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Hey guys, I need help making this build cost less. It is for a friend of mine who wants to do Digital Media stuff:

-8GB RAM
-HDMI OUT
-2 firewire ports: 1 on the front of the case and one on the rear I/O panel
-A CPU and GPU for rendering movies/videos with programs [Adobe After Effects] well
- Plenty of HDD space
-Gaming is not a primary, but is a plus

As close to $1200 as possible would be nice, preferably less. Here is my pick, but the fact that he wanted 2 firewire ports kind of made me unsure about which MOBO to pick and after browsing I went with the P5K-E:

$49.99 COOLER MASTER Centurion 532
$140 ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$170 PALiT eForce 9600GT SONIC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
$90 CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
$199 Q6600 OEM
$170 (2x) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000
$70 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB
$100 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
$31 Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-215DBK
$100 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$37 XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler


Subtotal: $1,146.88

Do you guys think he would really benefit from the Q6600? How is the HDD setup, and how about the GPU?
Edited by xz3rorom3o - 6/10/08 at 11:37pm
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I like.



Good choice not to go RAID on this one. I'd use the 640GB drive for daily use and the 320GB for back ups. Or get two 640GB drives, and use one every day, and one for back up if you think 320GB isn't eough for back ups.

And I'd take a look at the Q6700... recent Q6600's don't overclock very well...

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Originally Posted by xz3rorom3o View Post
Hey guys, I need help making this build cost less. It is for a friend of mine who wants to do Digital Media stuff:

-8GB RAM
-HDMI OUT
-2 firewire ports: 1 on the front of the case and one on the rear I/O panel
-A CPU and GPU for rendering movies/videos with programs [Adobe After Effects] well
- Plenty of HDD space
-Gaming is not a primary, but is a plus

As close to $1200 as possible would be nice, preferably less. Here is my pick, but the fact that he wanted 2 firewire ports kind of made me unsure about which MOBO to pick and after browsing I went with the P5K-E:

$49.99 COOLER MASTER Centurion 532
$140 ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$170 PALiT eForce 9600GT SONIC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
$90 CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
$199 Q6600 OEM
$170 (2x) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000
$70 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB
$110 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
$31 Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-215DBK
$100 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$37 XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler


Subtotal: $1,156.88

Do you guys think he would really benefit from the Q6600? How is the HDD setup, and how about the GPU?

Looks like a solid build. most people would just change the CPU heatsink and thats about it. you can find the PSU you chose for cheaper, but it's a really solid PSU. HD's are awesome, you can get 750gb for the same price, but not as fast as the WD's.

People are gonna tell you over 8 GB is a waste unless you're doing CAD/number crunching... and I agree, but to each his own. The ram is solid, especially for the price. I used it in my buddies rig with a Q6600 and performs very well!
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$49.99 COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 -might want to see if you can find a rocketfish at your local best buy otherwise fine.
$140 ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail -might want to go for a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...3&Tpk=dfi%2bdk
$170 PALiT eForce 9600GT SONIC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 -go with a 8800gt
$90 CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply -go with a 750w its only ten bucks more and you get some headway.
$199 Q6600 OEM -i would go with a 8400 for this build recent 6600's have been crappy and for some reason i think youll like the 8400 more not sure why.
$170 (2x) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 -cut it down to a single kit to shave off a few bucks your going to need it for other suggestions and youll barely see any benefit from the extra 4gigs.
$70 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB
$110 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB -i would put 2 500gb seagates in raid 0 for 160 save 20 bucks gain a few gigs and a lot of performance.
$31 Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-215DBK -just make sure your optical drive has lightscribe otherwise itll be fine.
$100 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$37 XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler -go with a tuniq tower
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I'd use the 640GB drive for daily use and the 320GB for back ups. Or get two 640GB drives, and use one every day, and one for back up if you think 320GB isn't eough for back ups.

And I'd take a look at the Q6700... recent Q6600's don't overclock very well...
He said he doesn't want to OC, but I think I can convince him to atleast do 2.8Ghz. Is that still an issue? Does he even need a quad core for rendering videos? How about an E4600? What's the reason on using the larger one as the daily and 320 for back up? I thought it would be the other way around.



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Looks like a solid build. most people would just change the CPU heatsink and thats about it. you can find the PSU you chose for cheaper, but it's a really solid PSU. HD's are awesome, you can get 750gb for the same price, but not as fast as the WD's.

People are gonna tell you over 8 GB is a waste unless you're doing CAD/number crunching... and I agree, but to each his own. The ram is solid, especially for the price. I used it in my buddies rig with a Q6600 and performs very well!
I see I see. Well I could save $10 and get the AC Freezer 7...or spend $10 more and get Tuniq...but the XIGMATEK beat out the Tuniq on FrostyTech. I agree that he doesn't need 8GB RAM...but that's his issue.


How about that Motherboard...can we get 2 firewire ports for cheaper?
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$49.99 COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 -might want to see if you can find a rocketfish at your local best buy otherwise fine.
$140 ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail -might want to go for a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...3&Tpk=dfi%2bdk
$170 PALiT eForce 9600GT SONIC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 -go with a 8800gt
$90 CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply -go with a 750w its only ten bucks more and you get some headway.
$199 Q6600 OEM -i would go with a 8400 for this build recent 6600's have been crappy and for some reason i think youll like the 8400 more not sure why.
$170 (2x) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 -cut it down to a single kit to shave off a few bucks your going to need it for other suggestions and youll barely see any benefit from the extra 4gigs.
$70 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB
$110 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB -i would put 2 500gb seagates in raid 0 for 160 save 20 bucks gain a few gigs and a lot of performance.
$31 Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-215DBK -just make sure your optical drive has lightscribe otherwise itll be fine.
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Needs to have Firewire
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In that case, the Q6600 is a nice chip.

I was suggesting the large one for daily use, since it will only like use ~400GB for data (the other ~200GB will be OS, programs, etc). Thus, he'll only have ~400GB to back up.

And I am talking about backing up here... not using one drive for OS/Programs, and one for data. If the latter is the idea, I HIGHLY suggest a third drive for backups. He needs to make backups. simple as that.
    
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Needs to have Firewire
Yeah, for the price you're not gonna find many other boards as comparable as the one you chose with options for firewire.

As for the HS, stay with what you chose, the xigmatek has shown to be a solid performer, especially for the price, just switch the fan up to a scythe slipstream [whatever DB you can tolerate] and you're set
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