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April 12, 2009 2:35:23 AM

I bought a lanbox case because I need to move around to Clients at power plants....I've never built a puter before.

Purpose of said puter is Development in Visual Studio Pro with rather large SQL quieries.

Umm...how does it look? No Games...is my power supply ok?

Opines please.

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive)

Apollo AP-HD4670 256MB Radeon HD 4670 256MB 128-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

(12 gigs total)
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9

DFI LANPARTY JR X58-T3H6 LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

April 12, 2009 3:33:57 AM

It looks pretty good, I would probably make a few small changes:

Drop one of thse sets of ram, you won't need 12gb I don't think, read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-module-upgra...
And get this kit instead (faster and cheaper): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get this PSU (for the possiblility to expand): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Upgrade the GPU to a 4830 (just a few bucks more, much better): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get two of these drives in raid 0 instead of the Vrap (will be just as fast if not faster, and more space): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And I would get this MB (higher quality): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

What case will you be putting this in?
April 12, 2009 3:48:45 AM

Wow...great response thanks.....I thought the 12gb may have been a little to much

The case is a Thermaltake Lanbox.....the black one with the handle, I already bought it.

Ohhh...raid 0 sweet...I like

I'll check the gpu of a 4830....only video, is a little hdtv and perhaps some real light 3d modeling

Is this micro lan party board ok?

Edit: Disregard that mb question....the one you recommended is Waaay better thanks....good price too.

I'm going to have a kick azzzze portable development platform now. :D 
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April 12, 2009 3:51:08 AM

the original gfx card is fine... maybe more than you need

6 gigs is too much RAM , but not as wasteful as 12 .


forget the velociraptor , they are only a fraction faster than wd black series or samsungs latest drives
April 12, 2009 3:57:17 AM

Its ok, but I would get the Asus board that I linked because Asus has very good build quality boards.

The lanbox you have won't allow for the raid 0 setup :(  only 2 HDD bays. So I guess just stick with your original plan with the Vrap, but honestly I don't think the Vrap is worth it, you don't get that much more speed out of them than you will from your data drive.
April 12, 2009 4:09:47 AM

Hey, xthekidx.....I could give up the large drive and go external for that....if I did that would your raid 0 setup be the way to go ... with your Asus board.?

Help a non-computer building engineer out. :D 
April 12, 2009 4:17:31 AM

The DFI board would be fine too if the Asus board is too much for you, but the Asus is higher quality and has better features than the DFI, asus has always been good to me. I would go with the raid setup if you can make it work.
April 12, 2009 4:34:08 AM

Thanks for the input ..... if you ever need input on a street legal dirt bike, just ask :D 

Asus it is, that combo price is good, 2x 320gb raid is plenty for my intended purpose......faster than the velocitRaptor...huh....this user would have never guessed....I'm going with your suggestion.

Real nice forum you guys got....Thanks.

I may check in again on occasion. :D 

Edit: Checking in with a new "Final" build and I got it under $1000 which was my goal.
April 13, 2009 1:47:21 AM

Ok after doing some research, I'm confident I can set up a raid 0. But as a fall back I emailed my IT guy at the company I work at and he said he would help me if need be.....he was rather amused that I was building a business machine in a lanbox. :lol: 

After reading the instructions for my lanbox today, I found out a hd can be installed in the extra 5 1/4" optical drive slot and is configured for doing this.....so I have a place to install a future 3rd large data drive, which is beyond my current budget.

Here's what I came up with after more research and advice given....also my price point of about $1k (per wife today :non:  ) .... the operating system will be Vista Business 64, which I can get for free from work....shhh....Hey I'll be using it for work.



Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 uATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (A total of Two set up in raid 0)

LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model iHAS222-06 - OEM

3 each - OKGEAR 18" SATA II Cable Model GC18ARM12


Total Cost at New Egg = $ 993.89 ....yeah I cut it close. :D 

Not including $65 in mail in rebates...if I ever see them.

I think this will make a nice custom upgradeable development platform.


Am I missing anything??

Opines ???
April 13, 2009 2:38:39 AM

xthekidx said:
The DFI board would be fine too if the Asus board is too much for you, but the Asus is higher quality and has better features than the DFI, asus has always been good to me. I would go with the raid setup if you can make it work.


Asus higher quality than DFI? I know a few thousand people who would disagree.
April 13, 2009 2:48:48 AM

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Asus higher quality than DFI? I know a few thousand people who would disagree.


What about these two boards.....any significant difference? Or is it just a Ford / Chevy thing.
April 13, 2009 3:06:25 AM

Finger Mullet said:
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Asus higher quality than DFI? I know a few thousand people who would disagree.


What about these two boards.....any significant difference? Or is it just a Ford / Chevy thing.


Well, as a person who's owned both Ford and GM products, that's not a good way to ask ME (all my Fords died from cooling issues). But yeh, it's kind of like an EVGA vs BFG thing.
April 13, 2009 3:28:33 AM

lol....ok

Well I take your lack of response to my revised list of selected components..... I'm ok and can order said parts from newegg. :whistle: 
April 13, 2009 7:14:17 AM

Yeah it looks good to me.
April 14, 2009 4:21:43 AM

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Yeah it looks good to me.


Thanks xthekidx, all parts ordered and should have em this thursday for a weekend build.

Just because of your helpfulness I added my typical internet avatar.....I like yours btw. :lol: 
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