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Howdy guys, building my first computer and I need some suggestions about CD/DVD burners as well as a video card. Also If you have any suggestions on cheaper/better products that would be sweet, as i'm on a bit of a budget. I want this computer to be as future proof as possible and able to play some mid range games (WoW...etc.) As well as some minor video/photo editing.

Here is what I'm thinking thus far...

Case: Antec 900 (christmas present)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB

Just need a Vid card, and a cd/dvd drive. THANKS GUYS/GALS!!!
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Howdy guys, building my first computer and I need some suggestions about CD/DVD burners as well as a video card. Also If you have any suggestions on cheaper/better products that would be sweet, as i'm on a bit of a budget. I want this computer to be as future proof as possible and able to play some mid range games (WoW...etc.) As well as some minor video/photo editing.

Here is what I'm thinking thus far...

Case: Antec 900 (christmas present)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB

Just need a Vid card, and a cd/dvd drive. THANKS GUYS/GALS!!!



For the video card it really does depend on your budget as you should always get the fastest video card you can afford if you will be doing some serious gaming. How much can you afford for the video card?

On the dvd combo look at LG,Samsung etc..

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151173

OR

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136152



You can keep the q6600 and 775 mobo or you can go the new amd phenom II that just came out for just $45 more and an am2+ mobo you should be able to get for the same price as the one you picked out above. The q6600 and the amd phenom II x4 920 are about the same speed at stock, the phenom II 920 might be faster, but it has just been released and they have BIASED reviews on the phenoms II's.


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103472


If you go the amd route, with the am2+ mobo you will be more future proof as the newer am3 cpus coming out next will just slip right in your current mobo therefore you would not have to upgrade the mobo again also.

If you go Intel they already released a new chip on the Core i7 but it uses a newer socket 1366 so if you wanted to upgrade to that in the future you would have to shell out for a new mobo, new DDR3 ram and they are expensive for the socket 1333 hardware.

Edited by jrm20, 11 January 2009 - 01:14 PM.

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Hey thanks for the quick response, I'll check the amd phenom, but it might be overkill for what I need at this point. As far as budget, I'd like to keep the total build at around $600-$700, which doesn't leave a ton for a graphics card, but I don't plan on running real hardcore games.

thanks!
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Hey thanks for the quick response, I'll check the amd phenom, but it might be overkill for what I need at this point. As far as budget, I'd like to keep the total build at around $600-$700, which doesn't leave a ton for a graphics card, but I don't plan on running real hardcore games.

thanks!



alright with not much money left over you will want AT Least an ati HD 4670 Minimum. You can get them for about $75 on newegg. Its a good bang for the buck. I would try and go a little faster but it should do fine for you.

Edited by jrm20, 11 January 2009 - 01:49 PM.

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If I can dig up some more money, what would you suggest as an upgrade?

Thanks again for the help.
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If I can dig up some more money, what would you suggest as an upgrade?

Thanks again for the help.




An ati 4850 would give you a good performance increase. They run about $150 on newegg.
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any specific brands you recommend?
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any specific brands you recommend?



They are all pretty good but look at these for the 512mb version:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161259

OR

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121272


For the 1gb version that can give you a little added extra performance running at higher resolutions.


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102802
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Awesomness, you are the bestest!
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