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Building a new Computer – Part 1: The Parts List

A friend of mine who I work with asked me to put together a spec for a new machine. He needs the machine to do some video editing, and handle all of his and his family’s computing needs. One of the biggest things to remember when doing video editing is to ensure that you have lots of RAM, a good processor and a good bus speed. From all the reviews I read, the core i7 is a great CPU, OCZ has good ram and the ASUS P6T is a great Motherboard.

The video card I chose is the HD 4850 X2. My reasoning for this is that it’s pretty cheap, but can handle any video processing needs without a sweat. I threw in a Blu-Ray burner drive because my friend wants a way to burn a lot of videos and data. At 50Gb per disk, that should meet his needs.

With 6GB of RAM, I think his machine will be able to handle a lot of apps running simultaneously and render video easily. He has ordered the products from Newegg (links on the Product column) so hopefully in a week or two we should have the parts to start putting this together. I plan on putting this together for him and doing some stress testing with Prime95 and 3dMark. I want to put Windows 7 as his main OS and then create an image of the machine so that he can restore to a clean state whenever he needs to. But, more on that in the near future.

Here is the parts list :-

Type

Picture

Product

Unit Price

Quantity

Total Price

CPU Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 – Retail $279.99 1 279.99
MOBO ASUS P6T ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail $249.99 1 249.99
MEM OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK – Retail $130.99 1 130.99
VIDEO SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 X2 100270SR Video Card - Retail SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card – Retail $274.99 1 274.99
POWER SILVERSTONE DA1000 1000W Power Supply - Retail SILVERSTONE DA1000 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply – Retail $279.99 1 279.99
CASE Antec P182 Gun Metal Black Computer Case - Retail Antec P182 Gun Metal Black Computer Case – Retail $129.99 1 129.99
COOLER Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler – Retail $84.99 1 84.99
DVD LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 – OEM $24.99 1 24.99
BLU RAY LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive SATA Model GGW-H20L - Retail LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L – Retail $229.99 1 229.99
HD Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) – OEM $179.99 2 359.98
ACCESSORY Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound – OEM $6.99 1 6.99
       

TOTAL =

$2,052.88*

* there were some rebates that brought the price down by approx. $100.

And here are some related posts on building a computer from CodingHorror.

Building a PC, Part I
Building a PC, Part II
Building a PC, Part III – Overclocking
Building Your Own Home Theater PC
The Promise and Peril of Jumbo Frames – (Related to network video and file transfers but still very interesting)

Hopefully I can extend on what Jeff does and show you how to add backup and imaging to your machine, so stay tuned.

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