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My new avid/digi
on Jan 24, 2005 at 1:45:57 am

Asus P5AD2 Premium Socket 775 ATX Motherboard

Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor with Hyper Thread 800 FSB
P4-530/530J (3E GHz) (800 FSB) (HT)

Kingston 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 Memory (2 x 512MB) 533MHz

Hard Drive #1
Deskstar 7K80 (HITACHI 80GB SATA 7200 RPM )

Hard Drive #2
Deskstar T7K250 (HITACHI 250GB SATA 7200RPM)

NVidia Quadro FX1300 128MB

Antec SX1045BII Black 20" ATX case
w/450 watt P4 power supply (10xbays)

I really like the article “Videoguys DIY Challenge II - Big Blue - Build an NLE Hot Rod for $2,000”. I really need someones opinion about this. I don’t know what type of harddrive to use for this mother board. Both of these hard drives support SATA II 3.0Gb/s (Serial) and ATA. I don’t know if the board can handle SATA II 3Gb/s. Maybe someone can suggest to me other Hard drives (please include model numbers).

Also…is the system above a right match? (mother board, processor, memory)? I had a tough time talking to ASUS support. Maybe this tech support dude had a bad day (was very cranky). He said to take the P5AD2 Premium over the P5AD2 – E Premium just because the difference in speed was “not that much different” and I would be saving money. I decided to go with 3Ghz processor but he could not tell me if I should go EXTREME or just P4 3Ghz Hyper Thread.

1 more thing.. Is there anything else I’m missing? Example… Separate cooling fan for the chip? Is the a great match? Anything else? This system is for my current Protools and avid express. Soon to upgrade to Avid Express Studio.

Any opinions?

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Jon Oransky
Re: My new avid/digi
on Jan 24, 2005 at 3:45:35 pm

get the Pentium 4 550 not the 530. I don't think the 530 will work with an LGA775 socket motherboard.

go with 2gigs of ram. you can get 4x512 or 2x1gig but i think 2 gigs is definitely a good idea in this machine. kingston is definitely a good brand.

there is no need for SATA II drives, we use SATA drives and they work great. i don't think you'll need SATA II drives for a while.

antec cases are great, just make sure there is enough cooling in there. use all 4 fans they provide (according to their web site there are 2 rear fans, then 2 optional fans).

- Jon
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