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    Building a Computer

    Iv been asked to build a computer. He has given me a specification - it will b used for word processing, internet, video editing and sound editing. It would be much appreciated if some one could look over the compononts below and give opinions and advice.



    Can people see if i have missed anything off that will be important or if components are incompatible.

    Many Thanks in advanced

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    I'd bin the 32bit vista and get 64bit simply if anything to make use of the memory and future upgrade potential.

    The dynamode firewire card is a bit mickey mouse but if he's not going to use it much (there's an onboard firewire port already) it should be fine.

    Might be worth considering a second hard disk if he's going to be running anything "critical" uptime wise in a mirrored RAID setup.

    Might be worth considering faster memory as the board will take it.

    Other than that, wish I could afford it =)

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    Would you be able to recomend some faster memory? Ideally from scan as we will order the components at the same time.

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    Watch out for audio driver problems under Vista. I'm not up on specifics, but our music tech guru won't touch Vista yet.

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    Something like this would take advantage of the motherboard's support for 1066Mhz DDR2 RAM. To support the max the board will take of 1200Mhz DDR2 RAM would require a fair bit more investment.

    I'd wait til you get some more views from other people before proceeding, been a while since I was in a position to order such a beast, I'd hate to say it "should" work together for it not to!

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    Would this memory be more suitable?

    TWIN2X4096-8500C7 - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 7-7-7-20 - Scan.co.uk

    as with the vista issues i have talked about xp pro with him as all his other computers run it and he would be open to either.

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    Yeah wont be rushing into it im just doing the research for him before i confirm ill do the job. Looks like we got the same memory at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    I'd bin the 32bit vista and get 64bit simply if anything to make use of the memory and future upgrade potential.

    Might be worth considering a second hard disk if he's going to be running anything "critical" uptime wise in a mirrored RAID setup.
    I'd agree with 64bit vista. I'd then possibly start the more memory vs. faster memory debate.

    As for a second hard drive. Good idea, but instead of RAID I'd dedicate it to the Audio and Video editing tasks. Perhaps get a smaller 160Gb/250Gb primary drive if funding becomes an issue.

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    If you buy XP Pro make sure it's the 64bit version (again, for the memory to be properly seen without PAE).

    I can't vouch these days, but XP 64bit was awful initially, far worse than I've found Vista 64 to be. (Not used it much mind, linux man )

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    Or pick up a Raptor for the OS and have the 500GB for storage, and sure, if the difference wasn't the few quid for the memory I'd have said up it; and in fairness that being said, I'd still consider it as the video editing will take a serious chunk. (And that's before I mention vista!)

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    Will go with the faster memory option as he has movement in his budget. Unsure on the OS now on what to recomend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeC View Post
    Will go with the faster memory option as he has movement in his budget.
    The reason for suggesting more memory over faster memory is to reduce the chance/amount of hard disk caching (virtual memory), especially with tasks like video editing. I'd expect a machine with more but slower memory to out perform a machine with less but faster memory. Though I haven't seen tests to prove this one way or the other.

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    So your saying the possibilty of more memory maybe 6gb or 8GB

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    The motherboard has 4 slots, might be worth shoving two 4GB kits in and having 8GB of the faster stuff (few quid in it) and cover yourself for a fair while yet.

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    Thnaks for all the suggestions will discuss the options with the end user. Will the graphics card i ahve specified be adequate and is the case the right for factor. As it says its an midi atx and the motherboard specifies ATX i am unsure on the difference.



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