I hadntheard of your cpu cooler so i took a look on the frostytech and found this review http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=239...
Its not a bad cooler but the comparisons at the end of the article show there are better and/or quieter coolers . I guess it depends on the price .
Id be tempted to have a couple of smaller hard drives for back ups . But you might need all the space
Thanks for the link it was very informative, I was thinking of getting the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366/775 but I would need to get a 120mm fan for it and there in itself is another whole world of hurt wading through the internet looking for the quietest with the best cooling rate etc etc.
I was aware the dual fans might make it a bit noisier however at 49 db according to the review on the link you gave me it seems to be middle of the pack and for $76AUD I was pretty happy with the price. The quieter coolers seemed to be geared for the lower end cpus as well so I think ill stick with this unless someone can give me a better solution.
There is so much information out there I feel I just need to bite the bullet and purchase what I have listed but it will be a system I will be keeping for a long time, my last one saw me through 9 years so hopefully this one will too. I just want to get it right.
I was thinking of getting the smaller hard drives too and am still tossing this one around in my head What would ppl suggest for smaller HDDs as the space is not really needed that much. I was thinking a couple of Western Digital 500G SATAII 7200rpm HDD 32M Green Power$66AUD each and Raid 0 them... yea or no???
Thanks very much for the input so far please keep it up
Outlander is correct about the drives and RAID 0, the next "step up" in drive performance is SSD, but you will be paying significantly more per gigabyte of storage if you are interested in going that route. At this point, it isn't really feasible to use a single SSD for all your storage needs as the largest capacity ones get very expensive. Most people who have decided to adopt SSDs early use a 60GB drive for OS and apps, and then a secondary drive for storage needs.
Also, there are very few SSDs out right now that have performance that justify their high costs. Most notably, the intel G2 and OCZ Vertex.
The Caviar Blacks are nice drives, but the F3 and 7200.12 did beat them with their higher density per platter. Regardless, I still favor the Caviar Blacks currently since they have a very good track record right now, and still have top notch application performance.
The latest Caviar Blacks announced about a week ago will reclaim the performance crown supposedly, they will have 2 TB capacity, and introduce some new tech in their actuator engineering. With a price tag of $300 though, they'll be hard to recommend until the prices get more realistic. There hasn't been any news yet if WD will release a 500GB platter based 500GB drive or 1TB drive to compete directly with the 7200.12 and F3s.