Need help with new rig please!

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I've finally decided it's time to upgrade from my 1.8a Northwood after a happy 3 and half years. I haven't looked into PCs for nearly as long as owning it so please bear with me!

I'll need my new PC primarily to encode wavs to MP3s and also converting video to Flash, editing with PhotoShop and building websites. Not interested in gaming as it'll be for business use.

With that in mind, will I need 2gb of RAM or would 1gb be sufficient? I've got 1gb on this machine but it takes forever to encode to flv.

Also, I've got DVD burners and a storage HDD on the current machine which are IDE. Can I still connect IDE devices to modern mobos?

I tend to batch process the encoding I do, so I'd like to be able to get on with other tasks while that's going on so I figure a Duo is needed.

I was thinking of getting this:

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Assuming I can connect the DVD burners then I think that's all I need - correct me if I'm wrong.

Oh, and I want to keep costs down!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

All the best,
James
 
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If you want to keep costs down, get a e4300 instead of a 6300. 2GB of RAM is absolutely essential for performance computing, especially anything demanding like video, games, etc. Make that the first thing you add to your basket. Also, get an aftermarket cooler and then you can clock that CPU much higher. A Tuniq tower, or scythe ninja, should do the trick.

Otherwise, pretty good.
 
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OK great - thanks.

I've been re-evaluating and I figure I can stretch my budget further to around £700, so I'll take another look through the OC catalogue.
 
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Dark_Angel said:
Allow me:

E4300 110
P5N-E SLI 80
Geil 2GB Ram 130
8800 GTS 200

Then get whatever else you need.

Not sure why I would need a 8800GTS. I don't do gaming, so I can only assume it would help with the video encoding?

Is the E4300 powerful enough to make full use of the 8800?

Thanks!
 
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Yes it is, even though you'll be perfectly fine with an £85 7600GT. My choice would be to go with what you originally posted, but look at a better case and PSU (Lian-Li etc).
 
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Thanks for that.

What's the advantages of getting a better case/PSU? I won't be overclocking (well, only to see how far it can go, but it won't be permanent).
 
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