Budget Media PC - first build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:As soon as i have the funds
BUDGET RANGE: around 900-1100 AUD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies, storing media, Browsing and downloading

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, all the excess junk

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: gocomp or Umart COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel over AMD. Also for what i need a s775 duel core should be all i need.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: It will be a HDMI TV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My biggest thing is i want to run 6 1TB drives in a single RAID 5 Array (plus a lil one for OS not is array) so i need 8 SATA ports

Again im looking to do it pretty much as cheap as possible

Any suggestions would be great im having trouble working out the best combination of board and CPU.

Cheers
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  1. Do you need the 6 1TB drives included in the buget? Becasue if they need to be included, then there are a few difficulties i've encountered, but here goes with the explanation.
    Aside from the going over budget a bit, the major problem is the number of Sata ports you need. There are basically 2 routes you can go down.

    1.
    I've stuck with intel, as imo the basic CPU, the G6950 is a great processor, really low power consumption, cool running, and (if you need it to) overclock to ridiculous speeds.
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/06/24/intel-pentium-g6950-cpu-review/8

    The main reason for the move to intel is that the cheapest board with 8 sata prots i can find on it is the

    MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 - $162.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II05986&catpath=0_20_258

    CPU - Intel i3 G6950 2.8GHz - $108.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06281&catpath=0_9_80_249

    As the mobo has a P55 chipset, you cant use the onboard GPU of the CPU, so a graphics card needs to be bought

    GPU - Power Colour AX5450-1GB - $55.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06959&catpath=0_32_140_143
    This will be more than enough for hd videos, general use etc, but dont expect to game

    RAM - OCZ 2GB DDR3 1333MHz 8-8-8 - $62.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06900&catpath=0_18_95
    I've gone with only 2GB ram, as unless you are heavily multitasking, 2 will suffice, and it keeps the cost down

    CASE - CoolerMaster Elite 335 - $53.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II04204&catpath=0_7_77
    This will house all 7 hdds, and is a really nice quality

    HDD - 6x Seagate 7200.12 1TB - 6x $85.00 = $510.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II04365&catpath=0_14_88
    The Samsung Spinpoints are more expensive on the site, so i've gone with these

    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 500GB - $53.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II03481&catpath=0_14_88
    OS drive

    PSU - Corsair VX-450 450W - $86.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II03762&catpath=0_7_78
    As you dont have a big GPU to run ,this psu is still too much, but its the cheapest best make on the site, and hase lots of connectors. However it only has 6 sata connectors, so you will need to buy 2 molex to sata connectors to run the last 2 drives
    (ebay job)

    OPTICAL - Samsung SH-S223F 20x SATA DVD Writer Black - £25.75
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06384&catpath=0_10_179

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (OEM) - $109.80
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II05240&catpath=0_28_134
    I've gone with 64 bit, as if you want to add 2gb ram later, then it allows you to use all of it.

    This all comes out to a grand total of $1223 (over buget)

    2.
    The other option is to buy a PCi sata expansion card, however i'm not sure how these cheap no bard cards will interface with the Raid array.
    If you decide on this route, then you can buy a cheaper H55 chipset intel board, with onboard graphics, saving money.

    SATA card - PCI Sata Card 4 Port Skymaster - $36.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II04918

    MOBO - Asus P7H55-M Motherboard - $114.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06931&catpath=0_20_258
    Excellent H55 chipset board

    CPU - Intel i3 G6950 2.8GHz - $108.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06281&catpath=0_9_80_249

    RAM - OCZ 2GB DDR3 1333MHz 8-8-8 - $62.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06900&catpath=0_18_95
    I've gone with only 2GB ram, as unless you are heavily multitasking, 2 will suffice, and it keeps the cost down

    CASE - CoolerMaster Elite 335 - $53.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II04204&catpath=0_7_77
    This will house all 7 hdds, and is a really nice quality

    HDD - 6x Seagate 7200.12 1TB - 6x $85.00 = $510.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II04365&catpath=0_14_88
    The Samsung Spinpoints are more expensive on the site, so i've gone with these

    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 500GB - $53.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II03481&catpath=0_14_88
    OS drive

    PSU - Corsair VX-450 450W - $86.00
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II03762&catpath=0_7_78
    As you dont have a big GPU to run ,this psu is still too much, but its the cheapest best make on the site, and hase lots of connectors. However it only has 6 sata connectors, so you will need to buy 2 molex to sata connectors to run the last 2 drives
    (ebay job)

    OPTICAL - Samsung SH-S223F 20x SATA DVD Writer Black - £25.75
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II06384&catpath=0_10_179

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (OEM) - $109.80
    http://www.gocomp.com.au/index.php?cpath=productinfo&pid=II05240&catpath=0_28_134
    I've gone with 64 bit, as if you want to add 2gb ram later, then it allows you to use all of it.

    This all comes out to a grand total of $1157.55 (still over budget i know)

    AMD builds are possible, but the vast majority of the cheaper boards only come with 4/5 sata connectors, so that is why i have stuck with intel.
    If you already have the 6 1TB drives, then this is not an issue, and i would go with my 1st build, as you get a better mobo, with decent on-board raid capabilities.

    Hope this helps!
  2. Cheers.

    I think im going to run something similar to option 1.

    Just so that you know the H55 chipset doesn't run RAID.
  3. tock90 said:
    Cheers.

    I think im going to run something similar to option 1.

    Just so that you know the H55 chipset doesn't run RAID.


    Ah, i knew i had missed something, there was something bugging me in the back of my head on the differences between H55 and H57, cheers!

    Hope the info helps
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