Hello everyone, straight off I would like to thank the community as I have been pouring through the forums and articles for a week now and have learned so much, so thanks.
I have selected most of the parts based on the builds from the forum so I hope it looks good.
What makes this build unique will be my case (antique radio – more info below) and I’m hoping to back up my growing vinyl collection.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week
BUDGET RANGE: approx. $1600-1700 Canadian after Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MS Office [Excel – Regression Analysis, simulations], recording vinyl, surfing the internet, watching movies, light gaming- Starcraft II
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
OS-Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
2X Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – RAID 0
Case – See “Additional Comments”
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, bestdirect.ca - Flexible
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: What ever works best
OVERCLOCKING: likely in the future for fun
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
I should note that the case I will be using is going to be an old vintage tombstone radio which I will be customizing. Here is a link of a photo: Victor Radio Model 122
Because of this I will have some heat and acoustic vibration concerns to keep in mind. I will need cooling fans and quieter parts if possible.
Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler - $70 SpinQ
NEC Display Solutions EA231WMI-BK Black 23" 14ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $330 EA231WMi
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $24 DVD Drive
The total comes in at around $1630 Canadian before rebates.
I know the Heat sink is most likely a terrible pick but it just looked so cool.
1) I’m most interested in the compatibility of the components
a. Will the PSU handle everything?
b. Do I have room for my sound card?
c. Any obvious mistakes?
2) Do I even stand a chance at getting this thing in the radio case (inside dimensions are 16L X 12W X 8.5 inches). I will be performing several customizations and would love to get some recommendations and feedback.
1) Parts are compatible, but do take into considerations the CPUs that I have listed...
a. PSU is a very good one, but like I said, a modular one is better...
b. Why do you need sound card ?? Onboard sound these days perform very good...
c. No obvious mistakes but for a small enclosure like that one, going with low power parts is better suited...
2) Would need a lot of planning and creativity from your side to fit Full sized parts in that enclosure...
I hadn't put much thought into either the i5 750 or the i7 860, I will take a look. Would the heat and power difference be significant between those CPU's and the i7-930, or could a couple more fans keep everything cool?
I will have to research a modular PSU.
I did look at the Dell U2311H and I'm still debating it. The one issue I had was on this site comparing the "Playback: 1080 source" Digitalversus.com
I really like the sound card, it has a Burr-Brown digital audio converter (DAC) in it that will produce a much more full sound through my stereo system. It should also allow my vinyl to record from analogue to digital more cleanly.
And yes it will definitely require an abundance of creativity but I have been dreaming about it and I'm sure I can make it work.
^As for your concern about the socket, even LGA 1366 would be replaced in a year with a new socket...
But the LGA 1366 would get 6-Cores though...
Like I said, heat would be a main concern here...If that enclosure will be able to handle it, then its fine with i7 930...
And a little more powerful PSU if you want,...
XFX 650W http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|17-207-007^17-207-007-TS,17-207-002^17-207-002-TS