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    my first do it yourself system - opinions?

    My first do-it-myself computer
    How am I doing? – will this all work together?
    Did I forget something?
    It will be used mainly for audio and video (Adobe® Photoshop® and Audition&#174 not so much gaming and large Access® database - DVD authoring software to be determined


    Processor - Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor $835
    Motherboard - ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard - Retail $349.99
    Video Card - ASUS EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M GeForce 8800GTX 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card $559.99
    Monitor - HP LP3065 30" WQXGA 2560 x 1600 DVI x 3 BlackSilver Widescreen LCD $1,639.99
    Software - OS - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM $189.99
    Software - office - Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 - Retail $559.99
    Power supply - ENERMAX Galaxy EGX1000EWL ATX12V/ EPS12V/ BTX 1000W Power Supply $350
    Tuner Card - ATI 100-715331 PCI Interface TV Wonder 650 - High Definition Personal Video Recorder for PC - Retail $120
    Case - SILVERSTONE TEMJIN SST-TJ06B-W Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $142
    Keyboard/Mouse - IOGEAR GKM531R 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 15 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard/Optical Mouse Combo Mouse Included - Retail $30
    Memory - OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $369.99
    Blu-Ray R/W - LITE-ON 2X Blu-ray Disc Triple DVD Burner Black SATA Model LH-2B1S - Retail $549.99
    DVD – R/W - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 1.5MB Cache SATA Combo Drive $25.99
    Modem - USRobotics 56K* Faxmodem PCI USR5699B $35
    Hard Drive - HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725050VLA360 (0A33437) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $140
    UPS - BELKIN F6C1500-TW-RK 1500VA 8 Outlets UPS - Retail $160
    Audio Card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro PCI $259.99
    Speakers - Creative GigaWorks S750 700 Watts 7.1 Speaker - Retail $430
    TOTAL $6,747.91


    Will also have 2 PATA (IDE) HD and an additional PATA HD

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    Yup, a fire extinguisher for your CPU and power supply, you want to be getting a half decent aftermarket heatsink/fan to go with your processor, and that PSU is way over the top, you wont need any more than 600W.. I highly recommend Tagan PSUs, the dual engine series is pretty nifty and quiet. Also if you're an avid gamer, and from the 8800GTX I assume you are, because it makes no sense to have such a brutal powerhouse of a GPU if you're not, you'll want a better keyboard and mouse, like a Logitech G15 or Saitek Eclipse keyboard, and a Logitech G5 mouse, the USB cable connections massively decrease latency.
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    I'm not sure, but it looks like you have just added the best of everything regardless of whether you are actually going to need it?

    BlueRay - I'd leave for a while
    Modem - who uses these any more? If you are using it for faxes, get a dedicated fax machine.
    Vista - if you are buying 4gb of RAM, you need 64bit, 32bit runs out of logical addresses.

    Oh, and if this is going to be used in a production environment, get someone else to build it for you.
    Last edited by dave87; 10-04-2007 at 05:41 PM.

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    Buy this first . link

    then but your monitor and since you are not gaming wireless keyboard and mouse will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chudley View Post
    Buy this first . link

    then but your monitor and since you are not gaming wireless keyboard and mouse will be fine.
    True will work with photoshop etc.. but what if he has bought a Windows Copy of Photoshop he will need to get a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    I'm not sure, but it looks like you have just added the best of everything regardless of whether you are actually going to need it?
    Indeed, a standard cookie cutter high spec machine, regardless of common sense. Infact, it looks copy and pasted from a system configurator, especially that 56K modem.. lol

    If you're not going to be using the system for much gaming (and I wouldn't ever stick games on a photoshop system)... then why on earth do you need an 8800GTX?

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    Not for gaming??

    Change the mobo and the graphics card.
    Need to look at the Hard drive would have thought a raid of some description

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    I highly recommend Tagan PSUs, the dual engine series is pretty nifty and quiet
    On what basis?
    1. The Galaxy is a far better unit than ANY Tagan.
    2. Any up to date 550W+ Seasonic/Enermax/Corsair is a better choice than the Tagan aswell.


    I get the feeling this thread may be a joke one anyway.
    All that money and they want use IDE drives (only 1 channel on the mobo anyway)

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    I'm very jealous if you can afford to waste money on a system like that and this is not a joke but it is seriously over the top. Intel are going to cut prices on thier quad cores at the least soon so you may as well wait for that.

    Blu Ray...what on Gods green earth are you going to use that for?

    if you're not gaming lose the gaming graphics card. you wouldn't notice the difference between a $50 card and a GTX if you aren't going to game on it.

    can't be bothered with the rest but seriously if you can afford that wheres the Raptor Hard Drives

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