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Old 08-27-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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Im need a desktop for video editing and multitrack audio production. Im not to keen on scratchbuilding for the sheer fact of support. If I buy from a manufacturer it comes to my house guarenteed to work. If I dont, then I'm stuck if something doesn't work. My budget is $1800. My only requirements are:

*dvd burner
*dual monitor support
*15" flat panel + 17" flat panel included in budget
*at least 3 usable pci slots for multitrack soundcards
*no soundcard (i've chosen those)
*firewire on front
* 2G RAM

and thats about it. After shopping around I found that an HP d4100y fills these requirements unless someone has a better choice. Or if scratchbuilding will get aton more for the buck then I may need to consider that.

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Old 08-27-2005, 07:49 PM   #2
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You can DEFINITELY get a great PC for that for 1800 Dollars!!!! If you want one of us can price one up for video and audio editting, just say the word!
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Old 08-27-2005, 08:14 PM   #3
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That would be great. 1800 is the MAX so 1650-1750 would be better.

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dude go to dell.com and get there new dimentioin 9100 and configure it to your needs, thats wut i have and if you look in my sig it says wut i have in it, and it cost just over 1300. and that price includes tax, moniter, speakers and keybored, so you could just get the computer and nothing more and save a couple hundred. or go to http://www.newegg.com/ or http://targetpcinc.com/ and get one of the bare bone systems. and then get wut ever you need after you get the main system.
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Old 08-27-2005, 08:25 PM   #5
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824007017
Monitor 15" - $180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824021028
Monitor 17" - $194

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130468
Motherboard - $120

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103534
Processor - $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106037
Heatsink - $32

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220011
Memory - $226

Current Total - $942...not bad so far

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148065
Hard drive - $112 bucks.....250GB, enough for all those videos and audio soundtracks, also 5 year warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150068
Video card - $170

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194001
Power Supply - $150

Thats it except for a case which you can choose.

With an 1800 budget you have $426 to choose a case and some case fans...and whatever parts you think can be better.
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