time to build a new box

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  1. bowrofl

    bowrofl New Member

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    my old shitty desktop is finally dying and i need a new one. is now a good time to buy a box? can anyone throw together a quick build for me? my budget is around 1,200 - 1, 400. purposes of the box: gaming, light video & audio editing
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If you plan on doing some light video and audio editing, I'm thinking you might not want
    to fool around with overclocking.

    So I would go with a proper Intel branded board.
    Intel P35 - $132 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121314

    CPU - Intel Quad Q6600 Retail - $278 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

    Memory - Corsair XMS2 2x1gb $102 shipped, $62 after $40 rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034

    PSU - Fortron - FX700 700 watt - $129 shipped ($105 after $25 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104015

    DVD burner - The Samsung SH-S203B is the fastest burner made per
    the tests ran by MaximumPC mag. $37 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153

    Hard drive 160gb for the operating system.
    WD1600AAJS $56 shipped, and blazing fast. You can always add a big backup drive, later on.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

    Case - The Antec Nine Hundred. $130 shipped.
    There's just no getting around it. This is a great gaming case, with great cooling.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    That's $865 so far, before rebates.

    An XFX 8800 GTX will cost you $550 right now, $500 after $50 rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150232

    That makes the build $1415, $1300 after rebates.

    But nVidia is coming out with the new line of cards in November.
    That plus Black Friday deals, and you can probably pick up a good deal if you can wait a month.




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  3. DaveyD

    DaveyD Fuck Ohio State, son

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  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Fixed.

    I copied some of the links from a previous post of mine, and they still
    work in there. I don't know why they didn't copy correctly.

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    that looks like a sweet build, thanks :cool:
    however, the problem is that my main tower seems to be dead. it doesn't turn on/boot up... i've even bought a new PSU, did some component troubleshooting... i think the mobo pooped out. i'm on my brothers pc now which blows. so i'm stuck using this. i was planning on building the box probably at the end of november anyway but it's going to be painful without a decently working one :hs:

    where are these nvidia cards coming out? are they supposed to be a lot better then what's out now? if so, i guess i could wait... but is it worth it to wait for one piece of hardware (although usually the most expensive piece... so probably yeah)
     
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  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well you could get an el-cheapo video card for the time being, and upgrade after the new stuff comes out and the dust has settled.
     
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    any ideas for a decent video card i could use until then? i currently have an XFX6600 256MB but it's agp
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    :h5: you own
    will bump this thread in 2 weeks right before i build it :hs:
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    And post pics after the build is done, too.


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  11. bowrofl

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    prob gonna buy it next weekend actually, since i know pretty much what i want :hs:

    here is my build modified as of now... ill in CAD Prices

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
    $295.99 from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=012505&cid=CPU.84

    MOBO: Intel DP35DPM
    $134.99 from TigerDirect
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3255895&CatId=3355

    MEMORY: Corsair XMS2 Twin 2x2048 2GB
    $119.32 from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=012573&cid=RAM.835

    PSU: Antec NeoPower 650W
    $129.99 from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=015139&cid=PS.808

    DVD-Burner: Samsung SH-S183L
    $37.19 from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=013221&cid=CR.184

    HD:
    $107.99 (Western Digital Caviar 500GB) from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010671&cid=HD.96
    $73.99 (Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB SATA3) from TigerDirect
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3285366&CatId=2457

    CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX
    $107.99 from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=011391&cid=CS.664

    VIDEO: XFX GeForce 8500GT
    $84.99 from Canada Computers
    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=013684&cid=999.338

    will be using my Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic & Linksys Wireless-N Desktop Adapter with this.

    current est total /w tax: $1, 245.38.
    look good? i also need a mouse/keyboard combo... any recommendations? :hs:
     
  12. Kelex

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    boring mobo
    shitty power supply
    get seagate
    good case, ugly as hell
    shitty graphics card

    buy everything from ncix.com canadian site.
     
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    DaveyD Fuck Ohio State, son

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    If he isn't going to overclock, that mobo is just fine.
     
  14. Kelex

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    true.

    but for the same price range or just a little bit more, he can do better than "just fine".

    think about it. Quad core, Antec 900's good airflow, Corsair RAM, all points towards performance. That mobo is out of place.

    It's like installing a turbo, performance tires, racing seats in a mini van.
    edit: ok, bad example, but you know what I mean.
     
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    That's a sweet freaking mini van
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I disagree with the Antec being shitty, and I definitely think you're wrong
    about the Intel board. Stability ftmfw.

    And the video card is just for the interim, until the next gen stuff comes out
    and prices come down on the 8800 stuff.


    But +1 for www.ncix.com
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, mon.

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  18. deusexaethera

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    Going back to the timing thing; you definitely don't want to overclock a recording/editing machine, because the clock timing needs to be 100% stable for the recorded/edited product to play back smoothly.
     
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    that Fortron PSU you recommended is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better.
     
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    that's why you test stability when you overclock. if it's not stable, then it's not a successful one is it?

    also, if the system survive a torture test, I don't see why video or audio editing would be a problem.
     
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    1) Editing doesn't require the fastest machine you can find.
    2) You cannot possibly test a system for stability as much as the manufacturer has.
     
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    the graphics card is supposed to be shitty. its a placeholder until the 9xxx series. plus its still better then what i was using before (6600 agp) and that ran source-engine games pretty damn nice so that's good enough for me for now.

    plz suggest a better PSU. and why segate? url to hard drive?
     
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    can you suggest another mobo? i was looking at gigabytes...

    by the way, when i mean light video/audio editing... i meant very light. i may just use my old box for that stuff and just make this one a pure performance box... i got a few days until i order the parts.

    btw, thanks for ncix.
    pps, ohio state son
     
  24. deusexaethera

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    Gigabyte is a good motherboard brand. If you can, get one of their new models with no fluid capacitors on it -- that means there's nothing to leak and/or explode, which is always nice.

    Seagate makes the best desktop PC hard drives around, bar none. Other brands can work just as well or even better, but none of them are as reliable. You'll never find someone with a Seagate horror story -- except noobs who've only bought one hard drive ever, and just got unlucky. Just get whatever size you want, they're all good.


    Get this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002
     
  25. Kelex

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    1) Just editing? How about encoding? A faster machine will reduce encoding times. Besides, he wants gaming too. He did say "light" video and audio editing.
    2) Engineering level, obviously I can't. Application level, yes I can. Manufacturers such as Nvidia and ATI work with optimizations and benchmarking companies such as Futuremark (3Dmark, PCMark, etc). That's what those tools are designed for.
     

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