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Building a new PC... thoughts?
    #3798696 - 02/18/05 03:47 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

Well it's time to upgrade my aging 1 GHz system. I'm trying to stay at or under $1,500 and build something with balanced performance for games, apps, AV editing, compiling, etc. I've been out of the PC market for a while so I had to do some research to pick components. I was just wondering if anybody has experience with the parts I'm thinking of getting and can offer suggestions or advice.

2 x Maxtor 6B250S0 250GB 7200RPM, 16MB SATA II w/NCQ Technology Model 6B250S0 OEM (for RAID 0)
$ 311

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ ADA3500BIBOX 2.2GHz Winchester Process 90nm 939Pins (Socket939) Retail Box (with Fan and Heatsink)
$ 276

Mushkin Hi Perf LII V2 2-2-2 Dual Pack 184-Pin 1GB(512MB x 2) DDR PC-3200 w/ Heatspreader, Model 991357 - Retail
$ 223

EVGA 128-P2-N368-TX GEFORCE 6600 GT 128MB DDR3 PCI-EXPRESS W/ CRT TVO & DVI
$ 179

ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE NFORCE4 SLI CHIPSET FOR AMD 939-PIN CPU
$ 175

Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1 Retail Two 2-way satellites 3-inch woofers 75-watt 35Hz-20kHz
$ 134

Antec Performance PLUS PLUS1080AMG SOHO File Server Case True430 PS
$ 125

Belkin Enterprise Series 900VA UPS
$ 100

Arctic Silver5 Thermal Paste
$ 6
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$1529

Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: Ythan]
    #3802646 - 02/19/05 07:29 AM (12 years, 4 days ago)

I would buy the motherboard and processor last minute if possible! Prices on processors drop like crazy these days, and you want a motherboard to go with it.

I would also check out http://www.tomshardware.com/ for some of ht ebest bang for your buck.


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: tak]
    #3802676 - 02/19/05 08:35 AM (12 years, 4 days ago)

You'll get more detailed answers here:

http://forums.anandtech.com
http://www.ocforums.com
http://www.pcper.com
http://forums.silentpcreview.com

SilentPCreview is my personal favorite.


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: daba]
    #3804292 - 02/19/05 09:02 PM (12 years, 4 days ago)

Read this article on RAID to see how overrated it is for a desktop machine.

http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2101

I'd say forget the RAID, just get one big SATA hard drive, and spend the extra money on a high-end vid card (That 6600 just isn't in the same class with the rest of the system).

(edit: anandtech's whole site just took a shit, but it might come up later. That IS the right url.)


Edited by supercollider (02/19/05 09:18 PM)


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: MarioNett]
    #3805829 - 02/20/05 05:04 AM (12 years, 3 days ago)

If you want some real speed go for a Raptor or Ultra320 drive for your main drive and an extra 250GB for space.


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3807889 - 02/20/05 07:51 PM (12 years, 3 days ago)

buy a mac, you pussy :P


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: BrAiN]
    #3809594 - 02/21/05 04:02 AM (12 years, 2 days ago)

:lol:

I agree, if I was a pussy a Mac would be the computer for me. Your mistake is the assumption I'm a pussy but thanks for the advice MAC HEAD!


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: Ythan]
    #3809713 - 02/21/05 05:11 AM (12 years, 2 days ago)

sorry... you're not a pussy.. you're a crazy hippie on PCP!!!!


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: BrAiN]
    #3809718 - 02/21/05 05:18 AM (12 years, 2 days ago)

I resent that comment. I'm no hippie I like war and hate not peace and love. And I use


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: Ythan]
    #3809816 - 02/21/05 07:59 AM (12 years, 2 days ago)

AV editing, compiling,

for video editing and compiling raid 0 makes a difference


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: Ramlaen]
    #3816936 - 02/22/05 03:12 PM (12 years, 1 day ago)

I was hoping to come into this thread with my four years PC building experience and tell you whats what, but that spec looks fantastic.

you might think about using a raptor as the OS drive, and then forgo raid striping. (a raptor is a small scsi-speed sata drive). for instance, a four-raptor raid striping set has been clocked to install windows XP in under ten minutes.


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: Elahrairah]
    #3821161 - 02/23/05 09:21 AM (12 years, 15 hours ago)

Also I would definitely not recommend using stock HSF that comes with your chip they are always crap, pick up something all copper.


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3822308 - 02/23/05 03:04 PM (12 years, 10 hours ago)

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=346313

That thread compares raptors vs maxtors, overall maxtors outperform the raptors...


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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: Ythan]
    #3827406 - 02/24/05 02:54 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

The specs are great Ythan. Now it all depends if you do heavy AV editing. A Raid 0 SATA II is ok (although the technology is very recent, it's fast but more prone to early concept problems), but i don't know if a smaller 15000 rpm SCSI UltraWide HD and a SCSI controler wouldn't be best, probably not cheaper though ....

As for the graphics card goes, i wouldn't mind changing it to an ATI X800XL, i believe they are cheaper, made with a smaller manufacturing process, 16 pipelines and overclockeable as hell. Don't mind buying it if you go using linux, ATI drivers still suck .... yes mtippett, they still suck :rolleyes: ...

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Re: Building a new PC... thoughts? [Re: MAIA]
    #3842749 - 02/27/05 07:59 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

i have that exact case... i love the shit out of it..mine probably weighs over 50lbs after putting everything in it...it's thick, there's almost nowhere to cut yourself or your wires...high quality, all around. and the color can't be beat, imo. though it is a bit hard to work on after you get everything plugged in, even though it's so huge. the true430 is a good power supply too. and i agree that you should up the video card a bit...and i also agree that you should get an "after market" heat sink and fan, something all copper preferably...they usually only run you 25-50 more and are extremely worth it in the long run for cpu life (i've heard that dropping the temp 10C can double the life, though i'm not entirely sure it's true, there must be a little truth to lower temperature leading to longer life), especially since you're using arctic silver with it. otherwise these look like good choices.


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