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Critique needed on these build parts

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Norman, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    Want to upgrade most of the internals. I could use a new hard drive, but I don't need anything huge. I probably have maybe 2 or 3 gigs in music, and I don't keep a lot of games on the computer. So a smaller, faster harddrive would be best. I don't want overclocking speed, I just want something that is fast in stock mode. Reliable. Will last a good 4 or 5 years.

    Here's what I'm thinking:

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHZ LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 ($165)

    Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard ($115)

    RAM: G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK ($40)

    Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card ($125)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800JD 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s ($37)


    So far looking at about $482 for the above. I've built one or two in the past, but it's been at least 6 or 7 years since the last one, and I've forgotten most of it and/or been left behind. Is all of this compatible? Is it a good bang-for-buck setup?


    Question on the RAM... my motherboard specs call for DDR2 1200. Will DDR2 1066 screw something up? Is it worthwhile to spend twice as much and get 1200 RAM?

    Question on the Hard Drive... what is SATA? I think mine have been IDE in the past. Is it a different connecting system? Is this better than IDE? Will my motherboard support SATA?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

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    Just my 2 cents. :wavey:
     


  3. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    'preciate that, Sir. Thank you.

    Others also welcome to add their .02
     
  4. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    By the way, Havensal, any idea if my motherboard will play nice with a SATA hard drive?
     
  5. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

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    Yep, you can even set up a RAID if you want. :cool:


    You do realize that there is no VGA on that video card, right. :wavey:

    Spend a few more bux and get a bigger HDD, it's a cheap upgrade.
     
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  6. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    Isn't that best left to the Only Ones Professional Enough at the DEA? :supergrin:
     
  7. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    No, but what does that mean for me?
     
  8. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

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    What inputs does your monitor have? VGA or DVI? If no DVI, you're going to need to upgrade you monitor or pick a different VC.
     
  9. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    I have both "analog" and "digital" on my monitor. It's a Dell Ultrasharp.
     
  10. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

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    Never mind, it comes with a DVI to VGA/D-sub Adapter. You're all set.
     
  11. Big Al 24

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    Seems like a great setup. I would also agree that you should get a larger hard drive just because you can. Smaller is not always faster and this drive is considered small nowadays.

    Here is one that is twice as large for $4 more that the one you have listed.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148230

    I love EVGA products because of the lifetime warranty and great customer service so bravo on that vid card.

    What PSU are you using with this combo? It's the only thing I don't see listed.
     
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  12. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    Power Supply? I have an aluminum Lian-Li case with some mac-daddy PSU from my last build about 7 years ago I haven't used in a little while. I don't remember what it is. If it's no good due to old age, I'll order another PSU. I'm assuming we're talking power supply. The one thing I could use suggestions on are silent fans. I want bloody silence. I don't want a turboprop at takeoff like the fans I use to run. Good lord.
     
  13. IndyGunFreak

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    I'll second that it looks halfway decent to me, my question mark comes w/ the brand of memory. I've never heard of GSkill. This isn't to say its bad, but I'm a creature of habit when it comes to my builds, and always use Kingston or Crucial, w/o exception.

    Asus motherboards are solid, I don't think you'll have any problems with it.

    Definitely take the advice on the larger hard drive... Its just silly to get one that small nowdays.

    IGF
     
  14. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    GSkill seems to be highly praised on Newegg. Had the highest marks and the most reviews for memory. I feel confident trusting the Newegg community. As for the hard drive, I just checked what I'm running in my system. It is a 100Gb hard drive, and I've only used 33Gb. I feel safe with an 70-90Gb, I really am not loading a lot of software on my computers, or games. This one is to be kept light and fast. After all, I have a large external hard drive if I need it. And I've never even used it.
     
  15. RaiderRodney

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    Get you a nice 500 watt OCZ or Antec power supply and you should be good to go. Corsair, GSkill and OCZ all make good ram...I usually get whatever is on sale at newegg for builds ;)

    I'd agree with all here about getting a larger HD...only a few bucks more and will do you oh so longer :)

    Good luck, looks like some nice choices on parts...and I love Lian Li cases by the way ;)
     
  16. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Just me, but I'd spend a few more bucks for the Q6600 quad over a fairly plebian Core 2.

    :wavey:
     
  17. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    It's a $25 upgrade to go with the Q6600, and I just don't see myself running anything intensive enough to warrant the need for a Quad. I just need to get back to the modern times here with equipment. And I need to do it kind of on the cheap.
     
  18. powasky

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    Norman-

    What OS are you running? I'd up the RAM as much as you could; get 3 gigs if you only have a 32 bit OS and up it to 4 if you've got 64 bit.
     
  19. jilverthor

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    I would suggest 4 GB regardless of the current plans for a 32 bit or 64 bit OS. (Make sure it is 2x2GB sticks). If you hope for the computer to last several years, it is likely that you will at some point need more RAM (the follow-on to Windows 7 will be 64bit only). By starting with 2GB sticks instead of 1GB sticks, you can upgrade without having to replace the memory.

    Also, the power supply may be just a bit too old for the motherboard but I am not sure. The two things I would look for are make sure it has all of the required connectors (both for the motherboard and for the drives), and that is rated for a high enough power based on the specs for each component.

    Just my 0.02 Cents
     
  20. Norman

    Norman Non nobis CLM

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    You're right about RAM. I might as well go to 2x2 for 4gigs.