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murasame2006 
16/8/08 12:36:18 PM
Serf
Hi I decide to build a system recently with the following setup:
Intel CORE 2 Q6600/2.4Ghz/2x4MB/1066FSB/LGA77
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS5 P45+ICH10R FSB1600MHz DDR2 1200 PCI-E x16 2.0(CrossFireX) SATAII RAID GLAN 1394
Team Dark 4G Kit(2x2G) PC8500 1066Mhz CL5(TXDD4096M1066HC5DC-D)
Western Digital 1TB SATAII HDD Green Power
Gigabyte GF GTX 260 PCI-E 2.0 896MB DDR3 448-bit 575/2000MHz Dual Dual-Link DVI HDCP Fan
Viewsonic VA1926W 19inch wide 5ms 800:1 DVI Black
Sony AD7200A0B 20X DVD IDE Black
Netgear WG311 Wireless PCI Card 802.11G (54Mbps)
CoolerMaster Centurion RC331 Elite Black with No Power Supply(RC-331-KKN1
CoolerMaster Real Power 520W Modular SLI (RS-520-ASAA-A1)
Logitech EX-100 Cordless Desktop USB Retail


Does anyone see anything majory wrong or incompatible withthis set up
Oh and i plan to run vista

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tantryl 
16/8/08 1:36:02 PM
SuperHero
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The 1TB Green drive is slow and will hold you back. Grab two of the WD 640GB drives instead, they're the fastest 7200rpm drives on the market.

The HD 4870 will generally beat the GTX 260 at a lower price. The GTX 260 has a wee bit of an advantage in high res/high texture situations, but is especially useless with that 1440 X 900 resolution monitor, the 4870 would be brilliant on that and play everything at full res and detail.

The Pioneer 115 is a better DVD burner.

The Centurion RC331 is a piece of crap and the Real Power 520W is OK, but somewhat of an unknown quantity (never properly reviewed). You'd be better off with an Antec Sonata III w/ 500W EarthWatts combo.

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murasame2006 
16/8/08 3:42:53 PM
Serf
Cool thnx for reply

Quote by tantryl
The 1TB Green drive is slow and will hold you back. Grab two of the WD 640GB drives instead, they're the fastest 7200rpm drives on the market.

The HD 4870 will generally beat the GTX 260 at a lower price. The GTX 260 has a wee bit of an advantage in high res/high texture situations, but is especially useless with that 1440 X 900 resolution monitor, the 4870 would be brilliant on that and play everything at full res and detail.

The Pioneer 115 is a better DVD burner.

The Centurion RC331 is a piece of crap and the Real Power 520W is OK, but somewhat of an unknown quantity (never properly reviewed). You'd be better off with an Antec Sonata III w/ 500W EarthWatts combo.

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eckythump 
16/8/08 4:02:42 PM
Overlord

+1 to tantryl's advice.

I would make a couple of other changes, too. Here's my suggestions:

Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 motherboard
Intel Core2Quad Q6600 CPU
Any brand DDR2-800 - 2x2GB. Should be < $100
Pioneer DVR-215BK SATA DVD Burner
WD 640GB SATA HDD. 1 or 2, it's your call.
HD4870 video card. Any brand.
Monitor/wifi card/keyboard/mouse - whatever you like.

The X48 motherboard has 2 full-speed PCI-e 16x slots, so if you want to add another 4870 down the track, you can and you won't be limited by the PCI-e slots. (P45 boards only have 1 full-speed 16x slot, the other runs at 8x)

Fancy DDR2-1066 RAM is a waste of money. Any old DDR2-800 will do you just fine. You're much better off throwing the extra $50-100 at a better CPU/Video card. You'll get a much more beneficial performance increase there, where as the RAM would give an increase you wouldn't even notice.

I've listed a SATA dvd burner. Unless you have a really good reason for needing/wanting an IDE burner, this is the burner for you. If IDE is what you need/want, then the DVR-115 is what you should get. Same burner, just the IDE version.

Also, for future reference, this probably should've been posted in the "Building and troubleshooting" section.

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osama_bin_athlon 
20/8/08 1:22:40 PM
Hero
Immortal


+1 to ecky
tho' I'd get a bigger monitor to utilise the awesome graphics power - it'll be absolutely wasted on a 19"
you can pick up a 22" for well under $300 - my 28" only cost $625.....I'm running the 215 pioneer - great burner!

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murasame2006 
21/8/08 7:48:58 PM
Serf
If I buy the AntecSonata III case with the 500PSU will i have enough power to run this system at high stress level say crysis on full

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tantryl 
21/8/08 7:58:11 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


GTX 260 draws about 140W at full pelt. HD4870 draws around 130W.

Q6600 draws around 100W at stock but can draw up to 180W overclocked to 3.6GHz.

Rest of the system would draw 40-50W.

EarthWatts 500W is really more a 450W (basically same as Corsair VX-450 for instance).

So with no overclocking you'd be running at around 63% load. With overclocking you be running into the 80+% territory.

In general you should aim for 40-60% load.

So the Antec Sonata Plus 550 with the Antec NeoHE 550W is a better buy and is only $20-$30 more in most places. It'll run 52% at stock and 66% fully overclocked. Not brilliant, but good enough. Plus it doesn't have that annoying front door the Sonata III has.

Review of Plus 550 and NeoHE 550:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/500
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/361

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murasame2006 
9/9/08 12:38:16 AM
Serf
Recently my friend has suggest me to switch to AMD and I'm tempted to replace the Intel system to

AMD Phenom 9750 Quad Core AM2+ 2400MHZ 4MB Cache
with
Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 AMD 790FX/SB600 chipset DDR2 1066 2 x PCI-E x16 SATAII RAID USB2.0 8-Ch GbE

this set up turns out to be cheaper than the intel system i first planned

The problem is I have never had any AMD CPUs, are they indeed as good or better than Intel?

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bu14-1 
9/9/08 11:19:46 AM
Primarch

Quote by tantryl
The 1TB Green drive is slow and will hold you back. Grab two of the WD 640GB drives instead, they're the fastest 7200rpm drives on the market.

I know they are pretty fast, but has it been proven that they are faster than the Samsung 1TB ones?

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