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Critique my LAN Cafe build

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March 4, 2010 8:56:51 AM

I was thinking on building A LAN Center. I was going to have 16 of these:


Case: Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower

Mainboard: MSI 785GM-E51 AM3 MicroATX Mobo

RAM: 2 x 1GB G.Slill DDR3-1333 CAS8

GPU: PowerColor AX5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI-e 2.1x16 by ATI

PSU: CoolMax CUL-650B 650W Modular

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor @ 3.0GHz(may OC)

HDD: Seagate 500GB 16MB Cache 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Monitor: LG 18.5" 2ms widescreem DVI

Optical: LITE-ON SATA DVD-ROM iHDS118-04

Additional Cooling: AzenX Blitztorm Dual 70mm PCI slot fan (for GPU cooling)

OS: Windows 7 Professional x86

all that + speakers, headsets, keyboards and mice times 16 = 13,804.96 --

tell me what you think!!! Yay, Nay, suggestions???
March 4, 2010 9:56:17 AM

Hmm with a 19" 1440 x 900 LCD only one could get great frames with just a 9600GT and even better with a HD 4770 hehe Back calculating your individual configs cost $862.81 so how about getting start up costs way down with an 80+ PSU features, a tricore and a small footprint case to save shop space? $690 per rig

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March 4, 2010 10:09:15 AM

EDIT: dint refresh...

^ Well there are many places where you can improve the build...

1. PSU - IMO you wont need a 650W PSU and that also not a low quality one...
This would be my choice if you take into account mail-in-rebates
OCZ 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. What is the resolution of the monitors ? LG 18.5"
AFAIK the resolution of these are 1366X768...and for that resolution, the HD 5770 is an overkill...
A HD 5750 would suffice...Actually it can max out the settings of any of the current games at that resolution...

3. IMO you can change the CPU to X3 435...With an extra core, it would be better in multitasking as well...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. CASE - Go with a ATX mid tower...Will allow you to add ATX mobos too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. You can check out this mobo too...
ASRock 770 - Saves $20 for each mobo and offers nearly all the features sans the onboard video(anyways you will be using a discrete graphics card)
And as for quality even though they are not as good as ASUS/ Gigabyte, but still are good enough for a regular PC...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. RAM -
Crucial - Don't be fooled by the absence of the heatsinks and the higher CAS...these can easily run at 1600MHz CAS 8 if you overclock it...
And also DDR3 RAM run cooler so the absence of the heatsink wont matter...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 4, 2010 10:21:14 AM


At that price I would probably go for ASUS M4A77TD but if you want to stick to microATX I would go with ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO or GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H

I understand going with 2 GB is to save money but ..

I would go with the AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz for $7 more.

Spend those $24 on a case with good air flow instead of that PCI cooler, you could get a Cooler Master 590 or an Antec 300.

The Antec 300 comes with combos of reliable Antec EarthWatts PSUs that, not like your current choice of PSU, is unlikely to fry your system.

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March 11, 2010 6:01:45 PM

I have actually taken into account some of these suggestions... I may not have chosen the exact hardware you suggested, or gone in the exact direction you came up with, though....

I kept the same case, mobo, processor, and gpu, but I switched to a 450 watt Rosewill Stallion series psu found here.

the monitor I switched to a Hanns-G 21.5" HDMI that runs at 1920x1080 res (1080p) found here. so thus I would need the 5770. I might even need more than that, as my 4890 that I have in my own PC can barely run some games at that res, even though it benchmarks higher. And, the whole point of using 5xxx series is for the DX11 support, so between those 2 points, the nvidia card is totally out of the question, as is the 4770. That, and I have a general distaste for nvidia to begin with. I have never owned an nvidia product, and all my friends that did own them complained and whined about their decision due to issues. I have one friend who is satisfied with his GTX-260, and all the ones that owned 9xxx cards wouldn't stop griping.

and currently the 2.7 GHz tri-core has a limit as to how many you can buy in a 72 hour period (limit 5).... if I need 16 CPU's, it will take me over a week to acquire the necessary parts from NewEgg.... and that doesn't include shipping time. Also, not all games support multi-threading above 2 execution cores. Granted, the LAN client would probably run on the 3rd core, but still.... I would rather go straight to a quad, and monetary limitations hold me back, as I am going to be purchasing this with loan and federal grant money soz... I would keep it in mind for an upgrade in the future though, most definitely.

and a lot of those mobo's you suggested (lothdk) also have purchase caps on their quantities. as does gkay09's PSU, though those are brands I am Very familiar with and do like quite a bit (my mobo in my own PC is an ASUS - ASUS is awesome; just a little pricey for a LAN center). and the ASUS M4A77TD only supports ddr3 1066 unless you O.C. O.C. means more power consumption and shorter life of your hardware. and i want at least pc3 10666/10600. ddr3 1333 is a lot faster.

thanks for the suggestions, and keep 'em coming!!!
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March 12, 2010 1:59:32 AM

Once again, please go with another PSU, the new one you have chosen still have no active PFC, efficiency of >65% and is tested at 25°C, all these means this is not a PSU you want to buy, instead go with a CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX if you keep the setup you have right now, it is even $10 cheaper than the Rosewill after the mail-in rebate.

If you change the configuration and need more power but also do not want to buy the more expensive Corsair PSUs (or Seasonic) you could take a look at the OZC ModXStream.

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March 12, 2010 9:20:42 AM

^ That is a very good one...
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