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Budget PC with SSD boot device

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February 20, 2010 11:47:53 PM

I'm looking to build a new office pc with some existing parts + a 30-40GB SSD to run the OS and applications off of, along with an HDD for pure data storage.

Here are the components I have already:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC GF9300-A-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel PWLA8391GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So, my concerns are a few things..

  • Would upgrading to an MLC SSD as the primary boot device be worth it with that motherboard/cpu?
  • If not, should I upgrade the motherboard/cpu/ram to the newer Intel chipset with DDR3 support? I'd rather not if I don't have to, since I already have 4GB of DDR2 ram, an LGA 775 board, and an E6600 C2Duo. I think that the Conroe CPU should be fast enough for my needs.
  • I should probably get a dedicated video card too, instead of integrated. Can anyone recommend a good card that runs quiet and with low power consumption?
  • I'm looking for a nice black, aluminum case with enough room and cooling capabilities, and a quiet PSU. I want the case to be simple and clean; no flashing LED lights, etc.
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    February 21, 2010 12:50:17 AM

    1. Its worth depends on your budget. The mobo/CPU won't bottleneck it though.
    2. No need to upgrade yet. This will be fine for an office build for another few years.
    3. Why would you need a dedicated card? Just wondering.
    4. Budget for case + PSU?
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    February 21, 2010 6:51:07 AM

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    3. Why would you need a dedicated card? Just wondering.


    Well, sometimes I will be playing media; flash content, youtube, movies (DiVx, DVD, etc). I suppose the IGP would suffice though. I can always buy a dedicated card later.

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    4. Budget for case + PSU?


    I'm thinking below $150 for both. $100- would be ideal.
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    February 21, 2010 10:08:02 AM

    That's true. If I were you, I'd see if I was comfortable with the IGP first.

    Inexpensive aluminum cases are hard to come by. This combo is probably the best I can do at $110. Unfortunately only the bezel is aluminum; the rest is steel. If you want an all aluminum case, I recommend this case and this PSU or, if you have the money this PSU. The case + first PSU (380W) will set you back $120, the case + second PSU (600W), $155. The second PSU does have a $25 MiR though, and if you receive it, that option would be worth the $130. The first PSU might struggle if you add a graphics card, depending on the card's power draw. If, in the future, you get something like a low-profile HD 5450, the 380W PSU should be fine.
    If you don't need a tower case, this is another option at $94, but you might want to read the reviews to determine the quality of the included PSU.

    And one thing I was wondering. How is that RAM setup working for you? I've never tried mixing different brands. Do your G. Skill sticks still run in dual channel or is it automatically disabled?
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    February 22, 2010 4:39:34 AM

    margincall said:
    I really like this Fractal Design - Define R2 case, but it's not yet available here in the US as far as I can tell.
    http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&...
    http://www.quietpc.com/files/images/products/fd-definer2-side-large.jpg

    Another case I'm eying is the Thermaltake Element S VK60001N2Z Black SECC ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.pureoverclock.com/images/review/cases/thermaltake_elements/thermaltake_elements_26.jpg


    Wow, that Fractal Design case looks great.
    But if aluminum is no longer a conern, take a look at the Lancool K62 and the CM690 II. Both cost ~$100 and have great features.

    The K62:





    The CM690 II:



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    February 22, 2010 6:53:12 PM

    Thanks for those suggestions. The K62 looks pretty nice.

    SECC is pretty decent material, right?
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