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I need to build a computer for video editing and music storage, no gaming.

I've only decided on the video card and processor so far. A q6600 and an old 7900gt for graphics, which I already own.

The main component I can't decide on is the motherboard. A small case would be ideal for my small dorm room desk, but I don't want a micro-atx mobo hindering my rig. Opinions?

I know I want at least 2 pci slots for my soundcard and an extra for esata connection plus room for my graphics card which only takes up one slot.

Once I figure out the motherboard, I'll do my own research for the rest of the components and ask back for advice.

Thanks,

Wyatt
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Gigabyte EP35 DS3L $89.99 -- Tried and true by many around here. Perhaps the best bang to buck ratio. Standard ATX.

Gigabyte G33M $94.99 Nice little mATX board with dual-channel DDR2 support.

If you have a small desk space and you're not into gaming, then why not go mATX? My second suggestion will most likely do everything you need it to. Airflow really becomes the only issue when dealing with a mATX case. Even with that Quad, I'm sure the right case will do the job and save the space.

EDIT: Forgot about the eSATA thing. Although neither board I suggested has this, If I'm not mistaken, you could get a case which supports eSATA on its front panel and run the connection to a standard SATA port on the motherboard.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 5/27/08 at 11:48pm
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Rep, Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go with an atx case.

How important will sse4.1 be for avchd video editing? I can't decide between the 9300, 6600, or 8400 processor. I imagine the quad core will be more important than the new instruction set, so the q6600 should still beat out the 8400. I do plan on overclocking on air btw.
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Rep, Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go with an atx case.

How important will sse4.1 be for avchd video editing? I can't decide between the 9300, 6600, or 8400 processor. I imagine the quad core will be more important than the new instruction set, so the q6600 should still beat out the 8400. I do plan on overclocking on air btw.
I'd stick with Q6600. Quad cores are better than dual cores for audio and video production since all four cores are used. The Q6600 is also a better choice than the Q9300 due to a larger cache and cheaper price.

The board MNice recommended is a good choice.

Thermaltake VF1000 and Silverstone SST-SG01 are both good mATX desktop cases.

Also, how much are you planning on OCing the processor?
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If you plan on overclocking I wouldn't go for an mATX case but might look for a lanbox that you could fit a fullsize atx mobo into and then go for the overclock. If you are overclocking go for the Q6600, otherwise get the Q9450
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There really aren't any small cases for full size ATX motherboards. You'd have to go with an mATX.
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i would look into an SLI mobo unless you want to use multi monitors. I use the P5e and two nvidia cards pushing 4 22" westinghouse lcds and i have had a lot of success. Oh and i have a q6600
    
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There really aren't any small cases for full size ATX motherboards. You'd have to go with an mATX.
Not necessarily true. Lian Li, and a few other companies, make SFF ATX cases. He could use an HTPC case, such as this:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=22879

Are just an ATX Mini-Tower, like this:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=23032
    
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That desktop/HTPC case is just as big as any other midtower, just laying flat on the side. Not much of a trick.

But you got me on that mini tower, never seen that model before Damn, now I may have to get one.
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I looked at the dimensions I can work with. My setup is a desk with shelves that could only house a case under 13" tall. An alternative would be putting it on the floor allowing me to have a mid-tower (preferred right now). A second alternative would be an HTPC case that I could stack my stereo amp on top of with my turntable on top of that (not quite preferred due to fan vibrations interferring with my needle and records.)

I want the versatility of a full size atx mobo, so I've eliminated the idea of micros.

I'd like to get 2.8-3.0+ ghz out of the q6600 on air without spending an arm and leg on memory (2x2gigs), PS, and heatsink. Stability is key, so reaching the extra .2ghz overclock isn't worth the extra money for me. I'm looking to find best value overclock. I'll be doing renderings of 2-3 hour videos, so I can't afford errors.

I have to run. Thanks for replies, I'll rep some later when I revist the thread, but I'm short on time now.

-Wyatt
Edited by Gnarly - 5/29/08 at 11:51am
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