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Old 08-26-2009, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey there guys!!
I have been searching through the forums here for a while trying to compile some information as far as what I want to build for my first ever computer.. And I finally decided that I just needed to come out and just ask my questions..

To start out, I am into video editing and until now I have only been able to work with Windows movie maker on a old laptop .. but I have worked with Vegas at school and have decided that I am going to build this computer to run Vegas as my editing program of choice, and I am currently not shooting in HD but would like to some time in the future.. and I am going to run Vista 64-bit so that I can use as Much RAM as possible.. My budget is somewhere around the $800 mark.. so any help with my questions would be appreciated...

So I have decided on a Quad Core Intel and have found combo deals on Newegg with either the Intel Q9400 or the Q9550 and the ASUS P5Q PRO Mobo.. there is a $30 diffenence between them, SO my question is, would it be worth the $30 to jump from the 2.66HGz 9400 to the 2.83GHz 9550?

Then I am going to be running 8GB of Kingston DDR2 RAM..

My next questions come in the form of Hard drives, I was going to run a 10,000 RPM boot Drive with either a raid array of two storage drives or a single TB drive.. but then realized that 10k RPM drives are way expensive, SO I want opinions on what I should do for a HDD situation??

Next It a Graphics card? I am pretty clueless here.. I dont do any gaming, (just stupid online ones ) But I know that I will be running dual monitors,nothing huge or super high quality or large.. but I may even be dabbling into running the computer with our HDTV as a monitor.. and I would be editing so I am clueless as to where I land in the realm of graphics cards.. I know you can drop a ton on them, or get buy with integrated... but I just want opinions on what I need..

I will be running a regular DVD/CD drive... nothing to special I need there right?

And I believe I have covered everything except for the case/PSU I figured that A 650W or so would be fine.. Right?
and If I could find a case/PSU combo that would be fine.. I really am not that worried about looks for this computer.. I just want something that runs cool and stable.. and I also wanted to ask if you guys thought I needed any extra fans to move air and keep everything cool.. and I am on a budget.. so this is one where I know you guys could help..


So here is my build so far..


Intel Q9400/P5Q or Q9550/P5Q $290- $310

4GB(2X2GB) Kingston RAM X2 $60x2=$120



so like I said I am shooting for right around $800 or so.. not super tight on that but Around there would be nice.. so thanks in advice guys!!
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm actually trying to put a similar system together at the moment.
From what I've read, I think you would be fine with getting 7200rpm hard drives. If you get 2 and RAID them together I think you will have good speed from them. Personally I am looking at getting two 640GB 7200rpm drives and RAIDing them.
From what I can tell, the performance increase with 10000rpm drives is not really worth the price. But then, I've never actually compared them personally, so I could be wrong

As for the graphic card, thats the part I'm stuck on too, so can't really help you there sorry.
A 650W power supply should be plenty, but I think its important to get a good quality one. I think corsair is considered pretty good, but maybe someone can elaborate on this...

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. I'll post more if I figure it out
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I'm actually trying to put a similar system together at the moment.
From what I've read, I think you would be fine with getting 7200rpm hard drives. If you get 2 and RAID them together I think you will have good speed from them. Personally I am looking at getting two 640GB 7200rpm drives and RAIDing them.
From what I can tell, the performance increase with 10000rpm drives is not really worth the price. But then, I've never actually compared them personally, so I could be wrong

As for the graphic card, thats the part I'm stuck on too, so can't really help you there sorry.
A 650W power supply should be plenty, but I think its important to get a good quality one. I think corsair is considered pretty good, but maybe someone can elaborate on this...

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. I'll post more if I figure it out

yea with the drives, I was going to do a 10k RPM drive as a boot drive that would run My OS and then two 7200 drives in raid array as storage drives but idk the 10k drives are expensive.
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For that purpose you might be better off going with a SSD for your OS drive. They are expensive too though. But if its just for OS and applications, it doesn't need to be a huge drive.
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