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March 18, 2007 1:43:05 AM

I'm just about to click the buy button for the following;

I'm not a gamer but do video processing so I want a robust system with lots of Hd space that will support two digital monitors. I will not be setting up a RAID.
I am planing on upgrading to a Quad6600 in the 3rd or 4th Qt. But for now am planning on getting E4300. I might do a mild OC to it but nothing major.

mobo
ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/produ...N82E16813131070

video card
EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
I had considered the 8800GTS but it seemed like over kill aside from the directX10 capabilites.

LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

2 HD- Seagate Barracuda's 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've alread got a OCZ OCZ600GXSSLI 600W RT coming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

I've already got 2GB of Corsair XMS2 Ram coming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

This list plus shipping & rebates put the preposed unit at a cost of ~ $1020.
This price does not include a Quad at the end of the year.

eta; I know I could save $56 if I wait till 4.22 for the price change.

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March 18, 2007 6:42:20 AM

Looks fine everything will work together, I do not think 2 320gb HD is lots of space but it a decent start :) 
March 18, 2007 11:31:06 AM

IMO, the only cpu not worth waiting for a $20 price drop is the e6300. In other words, e6300 is a good buy any day.

Depends on your o/c, the case has 4 80mm fans. Not great for o/c'ing. I know there are LL cases with 120mm fans for about the same price.

The other parts are good.
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March 18, 2007 11:31:29 AM

Alcattle,
Thanks for the thumbs up.

yeah, 640 total HD space isn't a lot but since I'm not doing a RAID. When I get more $$ I'll get more SATA HD's, till then I've got externals.

Thanks for some of your recent postings on CPU heat & fans. Do you think I'll be able to OC (just a little) with the Corsair Ram? I'm planning on using the stock fan that comes with the CPU. Hopefully the Q3 price drop will occure & I'll be able to get a q6600 (or so) by the end of the year. So I'm not especially worried about the life length of the e4300.

eta;
Akhilles,
good point on the e6300... only $14 more. yikes! well that seems like a no brainer.

I'll do some more research on cases tonight...i really thought I had gotten the right on this time<sigh>
March 18, 2007 11:43:37 AM

You can oc the e4300 to 2.4ghz with stock cooler, use good air flow and fans. You can reach 3.0 but that might need an aftrmarket cooler.
March 18, 2007 12:10:51 PM

I agree with alcattle, that is not much space. But a very solid build none the less. I can't wait til I can afford 4 Raptors!
March 19, 2007 1:25:00 PM

Quote:
You can oc the e4300 to 2.4ghz with stock cooler, use good air flow and fans. You can reach 3.0 but that might need an aftrmarket cooler.


Thanks, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go for the e6300 & try to oc just a little once everything is stable.

I still trying to find a case that accepts 4-5 internal drives, has 120mm fans and is wicked easy to use....perhaps there was a bit too many glasses of wine last night. I tend to think I'll go back to the NZXT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I got another suggestio for a HD, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a bit more then I wanted to spend but it would be nice to have a big c drive. Apparently it's server grade
March 19, 2007 1:38:44 PM

Cooler Master Stacker 830!!!
That is the most bada$$ case ever. Plus it has incredible air flow.
March 19, 2007 9:18:39 PM

umm well sure it may be a great case but... well $235 bucks?!? after a rebate?
March 19, 2007 9:33:13 PM

That nzxt case pretty good, if you want a BIG case, and 8 fans, 4 fans on one side.

That is not the drive you want, ES is way overpriced for home use and not a lot better. Find a 500 or even a 750 with general specs, you will be fine.
March 19, 2007 10:52:09 PM

I currently have a dell & 3 external HD's hummin along. I assume I can unplug a side fan or 2 if the NZTX is too noisy.

I had also found this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
aluminum, front ports on the top, two 120mm fans & 4 internal HD slots. It cost $85 but some of the reviews indicate it's a bit cramped.

Also if I get a case with only 4 internal HD's then I need to start with bigger drives so I went to a WD carviar 500GB; it's $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

I'm going around in circles
March 21, 2007 3:15:00 AM

Final list; $1240 - $140 rebates= $1100

2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 7200 RPM SATA $279.98
1 Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe $183.00
1 Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $124.99
1 ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - $146.99
1 EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video $149
1 CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $195.00
1 OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - $119.99
March 21, 2007 3:27:29 AM

SWEET :!: :!: :D 
March 21, 2007 10:08:37 AM

Ditch the Intel board and get an ASUS P5B. Also, the E6400 is worth the extra money.
March 21, 2007 10:22:07 AM

Perfect.
March 21, 2007 12:28:03 PM

Quote:
Ditch the Intel board and get an ASUS P5B. Also, the E6400 is worth the extra money.


Re the cpu- I'm planning on upgrading to a quad in the 4th Qt so didn't want to spend much $$ I've already gone from a e4300 to a e6300.

re the board, both the pdb & the p5b-e use the same chipset. The e version has firewire & ICH8r instead of ICH8.

The buy button has been clicked.

I found the case at newegg, it'll be a total cost of $96 w/shipping & rebates. It's got 3-120mm fans, 5 internal Hd's, a side door and front connections close to the top of the box.

I'm busy reading up on how to put it all together.<blurry eyed>
March 21, 2007 12:44:20 PM

Your lucky that you power button will work without modding. The Stacker 830 and 832 come with a 3 pin connector. Most mobos use 2 pin.
March 21, 2007 3:32:52 PM

different number of pins for a mobo/case power.... I believe in luck<grin>

<thinking>omg, I'm in over my head already<shaking head>

Thanks for all the help picking the parts everyone. I know I'll have more questions, hopefully I'll be abel to use my inhouse source of information(husband) but I try not to strain that relationship too much.

I have to put this on the back burner for a few days until the boss gets back from VaKa & the parts arrive. I hope to start the build next monday the 26th. My current system is not in distress so I'm not on a dead line.

Thanks everyone again for *all* of the assistance!
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