I got a P2 300 128ram voodoo3 3000, and needless to say it's showing age... so i decided to upgrade. Well, I want to get a new CPU, which means i need a new motherboard, which makes my welded-into-mobo-or-somethin-soundcard obsoloete, and the RAM can prolly use replacing too, or at least an upgrade to 256. So I want to basically assemble a barebone system on my own that will be TOP of the line, and still reasonable in price for an *upgrade*.
Some alternative components:
-300W Fortron-Source - $35
-THEON CyClone 5000 ATX Mid-Tower ATX Case w/fans - $139.95 - http://www.coolerguys.com/CPUCOOL/cases.htm#cycl (scroll to the CyClone, 3rd case down, last one actually)
-MSI or ASUS mobo...
Now, my questions are:
1. Is this a good config for a barebone, or would you recommend changing anything?
2. Will it all work out with my current system components that I want to keep from my old PC?
3. Do I need anything else? This is my first time building a PC, so I don't know what wires, fans, or anything else I'll need that doesn't come with what I wrote above...
I've gotten mixed feelings about the Case and fans... I want something fairly quiet, expandable, but obviousely something that will stay cool enough. I'm not a big overclocker, in fact I never overclocked anything in this PC, but that's mainly because I didn't feel like modding the case with fans myself; or didn't want to risk it w/out the fans, so in my next system Overclocking is a good possiblity, tho not necessary... basically I don't want to have a jet engine sitting on my desk, with like 20 super loud fans... I want something quiet, which is why that one fan mentioned above *ultra-quiet* supposedly caught my eye. Is it good, will I need anything else BESIDES it? Or should I go with another one, or just a fan-case like the Cyclone one...? And lastly, I don't know how difficult it will be to install and even moreso to configure everything, so what should I have prepared with me (drivers-wise, etc, do they all come with the components when I buy them... or what?)
I considered the ASUS and MSI as well, originally I was planning on the newest ASUS, i forget the name, but then I was told a lot of good things about the MSI, and saw a good review; but if that wasn't enuff, someone told me about the Iwill, so i researched it, and:
- http://www2.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1424 (9/10 score, Abit, Asus, MSI got 8.5s =)
- http://www4.tomshardware.com/mainboard/01q1/010221/kt13... (this one mentiones around the middle that the kk266 Iwill and then some AOpen are two of his favorites)
So that drew the line for me, even though I know hardly anything about mobos.
Well, about the case tho, I am really drawn between that Cyclone case and the ADDTRONIC. The cyclone lookes more compact, obviousely much cooler in the windtunnel sort of way, but will I be able to control which fans to engage, disengage so as to keep noise level down? I heard I would NEED a fanbus or something to do that; will I? And if so, what's a good but reasonably priced one for the non-hardcore-overclocker?
Just a thought, you may want to upgrade that SB Live Value to an SB Live. Take your pick of X-Gamer or MP3+ versions, only difference is the software bundle. The reason I'm suggesting it is that the Value version does not have a digital input connector for your DVD drive. Since you don't mention an extravagent speaker system, perhaps it won't make a difference to you, but one of my coworkers bought one recently and was disappointed for that exact reason. It also won't add much to your overall cost.
There's some numbers in there that are a little high. I've seen someone posting the MSI G2 pro for $209+s/h. With a full tower, you should be able to bring that cost down into the mid/low 900's. I use 2 80's to spot-cool my vid card, and a couple of 120's and assorted to push air. Don't forget to budget in some good drill bits and cutoff disks if you're using the drill/dremel solution.
I'm sorry, not sure what you're refering to with drill bits, cutoff disks, drill/dremel
The FullTower case comes with 2 Rear 80mm fans I think, so I was gonna add a 92mm at the front; should I add more? Ppl tell me 1 is usually enuff... so I figure 3 should be good... is there a specific fan i can get to cool just the GEF2 Pro alone?
There's all kinds of mods you can do. The dremel is a little 30,000 rpm rotary tool which you used to cut metal with. A drill is a drill...is a drill...
I cut two holes in the side of my full tower case to mount 2 80mm fans just above my vid card. I have a 120mm fan on the front bottom intake, a 120 on the read top exhaust, and another 80mm exhaust just behind my cpu (there was a place already for it, so I just got some screws and mounted one). I also opened a small vent up at the front top for some airflow over my hard disk and cdrom/writer. I have two power supplies in the case, so I get some halfway decent airflow with the fans. I used a bunch of silicone and duct tape to close off all the minor losses on the case, and make things a little quieter.
Just figure out how you want your airflow in your case, and start cutting. You'll want your intakes on the bottom, no matter what you do, and your exhausts on the top.