New system recommendations or comments greatly appreciated!

Sewellyboy

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Feb 26, 2005
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I first want to say thank you all for taking time to read this post, and I?ll start off by giving a little background information.

I am planning on building a new system for home use in which I game moderately and do a bit of video editing.
I would like to build the system from the ground up because I would take my old CPU to school and use it as my primary machine in my classroom. (I teach high school history).

Since I am planning on building from the ground up, my initial train of thought tells me to build based on the new I7 architecture with a 920 chip and a 4850 512mb video card. The 4850 card seems to be ideal for me because I am only using a 22-inch monitor, so my resolutions will not be extremely high; but the card also gives me many options. ( I may upgrade to a 24-inch monitor in the next 6 months). I do like the X58 chipset over a P45 because as my needs change it gives me the most opportunity to expand my system (add another gpu, upgrade cpu?etc?.). I know the X48 chipset would give me the same ability to crossfire and still get the performance of PCI express 2.0 x16, but the motherboards are very similar in price, so why not go with the newer architecture? My best friend works at a popular memory manufacturer, so I would not pay a dime for ddr 3 memory.

I guess my question is??? are there any factors that I am not considering that would make my decision a bad one? The only argument against getting a new machine right now is the fact that AM D is coming out with a new chip that may make Intel lower their prices. Also by waiting a bit longer, any potential bugs will hopefully be worked out of the I7 architecture. Any input or comments would be greatly appreciated.

In addition, the extra money it would cost for the 920 over let us say an E8500 does not make a difference to me at all.

My last question I have is in regards to video cards. Does video encoding, editing, or Photoshop favor either ATI, or NVIDIA cards???

Thanks in advance for any comments, recommendations, or criticisms.

 

Martimus

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If you aren't paying for Memory, then it almost seems like a no-brainer to go with an i7. I still am hesitant to recommend a brand new architecture with multiple major changes to the previous architecture so soon after release though. I would wait until late January or even February to buy one of these myself, just so I would know what the common issues with the platform are. It is hard to tell now, because it is so new.
 

Sewellyboy

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Feb 26, 2005
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Thanks Martimus............It seems like that is my only hesitation. I'm looking to build in the next 2 weeks, so hopefully a few more reviews will help solidify my decision to go with the I7.