Rate my build 7/8/09

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  1. 1999TL

    1999TL New Member

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    Rate my build 7/8/09 **Updated to Intel** Updated 7/14

    I want a multimedia server that can play videos on TV. I don't play games, so I was trying to find built in HDMI. Intel boards didn't have that in ATX, only microATX from what I found.

    Have onboard Raid controllers gotten better? I was thinking about using it or buying a card(if needed) to run Raid 5.

    I went with Crucial memory b/c I have a credit from them- My old Ballistix were returned and they ran out of it.

    I'm open to ideas if the processor is overkill. I dont even game. I need to look into some hard drives. Not sure whether to get 1.5 or 1 tb drives. I want something with 3 platters or less. Have to look into it some more.

    Core® i7 920 Processor Boxed
    $279-$40 newegg credit=$239
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    I ended up contacting Newegg and they were able to give me a $40 credit towards the purchase of the processor since Microcenter has it for $199. I figured I would pay $215 w/tax and then about $7 for shipping to me. Also, My friend would have to buy the processor and go out of his way. This way I get to get the D0 processor from Newegg at about a $27 premium. Convenience and D0 is worth the extra money.

    ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Xtreme Phase, 3-Way SLI & Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support $239-15 Sale=$224 with free ship

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

    The reason I went with this is b/c the Gigabyte board charges for shipping. So essentially, I'm paying about $15 bucks extra for this Asus board. I saw this board in the newegg email today. I entered in the promo code and took $15 off.

    Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664TN1608 - OEM $148 on newegg. My cost=$79


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148253

    I actually had to buy the ram from Crucial. I only had $110 credit. The price was $189 on Crucial.com, so I shelled out $79. For some reason, the 1333 ram that I just archived is more expensive than this 1600 on newegg.

    CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $139-$20 MIR=$119
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002

    Upgraded the power supply to get modular cabling and 3 12V rails.



    SAPPHIRE 100255HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail $69.99, $59.99 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102820

    Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail $314
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167005

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $129.99X2=$259.98


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136351&Tpk=1.5%20tb%20green

    The reason I switched from the 1 tb drive is b/c now I can save money and just use the onboard raid 1 instead of buying a controller for Raid 5 with online capacity expansion. 1.5 TB is plenty for me. By the time I fill that up, I can re-evaluate once prices go down.

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $8.95


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

    Forgot all about the AS5.

    LIAN LI Memorial 20th Anniversary PC-777A Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112084&ATT=11-112-084

    all going in this case. It's been collecting dust for 2 yrs.
    TOTAL =$1333-$30 MIR=$1303.

    I went $103 over budget. I set out a budget of $1000-1200. Oh well, I think I'm building a pretty good rig for what I need in the end.

    ARCHIVED STUFF

    Core® i7 920 Processor Boxed http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727 $199

    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $199
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375

    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory (with LEDs) Model BL3KIT25664TN1337 - Retail $177, free with credit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148282

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $89X3=$267
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317

    SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $89, $79 after 10 MIR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    WD Caviar Green 1.5TB Hard Drive$132+tax=$143X2=$286
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...&cs=04&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=39888&lid=1021909
     
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  2. 1999TL

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    thread getting no love.
     
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    The Phenom 940 is an AM2+ socket, it will not fit in an AM3 socket. Get an AM2+ board. Also, the 940 uses DDR2 dual channel ram not DDR3 and not tri-channel.
     
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    At least you are buying an X25-M. Best single component one can buy. I've never used a Phenom 2 however so I really can't comment on the rest.
     
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    Changed the processor. Thanks for spotting the error. I want an ATX board, not microATX. That's why I went with AMD.

    Opinions on getting by with onboard raid controller? And hard drive recommendations for media?
     
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    You changed to an AM3 Phenom? I would have just got the am2 board. 955 isnt worth the premium.
     
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    cuz the mobo I listed calls for AM3?
     
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    The one I listed doesnt.
     
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    people still buy AMD?

    srsly,... only AMD chips worth buying are the PII X4 9XX AM3 Series

    that 810 sucks. its an 'entry level' quad core like Intel's Q8200
    if its just for a media server,... a cheaper, low-wattage, and faster dual core is fine.

    put all your money on storage (e.g. raid card, hdds)

    stick to 1TB drives. I'm still hearing a lot of issues with 1.5TB drives, specially on raid setups.

    why not mATX?
    best IGP board right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128363
     
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    I love my 940, but I agree with you. Dont get the 810. Get the 940, or if you feel the need to spend more money on the same chip, the 945.

    Or not. Its your money.
     
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    Because I have a huge case. this case. I know, it's love it or hate it. I've just had it sitting around for too long.
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112084&ATT=11-112-084

    Yah, I wanted to go Intel. Just couldn't find a good ATX board. Or screw it. should I just spend the money on a video card? I don't play games though.
     
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    i don't see the case size being an issue, specially since most ATX cases have mATX mounting holes.

    going with matx basically makes you lose a PCI slot or something

    regarding the graphics,... that gigabyte board i linked is currently the best IGP
    Integrated graphics = geforce 9400 > ATI HD 3300 > intel GMA
    but chipset stability = intel > nforce

    personally,... i'd prefer to use a graphics card (maybe a 9400-9500GT w/ hdmi). these are more like HTPC cards, not gaming.
     
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    Funny you posted that. I just decided I'm going to get a graphics card. Revamping system now. HTPC's don't overclock for the most part, so I'm thinking about picking up that microcenter processor anyways? Still researching.

    AVS forum recommends ATI for HTPC's.
     
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    definitely consider the i7 if budget allows it, C0 is fine for moderate or no overclocking,.. but still get a D0 if you can

    again,... i still think a quad is overkill for just a media server.
    if its an all-around pc, sure, get a quad.

    those AVS forum guys probably prefer ATI because of the audio through HDMI, and the cards are usually cheaper.
    ignore the ones who says ATI's cards (or Nvidia's) have better picture quality, those are fucking idiots
    i prefer nvidia mainly because of the drivers
    that gigabyte board i linked has the most modern onboard graphics and is the reason why its the best
     
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    Also the new 46xx cards are low power and can be passively cooled. That helps.
     
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    whatever they need i guess
    they probably paired those passive cooled cards with dual cores too to keep the noise and power consumption down

    you,.. on the other hand, is looking at quads
     
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    The computer is more of a workstation for now. Noise isn't that big of a deal since it will have 3 1 TB drives in it anyways.

    I"m trying to figure out if Fry's does price matching. I could get the D0 from them if they do.
     
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    try it by all means
    if fail,.... i'd still pick the C0 than those Phenoms
     
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    Updated My build. My budget was $1000-$1200. I'm right at the edge at $1212 with the memory being credited.

    I went ahead and went with an ATI grahics card with HDMI.

    My questions is: Can I just add a hard drive later when I Run out of room If I'm using the onboard raid 5 controller?
     
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    you mean expanding the array without rebuilding the entire thing?
    this chart says only ICH10DO allows capacity expansion
    http://support.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-022304.htm
     
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    btw,.. adding the 4870 makes that build a full pledge gaming rig
    i think you'll be happier with a raid card
     
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    link to said Raid card? Or Mobo that could expand the array without rebuilding? I was thinking that I could add another 24" for dual monitors with that video card. Maybe even 30".
     

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