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June 24, 2008 9:26:39 PM

Hi All,

I am in process of buiding my new system and I am readying lot of impressive and interesting topics in last few weeks and I have put togather list of components for next build and I want informative input/suggestions and/or comment on it.

My primary goal is to build:

1. Fastest start, operatinig and multi tasking system possible. I work online for bank and do lot of multi tasking so I want my system FAST and QUITE!!!

2. I don't play any 3D PC games (only yahoo pool and chess sometimes) so I am don't care much about Xfire or SLI configurations.

3. I do not plan to OC'ing but might want to explore in future.

4. I have tried and installed working OS X 10.5.2 on my 2 other PC's with success so I might will try to install OS X 10.5.2 for hack of it (if it does not work, no big deal)

5. I know I know everyone wants future proof systems but after working in IT for more then 14 years, believe me there is no such thing as "100% future proof" :)  but I always can try to stick with current or new techonologies.

6. I wanted to try DDR3 even though current prices are high and ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R which have both DDR2 and DDR3 capabilities but got DOA and had to RMA it newegg. So unless I find more decent board with same capabilities I am putting off DDR3 idea :( 

Components I already have:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core - Already ordered today

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

CPU Heatsink: Scythe SCNJ-CU1000 120mm Ninja Copper CPU Cooler - $74.99 - Already orderd with my cpu (planning to use it without Fan option since not much in to OC'ing)

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

HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb - $300 - Already ordered today

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

DVD BURNER: LG Super Dirve GGC-H20L - 28.99 - Already ordered today

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

CASE: VAV - supercool looking black case (looks identical to Apple Mac G5 - was saving for nice build like this)


Components I am planning to order next for my system are:

MOBO: ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

I was planning ASUS P5Q Deluxe but I am not interested in SLI/XFire but I do want enough external connections and latest chipset so I am chosing Asus P5Q.

RAM: OCZ Flex XLC 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1200 - $100.99

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

GPU: XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 - $94.99

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

PSU: CoolMax Fanless Power Supply - $149.99

http://www.extremereviews.net/data.php?recordID=142&pag...

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

I already have most of the parts as you can see in my remarks, Only thing is left for me is to finalize MB, RAM, GPU, PSU.

Since I already RMA'd my GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R and I think I have bitter test now for Gigabyte MB's so looking more at ASUS's. I am big fan of XFX cards and using 3 of them on my current pc without any single issue.

I would appreciate if anyone has input on my idea for next build or make any help/suggestion to make decision for rest of the components from their experience.

Thanks in advance!
janik29
June 24, 2008 10:26:19 PM

Sorry had typo for price of LG Super Drive GGC-H20L, actual cost is - $164.99

Also I have 2TB of NAS on my home network of 3 pc's so I am not worried about HD capacity, just want to get fastest boot/multitasking capabilities.
June 24, 2008 11:10:07 PM

Comments:

If you aren't gaming at all you could use integrated graphics. Certianly a $94 card is probably over the top. There is a general dislike for intergated on THG but if you are running nothing larger than 22" or so monitor and doing/planning on doing no gaming then you could get away with it.

Asus P5Q seems well regarded at the moment.
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June 25, 2008 12:04:43 AM

Nice point jpdykes!

But I do have 30" Samsung 305T monitor so I prefer dual link dvi card. Because of my job requirement of lot of open windows at same time, extra real estate on monitor helps a lot. :pt1cable: 

Appreciate your suggestion though.

Thanks
janik29
June 25, 2008 12:38:41 AM

Look at the P5Q Pro- its only $10 more and it offers a better northbridge cooler and the 2nd PCI-E x16 slot. I know you have no interest in Crossfire, but the 2nd card is useful if you ever get into running dual monitors.

The RAM is VASTLY overpriced and overkill. Get rid of it.
Buy this RAM instead: 4GB vs 2GB and its less expensive.
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For PSU look at Corsair, PC Power and Cooling.
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June 25, 2008 12:49:47 AM

for the video card, since you are looking for something quiet, you may want to look for a company other than XFX as that card may be a little loud. You might look into passively cooled cards, or a card with a quieter aftermarket cooler.
June 25, 2008 1:46:54 AM

Nice suggestions...

1. I am looking at PSQ PRO and most specs are identical with PSQ but have better passive coolers installed and yes who knows I might use second card for dual/quad monitors in future ;) 

2. I want to get best RAM DDR2 in market which is DRR2 1200 and my mind is still leaning towards DDR3 if I find decent motherboard to match with, my other pc's already running OCZ DDR2 800 (4gb each) and i have no trouble with them at all but for this new build I want to go extreme just to satisfy my inner child l guess :) 

3. For more quite Video card, after good remark from "the last resort" I am considering XFX 7300GT - $32.99. since I am not in to games, this card will provide enough power to drive my 30" monitor at highest resolution for my work.

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

4. I rather spend 100+ bux on most quite PSU because I work 50+ hours work online and sit right next to my PC.

Like I said I already have allocated $2k for this build and I want to put BEST parts available to satisfy my need.

Thanks
June 25, 2008 5:10:21 PM

2- That is fine, but you will get NO speed benefit from this setup and just spend extra money. Your call though. However, DDR2-1066/1200 RAM has issues on some motherboards. Tread carefully. DDR3 is equal/slower in speed for vastly higher price.

3. As long as its dual link yes. Look at the ATI 3850s also- you can find them around $90 and they are much better than 7300.

4. Look at this one: QUIET as can be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

!