I've been visiting Tom's Hardware for years, but just now I've created a user account and this is my very first post here.
I'm planning on buying a new computer before year's end to replace my current Intel Core 2 Duo based system. I think I'm quite confident on what to buy, but perhaps I'm making some (obvious) mistakes I didn't think of and am wondering if there's anything you'd do differently.
Beforehand, here are the key thoughts while compiling the list of components:
- System needs to be upgradeable for years to come (i.e. add memory, upgrade CPU, etc.)
- System silence is absolute key
- The smaller the case, the better; good looks important, too
- No overclocking - ever
- I have no TV; system is my TV (with analog cable input)
- Must be able to run OS X if required in the future
- Usage purpose: audio/video editing, TV/movie/video watching, web/mail/office, torrents, music listening
- Budget: < 1000 euros (for new parts; I will migrate some old parts; see below)
The challenge thus is to get the system as small and silent as possible, yet still having brute force power.
In the Netherlands (where I live) I would be able to purchase the new parts in various stores for a total of 896 euros.
Here's what's migrating:
- HDD: OCZ Vertex Turbo (30GB)
- HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS (1.0TB)
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT (1GB)
- Audio: M-Audio Delta 44
- Optical: NEC ND-3500AG
- Monitor: BenQ FP241W 24" (P-MVA)
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 UK
- Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, etc.
The two main worries I currently have are CPU cooling and memory related. Firstly, I'm not sure if the Scythe Katana 3 would actually fit the Lian-Li case. And secondly, I'm not sure if I've selected the absolute right memory. Sure, it'll be compatible and it'll work, but I'm not sure if I selected the fasted memory for that price. I have no clue if I should match FSB with memory clocks or not - I don't have good knowledge about that, unfortunately.
Well, that's it. Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to reading your respected opinions.
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The Caviar green is extremely silent, but it idles at 5400 RPM and that makes it a very slow HDD. Consider a full 7200 RPM one like the Caviar Black or the samsung spinpoint F3. Less silent, but faster. Depends on your priority of course.
The GPU is very weak, but if you're not gaming that's not an issue. Other than that, it's a great setup.