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March 11, 2009 4:01:43 AM



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Use as a TV with a tuner (viewing TV wth a USB tuner is my primary TV, and possibly looking for another tuner), WoW, Movies, Internet Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: 28" Widecreen LCD Monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any other reputable online dealer




MONITOR RESOLUTION: Uncertain, but its a large monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My current computer is a gateway with AMD x2 (speed unknown) and a 512mb Nvidia 8000 series video card. I use this in a bedroom. I have had problems with my computer heating up my room 10-15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. I don't need wicked graphics or be able to play WoW on maxed out video settings. I would be comfortable with onboard video if it could do the things I am looking for. I want something that runs cool, is stable, and will do the things I listed in the system usage. I also desire to dual boot this machine with some version of windows and linux.

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March 11, 2009 4:08:30 AM


Antec P182 , or sonata case . Both quiet and good quality .
motherboard based on a P45 chipset .
4 gig of Ram [ 2gig ] if you use XP ]

Your usage isnt demanding for todays PC . Its not worth adding cost and heat by using a more powerful processor and making more noise cooling it down .

You will need a basic gfx card , but thats a good thing IMO and you should be able to find something m that more than does the job and has a passive heatsink so it makes no noise
March 11, 2009 9:14:07 AM

Still some things up in the air such as budget, but here's a reasonable build for what you're looking for.

CPU - E7400 $120 Has reasonable power, if more is desired go E8500 or Q9550. Either would work with the rest of the components.

Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45-UD3L $99 No crossfire, stable.

RAM - 2x2 GB DDR2 800 1.8v $50 with a $10 rebate

Case/power supply - Antec NSK4408B $70 with a 380w Earthwatts power supply included. Quiet, decent room, 80% efficiency.

GPU - Sapphire HD4670 passive cooled $84 with a $10 rebate Linux drivers available, but not on the CD.

HD - WD 640 GB SATA $75

Burner - Liteon SATA $23

$520 and $11 in shipping to me (lots of free shipping items) not counting rebates. Higher performing CPUs would of course run you higher.

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March 11, 2009 10:41:24 AM

+ Big hard drive for storing TV, with a brand new TV card w MCE compatable remote.
+ Silent Ati 4670 graphics card for WOW.
+ Blue ray disk drive for watching hidef movies.
+ media center case so it fits in where ever you place the system.
+ quiet PSU so you dont notice the system.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 PCI-Express x1 Interface

SAPPHIRE 100255U Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

SeaSonic OB-S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Open Box

Microsoft 4GC-00002 Silver/Black Wireless Ergonomics Laser Desktop 4000

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G10664GK

ASUS P5Q SE/R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8300

Pioneer Black Blu-Ray Reader and 12X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model BDC-2202B

Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Max ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

total of $972.16 ex shipping.
March 11, 2009 10:44:18 AM $69.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99 ($49.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $79.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $119.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $44.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $349.99 ($329.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
PNY VCGGTX285XPB GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Total: 946.90 *(not including shipping and rebates)
March 11, 2009 12:39:45 PM

Would be useful to know the model/resolution of the LCD as it would make a huge difference if it's "only" a 1080p LCD TV compared to one of those 2560x1600 LCD monitor ...

At 2560x1600 even WoW will require a decent graphic card probably with 1GB memory.
March 12, 2009 12:47:57 AM

I believe the resolution of my monitor is 1900 x 1200. It is a Hanns G HG281D. Not a real pricey monitor. It wil do 1080p.
March 12, 2009 11:35:16 AM

Revmann said:
I believe the resolution of my monitor is 1900 x 1200. It is a Hanns G HG281D. Not a real pricey monitor. It wil do 1080p.
Yup, the HG281D is 1920x1200. For that resolution and knowing the latest WoW expansion upped the GFX requirements, I would go with at least a 1GB 4870 or a GTX260. If you want extra "eye-candy" (grater AA/AF), then take a look at cards like the 4850x2, 4870x2 and GTX285 (1GB/GPU).
March 12, 2009 2:48:34 PM

I would consider the following...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket 45W CPU $62
This will tackle WoW fine and your other needs as well. Although it might not be much faster than what you have now.
ASUS M3A78-T AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATI 3300 Onboard GFX $140
In world of onboad desktop video, this is as good as it gets.
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $20 after MIR
Why spend more?
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $26 after MIR
This will allow you run your CPU passively cooled (no fan) or with the fan at min speed.

I like the Antec/Earthwats combo point out by dirtmoutain for $70.

The thing you have to keep in my is that the more power you want the hotter and louder things will run. So, if you want a powerful GPU its going to get hot and loud. It doesn't matter what the cooling inside. Your case is like your issue is the ambient temperate of the room and sound the computer makes in operation. With that in mind, that is why I recommend the choices I picked out, least heat generated and sound produced.

You won't be able to play WoW at 1920x1200 with max settings, but you will be able to play at 1280x800 with decent settings.
March 12, 2009 6:21:22 PM

The athlon is a good chip but the intel is faster and draws less power .

Toms built an e7200/ G31 combo and it drew a TOTAL of about 72 watts . The intel cpu might be rated as 65 watt max , but it actually draws about 30 watts

The intel onboard gfx solutions are awful , and adding a discrete gfx card adds power consumption so it might work out very close on total power drain .