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Old 11-22-2008, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first time building my own PC. I went to the store for parts and this is what the sales associate recommended. The PC will be used for movies, music, graphic design and watching TV. I'm not really too interested in playing games. Suggestions are appreciated!

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Ultra X-Pro ULT40029 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, Dual 80mm Fans, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, Active PFC, Black at TigerDirect.com

Gigabyte EP45T-DS3R - Intel P45 Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFire X, Dual Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, SATA GA-EP45T-DS3R at TigerDirect.com

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Processor BX80569Q9550 - 2.83GHz, 12MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Yorkfield, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan at TigerDirect.com

Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz (2 x 1024MB) BL2KIT12864AA80A at TigerDirect.com (4gb)

Newegg.com - MSI N9600GT 512M OC GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Samsung HD103UJ SpinPoint F 1TB Hard Drive - 7200, 32MB, SATA-300 at TigerDirect.com

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR1600 Dual TV Tuner 1199 at TigerDirect.com

TRENDnet- TBW-104UB - High-Speed USB 2.0 Bluetooth Adapter at TigerDirect.com

Linksys WMP300N PCI Wireless Network Adapter - 300Mbps, 802.11n (Draft N) at TigerDirect.com

keep in mind I would be paying retail for these items... is there anything better for the money with these components?

P.S. Any recommendations for a good 24" monitor?
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I can't believe you didn't notice your links say "Page Not Found" right on them. Haha, might want to re-try
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ummm...page not found maybe?
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haha edited with working links, don't know how I missed that
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It's a very good PC if you're not going to be using it for gaming. If you're interested in entertainment then I would get a blu-ray player, funded by down-grading your PSU and CPU. Your PSU is way too powerful - I've got a 350watt and a similar to you. Also, consider a Q6600 for your CPU.

I've got a Hannspree Verona JM01-22E1 22" screen and that's brilliant so unless you are dead set on a 24" then that's a possibility.

Other than that it's a very nice PC!
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i would go with the corsair 650 or 750w PSU, better brand and efficiency than ultra.
also would go with a 4850. they are a little more than the card you selected, but you can crossfire them at a later date. you cant with an nvidia card and that mobo.
q9550 is quite a bit better than a q6600, id stick with that. i have an acer x243w that i absolutely love. i got it for under 250 (what a steal!) there will be some GOOD monitor deals come friday.
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thanks for the replies, just came across this in new egg, looks to be a new cpu, would the i7 be better than the quad? its a bit cheaper

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Better performance for about the same price. If you can afford to stretch your budget a little. You could probably find a 9800 GTX+ or a 4850 for around $160~
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thanks for the replies, just came across this in new egg, looks to be a new cpu, would the i7 be better than the quad? its a bit cheaper

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
no. the i7 is a new size of cpu, and the system that needs to go around it is cost prohibitive... so unless money is no problem, just stick with the quadcore, just downgrade it to the q6600. there isnt that much optimized to multithreading anyways at this time.
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