I built this machine on October 19 2010. It runs and powered right up using some advice I got on this board and others plus some uncommon good sense thrown in for good measure. Everything works! All the connections went in properly and the assembly was actually pretty easy. I don't do this for a living, so I don't have a ton of experience to call upon. The WEI came out at 5.9 with the bottleneck being the WD HDD. If anyone has any comments, criticisms or questions, I'd like to hear them.
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AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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I think the 3 Moderators have summed it up pretty much & asked the "right" questions.
I would like to add upon on what aford10 said, 8GB of memory is overkill with your setup (CPU to RAM... Meaning any program requiring 8GB of memory will be bottlenecked by your CPU). Here is a good little video discussing the concept of "bottlenecking"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGdo75gasaQ&feature=yout...
Not a bad system at all. As long as it's fun, it means you should keep on doing it.
Don't worry about the 5.9 WEI score for the HDD, as you'll only get above that with a SSD. I have a V. Raptor and it only scores a 5.9 as well, so it's a bit of a tainted scoring system if you ask me.
What are your plans for it, i.e. some gaming, Internet, Office apps, etc...?
Thanks for the overview. My intentions are gaming, gaming and gaming. The laptop I will use for internet and word stuff. I see that some people have said that 8 GB is too much memory. Why? Because it won't be used? My Win7 promptly gobbled up a nice chunk of memory for it's own use. Actually about a gig of it. I guess it figured it was available so it took it. Good lesson here. Don't leave your keys in your car.
About the game(s): Presently I am using the INTERLINK G 5.5 Flight Simulator with ALL of the bells and whistles turned on. I am a fan of the OLD Mech Warrior game but I don't have it any longer and I am not sure if it would run on Win7 anyway. Comments? Critcisms? Spooky Shoes
Eh, if the RAM was available for a good deal, there's no harm in going with 8GB. Most on here will say that 4GB is enough, which it is for most uses. However, if you like to keep a lot of programs running in the system tray and use a lot desktop gadgets, it doesn't hurt at all if you ask me. I've got 8GB in my desktop that runs W7 and needless to say, it eats about 2GB at idle due to all of the gadgets and background apps I have going. I could cut down, but that's no fun. Plus, it comes in handy when I'm messing around with various image/3d app producing software all at once.
In sum, I think it's a good idea, especially if you get into software that eats a lot of RAM down the road.
I've personally had good luck with Earthwatts PSU's, as I still have a 650 watt model that I used in a previous build and it lasted me a good 2 years and it still works. I do agree with the others about the HDD though, as if you want some more performance down the line, it may be wise to invest in a Caviar Black model or even a Spinmaster. Heck, if you can find a V. Raptor for a good deal, you can always go with that.
I'm currently on a build with the same board. Would sata III (6mb) drives solve this problem? I plan on using a sataIII ssd as boot with two 1tb sataIII hdd's in raid 1 for storage. Does this sound do-able? My 2 cents