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Barrakooda 
1/9/08 9:28:39 PM
Journeyman
Not sure if i should wait for Nehalem, these will probably cost an arm & a leg not to mention all the bugs they will have to iron out.

Was thinking of something along these lines keeping in mind i dont overclock & using win XP home:

CPU: E8600 Dual core $329
Motherboard: Not sure, but i dont want to SLI any ideas?
RAM: Not sure?
HDD: x1 WD velocirpator 300gb (for programs) $369 & x1 WD 640gb (for storage) $95
Case: Not sure Antec 900?
PSU: Corsair TX 750W $ 189
GPU: 9600gt (in current system ) for now
Optical Drive: Not sure, Pioneer? but need to run older games that dont like burners, could use current Benq CDRW & LG DVD drive
CPU HSF: Not sure
Monitor: Have a Samsung 22"
Sound Card: Not sure but my soundblaster live 5.1 has just about had it
Speakers: Use 5.1 headphones only
Keyboard: already have
Mouse: already have

Now i went dual core for the faster cpu for now, as i feel if i need to get a quad i will later (i know i7's are coming) just have to keep an eye on things,
as the programs i use wont benefit from a quad just yet.

I also want to stay with those HDD's, i know the velociraptor is not best bang for buck, but would like to spoil myself now & then.

Budget's around $1500ish

Any comments?

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MedicineBaby 
1/9/08 9:52:58 PM
Overlord

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
- $329

Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45-DS3
- $179

RAM - 4GB Kingston DDR2-800 ValueRam
- $108 (Provided you have a x64 OS)

OR

RAM - 2GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800
- $90

HDD - 640GB Western Digital HDD 16MB + 300GB VelociRaptor
- $468

GFX - ATI Sapphire 4850
- $198

DVD - LG20NS10 DVD Writer
- $33

PSU - Corsair 620W HX-620
- $146

CASE - Antec Three Hundred
- $99

COOLER - Noctua NH-U12P
- $79


TOTAL = $1639 w/ GFX
TOTAL = $1441 without GFX


Edited by MedicineBaby: 1/9/2008 09:55:00 PM

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Cpt. Lock 
1/9/08 9:59:31 PM
Banned

Desktop Nehalem isn't looking like it'll be available until at least early next year and even then it's going to be typically intel expensive. Just buy now, you can't really future proof a PC

CPU: the E8600 isn't worth the extra .16 clock rating just get an E8400
Motherboard: get a high end P45 with the 16x and 8x PCI-E slots it'll leave you some room to move if you want to down the track

RAM: cheapest generic brand is fine if you don't overclock

HDD: yeah thats all fine

Case: yeah not a bad choice

PSUL not bad but a little over kill if you don't intend on running a beefy video card you could drop it down to a HX620

GPU: I guess is fine for now

Optical drive: you could pick up a pioneer unit and then chuck in one of your older drivers for compatability

HSF: just get a Thermalrite true 120

Monitor: yeah if you want to push it to its potential grab a HD4850

Sound card: don't bother, the onboard sound on modern boards is better then your live 5.1 anyway

the rest is fine the dual core is a good option if you're not overclocking as it'll already be fast enough. If you went with a slower quad core CPU you'd need to bump it up 500 to 600mhz for it to be really meeting the potential of the system your building

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eckythump 
2/9/08 1:43:32 AM
Champion

Brace yourself for a thoughtless !AM cold+flu meds + lots of sugar build, courtesy of me.
$176 Antec Sonata III Case 
$172 Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P motherboard
$226 Intel C2D E8500 CPU
$85 GINGLE 4GB DDR2-800 kit (2x2GB)
$360 4x WD 640GB SATA for RAID-5 magic
$34 Pioneer DVR-216BK DVDRW
$82 Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler
$319 HIS ATI HD4870 video card (From IT Estate)

Comes to $1454

You might opt for a different case and PSU. The Sonata III comes with a very good quality 500W EarthWatts PSU, and I think that should be fine for the above, but I'd think it'll be as low as you'd want to go.

A Corsair HX-620 PSU should definitely have yo ucovered, though, and if yo uwere t ogo that path, then it'd probably be worth looking at a case that doesn't come with a PSU (unless you'd like a decent PSU laying around as a spare, which isn't a bad idea.)

EDIT: FOrgot to mention. Prices above are from MSY. I have NFI where you are, might be worth including that so you can get more localised outlet recommendations.

And I'm away with the fairies trying to beat this cold, so please pull me up if I've missed something, fellow build nazis.


Edited by eckythump: 2/9/2008 01:46:54 AM

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Barrakooda 
2/9/08 11:02:27 AM
Journeyman
Soz ecky should have mentioned im in Perth & the XP Home is only 32bit

Some good info there guys, appreciated.

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eckythump 
2/9/08 12:55:27 PM
Champion

Quote by Barrakooda
Soz ecky should have mentioned im in Perth & the XP Home is only 32bit

Some good info there guys, appreciated.


RAM is so cheap that it's still a good idea, even if your system only seems most, rather than all of it.

And it'll be there for later if/when you upgrade to a 64-bit OS.

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ausjossman 
2/9/08 1:06:57 PM
Initiate
Makes me happy every time I look at it but the ANTEC 900 can be a bit of a dust factory. It looks great but isnt the best case around.

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Barrakooda 
5/9/08 4:28:29 AM
Journeyman
How does this look?

CPU: E8600 Dual core $329
Motherboard: Asus P5Q (single VGA card slot) $165 or
Gigabyte GA EP45 DS3L (single VGA card slot) $141
RAM: Kingston DDR2 800 4GB kit $99
HDD: x1 WD velocirpator 300gb (for programs) $369 & x1 WD 640gb (for storage) $95
Case: P182B $195
PSU: Corsair TX 750W $ 189
GPU: 9600gt (in current system ) for now, thinking about a HD4870
Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-216 DVR-RW $38, plus old drives
CPU HSF: stock cooler for now
Monitor: Have a Samsung 226BW
Sound Card: On board sound
Speakers: Use 5.1 headphones only
Keyboard: already have
Mouse: already have

Prices from staticice


Edited by Barrakooda: 5/9/2008 04:29:15 AM

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battlefield_gir 
5/9/08 7:49:46 AM
Titan

remember for nahalem

you can still use your heatsink, grapnics card all your peripherals, and graphics cards.

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