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Thread: My Final Build - $1400 Gaming/Video Editing Rig

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    My Final Build - $1400 Gaming/Video Editing Rig

    This computer will focus mostly on gaming and video editing. I previously posted a similar build for feedback and the suggestions offered were extremely helpful. This is what my final build, based on all the suggestions, has become. My budget is about $1500, but do to shipping and tax (damn California taxes) my computer should cost about $1400.

    If there is anything else to critique, I am still open to suggestions. I'd rather not upgrade something without downgrading another because of budget issues, but if there is a significant change I should make please tell me. I appreciate all the fantastic help.


    Case: Antec Nine Hundred
    http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-nine-h...202997579.html
    $108.99

    Seems like a pretty solid case with lots of cooling. It was suggested that I get a NZXT Tempest instead but I've heard it's more expensive and flimsier than the Antec Nine Hundred.


    Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299
    $139.99 plus $20 mail-in rebate


    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017
    $189.99

    Probably one of my biggest problems in deciding what to put into this build. I eventually chose a quad core to future proof my computer. The Q6600 was chosen as it's the best bang for my buck and I can overclock it to at least 3.0GHz.


    Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100243-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102795 $299.99


    RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145197
    $139.99 plus $40 mail-in rebate


    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703009 $144.99 plus $25 mail-in rebate


    Heatsink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134
    $19.99

    I originally wasn't going to bother with an aftermarket heatsink, but at such a cheap price, I thought it couldn't hurt since I'd like to overclock my Q6600 a bit.


    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218 $79.99


    Optical Drive: LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136153 $28.99


    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116488 $99.99


    Monitor: Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009094 $194.99

    It was suggested that I get a better quality monitor, though I am rarely able to notice such tiny differences between picture, and this monitor had many great reviews and a great price.


    Mouse: Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104178 $34.99

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    That's quite a nice build, but why not get your Antec Nine Hundred from newegg, they seem have better price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66miranda View Post
    That's quite a nice build, but why not get your Antec Nine Hundred from newegg, they seem have better price.
    Thanks for bringing that to my attention, although the prices are effectively the same now. A couple days ago (when I finalized this build) newegg didn't have 20% off deal on the antec 900, which was also more expensive than it is now. If I order before the 12th I'll go with newegg for convenience, but as of right now, the prices are the same as buy.com has free shipping.

    Thank you for showing that to me though

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    Thats a great build, perfect for video editing and gaming

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    The E8500 and the Q6600 are the same price right now. The E8500 does better in games, the Q6600 in apps. Oc'ing does open up more possibilities, but remember, if you do it wrong you got yourself a $1500 paper weight!

    EDIT: The new THG CPU benchmarks came out a couple of days ago. Here they are:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/d...hmarks,31.html
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    EDIT: The new THG CPU benchmarks came out a couple of days ago. Here they are:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/d...hmarks,31.html
    nice benchmarks now all they need is a similar one but for GPU's
    My Computer

    Parts:
    CPU: Q9450 @ 3.6Ghz(OC'd)1800Mhz FSB
    Mobo: EVGA 780i
    GPU: HD 5870 (I have two but only got one in at the moment)
    PSU: 1000w Corsair
    Ram: 4GB Corsair dominator DDR2 1066Mhz
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2
    Monitor: Samsumg 226BW 22" and secondary 17" LCD
    Speakers: logitech Z5400
    Case: Silverstone Tj07


    Water cooling:
    Loop 1: Mobo NB & Mofset with Zalman resorator
    Loop 2: CPU (Ek supreme) with MCP 355 XSPC acrylic top 360 & 240 mm rad


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    Apathy: If we don't take care of the customer,maybe they'll stop bugging us.

    Customer Disservice: Because we're not satisfied until you're not satisfied.

    (Maybe BB's approach?)
    ~Despair.com

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    oo thats nice cheers for that

    i wonder that graphics drivers the GTX 280/260 were done on, the latest (178.13 for vista 64bit) well read the specs

    * WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT and 9400 GT GPUs.
    * Adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v8.09.04).
    * Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.
    * Adds support for 2-way and 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology with GeForce GTX 200-series GPUs on Intel® D5400XS motherboards.
    * Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI™ technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way and Quad SLI technology.
    * Supports CUDA™.
    * Supports Folding@home distributing computing application. Download the high performance client for NVIDIA GPUs here and join the NVIDIA team: #131015.
    * Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
    * Includes several 3D application performance improvements. The following are examples of improvements measured with v178.13 WHQL versus v175.19 WHQL driver:
    o Single GPU increases up to 11% in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
    o Single GPU increases up to 11% in Assassin's Creed DX10
    o Single GPU increases up to 15% in Bioshock DX10
    o Single GPU increases up to 15% in Call of Duty 4
    o Single GPU increases up to 8% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    o 2-way SLI increases up to 7% in Bioshock DX10
    o 2-way SLI increases up to 10% in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts DX10
    o 2-way SLI increases up to 12% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    o 2-way SLI increases up to 10% in World in Conflict DX10
    * Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
    * Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
    and when OC'ing....

    since i have OC'ed and new drivers i have noticed a massive differnce

    on crysis warhead i went from
    26fps to 36fps

    and COD 4 well 140 to 200
    My Computer

    Parts:
    CPU: Q9450 @ 3.6Ghz(OC'd)1800Mhz FSB
    Mobo: EVGA 780i
    GPU: HD 5870 (I have two but only got one in at the moment)
    PSU: 1000w Corsair
    Ram: 4GB Corsair dominator DDR2 1066Mhz
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2
    Monitor: Samsumg 226BW 22" and secondary 17" LCD
    Speakers: logitech Z5400
    Case: Silverstone Tj07


    Water cooling:
    Loop 1: Mobo NB & Mofset with Zalman resorator
    Loop 2: CPU (Ek supreme) with MCP 355 XSPC acrylic top 360 & 240 mm rad


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    I don't have a link to it, but there is an article on THG saying what drivers and hardware were used for the tests.
    Apathy: If we don't take care of the customer,maybe they'll stop bugging us.

    Customer Disservice: Because we're not satisfied until you're not satisfied.

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    A single HD4870 beated two in CF, what the f**K?

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    Every game is different. That s why knowing a person's favorite game is important to picking hardware for them.
    Apathy: If we don't take care of the customer,maybe they'll stop bugging us.

    Customer Disservice: Because we're not satisfied until you're not satisfied.

    (Maybe BB's approach?)
    ~Despair.com

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    or just get a 4870 X2 and own in all
    My Computer

    Parts:
    CPU: Q9450 @ 3.6Ghz(OC'd)1800Mhz FSB
    Mobo: EVGA 780i
    GPU: HD 5870 (I have two but only got one in at the moment)
    PSU: 1000w Corsair
    Ram: 4GB Corsair dominator DDR2 1066Mhz
    Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2
    Monitor: Samsumg 226BW 22" and secondary 17" LCD
    Speakers: logitech Z5400
    Case: Silverstone Tj07


    Water cooling:
    Loop 1: Mobo NB & Mofset with Zalman resorator
    Loop 2: CPU (Ek supreme) with MCP 355 XSPC acrylic top 360 & 240 mm rad


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