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Upgrade attempt, a quick look over wold be appreciated.

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March 29, 2007 9:10:18 PM

I put together this with a little bit of research on the forums but have a couple of questions before I go ahead and spend all my money. I am upgrading from my now 4 year old and slightly struggling custom build and as such have a perfectly good lian li case, an 80gb hard drive to be added and a dvd re-writer.

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.86ghz Socket 775 FSB800 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

EVGA 8800GTS SuperClocked 320MB DDR3 DVI PCI-E

Western Digital WD1600JS Caviar SE 160GB 7200RPM SATAII/300 8MB Cache - OEM

Kingston 2GB KIT (2X1GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 CL5 Non Ecc 1.8V

Gigabyte GA_965P_DS3 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

Scythe Infinity Heatpipe CPU Cooler (Socket 478, 775, AM2, 754, 939, 940)

Antec TruePower Trio 550W PSU - With 3x 12v Rails and 120mm Fan


1. Will the scythe infinity fit the motherboard?

2. Is the psu ok for the rest of the machine? It can be seen at the link;
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?acti...

3. FInally I'm a bit rusty when it comes to setting up the cpu cooling. Do I need to buy any cooling compound to go inbetween;
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...
and the cpu. If so which is the best stuff to get, the two shops I am using currently are overclocker.co.uk amd ebuyer.com

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March 29, 2007 9:17:58 PM

The PSU should work fine. If the HSF comes with thermal paste, you will not need to get any. Arctic Silver is good if you do need to get it. Can't help on wheter the HSF will fit given I always use the stock HSF because I don't seriously overclock
March 29, 2007 11:32:58 PM

1. Should. If you're worried, get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro for socket 775. The infinity can have up to 4 fans, but I wouldn't do that. 2 in the same direction would be good enough. 1 is fine:

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/024/scinf1000.htm...

2. A fully built 8800 GTS PC needs 400W 26A or more. Yep, that Antec Truepower Trio 550W 42A is fine.

3. Most aftermarket cpu hsf's come with thermal compound. The Sycthe does, albeit a cheap one. If you want to get some, get Arctic Silver 5 or nothing.

Looks to be a very good gaming pc.
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March 30, 2007 6:11:47 PM

Thanks very much for the info was very informative. A final question are there any guides you know of that will help me set up sata raid on the hard drives I have. Tried it last time and gave up fairly quickly, I am not sure how helpful it is to the pc. Would it be a good idea to set up both hard drives in a raid?
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=32

That as far as I am aware is the second hard drive I would use.
March 30, 2007 6:30:05 PM

Looks like a very nice lowish budget gaming system. I'd suggest a few changes though.

If you can afford the extra $100ish, go with the 8800GTS 640MB SC. If you don't want to spend the extra money, the 320MB is still a great card.

Instead of the WD Caviar SE, I'd recommend a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 as it has a better warranty and (a little) better performance.

Take a look at the Seasonic S12 Energy+ PSUs as they are good quality and very quiet.
March 30, 2007 7:05:27 PM

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Thanks very much for the info was very informative. A final question are there any guides you know of that will help me set up sata raid on the hard drives I have. Tried it last time and gave up fairly quickly, I am not sure how helpful it is to the pc. Would it be a good idea to set up both hard drives in a raid?
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=32

That as far as I am aware is the second hard drive I would use.


RAID 0 or RAID 1?
March 30, 2007 7:28:30 PM

If you are going to buy aftermarket thermal paste/grease then go with the best. Thats not Arctic Silver 5 btw.

Get you some Shin-Etsu X23 at Crazypc.com

However you can probably use what comes with the heatsink and it will work fine, it just won't get you "extreme" temps that a lot on these boards are after. I'd say depends on how much you plan to OC. If going to the max then get the best paste. If modest to moderate OC then you're fine with what comes in the box.

As for the system you propose I see no glaring problems. Looks like a fine system if it fits your budget.
March 30, 2007 11:45:47 PM

I don't raid. I back up my files on dvds & cdrw (for software updates & drivers & freeware) on a regular basis. If you want to raid, pick one from the list. For a home user who wants a backup, RAID 1 (Mirroring) would be the choice.

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std...

The harddisk you linked is IDE. I recommend against it. Pick 2 SATA drives & raid them. They plug in individual connectors. The mobo manual has a section for raid install. At the end I believe. You'll probably need to make a RAID driver floppy on a working pc in advance if one is not provided. Tab F6 when loading windows cd.
March 31, 2007 2:01:37 PM

Thanks again, having thought about it, I probably wont bother raiding I use dvd's a lot for backup and would probably need to invest in another hard drive to make it worth while for the other type. The hard drive I linked was one I already owned, will probably just use it for extra space and spend 7 extra pounds on a 250 gig hard drive of exactly the same type as I first listed.
March 31, 2007 2:38:00 PM

1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Yes: Masscool Shin-Etsu is the best for air cooling.
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