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RE: Feedback on Custom Build Config from NewEgg

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March 9, 2007 5:19:08 PM

Here is the build I am considering:

Parts:

Motherboard: Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $108.00

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail $221.00 [$339.00]

CASE: XION Onyx XON-303 Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply: COOLMAX CT-450N ATX12V 450W Power Supply - Retail [Combo Case & Power Supply] $109.98 [$448.00]

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL6S-2GBMQ - Retail $220.00 [$668]

Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725025VLA380 (0A33423) 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $70.00 [$750.00]

Video: BFG Tech BFGR68256OCX GeForce 6800 256MB DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $150.00 [$900.00]

Cooling CPU: EVERCOOL CPT06-925ELA 92mm Ever Lubricate CPU Cooler - Retail $27 [$927.00]

DVD Writer: LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X $40.00 [$967.00]

Microsoft S82-00032S Black USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard Mouse Included - OEM $28.00 [$995.00]

Microsoft N71-00007S Black 3 $10.00 [$1005.00]

Optional Video Monitor:
Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" $179.00


Chris's System Price [$1300 /w 4 gigs ram and [2] 250gb hard drives.



Can any one give any feedback, places where they would change or upgrade, I am going to use the system in a server role. Add a 2nd hard drive for mirroring and 4 gigs RAM.
March 9, 2007 5:43:11 PM

Looks pretty good, though you might want to get case and PSU separately so you can get a higher quality PSU. I dunno a whole lot about Coolmax though maybe they're okay.

That memory seems expensive. You could definitely get cheaper, especially if you're not overclocking. Unless you're overclocking all you need is DDR2-533. If you are overclocking though that's still kinda expensive for DDR2-800.

Also you'd get better value out of a 7 series Geforce card like the 7600GT. But if it's just a server you don't need a decent card at all, you could swap the board for one with integrated graphics save a lot of money there. Unless you're overclocking, there aren't really good OC boards with integrated graphics.

So yeah, are you OCing?
March 9, 2007 6:16:54 PM

I'd recommend going with one of the boards from Gigabyte for a couple of bucks more, instead of that Foxconn. I've got a couple of friends that have had boards from them and they had problems. Take a look at this one:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Frankly, for the bucks you're spending on the rest of the system, you should even consider the DQ6 or one of the ASUS P5 boards. And definitely a higher quality power supply -- that one's like having a horse to pull your ferrari around.
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March 9, 2007 6:19:57 PM

Oh yeah and there's no need to get an aftermarket CPU cooler unless you want fairly big overclocks, in which case you'd want something more serious than that. For mild to moderate OCs, the stock cooler is sufficient.
March 9, 2007 6:28:41 PM

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Oh yeah and there's no need to get an aftermarket CPU cooler unless you want fairly big overclocks, in which case you'd want something more serious than that. For mild to moderate OCs, the stock cooler is sufficient.
Except sometimes they can be really noisey, and not very efficient.
March 9, 2007 6:40:28 PM

For a server that's not looked at as often as the main rig, it's a very fast one.

Are you going to play games on it? If not, like the others say, get a 965G mobo with onboard video. If you overclock, get the GA-965P-S3 or better yet DS3 & a cheap 6200 or x300 video card. If you game on it, get a 7900gs or x1950pro.

I'm not a huge fan of bling. That case sure cools well with 2 x 120mm & 1 140mm fans. After rebate, it's quite cheap.

Wow. That Hanns LCD is sure of good value.

The ram is kinda expensive. Get something better & faster for less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you overclock, this is a killer. Does 1000Mhz:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this for less, but doesn't o/c as well as HZ:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 9, 2007 7:19:41 PM

All Excellent comments people, thanks!

I like the Foxconn motherboard because:

6 PCI slots

PCI Express x16 1
PCI Express x4 1
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 3

Built in Sata Raid
Good port slection.

Any more comments with motherboard and the LGA 775? I was going to set it up as an everything box multiple Microsoft servers on it, thus the power and extra ram, but I may want to play game son it too.
March 9, 2007 9:12:30 PM

Don't cheap out on the MB -- get a good quality one and avoid the foxconn. Similarly, get a good quality power supply.
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