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E 4300 Build Dad Needs help

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May 18, 2007 8:47:11 PM

Hello I have received most of the parts for my new build. I am waiting for the P.S. & tuner card. here are the components i selected.

Matt's Super Multi media / Gaming P.C. - Model # MWF2-07 Extreme

E4300-Processor Running at 400 MHz system bus – (3.6ghz CPU)– 117.00

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Mother board – 116.00

Memory – 2 x 1GIG. Patriot Extreme PC2- 6400 126.00

Windows Vista 190.00

Altec Lansing Speaker system 49.00

Logitech Cordless desk top key board / mouse – 30.00

Ultra chill tech Thermo electric cooler – 150.00

Video card GV-NX88S320H-B-RH – 300.00

WD raptor Hard drive 10,00 RPM 74gig – 140.00

Hard drive (2) WD SATA 500 gig 7200 RPM – 240.00

DVD burner AD-7170s-ob – 32.00

Floppy drive /card reader SIIG U2CRD RDR+FDD JU-91RW12-S4 RTL -39.00

Power supply PCPWR&COOL|SILENCER750 4-COPPER – 199.00

Case Antec 900 – 130.00

Monitor – SCEPTRE X22WG-1080p – 250.00

Tuner card – T.V. Wonder 650 – 97.0

CPU THERM PASTE ARCTIC SILVER5- 6.00

1394 Card 15.00

I want to set up the two 500gig drives in a raid 0 this build is a P.C. for my son age 13. I want it to be a learning experience for him and me. So more for the use of the technology than for performance i want to use the raid. This is how I plan on hooking up the drives The two 500gig drives in raid0 on the JMicron sata ports. & the 74gig raptor & the dvd drive on the Intel ports. I will be using the raptor as a system drive. Will this configuration work? Any tips for a dad who is beginning to feel like he bit off more than he can chew? Thanks guys for any advice or tips you can offer me. I really want this to work. By the way like i said all the parts are either on there way or already received so thats what i will be using. My son worked hard all last summer to study for the specialized H.S. test & was excepted into the Bronx H.S. for science. This is his reward.

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May 18, 2007 10:30:39 PM

Great list of parts... Thats how I would setup the hard drives. Just take your time and read the manuals (MB, Case, Cooler, etc.) Have your son read them too and then between the two of you things should go smooth. Pop on here for more help if you two feel the need.
Mine son is only 3 so it will be some time before I get to do this with him... Wonder what computer parts will be like in 10 years... maybe the standard will be 2 CPU's with 8+ cores each, 32-64GB of Ram, four 5 Terabyte drives in Raid 10. I guess we'll have to wait and see...
May 18, 2007 10:34:17 PM

Very nice except for one glaring issue: the cooler. Not needed, poor choice, sorry.

If you are not overclocking, then you don't need a TEC. If you are overclocking, then the higher you overclock the worse a TEC works. In fact, at high clocks, a high-end air cooler can beat the TEC. No joke. And it'll do it for 1/4 the price.

Get another heatsink, go air. Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Thermalright Ultra, and Noctua NH-U12F are all very good choices.

Other than that, nice system, well done.
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May 18, 2007 11:38:57 PM

No need to be sorry. My first choice was the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler. But then I read a review for the TEC. if you cant already tell I am a technology whore. LoL!@ Its already here so I am going to stick with it.
May 19, 2007 6:47:45 AM

Good build with the cooler change.
Hope you won't be dissapointed when the e4300 does not O/C over 3.0. If you want something that fast, get an e6420 or maybe a e4400
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