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I have about 500-600 dollars left in my budget for the following components: cpu, mobo, psu, and memory. I will be using this computer for video editing, video and audio encoding, and multitasking. I might game a little, but that isn't a concern right now.
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post #2 of 12
CPU: Q6700 - $275
MOBO: EP35-DS3L - $90
PSU: Corsair HX520 - $100
RAM: G.Skill DDR2-1000 2x2GB - $85

TOTAL: $550

You can get a slightly better motherboard with a little more features if you want.
Edited by Brythe - 7/9/08 at 3:37pm
    
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From Newegg:Subtotal: $479.97
Shipping: $12.02
Total: $491.99

From Provantage:
550W VX Series ATX PS/2 Power Supply $79.87
Shipping: $10.35
Total: $90.22

Grand total shipped: $582.21

At the high-end of your budget. If you want to save, you can pick a Q6600, but you run a much higher risk of getting a CPU that doesn't overclock that well. Even though the Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L is a nice board, I prefer the Bloodiron, mainly for the 8-pin CPU power connector which gives just a bit extra juice to the CPU.
Edited by Chozart - 7/9/08 at 3:37pm
    
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Yeah, go Blood Iron, redsunx loves them. You should hear the boy talk. I agree with the Q6700 for multitasking, but I prefer the G.Skill PC2 8500, it seems to be the thing to get around here as well. And if your video editing is going to be very quality-intensive, you're going to want that Corsair instead of the 550 because the former has more a lot more amperage.
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The DDR2 1066 is nice, but adds another $20 or so, and the HX520 adds again more money... stretching the budget beyond $600.

And the HX520 delivers 40A accross three 12V rails (which actually is just one single rail...) while the 550VX I recommended delivers 41A on a single 12V rail. I'd get the 550VX, unless modularity is a must and you're willing to spend the extra money just for that feature.
    
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post #6 of 12

How about this:

$177 (+$11 S&H) - Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz, OEM

$38 $38
(+$0) ($8MIR) - OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler
$95 (+$9) ($15MIR) - MSI P43 Neo3-F ATX Intel Motherboard
$92 (+$0) ($35MIR) - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 Desktop Memory
($200-$20) (COUPON VGA79020) (+$0) ($25MIR) - POWERCOLOR Radeon HD 4850 512MB Video Card
$60 (+$0) ($30MIR) - Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Power Supply
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My comments:

CPU: Q6600 and Q6700 have the same overclock potential. With my suggested setup, the Q6600 should overclock to 3.4-3.6GHz.
HSF: The best there is in the market, for a dirt cheap price.
RAM: C2D processors don't benefit from increasing RAM frequency. (source)
Video Card: The HD4850 is an excellent video card, capable of running most current games at 1600X1200 at maximum settings.
PSU: High quality and should have no trouble powering your setup.
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Originally Posted by Brythe View Post
CPU: Q6700 - $275
MOBO: EP35-DS3L - $90
PSU: Corsair HX520 - $100
RAM: G.Skill DDR2-1000 2x2GB - $85

TOTAL: $550

You can get a slightly better motherboard with a little more features if you want.

I'm liking his setup I agree with him
 
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Originally Posted by Abu Som3a View Post
My comments:

CPU: Q6600 and Q6700 have the same overclock potential. With my suggested setup, the Q6600 should overclock to 3.4-3.6GHz.
HSF: The best there is in the market, for a dirt cheap price.
RAM: C2D processors don't benefit from increasing RAM frequency. (source)
Video Card: The HD4850 is an excellent video card, capable of running most current games at 1600X1200 at maximum settings.
PSU: High quality and should have no trouble powering your setup.
CPU False. Recent bins of the Q6600 aren't very overclockable. That's the reason for the choice of the Q6700 as the CPU of choice at this moment. If/when there are nice Q6600's available again, it's of course the best pick.
HeatsinkAgreed, but he didn't ask for one
RAMRAM speed does matter for sure. Your own source proves it. Superpi 1 gives almost 5 seconds improvement, and gaming performance improves with a similar margin. Plus, if you want to overclock, the extra bandwidth is nice.
Video card Nice choice, but not asked for
PSU The older earthwatts are indeed good, but the newer ones (Delta based)... not sure yet. I'd get more power also.
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
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CPU False. Recent bins of the Q6600 aren't very overclockable. That's the reason for the choice of the Q6700 as the CPU of choice at this moment. If/when there are nice Q6600's available again, it's of course the best pick.
Since you are the moderator, I will not doubt your info. I'd be really grateful, nevertheless, if you post a reliable source for your claim.
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RAM speed does matter for sure. Your own source proves it. Superpi 1 gives almost 5 seconds improvement, and gaming performance improves with a similar margin.
This is not true. Performance may have improved with the AMD system, but the Intel system saw negligible improvements. In other words, you will never tell the difference between DDR2-800 and DDR2-1066.
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Plus, if you want to overclock, the extra bandwidth is nice.
You need DDR2-800 to reach 3.6GHz on the Q6600, and DDR2-720 with the Q6700.
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Nice choice, but not asked for
The OP said light gaming, and it fits in the budget
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The older earthwatts are indeed good, but the newer ones (Delta based)... not sure yet. I'd get more power also
Delta isn't bad actually. Here's also another alternative (link). BFG's aren't the best, but they aren't the explosive type either...
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