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Old 06-09-2009, 12:28 PM
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Default New computer build: what is a better buy?

I haven't built a PC in almost 5 years, but I'm going to try a new build soon. I used Pro Tools LE 8.0 and Cubase 5. I'm either going to install Windows XP or Windows Vista 32 bit, depending on what is more stable. Here are the systems I have in mind:

Intel i7 920 2.66GHz
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
OCZ Platinum 6GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 Triple Channel Kit Memory
H.I.S. Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Tubrbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 Video Card
Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0GB Hard Drive (2)
Cooler Master Hyper N 520 CPU Cooler
Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W Power Supply
LG 22X DVD Burner
Antec Sonata Plus 550 case
Acer 22" wide-screen monitor
= $1429.00

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
LG 22X DVD Burner
Antec Sonata Plus Case
Western Digitial 500GB (2) Hard-Drives
Acer X223WBD 22" monitor
Thermaltake W0116RU Power Supply
Thermaltake V1 CPU cooler
Patriot Extreme Performance RAM
Asus P5Q mother-board
= $1200

Am I missing anything for the build? What do you think is the more stable set up? If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:45 PM
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I recommend 2 changes that will drop the cost on the i7. First, go with a less expensive video card. 256 is a better choice for PT use. I run a $37 MSI GeForce 7300LE and it works just fine with a pair of 22" LCD's. Second, there is no reason to go with such a large system drive(unless YOU have a reason). 80-160 gig is plenty(I have a backup system drive that is 40 gig!). Having said that, both systems would be plenty potent but the i7 will have an edge due to the triple channel RAM operation as well as the way the i7 handles memory. Unless you plan on overclocking, the stock cpu cooler will work fine(unless you need a super-quiet cooler). Most windows users will recommend XP(Win7 is looking really promising and I will be trying it soon, having loaded it on an office machine and liking it a lot more than Vista). BTW, your Q9550 list showed no video card so double-check your figures. If you can budget for a pair of 22" LCD's, you will never go back to a single screen.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:08 PM
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Thanks, that helped the cost. However, do you know of a cheaper case, maybe that doesn't have a power supply? The Antec is $120. Do you think the provided 550W power supply will be sufficient? That would bring the cost, with two monitors, to $1300.
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Again... +1 for albee's suggestions and observations.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:19 PM
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With respect to the power supply; sufficient is not always the issue. As long a s nothing breaks you can get away with a quality 500w supply. I have seen systems fall when a sudden unexpected draw on a supply has taken it down, and subsequently taken drives boards and RAM with it. The so-called protection isn’t always as fast as the avalanche. If you can help it, don’t economize here.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: New computer build: what is a better buy?

Thanks Tom, I'll keep it in the budget. Is there anything missing? Do I need thermal compound or anything like that?


LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD1601ABYS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (SYSTEM)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor (2)

MSI N8400GS-TD256 GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active Power Supply

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

That brings it to $1400, minus whatever mail-in rebates are being offered.
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:36 PM
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This power supply is running my system fine with 5 internal drives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341010
As for cases, I wish I could find the Norco rack case I have as I would recommend it(and buy another). The coolest thing about it is, behind the front door, there are 2 USB ports that point up so my 2 iLok's plug in and the door still closes so they are hidden and protected. It was $75 too so it was a bargain. newegg has several other 4 space rack cases. For towers, the Antec P180 looks killer(and quiet). Check out the ATI video cards as some nVidia cards are having driver issues and I can't speak for the one you listed.
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