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DIY Editing System. Quality First!
on Mar 2, 2004 at 9:07:09 am

Case: COOLER MASTER "Praetorian/PAC-TO1" Aluminum Mid-Tower Case (Retail) = $127.00

Power Supply: ANTEC "True 430W" (Retail) = $66.00

Motherboard: ABIT "IC7-G MAXII Advance" (Retail) = $146.00

Graphics Card: MATROX "P650", 64MB DDR, 128-bit, Dual DVI, 8X AGP, - $155

Processor: INTEL "Pentium 4/ 3.0E GHz" (Prescott Core), 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - (OEM) $235.00

RAM: KINGSTON "HyperX Series" 512MB DDR PC-3700 = $114

System Drive: SEAGATE 40GB 7200RPM IDE Model ST340014A, (OEM) = $58

Video Drive: SEAGATE 160GB 7200RPM SATA Model ST3160023AS, (OEM) $131

OS: MICROSOFT "Windows XP Professional" (OEM) = $137

TOTAL: $1169.00

Here's my 2 cents following VideoGuys lead on what components should go into a $1000 machine.

Went with the Cooler Master case for construction, aluminum cooling factor and appeal. Went with Antec True 430W power supply for build quality, quietness, and combined rail output. Went with the Abit motherboard for price, chipset, gigabit LAN, firewire, SATA RAID, etc. Went with Matrox P650 for dual monitor (upgradeable to 3 monitors). Went with Intel Pentium 4 because it performs better for tasks like encoding etc. Went with Kingston Hyper-X for quality and price point. Went with Seagate drives for sheer build quality and performance.

If I had more money I would add DVD-R/RW. Another 160GIG Seagate SATA drive to configure RAID setup (for backup protection).

Alternative options would be to switch the Abit board for an MSI and /or swap the Intel Processor for an AMD 64.

Could obviously keep going if given more money, but for around $1000 this system would be very nice. Oh, and I'd used Vegas as my NLE of choice.

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Jon Oransky
Re: DIY Editing System. Quality First!
on Mar 2, 2004 at 2:14:45 pm

looks like a good machine. is it up and running?

- Jon
800-323-2325 x120

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Suggesting a new build.
on Mar 4, 2004 at 3:20:27 am

I was actually suggesting that machine as a possibility for a new build.

The machine I'm running right now is:

Case: Antec Sonata

Power Supply: ANTEC "True 380W"

Motherboard: MSI K7N2G-ILSR

Graphics Card: On-Board Nvidia MX440

Sound Card: M-Audio OmniStudio (Delta 66)

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2100+

RAM: KINGSTON "HyperX Series" 512MB DDR PC-3000

System Drive: SEAGATE 80GB 7200RPM IDE

Video Drive: Maxtor 160GB 7200RPM IDE

OS: MICROSOFT "Windows XP Professional"

CDRW: Lite-On 52x32x52
DVDRW: Sony 510a 4x4x2.4x2x
Media Card Reader: 6:1 Apacer

I use Sony Vegas mostly as my preferred NLE. And it works great!

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