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i'm buying a new computer, recommendations, tips and tricks?

I'm planning on buying a new computer but I don't know a lot about PC hardware, this is what i though of (all the parts were picked by me at a "build your own computer" web page):

CPU: Intel Core 2 QUAD Q9450 2.66GHz 12MB FSB1333 Boxed (with cpu-cooler!) Socket 775

RAM: 4x A-DATA 2048MB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz

Graphics card: GeForce 8800GTX 768MB DDR3 TV-out DUAL DVI

Harddrive: Samsung SpinPoint HD250HJ 250GB 7200rpm 8MB SATA2

Operation system: Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit DVD Svensk(Swedish) OEM

"starting package" including:
Cooler Master Elite 332 Miditower without PSU

Sirtec/Chieftec GPS-400AA-101A 400W ATX 2.0 12V, 120mm fan, 20/24-pin (AMD&P4 OK)

Samsung SH-S203D/BEBN DVD

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Re: new computer

Using a 64-bit OS isn't really recommended for home use, at the moment. It might give more problems then pleasure. With a 32-bit OS, 4 Gb is the maximum addressable memory, so if you reconsider the OS, also reconsider the amount of RAM.

And at the moment there are few programs that make buying a quad-core CPU worthwhile. But, of course, that may change in a few years.


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looks good - OS? and HDD?

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That's a nice rig ^_^

The OS choice struck me a bit odd.
If you're going with Vista Home, why not get Premium version? That way you get the nifty bits related to multimedia, and stuff like remote desktop, etc.

The x64 and RAM amount for gaming is meh, but the animation/modeling software can use it.

That choice of HDD is workable, but doesn't match the quality of the other components. It's on the smallish side (especially for someone whose work includes 3Ds Max)and a small cache. Of course adding another drive later is easy and not too much money. Just for example, you could get a Seagate 500 GB Sata II with 16 MB cache for pretty cheap (not sure in euro, but under US$100 if you shop around).

I have a variant of that Gigabyte mobo and like it. It's particularly good for modders, but I like it also for energy efficient aspects.

I thought all the GeForce 8800 series recommended 425W or higher on the PSU, but I could be wrong on that. If there's a chance you'll use RAID eventually I'd think you could save upgrading the PSU by getting a 500W at the start.

Myself, I prefer to get better coolers than the Intel boxed coolers. Nice ones are easy to find for < 10% of the price of your cpu. If you're not overclocking and/or running it hard it prob'ly doesn't matter, but box coolers are not particularly effective at cooling and make more noise.

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change the video card

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