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Whoever said you can’t have a combination editing and gaming Pc is full o’ crap. Might not be possible with a mac, but a Pc can definitely swing it, baby.
Here’s the rundown for a decent stable system with future upgradeability. (sp?)
This is what I’m running, choose your favorite parts….
Aerocool JetMaster JR-SS Silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB and Firewire Ports
Abit AV8 VIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard / AGP 8X/4X / Audio / Gigabit LAN / USB 2.0 / Firewire / Serial ATA / RAID
Diablo 550-Watt PSU
PQI Turbo 1024MB Dual Channel PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory (2 x 512MB) 2 Sets
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ / 512KB Cache / 2000MHz FSB / Socket 939 / Venice Core / Processor
Thermaltake A1838 Silent Boost / Socket 754/940 / AMD Opteron/Athlon 64 / Ball Bearing / Copper Core / CPU Cooling Fan
Maxtor / DiamondMax 10 / 300GB / 7200 / 16MB / SATA-150 / OEM / RoHS Compliant / Hard Drive (2 of them)
Maxtor / DiamondMax 10 / 200GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-133 / EIDE / OEM / Hard Drive (2 of these too)
Ultra Beige 3.5″ Floppy Drive with Built-in 6-in-1 Flash Card Reader
Sony DRU800A / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 4x DVDR DL / White / Internal DVD Writer (2 of these)
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X800XT / 256MB GDDR3 / AGP 8x / TV-Tuner / Video Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Pro PCI Sound Card
PlusDeck 2 PC Cassette Deck
And that’s just the PC in-tower stuff.
Here’s some peripherials I have on the desk…..
Saitek Gaming Keyboard
Griffin Technology: Power Mate
Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse
special order: Creative GigaWorks S750
Viewsonic VP2000s / 20.1-Inch / 1600 x 1200 UXGA / 16ms / DVI/Analog / Silver-Black / Thin LCD Monitor
Microtek Scanmaker 6000
Yamaha Keyboard with midi control ports
And for good measure, I plugged in a VCR and a PS2 to the ATI-input/outputs and a 32″ TV to the outputs.
I also routed a reverse cable to the house room-splitter cable router box in the basement. That way for parties and such I can play stuff off my computer and view it in every room. Since I did the wiring for the house when it was built 3 years ago, I included in-wall speakers systems in every room that run off the central system. Knowing ahead of time my intention, I created a special box in my own room which allows me to route the audio directly to my computer if I want. It comes in handy for those times when you want to control the ambient level without giving direct control to those in the room, as is normally available.
I realize that this stuff isn’t all up to par with the newest and best, but it’s been a hardcore workhorse for me in video editing and graphics work as well as busting out great gaming edge when I’m in the mood.
It’s nice to have a system that can run HL2 and D3 with maxed out settings and not even flinch. I built the whole thing from scratch back in December ((?) maybe January)). Looks Pretty.