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Old 10-05-2004, 09:34 PM   #1
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Question $1500 to build a friends computer... only newegg need help asap needs built by mon

Ok guys, my friend needs a new computer by monday and has a $1500 budget (the more I keep him under the more ill get in kickback)

He uses alot of macromedia products and does video editing.

We need the following:

Proc: I am preferable to amd so is he... I don't know if 64 bit is the way to go or not right now thats something im looking to you guys for.

Ram: Since he will do alot of multitasking and video editing I was thinking 1 gb of ram at least pc3500 maybe 4000

Motherboard: I have always bought ASUS but whatever you guys would think is good. I need 4 usb 2.0, firewire, onboard sound and onboard ethernet

Video Card: he is doing video editing and has made the point he will never be playing games on it.

Sound Card: i would like decent onboard sound

HD: I am thinking 2 SATA 50 gb or so hard drives (1 for OS 1 for the video editing) and at least 7200 rpm

Floppy: doesnt matter

Case: need some room for expansion and doesnt need to be flasy just functional.

dvd rom and cd burner: doesnt need dvd burner and cd burner needs to be at least 24 x (as per what he said I know thats REALLY slow now)

Monitor: 17 inch min and he doesnt need a LCD but it would be best if cheap enough. He spends a long time on it so clarity is a must.

We have a $1500 budget again but wanna keep it under as much as possible and I want to order it ALL from newegg. If anyone hes any reccomended changes to what I suggested let me knoiw since im not in on the video editing thing.

I want to order this tommorow after letting him know all the specs so time is of the essence.

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Old 10-05-2004, 09:37 PM   #2
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from what i have heard intel is is wayy better than amd as far as video editing is concerned.
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Old 10-05-2004, 09:42 PM   #3
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Dude. $1500 will buy you a WHOLE lot of computer.

The specs you quoted are like $700 at most.
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Old 10-05-2004, 09:50 PM   #4
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Get him a 21" moniter and he will give you blowjobs for the rest of your life.
I'm pretty sure that's what he meant when he said "the more I keep him (his friend) under the more ill get in kickback". So, it appears he is already getting those without the 21" monitor.
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Old 10-05-2004, 09:51 PM   #5
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from what i have heard intel is is wayy better than amd as far as video editing is concerned.
Exactly. Intel and a ton of ram. A big monitor wouldn't hurt either.

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Old 10-05-2004, 09:57 PM   #6
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well I have never built an intel so I don't know much about all that.

If someone could put me together one with a moniter and all for $1000-1300 so I could give him a proposal it would be awesome.
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Old 10-05-2004, 10:00 PM   #7
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well I have never built an intel so I don't know much about all that.

If someone could put me together one with a moniter and all for $1000-1300 so I could give him a proposal it would be awesome.
Your friend is PAYING you to do this and you're cheesing it off on Nabisco? BOooooo!
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Old 10-05-2004, 10:02 PM   #8
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im configuring one off newegg cuz i have nothing better to do. ill be done in a little bit
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Old 10-05-2004, 10:06 PM   #9
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from what i have heard intel is is wayy better than amd as far as video editing is concerned.
When I used to do a lot of nonlinear video editing (a few years ago), there was absolutely NO editing equipment that performed properly with AMD processors. I remember that Pinnacle Systems offered no support for their desktop video products when used on an AMD machine. While I too am a big fan of AMD processors (I own 2 Athlon machines), I would be very very cautious about using an AMD based computer for video editing.

If you friend is strictly going to be using firewire (digital only) for video transport into and out of the computer, the AMD may work fine, since firewire is an IEEE standard. If your friend will be adding additional MPEG2 capture boards (analog video) or rendering accelerators, the AMD may cause problems.

Video editing will require tons and tons of memory. I would recommend no less than 1GB. I would also look for error-correcting memory as well for a more stable system. It will cost a little more, but you will be using your memory extensively.

Be sure that the graphics card is fully compatible with the latest version of DirectX (most new cards are). I used to run into a number of problems with video overlay while working in Adobe Premiere that were caused by drivers that didn't fully support DirectX.

If your friend's video capture board (assuming he will also be working with analog) does not have an integrated sound card, be sure to get a high-end sound card such as Creative Labs. Cheaper cards tend to have "clock drift" that will cause the audio to lose sync with the video during playback.

Also, a large screen is very important for video editing. If possible, use 2 monitors. One for your editing timeline, and another as a full-screen video preview.

These are the problems and special considerations I have run into throughout my experience with video editing. I hope it helps in making hardware choices.
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Old 10-05-2004, 10:14 PM   #10
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ok this is what i configured. it has pc3200 memory because i noticed it too late but oh well.

im not sure if the link will work but i'll post it and give it a shot.

http://secure.newegg.com/app/shoppin...tem=24-009-023


SIIG FireWire 800 M-64, Model NN2653 -RETAIL $66.00
DYNAPOWER ATX Black Mid-Tower Case with 430W Power Supply, $26.50
SONY Beige 52x32x52 IDE Internal CD-RW Drive, Model CRX230ED, OEM $25.00
Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM, Model SOHD-167T Black, RETAIL $28.00
SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model MPF920, OEM $10.00
Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, MODEL 6Y080M0, OEM Drive Only
$70.00x2=$140.00
Corsair Value Select (Dual Pack) 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - OEM $158.00
ACER AL1714CB Black 17" LCD Monitor -RETAIL $283.00
ASUS "P4P800S" i848P Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU -RETAIL $69.00
Antec P4 ATX12V 450 Watt Power Supply With 2 Fans, Model "SL450" -RETAIL $62.00
Intel Pentium 4/ 3.4C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K L2 Cache, Hyper Threading $319.00
APOLLO ATI RADEON 9200SE Video Card, 64MB DDR, 64-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "Devil Monster 3 Radeon 9200SE 64" -RETAIL
$39.00
Extended Warranty: $0.00
Product total: $1,225.50
Shipping & Handling: $ 0.00
Total (Before tax): $ 1,225.50



--oops, just realized i put 2 power supplies in there--

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Old 10-05-2004, 10:17 PM   #11
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A P4 is superior for video editing. Hyperthreading chips love encoding/decoding video.

Abit IS7 mobo $89
P4 3.2C CPU $229
eVGA 6800 GT video card (don't know how good it is for video editing, though) $369
Seagate SATA 120 GB HD $91 (although he might want another one for RAID)
you can figure out the rest.
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Old 10-05-2004, 10:20 PM   #12
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that's a good build for 1200 bucks there, the only weak points being the video card, case (a well built case is a big deal to me) and lack of DVD-RW.

I think if he's going to be doing vid editing, a DVD-RW drive needs to be tossed in there. Could probably upgrade all 3 and hit around $1400 total.
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Old 10-05-2004, 11:27 PM   #13
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truthfully, hes one of my good friends and he doesnt have a ton of money and no matter what ill probably only charge him like 20 bucks to build it. i am just looking for a good deal for him and if im lucky he might give me more.

I am gonna present his options to him tommorow then buy em all and build it.
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Old 10-05-2004, 11:41 PM   #14
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present him the system i built and when if you build it for him give me half the money.
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Old 10-05-2004, 11:55 PM   #15
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May I suggest The following.

Enermax Blue Aluminum atx Mid tower case with 400watt psu Model 10mcs-56881lbfs-d3 $58.00
Aspire 80mm blue 4 pin case fan $4.50
Plextor 12x DVD+/- RW drive Model Px-712a $106.00 With $30.00 mail in rebate
Sony Black 1.44mb floppy $10.00
Asus P4C800-E Deluxe Mother board $176.00
Intel P4 3.2E GHz 800MHz FSB 1mb L2 with HT Retail $229.00
Kingston value ram DDR pc 3200 kit 1 gig (512MB x 2) $170.00
Nec/Mistubishi Diamondtron Crt 19" $294.00
ATI AIW Radeon 9600xt 128MB ddr $189.00
Total (Before tax): $ 1,332.50
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:26 AM   #16
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Heading to class but I wanted a day bump... since im gonna buy it this afternoon
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