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Here's my build log for my GF's computer. She's a singer, scrapbooker (lots of pictures/graphics), and a bit of a gamer. I'll explain why I picked the following under each component briefly. We're trying to keep the cost around $1,300. What do you guys think?


1 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009094
HDCP compliant. 24" is a might expensive.


1 HT OMEGA CLARO Sound Card
$159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271002
For recording tracks. Good sound reproduction.

1 A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Memory
$43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211066
Seems like decent RAM. Going to put 3GB total in because we're planning on using Vista Home Premium 32 (she has a lot of legacy software she wants to run and we don't want to deal with 64 bit headaches.).

1 A-DATA 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
$26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211064
3GB total.

2 Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK
Item #:N82E16827129018
$59.98
($29.99 each)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129018
Lightscribe. Why not? She can crank out cool looking CD's. Someday we'll probably get Blu-Ray.

1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor
$219.99
No link necessary. Multi-tasking beast. Again, trying to keep the cost reasonable.

1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148262
250GB to start, I'm sure we'll be adding on later.


1 DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3870 3870PE4512SB Video Card
$164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product!%20/Pr...82E16814103050
I was torn here. I have an 8800GTS, and I think ATI's graphics look a little sharper. JMO. DirectX 10, HDCP compliant.


1 Antec Sonata III 500 Black Computer Case
$129.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129024
Nice case with a door to keep my 3 yr. old's fingers out. Also comes with what appears to be a decent PSU. 2 birds with 1 stone.

1 ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP ATX Intel Motherboard
$169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131182
I like my Asus board, am familiar with their BIOS, and hopefully I can tweak her system to run cool and fast. Optical outs, e-sata. Sweet. Don't really care about SLI or X-Fire.

Total: $1,312 shipped.

Any suggestions/comments?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 21
are you going to OC it for her or let her do it?

*EDIT* BTW that soundcard looks SICK. Never heard of that brand but I bet it would whoop my X-Fi.
Edited by Microsis - 5/22/08 at 11:21am
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post #3 of 21
why not get a 2x2gb kit?
and there are no headaches in using vista 64bit... 64 > 32 ...

ask around everyone will say go for 64 bit and 4gb.
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if shes not a crysis fan, then a cheaper 9600GT would be enough for gaming and save u some cash
    
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post #5 of 21
thats a great sound card but if you dont use spdif out optical then I would say to
get the M-Audio 7.1 Revolution its the same qaulity , and records without latency
I have been using 1 for a few and its cheaper than that Omega.

Also ditch the ddr2 and get AMPO AMPX its dirt cheap and they used d9's on
it.
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post #6 of 21
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She uses Adobe Elements, and apparently it's not playing nice with x64 yet from our research. She also has some other software that might be questionable for her scrap booking peripherals. I don't want to mess with it.

I'm trying to think down the road for the SPDIF optical outs. They might come in handy, and I'd like to do it right the 1st time.

Yeah, I might dig in a little bit and get this puppy Folding, too...
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Agree get 2x2gb kit instead and run vista 64bit. I cant say I ahve ran everything on my vista64 since Ive had it but I have ran some really old things. Even diabloII and planetside run great on it. The only thing as with any vista install is turn off UAC right away and if a program wont work go to the compatibility section and change that to either XP, or something earlier and it should be just fine. You will be far happier in the end if you just use 64bit right off the bat.

Other then that Im sure she'll love it. Enjoy

EDIT: AHh adobe elements, dont use it and havnt done any research so cant say there. Either way you should still be able to get the 64bit DVD, get that and hang on to it incase you wanna switch later.
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I was worried about overloading the 32 bit system with 4GB of RAM. I've read Vista can only use 3.1GB, so god knows I don't want to confuse the thing. That's why I'd like to go with 3GB.
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Originally Posted by 70_Malibu View Post
I was worried about overloading the 32 bit system with 4GB of RAM. I've read Vista can only use 3.1GB, so god knows I don't want to confuse the thing. That's why I'd like to go with 3GB.
Vista is already confused after SP1.

I would go with 4GB as there should not be any problems running it in a 32-bit environment. You can always use that ram for other things or upgrade to 64-bit later, if you feel 4GB is overkill at the moment.
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Originally Posted by 70_Malibu View Post
I've read Vista can only use 3.1GB
That's kinda right, kinda wrong. Vista 32-bit that's completely true, nuff said. So unless a 2x2GB set is cheaper than your 2x1GB + 2x512MB then stick with what you have. The A-DATA you picked out runs great at stock, but doesn't overclock very well (big deal, she just wants a working computer not bragging rights).

Vista 64-bit is a little more complex. There's still a memory hole from around 3.1GB - 4.0GB. I've heard arguements about where the memory hole starts (some say at 3.1, some say as high as 3.5), but the short answer is don't expect the 4th GB to work. However, anything AFTER 4GB is completely recognized. So if you put in 4x2GB, you'll have about 7GB of workable RAM (0.0-3.1GB and 4.0-8.0GB). The cause of the memory hole has to do with ancient MIMO rules from earlier operating systems, and of course newer operating systems have to follow these ancient rules to be backwards compatible with old software. The good news, you can pop in Oregon Trail from the early 90's and run it no problem! The bad news, you lose 1GB of memory you paid for Not a fair exchange if you ask me lol.

There's also something called memory hole remapping on some newer motherboards that takes the memory hole and maps it so high in the memory address that it essentially frees up the 4th GB of memory. I've heard this can crash a system when it tries to use that 4th GB though, not sure if they've fixed this yet or not.

EDIT: Oh, and the rest of the system looks good. I like the case/PSU combo, the earthwatts are good PSU, you won't be disappointed. I agree with others, you might be able to downgrade to a 9600GT and save her like $30, but the 3870 would be a little more future proof (but not much more). You can also save a little money on the motherboard. A Gigabyte DS3L for $90 will do the trick with no loss in performance, but if you're more comfortable with an ASUS that's fine. If you get the Gigabyte, press CTRL + F1 in the BIOS to unlock the memory timings options.
Edited by durch - 5/22/08 at 12:14pm
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