Hi, I've done some searching but I'm still I bit confused about what would be overkill. I haven't built a PC in a while so I have no idea what the new stuff is really capable of. I don't play any games and this is mainly a media server (formally a XMBC server) I watch H.264 vids on my 37" LG 37LC7D, my PC monitor is a LG 19" windscreen W1952TQ
So the PC in the $500 gamer looks like a winner for my needs atm but I don't want to buy another pc in a few more years, I'm coming from a AMD 64 2800, 1.5 ram, Rage Fury Pro, w/ 1030gb storage. So I've been looking at stepping up the cpu, MB, and ram. I'd use the E7200, EP45, and 1066 ram. The EP45 is so I can run the native 1066 ram.
I want to run new hdd as well so I was looking at 2 640gb satas in raid0, I'd like the keep the 250gb drive as well. I also have a older 7200.8 40gb I'd use for the OS.
So would the extra $100 be worth the upgrade over the e2200/EP35/ram?
Would I be better off oc'n the memory and staying with the cheaper board if I run the e7200?
Will I see any real improvement with raid 0, is the risk too much since I don't play games?
My psu is 450w but a couple years old, how do I know its good to go?
Would even the e2200 setup smoke my current rig and I'm fussing over nothing,LOL?
The 500W PSU that comes with that case is very probably the same one identified in another thread here as sparking and smoking when loaded to a mere 75% of its capacity. You mention having another PSU already; what brand and model is it?
What? Screw that, thanks! I was realllly liking that case too. It has killer reviews too maybe it was just a bogus one??
My current PSU has to be junk, I think so anyway. I have an Okia lc-b450e I couldn't find out anything about it when I did a search, did notice it has the same part number another brand I saw. This is the closet I could find to it, it looks exactly the same but has different specs http://www.pcpsinc.com/osc/eshop/product_info.php?produ...
Since it's a Media Server, Heat and Noise are gonna be very important.
Therefore, get the E7200.
However, there is likely very little need to OC or at least anything close to a max OC for what you are going to do.
Therefore, there is no need for 1066 RAM.
DDR2-800 is perfectly fine. Especially with the E7200 which only needs DDR2-533 for Stock speeds so DDR2-800 will allow for a very high OC before you even begin to OC. Don't waste money on RAM faster than DDR2-800.
Most likely the EP45 board will use about 5-10 watts less power which is nice, but likely not that important for the likely extra cost. If you can grab a board for only a few dollars more I would do it.
In regard to the P45 Boards, The Chipset uses 55nm instead of 65nm process to build the boards which is supposed to reduce power. I have found reviews on 3 other sites that indicate a 5-10w power reduction in the new chipset. Tom's review has the opposite result.
My Inclination is to believe the other reviews since they match logical expectations and Tom's power portion of the review did not appear to be something they added quickly as a 2nd thought. (They reviewed multiple boards and showed details about different performance tests broken out by each board. For power, they simply listed "P45" w/o specifying which single board it was or if it was an average. Most likely they compared a fully loaded P45 with extra stuff like IEEE, extra LAN port, WIFI, etc... vs a simple P35 board.)
Okay, this looks like what I'm going to buy now, I changed the ram, case, and graphics card. The temporary card I'm using is doing great and it's the same thing basically. I have absolutely no plans to ever play games.
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail