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Redtabby

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I would like build a new system within the next month. I live in the USA. I will have access to help if really needed, but would like to try to do as much as possible of the work. I would greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Budget: $1500 or less.

Uses: Internet browsing, watching a lot of streaming video and DVD's, converting my 250+ classical CD's to mp3 format, general office programs, some desktop publishing ala Microsoft Publisher, photo editing, light gaming, listening to my music. I also multitask like crazy! While I have not yet done any video editing, I would like this to be possible.

The CD issue is what has brought the situation to a head. It is taking 10-12 minutes to rip a single CD via LAME on my current system (AMD Athlon 3200+, 1G RAM, Windows XP home). Too, too long for so many CD's.

What I will not need: mouse, keyboard.

I will need a monitor. I want a flat panel monitor this time. I am limited by the 20.5 inch wide enclosure on my computer desk that the monitor will have to fit into.

OS: I have been very happy with Windows XP, so never bothered with Vista. I do want to go with Windows 7 after it releases, which I see will not be until July or later.

I am not emotionally wedded to either Intel or AMD.

I hope this is enough information. I thought there was a questionnaire to fill out, but I could not seem to find it.

Thank you.









 

MykC

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$1500 gets you a lot, near pretty much the top of the line system without getting extoic. Any 600-$800 machine will be more than enough. You didn't mention gaming so I'll assume you don't play very many or so few its not an issue.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055 LGA 775 Q8200 $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359 Giga P45 UD3R $115 -$15MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 2x2GB Corsair DDR2 800 $45 - $25MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 OCZ 600W PSU $70 - $20MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 Antec 300 case $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 Xigma Dark Knight $40 (Intel)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009151 Acer 19" Widescreen Monitor $120

If you don't game much or at all
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=48&Description=&Type=&N=2010380048&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&OEMMark=0&PropertyCodeValue=679%3A44045 512MB 4670 $80 - $30MIR

You can probably live without Vista, but get Windows 7 when it comes out. You won't have access to all the memory in your system unless you do, but it probably won't matter based on your needs.
 

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plus that Antec 300 for a case and you're set. I hope you have a copy of XP laying around, if not you'll have to buy Vista:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
 

xthekidx

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So you do a lot of media file conversion and want to get into video editing, and little if any gaming...and $1500 USD to spend. I think that sounds like an i7 build.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359
CPU and Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.163999
Case and PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.176613
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102816
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

Shipping brings that to $1100, before rebates. You have lots of cash to spare for a monitor, and even upgrade the GPU if you want. If you really don't want to bother with vista, then you can just get 4gb of ram and use your current OS. But I like vista and it has been nothing but smooth sailing for me.
 
+1 for the i7 because if you are willing to spend $1500, then the best option is the i7...

But looking at your need, even the Phenom II build would be suffice...

So if you want to get the Best bang for the buck, then you should go with the Phenom II and save some money...
But if you are sure of spending $1500, then get the core i7...
 

xthekidx

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I disagree. He will get more for his money going the i7 route for his needs. i7's are by far the best at what he is looking at doing and are a perfect fit for him. I think he will get more performance/dollar if he gets an i7 system. Yes it will cost less to go PII, but it will be slower as well, and the gains in the i7 system would justify the costs IMO.