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October 8, 2010 1:55:30 AM

How does this look for an administrative system to replace old P4? Will have 3 hard drives for data backup, SCSI card and old DAT3 drive.

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/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

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October 8, 2010 2:06:28 AM

Looks good, though this system could run easily on a 550W since you aren't using a video card.
October 8, 2010 4:36:00 AM

Good idea coleam45.

I think I might go with the Seasonic X-560 modular unit.

Always appreciate the comments!
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October 8, 2010 4:57:59 AM

I would suggest a setup like this if going below budget is fine -
CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz
Even for gaming the Phenoms only offer a slight advantage over the Athlons, so for other tasks, I doubt you would notice any significant performance difference...

CASE - Check out this combo if buying from newegg,...
CM 690 Black + CM Silent PRO 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
October 8, 2010 5:32:55 PM

Thanks for the tip but I am going to stick with the Phenom 2 as I might make it a backup VMWare ESXi box in the future and put some more memory in it.

Any more tips?
October 11, 2010 3:55:47 AM

^ Hmm,... then why not try the X6 1055T ? More cores would be beneficial for virtualization...
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