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January 1, 2011 8:14:00 PM

Ok, so i have a few very interesting questions..... I once again will be headed back to afghanistan... I will be the "system administrator" for our internet down range this time. That entails obtaining a satalite, and, all else... dont want to bore, but we will not be in hard billits, Meaning in a soft tent... and lots of sand. Therefore, I will be building a rig, not crazy expensive, however i need it to be as sealed as possible, or will the filters just have to be cleaned that much more often. Now i also thought about a liquid cooled, to cut down on the sand in key pieces, however this one is warping me. I dont need an insane graphics card, however i will be running dual monitors... one to keep and eye on the network, and the other for me to "play". I need a case, and some recomendations for cooling, graphics, and ram. I am leaning toward a phenom II processor, but i cant help but look at the new i7, either will be overclocked. I also am looking toward a ssd as my boot, and at least 6 terr in the bays to set up a "share drive" on the router... Any recomendations would be great, and Yes i know this is definatly not ideal conditions for any rig, however a mid tower would be recomended, as i need to move at least three to four times over the next year. Any help would be necessary. im in the american army... and the internet is not a necessity, it is a desire. I am in avation... so we go to forward operating bases, (fobs). If i could help provide internet to my platoon, i will. I have already done one deployment, and a civilian ran it last time... horribly might i add. I can run it better, i just need a build that will withstand the sand, and still be semi cheap...
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January 1, 2011 10:12:07 PM

WHen the bottleneck is/will be internet via satellite, overclocking quickly becomes somewhat pointless....

Intel i7 runs cooler and faster than any Phenom X4/X6, and would be a good starting point...; practically any modern graphics card supports dual monitors these days.

If the camp/outpost will be wired, folks sharing movies on a shared drive might be useful. Best Buy has 2/4/6 TB NAS servers reasonably priced...; you'd be hard pressed to assemble a midtower with equal capacity for less, if the goal a pure movie storage site.

Please dont let them try to stream via sat channel!
January 2, 2011 1:01:11 AM

that i do know... there will be no streaming. thank you mdd. however, the tower is not pure movie storage... it will be a share drive, as well as my personel, "gaming" rig. i was hoping to..."raid" the drives togeather for the share....I plan on spending about a grand to build, and upgrading when i get home. I am just worried about what its going to take to keep it cool. we have issues with 110 deg in the shade during the summer... we actually see snow durring the winter, however the heat is going to do a lot of dammage... i need a few ideas for an efficient build... i appreciate the i7 advice, and i was leaning more towards it as i reasearched more, and more... the overclocking will be for me. If anyone happens to know about networking, an idea for a good router might be nice... and i have cat 6 cable... lol the army does have some supplies they let us use...
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January 2, 2011 1:26:54 AM

I'd suggest a case with air filters to keep most of the sand out such as the DF-35. After that I concentrated on run cool comp0nents .... the HD for example runs substantially cooler than the competition. W/o a budget I took a shot at $1500-1600

Case - $90 - Antec DF-85
Case Fans - $15 - Antec 120 mm Fan
PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850
MoBo - $200 - Asus Sabertooth
CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $110 - 3 x 2GB Mushkin CAS 7
GFX - $230 - EVGA GTX 460 SC
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $70 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $19 - ASUS 24X DVD Writer
OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro
Monitor - $190 - ASUS VH242H1920x1080
Keyboard - $45 - Logitech G110
Mouse - $30 - Logitech MX-518

Cost $1,589 w/o any combo discounts

January 2, 2011 4:22:58 AM

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-60GBP2 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...

is a combo from new egg, but i am not sure that that is right for me?? i need 6-8 ter of memory in add to the ssd. and i think i need a "raid" card... pardon the ignorance. and will the power unit push all of the hard drives?? and im not sure i need all of the 460 graphics card... once again, i do not mean to question the advice of others, but once again pardon my ignorance, but i always want to know why...