Those are the specs of a my new upcoming build. I will build it once my semester is over (in 3 months), but I thought I should get opinions as early as now. I know prices might drop from now until then, but I just want to make sure I am on the right track. I could buy some of the components as early as now if they are at a discount price/rebate.
I am going to use this computer for gaming (1280x1024)(19 inch monitor non-widescreen), Internet, and some audio/video editing/converting (nothing serious requiring a Quad Core).
As for HDs, I am debating between getting one 1TB HD and partitioning it accordingly or getting one small HD just for the OS and another big one for apps/media/backups. I just want to be able to re-install an OS without loosing everything. (I will be multi-booting)
As for the processor, I would like to overclock it to a speed that does not require a new heatsink/fan and/or huge voltages. I would really appreciate your opinion about this also (safe speeds/voltages/temps...)
My budget goes as far as 550$-600$. Please consider that.
...As for the processor, I would like to overclock it to a speed that does not require a new heatsink/fan and/or huge voltages. I would really appreciate your opinion about this also (safe speeds/voltages/temps...)...
OK, then don't buy an aftermarket hsf. Just go with what Intel gives you and see what YOUR particular chip will do. If you're happy, then fine. If not, then spend some $$$ on a new hsf. If you need advice on how to do that, spend a couple hours on the OC part of this forum.
I am also thinking of buying some Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound and applying it on the HSF instead of Intel's stock compound. I have read about it and it seems to drop temps around (5-15) C. I guess that's not bad for 6$.
Platter density. But the Caviar Black 1TB is even better, though likely outside of your budget.
Exactly! The 1TB Black has 3 platters of the same density as the 2 platter 640. They are roughly equal in speed but don't cost the same. Many look at 500GB drives because they are cheaper. Don't fall for that.
As far as Arctic 5 goes, either invest in an aftermarket cooler or don't waste your time and $$$.
Many of us will buy a better cooler just to keep temps down on a stock system. The thermal compound is not so much "snake oil" as it is a small contributor to cooling effectiveness. Heat dissipation capability and fan speed/size/airflow make the biggest difference.
Wow. A number of cpus dropped in price today. Yeah, get the 7400 at the same $$$ as a 7300!
The AMD PhenomII 920 is now $195, down $40 from yesterday.
Well, Intel did announce price changes coming the week of the 19th. They're here!
I guess that I've just never bought into the Thermal Compound craze.
I have a BIG tube of semiconductor thermal paste that I've used for years.
It works just fine. I only use the tiniest bit and get low temps every time.
I've read reviews that say the expensive stuff is just great, and others that seem confounded by mixed results. In the end the $6 you spend won't hurt a bit, and if you feel better for it then it's worth it.
The E7400 is brand new and uses the new R0 stepping.
The others use M0 (older) stepping.
I would get the new, but I do not know which will OC better. I can only guess that the new stepping in general will produce better results. The relatively low chipset clock SHOULD mean that the new stepping will override multiplier issues. I defer to the OC part of this forum where the most enthusiastic experts reside. Ask there to get your best answer.
One other note: The new stepping may require a bios upgrade to work at its best. They usually do.