|01-31-2006, 02:33 AM||#1|
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n00b's tentative first build for video editing/gaming
I'm trying to build a comp that can handle rigourous video editing, some gaming (I'd like to actually play Battlefield 2, my current notebook can't handle it), and stay up to date for a while. I'll mostly be capturing video from my DV camcorder and editing with Adobe Premier, though I could easily change editing programs if anyone has a better suggestion. I'll also be using it for audio recording (movie overdubs and soundtracks). I've come up with a system I believe could meet my needs, but any suggestions are more than welcome. I'd like to stay around the same price but if spending a few extra bucks somewhere will increase performace I wouldn't mind changing things. Tell me what you think:
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
PSU: Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Mobo: ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
~ I've also been eyeing the DFI SLI-DR Expert, but the hassles of compatibility worry me and I probably won't get much into overclocking
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
HDD: 1) Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
2) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
RAM: CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX1024-3200C2PT - Retail
~Should I just bite the bullet and go with 2x1GB?
DVD Drives: 1) LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE DVD Burner Model SHW-160P6S - Retail
2) BenQ Black ATA/ATAPI DVD Burner With LightScribe Model DW1655 - OEM
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Video: eVGA 256-P2-N516 Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
~ Future plans to add another one when price comes down or something better comes out in same price range
Floppy: NEC Beige 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive - OEM
Keyboard/Mouse: probably the rechargable wireless Logitech from zipzoomfly *not included in price
Monitor: SAMSUNG 740N-Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
~Not too sure on this one, but I'll probably be adding a second monitor sometime around the time I buy a second video card
OS: Umm, WinXP Home? Possibly Media Center unless anyone has a reason not to * not included in price
Subtotal (all from Newegg): $1598.93 + shipping
Just tryin to get a hot new machine capable of meeting my needs without puttin a huge dent in my bank account. That's why I'm holdin off on the second monitor and video card for now. I won't be surprised if there's some conflict in my setup as i'm runnin on very little sleep the past couple days but I just wanna get the ball rollin.
Last edited by Drkboarder; 01-31-2006 at 02:40 AM.
|01-31-2006, 03:20 AM||#2|
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looks like a hum-dingger of a system to me.
might as well go for the gig of ram as it will help when doing the video editing.
|01-31-2006, 12:42 PM||#3|
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Antec psu. The eps is a server psu.
Sound: Motherboard has pretty good builtin 8 channel that you might want to try before you buy a card.
RAM: You only need the XPS if you are going to be overclocking it. If not the value select will be fine.
The rest looks pretty good.
|01-31-2006, 03:07 PM||#4|
Join Date: Aug 2005
I agree that XMS RAM would be an overkill...regular Value Select would work.
A single hard drive with a 16MB cache would be fast (and cheaper) than two hard drives...however, I'm not sure if you'd need two seperate drives for what you want to do.
Defintely get the sound card, especially if you will be doing recording with it. It's quite a jump from onboard to the X-Fi.
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|01-31-2006, 03:08 PM||#5|
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Thanks for the response guys, I changed the power supply to the one you suggested jay. As for going with 2 gigs of memory, the corsair valueselect does not specify supporting dual channel, listed here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145579
Maybe I'm just retarded and it does support it, but I won't mind spending the extra 30 bucks to get the xms 2 gig model.
I'll probably stick with the sound card for recording and playback purposes, in case I start editing with 5.1 sound (hah!).
I'm also considering switching the main (80 gig) drive to a 36 gig raptor, I know I'll take it a hit in storage space but I might like the faster drive.
Any other suggestions are welcome, I probably won't be purchasing the setup for another week or so.
|01-31-2006, 03:13 PM||#6|
Dual channel support is a function of the chipset/processor. As long as the RAM is matched, the RAM itself doesn't matter. So yes, the Value Select supports dual channel.
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