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Old April 3, 2009, 11:35 PM
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Hi. I'm new to the forum, although I have been reading this site for awhile now. I am about to build a new computer (my 2nd one) and just wanted to know what you guys thought about my setup. I won't be using it for much besides video conversion and occasional gaming, but I want it to be fast. I plan to overclock in the future and may eventually go SLI or Crossfire. I will be salvaging a couple of parts from my old computer.
This is what my theoretical set up would be:
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
Mobo: EVGA x58 SLI
CPU Cooler: Thermalright 1366 RT
RAM: OCZ XMP Ready DDR3 12800 (1600Mhz)
Video Card: Powercolor x1950 PRO 512 MB (Salvaged)
Power Supply: Corsair 850 TX (Salvaged)
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 750 GB 7200 RPM
Case: Coolermaster HAF 932

Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old April 4, 2009, 02:05 AM
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Looks good to me, not sure about the cooler, im guessing its a TRUE as thats the only Thermalrite cooler I thought was made for the 1366. For video conversion you should have tons of horse power going with an i7.
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A decent nvidia card like the GTX 260 core 216 could improve video conversion time dramatically thanks to cuda... look into that...
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Eww OCZ ram?

Much better options.
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A decent nvidia card like the GTX 260 core 216 could improve video conversion time dramatically thanks to cuda... look into that...
+1 if you have room in your budget, those 1900s are getting OLD.
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A decent nvidia card like the GTX 260 core 216 could improve video conversion time dramatically thanks to cuda... look into that...
Though Badaboom is no where near as good as CPU-based video editing/encoding programs

Looks like an alright build though and hopefully you'll upgrade your GPU sooner than later. That X1950 is really not suited for an i7 rig, and I bet you'll get laughed at
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Though Badaboom is no where near as good as CPU-based video editing/encoding programs

Looks like an alright build though and hopefully you'll upgrade your GPU sooner than later. That X1950 is really not suited for an i7 rig, and I bet you'll get laughed at
That's true... but if you just want a quick conversion for an ipod, or other media player, it's usually good enough, and takes only minutes.
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How much money are you looking to spend? If you're using it for like multimedia kinda thing + video conversion, you might want to drop down to a Core 2 Quad rig to save some money and to get a better GPU. Otherwise as jdrom said, you'll get laughed at :lol:

What resolution will you occasionally be gaming at?
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Thanks for all the help! After I finish building, my graphics card is one of the biggest things I will be looking to upgrade. I can't because of financial constraints right now, but when I am able to, will be looking at the GTX 285. If you have any suggestions on good models of the GTX 285 I'd be willing to hear them. Also, the only reason I got the OCZ RAM was because I was able to get 6gb for about 60 bucks. I will be usually gaming at 1920x1200. I did consider going Core 2 Quad, but I am partial to the i7's just because of the raw processor power.
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If you're gaming at 1920X1200, definitely go Core 2 Quad. Unless you're job needs you to have a Core i7 so you can finish your work ASAP, save yourself the money and get the Core 2 Quad with a GTX275 or ATI 4890. That's my take on this anyways.
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