on my macbook and it works fine, so I figure the extra power should be used for the video editing. I read a lot of build requests from this forum and used to those as a basis for my list above. I didn't go too deep into the combo deals on newegg but I did see that there is a windows 7 combo with the cpu thats $25 off. May be able to get a free Motherboard if I buy the cpu from microcenter though but which one? I'd like the system to be small so I've chosen micro atx.
The thing I'm unsure about is whether or not to get a cheaper motherboard without onboard graphics and go with a good GPU, or stick with the motherboard with onboard graphics and upgrade to a better video card later on if its necessary. I've been reading about Nvidia Cuda and Vegas helping rendering times, how fast are we talking here? I do want something fast, but I also want it quiet. I don't do video professionally, its more for my own personal music/art and other bands in the area.
Also not sure if the power supply is strong enough.
Lastly, I want to play the Mass Effect series, I heard its very good.
Hey thanks man. That looks like a really great build. Is the Gskills ram a better choice than the Corsair? The CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 is $69.99 after the mail in rebate.
Also the hard drive - I heard good things about the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB and its priced pretty good. Theres also the WD Blue 1TB. Would those be better or is it kind of an insignificant difference?
I thought the spinpoint was a good price but the 1tb is $100. Not really working with the budget. I'll definitely be using large files. I'm looking the WD caviar black 500gb for $59.99 and the Spinpoint 500gb for $49.99. The Spinpoint is 3gb/s and the WD is 6gb/s. Worth the $10 difference?
Oh cool thanks. There seems to be 2 1tb spinpoints on newegg. Thanks guys it looks like I'm pretty much set.. if only microcenter would pick up the damn phone cause their site says the cpu is out of stock at every store in the country.