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Sorry for the long read.

I hope everybody is doing well. And I want to say thanks in advance for taking a look in this thread. I’m looking forward to my first build but at the same time nervous about making sure all my selections will be compatible. I’m posting here for positive and negative feedback on my selections. As far as budget goes, would like to stay under $1500 w/o shipping and tax for the components listed but if going over is necessary lets here the suggestions. The primary use of this rig will be for video editing.

I came up with this list researching this message board, newegg.com, wikipedia, Google, Tiger Direct and Best Buy associates, and IT specialist through email. Again thanks in advance. All the items on this list are from newegg.com. I won’t be making all my purchases at newegg.com but used its wish list to create an example of what type of machine I need.

Links to newegg.com included and if there is anything I can do to make it easier for you all to check out the selections please let me know. Thanks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130317
EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
This was not my first choice of a video card. My first choice was EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
But I was told I should get one with more memory from a friend who did video editing at a local news station.

Intel BOXDX38BT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX DDR3 Intel Motherboard – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121090
This is the motherboard that I would like to have. I was informed about the features about this at Tiger Direct and through newegg.com. What I want to know is will I be able to convert my HD’s into RAID with this motherboard. The reason I’m highly interested in RAID is because of the level of importance of my videos. These will be used in school and I want to make sure they will always be backed up hence the mirror feature that comes with implying RAID. Another board I checked out was the EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

My processor choice is Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz. Primary choice.

Full Tower ATX computer Case is wanted. Looking at Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811166004


I saw the power supply guide and decided on the Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153038

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231134
I’m unsure about the memory I want to go 4GB (2x2GB) but I’m unsure if that is necessary?

For Internal Hard Drives, I plan on getting two 500 GB. I’ve seen that Seagate and Western are top choices. SV35.2 ST3500630AV 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148270

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129018
Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner – OEM
Looked pretty decent.

Microsoft Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134
Edited by breeze919 - 6/10/08 at 7:30pm
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Ok, here we go:

Video card: The 8800GTS 640MB (which has the G80 core) isn't too bad a card (heck, I have two in SLI myself ). However, it's older generation, and for around $200 it's overpriced. The 8800GTS 512MB (G92 core) performs substantially better and the 512MB v. 640MB of memory doesn't matter really. If that's too expensive, the 8800GT 512MB (also G92) still outperforms the 8800GTS 640MB and will save you some money.

Motherboard: I would not get an Intel brand board. Motherboards build by Intel generally don't have overclocking features (some exceptions), and even if they have overclocking features, they can't touch the performance and features of boards by DFI, Asus, eVGA and Gigabyte. The eVGA board is very nice, but only if you seriously plan to go SLI with the video cards. Otherwise, the nVidia chipset is inferior to Intel's chipsets. Finally, I see you choose a DDR3 version of the Intel board. I recommend against DDR3 at this moment, since there is no real perfomance gain and the price is still quite high. This DFI P35 board saves you a lot of money, has all the features you desire (including RAID!), and is of very high quality.

CPU: agreed. Best choice in the market imo at this moment

Case: It's a case. If you like it, good

PSU: good choice. If you don't need a modular PSU, take a look at the Corsair 650TX

Even though prices on DDR3 have dropped significantly, I still find it too expensive to be worth the (lack of) extra performance. I recommend 4GB of good DDR2 1000 RAM, like this G.Skill kit.

Hard drives: My major bone to pick: DO NOT rely on a RAID array alone for your critical data!!! ALWAYS, and I mean always, have a single hard drive available for back up purposes. In your case, I thus recomment a third 500GB drive as back up drive (the other two go of course in the RAID1 array you're planning to set up). Then, from the RAID1 array, you make a nightly back up to the single drive. Reason: in case your RAID controller botches your RAID array and the array gets corrupted, you always have the single drive back up. And it's a LOT easier to transfer data to a new computer in case of an upgrade (esp. when the new board has a different RAID controller that doesn't recognize your RAID array).

DVD burner: It's IDE. IDE is antique. Conclusion: nope! Get this one.

OS: Which features of Ultimate will you use? Home Premium is probably good enough. And OF COURSE 64-bit!.

Cooler: For the Quad, the Freezer isn't enough. You need more beef. A tuniq tower is nice, or a TRUE.

Finalizing a list within yoru budget with my recommended parts.

EDIT: without much further ado:
Subtotal: $1,537.87

Note I squeezed a quality UPS into the budget. Since you will have data on this rig that's important to you, this is a must-have item!
Edited by Chozart - 6/10/08 at 9:38pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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