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Thread: Is this Spec any good then - honesty please

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    Default Is this Spec any good then - honesty please

    Im about to purchase these components to make a video editing machine. Please give any opinion on any component.

    Pentium 4, 3.0ghz HT (800fsb)
    Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
    Deskstar 7K250 120GB SATA150 (boot drive)
    Deskstar 7K250 250GB SATA150
    512MB 184Pin DIMM PC3200 DDR RAM Non-Parity CL3 (x2)
    MSI X48 Active Panel 48x/24x/16x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
    MSI DR8-A 8x DVD±R/±RW
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Asus V9980 GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB
    Canopus DVSTORM PRO 2+

    Is it any good, (components costing about £1900)


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Bracknell, Berkshire, UK


    120Gb seems a little excessive for a boot drive. 30-40Gb is usually enough. I presume you intend to partition the drive up for other uses as well.

    P4 chip is best. Make sure the one you choose has hyper-threading though.

    As for the rest. Well, I'm new to video editing myself, but it certainly seems ok for the job if you compare to what i currently have. I'm plodding along with my two year old Athlon 1800+ system with 1Gb RAM (don't know make sorry) and 2x60Gb drives.

    Interesting idea to have a combo drive as well as a DVD writer. Best of both worlds eh? good thinking!

    You didn't itemise the 'sundries' like case, power supply etc so make sure you don't forget the Firewire port(s).


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    Default The motherboard has it

    Their are fast firewire ports on the motherboard. Still looking at cases and other items needed for the system.

    Any ideas on what case, monitor etc - im all ears.

    Plus the DVStorm 2 card has a firewire port.

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    From a personal point of view, I prefer cases with a drive bay cover. I went for a rollys royce case laster year, Cooler Master ATC110 - - you'll probably want to sound proof it as there's 4 case fans in addition to the CPU and GPU fan!

    One caveat with this is that there's not much clearance behind the door (I had set my temparature contols back half a CM - but this has more of an impact if you're planning to install a storm bay as I'm not sure this will fit inside okay without being set back). The door also kind of defeats the purpose of having easy access to front ports. But it does look neat.

    Its an excellent case, but for a fraction of the price, theres this

    Combine this with some drive bezels and you've got a smart case with easy access to various ports. You may have guessed that I like cooler master cases .

    For the monitor, you're going to have to do some research - there's a lot of reviews on the web...
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    I'd steer clear of deskstar drives a.k.a deathstar cuz they have a tendancy to fail, stick with maxtor or even better Western Digital Caviar SE. Apart from that your set up looks good to go, just ensure you have a beefy enough PSU to power all that lot (at least 380w preferably more with a good current on the 12v rail - 24amp or higher)


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2004


    This is mine.I want to bought it tommorow.Anybodey here gimme comments

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    Epox 8KDA3J/nforce3 250GB
    3x 512 Corsair ValueSelect DDR400
    120 GB WD Caviar SATA 150
    80GB WD Caviar SATA 150 (boot)
    Sapphire ATI Radeon 9550 128mb 128bit
    Lite-On DVD+RW 8x
    Viewsonic E70F+SB

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