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1st post and 1st computer build - advise please


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acgolf

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I have taken some time a searched the boards and I've come up with the following. Although I do photo/video editing, I am not a gamer but want a computer that will not waste my time waiting for programs to start or function. I can't seem to find an 'out of the box' computer that I like for less than $1600 which is way more than I want to spend. I have an old Dell MicroATX case that I'm going to use. It would be great if I could get some experienced techies to review this to see if all this stuff will be compatable. I chose the MB because:
1)I like Intel
2)wanted Quad CPU
3)1333 MHz front bus
4)I want to be able to have an eSATA external hard drive and some open PCI slots for future expansion.

here they are:

GIGABYTE GA-73VM-S2 LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7050/nForce 610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-73VM-S2
Item #:N82E16813128079
$59.99

(2) G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ - Retail
Model #:F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ
Item #:N82E16820231121
$77.98

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD7501AALS
Item #:N82E16822136283
$139.99

Athena Power AP-MP4ATX47FE 470W MicroATX / SFX12V / EPS12V / ATX V2.2 Nickel Coating Power Supply Support most of E-machine Systems - Retail
Model #:AP-MP4ATX47FE
Item #:N82E16817338019
$59.99

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail
Model #:DRW-2014L1T
Item #:N82E16827135156
$34.99

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:256-P2-N751-TR
Item #:N82E16814130085
$79.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9300 - Retail
Model #:BX80580Q9300
Item #:N82E16819115043
$259.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #:ACFZ7-PRO
Item #:N82E16835186134
$24.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders - OEM
Model #:66R-02034
Item #:N82E16832116493
$179.99

Total: $917.90

What do you think?

Edited by acgolf, 05 September 2008 - 07:21 AM.

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CrazyIvan007

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Looks good, except a couple of things...

1) I would change the motherboard to be compatible with PCIe 2.0

2) I would get a PCIe 2.0 Video Card

Shouldn't change your price much, but PCIe 2.0 Cards will run much faster and smoother. Even if you don't get a PCIe 2.0 Card now, having that option in the future is a definite must...

3) For $80, you can get 4GB of DDR2 RAM:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227199
or
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227269

Edited by CrazyIvan007, 05 September 2008 - 09:05 AM.

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acgolf

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Okay, I switched memory only because the rebate makes it cheaper. I upgraded the MB (up to a pci express 2.0 x16), video card (up to a pci express 2.0 x16), power supply (up to 550 watts - there's not a very big selection in micro atx size):


ASUS P5Q-EM LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:P5Q-EM
Item #:N82E16813131336
$134.99

EVGA 512-P3-N862-AR GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:512-P3-N862-AR
Item #:N82E16814130328
$119.99

Athena Power AP-MPS3ATX55E 550W Micro PS3 / ATX V2.2 / EPS-12V Nickel Coating Power Supply Support most of Dell and HP Systems - Retail
Model #:AP-MPS3ATX55E
Item #:N82E16817338018
$69.99

OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N800SR4GK - Retail
Model #:OCZ2N800SR4GK
Item #:N82E16820227269
$81.99

New Total: $1,046.91

Edited by acgolf, 05 September 2008 - 04:05 PM.

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