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September 9, 2010 7:52:03 PM

Building an Administrative PC to replace several P4's that need to get recycled.

Additional hardware details:

1. PCI SCCI card
2. DDS3 DAT drive for backups
3. (2) SATA drives at first but maybe 2 more for storage later on
4. Comm or USB to serial port for Console access to devices

Usage details:
1. Hold backups
2. 32 bit OS right now
3. MS Virtual Server 2005 R2 - Several clients with legacy Dos applicaitons (DOS, WfW, Win9x) used for assisting / testing

Parts from NewEgg:

ASUS M4N68T-M AM3 NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


Any comments appreciated!
- Better motherboard?
- Power supply over kill?

Thanks

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September 9, 2010 8:09:03 PM

1. Yes. A better mother board would help. The 630a is an ancient chipset now. At least get a 785G.

2. 650W is way over kill. A quality 400-450W like a Corsair 450VX will do fine.

3. I have no idea if not having L3 cache will hinder your applications, but usually it dosen't so you MAY be able to swap the CPU to an Athlon II X4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That will save you $35: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. You may want to use hot swappable HDDs for back up. Imo, DDS is ancient. According to specs on Wiki the write speed for DDS3 is only 1.1MB/s. I have no idea what kind of data,etc you are dealing with, but a current gen SATA drives would do you wonders if doing frequent and large backups.
September 9, 2010 8:27:46 PM

Thanks for the reply.

1. I will explore a new MB tonight and post back.

2. I figured, I will find a 500W then.

3. I'll probably stick with the Phenom 2 processor unless someone says there is a better choice.

4. Understand DDS3 is old but it is used for backups of pictures and runs nightly incrementals so speed is of no issue. Tapes are used for offsite storage in case of onsite disaster.
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