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Old 09-19-2007, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Critique (and help with) My Build!

I'm trying to build a PC that I would mainly use for image and video editing. I just got hooked up with the Adobe CS3 Suite (Photoshop is a big hobby of mine) and I'm thinking of building a new computer. I wanted a DX10 video card, however, I would prefer not to spend a lot on a video card as it won't mainly be a gaming computer. I would prefer it if it could play my current games, though:
Civilization 4
Doom 3
Neverwinter Nights 2
World of Warcraft
Command and Conquer 3

I've picked out a lot of my parts based off this forum. Got some from the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' and others just off various recommendations people have made.

I wanted to keep the build (well) under $1,000. My school will give me Windows for free. I'm already thinking I'll have to replace some of my parts with less-cool ones, but, here's what I have so far:

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050
Price: $129.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017
Price: $279.99

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565
Price: $109.99 ($69.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140
Price: $79.99

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130085
Price: $114.99 ($99.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001
Price: $129.99 ($109.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)

Some things I'm pretty unsure about are the power supply and case. I just grabbed one of the power supplies off of the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' but as I read through the topic there were mixed opinions about it... so that made me a little uneasy. As for the case, I really have no idea what to go with. I heard Lian Li makes good cases, but none of the ones recommended were Lian Li... so I don't know where to go there.

Other things I need are an optical drive and a wireless network adapter so I can connect to the internet from a wireless router.

The optical drive in the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' is a SATA drive, and I've never seen that in an optical drive. Will that work with my motherboard? Would it just plug into one of the Sata 3.0 spots? Also, I don't think I'd ever use the lightscribe capabilities.

Samsung SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133

I look forward to your input! Thanks for reading my post!
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If you aren't going to use LightScribe, don't buy it. The discs are more expensive anyway.

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD&#177;R DVD Burner - OEM <-- Basically the same thing you had, just - the lightscribe.

The case is almost entirely up to you - get what looks good. Either look at ATX Mid-Tower or Full Tower Cases (I'd go with Mid).

Linksys is a good option for networking. Or, I have 2 Netgear Wireless PCI Cards I could sell you

As far as Power Supply, I'll let someone else with more expertise in those handle that.

Finally, I would try to splurge for at least a 500 GB hard drive if you are going to do the type of editing you will be doing.

Hope this helps.

As far as the SATA connection goes, it is exactly like an IDE Drive, except it uses the SATA port. So, to answer your question, just plug it into one of the spots on the motherboard.
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That power supply is a great choice. Very recommended, here on T.F.

The 8600GT should easily play all those games. For around the same price though, you can get a more powerful graphic card. Which is:
Newegg.com - PNY VCG7900SXPB GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

As motoxer said, the case is a personal choice.
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Critique (and help with) My Build!

I'm trying to build a PC that I would mainly use for image and video editing. I just got hooked up with the Adobe CS3 Suite (Photoshop is a big hobby of mine) and I'm thinking of building a new computer. I wanted a DX10 video card, however, I would prefer not to spend a lot on a video card as it won't mainly be a gaming computer. I would prefer it if it could play my current games, though:
Civilization 4
Doom 3
Neverwinter Nights 2
World of Warcraft
Command and Conquer 3

I've picked out a lot of my parts based off this forum. Got some from the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' and others just off various recommendations people have made.

I wanted to keep the build (well) under $1,000. My school will give me Windows for free. I'm already thinking I'll have to replace some of my parts with less-cool ones, but, here's what I have so far:

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Price: $129.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Price: $279.99

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Price: $109.99 ($69.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Price: $79.99

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Price: $114.99 ($99.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Price: $129.99 ($109.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)

Some things I'm pretty unsure about are the power supply and case. I just grabbed one of the power supplies off of the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' but as I read through the topic there were mixed opinions about it... so that made me a little uneasy. As for the case, I really have no idea what to go with. I heard Lian Li makes good cases, but none of the ones recommended were Lian Li... so I don't know where to go there.

Other things I need are an optical drive and a wireless network adapter so I can connect to the internet from a wireless router.

The optical drive in the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' is a SATA drive, and I've never seen that in an optical drive. Will that work with my motherboard? Would it just plug into one of the Sata 3.0 spots? Also, I don't think I'd ever use the lightscribe capabilities.

Samsung SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM
Newegg.com - Buy Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

I look forward to your input! Thanks for reading my post!
looks good... i highly recommend another card over the 8600gt.... the 7900gs is great for the price....
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