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Old 04-27-2007, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $700 Video-Editing rig for friend, does it look ok?

He asked me to build him a $700 PC for XP intended for Video-Editing. Does it look alright, or could something be better?

Operating System: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 w/ SP2B:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2b - OEM
$109.99

Hard Drive: 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda 250GB:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$67.99

DVD Burner: Samsung IDE w/ lightscribe:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE DVD Burner with LightScribe and Software - OEM
$31.99

Motherboard: Gigabyte ATX mobo
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$99.99

RAM: 2GB G.Skill DDR2 800:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
$104.99

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Conroe E6420:
xhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115016
$193

Case/PSU: 420Watts:
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX Scorpio ATX-868WBP Black 0.8mm Japanese SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420watts PS2 ATX12V Power Supply - Retail
$49.99

Video Card: FreeTech 128MB 6200 PCI-E:
Newegg.com - FREETECH PX6200TD-128M GeForce 6200 128MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
$39.99

PCI to Firewire Adapter:
Newegg.com - SYBA PCI to Firewire 1394a 2+1 ports controller card (VIA) Model SD-VIA-3F - Retail
$5.99

Total Cost (before shipping):
$702.93

Please, let me know any recommendations u have, because i havent built anything in like 2 months, so Im not exactly up to date.
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Default Re: $700 Video-Editing rig for friend, does it look ok?

What sort of video editing would he be doing, overall for that kind of money I think its ok, someone else may have other opinions, but I know more about gaming pcs than any others but by the looks of it 7/10.
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Default Re: $700 Video-Editing rig for friend, does it look ok?

He just uses pinnacle and i showed him how to use lsmaker and stuff like that but hes tired of trying to buy time on his family pc so he wants one of his own.
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Default Re: $700 Video-Editing rig for friend, does it look ok?

If it is heavy video-editing not casual i.e. more then once every 2 months then he will need 3 gb of ram and he will want more hdd space and you shouldn't use the psu that comes with the case even if it is a good brand a stand-alone psu would be better. Your case should have a front panel connector for fire wire and there is one built in to the motherboard
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4 gigs of ram on a $700 pc? I dont think so... and it has that firewire add-on card, but he uses a mini-dvd camera anyways.
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well 6400 ram is for overclocking just buy lower speed ram and get more of it you can still overclock just not to the extremes that you could get but you get the memory power to edit videos

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Were not gonna overclock his computer.
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then there is no point buying the higher speed ram
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Even if they aren't going to overclock DDR2-800 will become the standard someday and it not being much more than 677 he might as well get it. Plus eventually maybe they'll want to overclock when they notice a 65 buck CPU is beating theirs >.<

Um stock PSU? Please at least grab a cheap rosewill or something over one of those....you don't want his system blowing if you get a bad one. A 700 system should NOT be using a case PSU.
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Even if they aren't going to overclock DDR2-800 will become the standard someday and it not being much more than 677 he might as well get it. Plus eventually maybe they'll want to overclock when they notice a 65 buck CPU is beating theirs >.<

Um stock PSU? Please at least grab a cheap rosewill or something over one of those....you don't want his system blowing if you get a bad one. A 700 system should NOT be using a case PSU.
those raidmax psu's are *decent* with all other things in consideration.
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