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Old 08-28-2005, 03:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Is it worth spending 80 dollars to upgrade to a PD 820 Dual core? (instead of a P4 630)
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:24 AM   #22 (permalink)
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From Zipzoomfly:
Pentium D 820 Processor
Intel BOXD945GTPL Motherboard
Corsair Value Select DDR2 667MHz
Maxtor Diamondmax 6L200MO 200GB SATA 7200RPM 8MB cache
Chaintech SA6600G GeForce 6600GT 128MB
Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card
Logitech X530 Speakers
Microsoft Basic Value pack Key+ Mouse
Microsoft XP Pro x64 bit edition
TOTAL = 1129.48

From Directron.com
OEM 19" Monitor
TOTAL = 79.16

GRAND TOTAL= 1208.44 +CPU cooler
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I have heard that maxtor can be unreliable- the last thing you need for video editing.
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:31 PM   #24 (permalink)
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the 6600's also have smartshader 3.0 for better picture quality

ATI used to have the better cards last generation, this time it's Nvidia's turn. when ATI releases their R520-based card, they might come out on top again. but for now, the 6600 GT is about where to go.

I'm an AMD fan at the moment, and I can say the Athlon 64 X2's are really powerful.
the 3800+ is for $376 at newegg. I know it's not as low-cost as the ones suggested, but benchmarks put it ahead of the Intel's even in multimedia most of the time.
although the MSI K8N Neo4-F boards are really good, and yet inexpensive. $83 from newegg.

stay away from Chaintech video cards, a lot of people have had them die.
from www.ewhiz.com they have the eVGA 6600 GT's for $153 (PCI-E). I'd recommend one of those.

from the egg (newegg) you can get 2x512MB PC3200 RAM from PQI, for $117.31
this RAM is pretty good. good overclocker too (if you so choose) and it's not expensive.

instead of getting a seperate sound card, you can use the onboard sound of the MSI board. it is actually 7.1 (8 channel) sound, which is more than most sound cards. the quality is good too.
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