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Old 02-10-2009, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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thanks for previous help on a build...a friend of mine is now interested in a build and this is what we came up with. he'll be primarily wanting to multi task, play music, store a lot of photo and video and play a few computer games (not a serious gamer tho). he'll also want to do some video editing in the future, simple stuff with his home camcorder and store that video on the machine, etc. really we want to build a solid good value machine that will be good for the next 3-5 years as a mid-range PC.

budget is sub 1k without monitor, keyb, and mouse. he will need a new OS tho, thinking vista for now, then win7 upon release.

any suggestions are appreciated! thanks!

also, does he need a cpu heatsink? he will not be overclocking.

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $199.98

1 XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $129.99

1 PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $60

1 Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail $11.99

1 G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail $54.99

1 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard -$119.99

1 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail $164.99

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $99.

2 SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM $47.98

1 LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $79.99


Total Now = $1049.00
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The E8400 will come with a heatsink, and provided the case has at least average cooling. Other than that, that build looks pretty much perfect.
I can't say much about prices though, since I work in £s.

Only thing I could suggest is a bit more RAM, video editing tends to need quite a bit, but that probably won't be necessary.
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You could grab a better video card for the money...

Newegg.com - MSI R4850-T2D512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Also, that PSU is a tad overpriced. a good 500w could set you back 50 bucks before a 20 dollar MIR, or the same brand has a 610w for 90 bucks with a 30 dollar MIR.

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And don't get that Samsung...it's way overpriced, and I have no idea where you're getting that cost from.

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - Internal Hard Drives

1.5tb, 130 bucks. No brainer there.

Good call on the CPU, mobo, and RAM.
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You could grab a better video card for the money...

Newegg.com - MSI R4850-T2D512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Also, that PSU is a tad overpriced. a good 500w could set you back 50 bucks before a 20 dollar MIR, or the same brand has a 610w for 90 bucks with a 30 dollar MIR.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

And don't get that Samsung...it's way overpriced, and I have no idea where you're getting that cost from.

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - Internal Hard Drives

1.5tb, 130 bucks. No brainer there.

Good call on the CPU, mobo, and RAM.
someone once told me to combo intel/nvidia rather than intel/radeon but i might be way off there.

that price is a actually for two 1tb samsung drives...

is it worth going to 8gb of ram for $99 (ozc gold set).

i chose that PS cuz of the 6x sata hookups and cuz of the brand.. but you're right, its expensive in comparison...
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Actually it would better to go intel/ati because Intel boards support Crossfire. With an Nvida card you wouldn't be able to Crossfire later on. But it doesn't really matter since this isn't a gamer build.

It would be worth going for 8Gb of ram if you're really into HD rendering, AutoCAD or 3D work then it might be of benefit.

That PSU you picked out is fine. But it is a lot cheaper from here:
Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
$60 after mail in rebate and free shipping
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is it worth going to 8gb of ram for $99 (ozc gold set).
Dunno about the RAM, like I said it probably wouldn't be worth it. Probably better just to go with 4GB for now, and if any more is needed in the future then you can buy it then.
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