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September 30, 2011 9:35:42 PM

So I'm here looking for some advice. I have 2 computers 1 HPTC and one main.

The HPTC is getting old and needs an upgrade as it's starting to stuggle with some of the newer files coming through. On top of this my main PC is also dated now.

I figure buy a new main pc and move the old parts down.

Below is my current Main PC:

Coolermaster Praetorian (PAC-T01)
Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W (RP-500-PCAR)
Core 2 Duo E6300
ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
4Gb DDR2 400MHz (1Gb sticks)
GeForce 9600 GT
This is my HTPC:

Jeantech 450W (JN120F-450-AP) (See pic)
Zalman HD135 Case
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
GAMA69GM-S2H
4Gb DDR2 Ram (1Gb sticks)
On board Gfx (Radeon X1200 Series)
If possible I would like to keep the stuff below as part of the new build:

Coolermaster full alloy case (Will drill 120mm+ holes in needs be).
Coolermaster 500W power supply (Don't know if this is going to be meaty enough.
Nvidia 9600GT (I don't play games and I can't afford a workstation GFX card)
The HPTC currently uses onboard GFX so I will need to buy a new passive GFX card for that. I'm thinking "1GB Asus HD 6450 Silent".

So to business:

Bulldozer (Prob the 6core) Does anyone know when it is likely to hit the shops?
Asus Sabertooth 990FX
Antec Kúhler H2O 620 CPU Watercooler
2no. (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Racing Red, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 8-8-8-24, XMP, 1.5V
90GB Corsair Force Series 3, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD
How does this look? Last time I really looked into building a computers I was buying a core2 duo so I'm out of touch . I'm also not sure if the PSU will hold up to a spec like this.

I use the main PC for normal day to day stuff but also use it for work which involves: 3D studio max, Inventor, Revit and 3D studio max. Some of these are very heavy on RAM usage hence the 16gb (My work computer has 24Gb!)

I have a budget of about £600-700

Any help of advice would be great

Thanks,

Sniper.

P.S sorry if I put this in the wrong place :S
a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2011 9:50:36 PM

my suggestion would be to convert the old PC into the new HTPC, retire the current PC, and add a meatier GPU to the new system. even a GTS 450 would be a step up from the 9600.
September 30, 2011 9:57:19 PM

Thanks for the reply,

What would I get out of a better gfx card? I don't play games on my PC (Other the Angry birds and some old skool RTS).

I was thinking of sticking with the 9600 for now then in 6months getting a workstation GFX card like the nvidia Quadro. Their just sooo expensive!!

What do you think of the new build (GFX aside)?
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2011 10:12:37 PM

The GTS 450 is a CUDA enabled card, which may help in some of your work. You said you were considering a Quadro, this is a compromise card. The 9600 will make a good theater card.

I do worry about the old Nvidia chipset board though. Those ran hot and may not live too much longer as an HTPC.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2011 10:37:13 PM

Likely, your programs would be fastest on an i7 2600K. At least in 3DS Max.

I put this list together at http://www.scan.co.uk/




October 1, 2011 7:24:37 AM

Thanks, thats an interesting point about the gfx card I hadn't thought about.

Does anyone know when the Bulldozer chip is likely to be available to purchase?

I hadn't looked at the i7's because of the price. I'll have another look around on scan (it's where I was planning to buy from anyway)

Thanks.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 1, 2011 1:32:55 PM

Oct 12-16 is the latest expected release date
October 1, 2011 1:57:08 PM

Is that the date we can buy (give or take a day)?

I might as well re-address this build in 2-3weeks.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
October 1, 2011 8:27:43 PM

They have some supply issues though:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4894/amd-confirms-32nm-yi...

How that will affect price and availability is anyone's guess. My guess is that they have commitments to various partners that must be honored first, so it may be easier to buy a computer with Bulldozer than to assemble one.
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