Your Critique & Advice Please....

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  1. Serialpimp

    Serialpimp New Member

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    So I have a couple of computers,
    and they are okay,
    but I want to get rid of all my computers, mess of stuff, etc.
    I am currently using an IO Gear USB Switch to run two systems with one Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard,
    but the IOGear switch ruins the sound quality if I run my speakers through it,
    so I am always having to plug and unplug my speakers anyways,
    Its a pain,

    THESE ARE THE PARTS I WOULD LIKE TO REUSE IN MY NEW SYSTEM,

    Enermax 430watt Power Supply
    Ahanix Noblesse Case
    Enermax Control Panel ( fits in a Big Front Slot and has Fan Controls, Temperature, USB2.0, mic, etc. )
    Sony DVD+R+RW
    Dell 20.1" Widescreen Monitor
    SoundBlaster PCI Card
    PCI video capture card that I use with Pinnacle Studio,
    IBM 80gig 7200 RPM ATA Hard Drive
    4 Case Fans

    So my shopping list consists of:
    Speakers
    Mouse
    Keyboard
    Motherboard
    Internal HardDrives ( 1 or more )
    CPU
    RAM
    VIDEO CARD
    External Hard Drive Enclosure, to put my old HD in,
    Possible keep my 2GB of PC3200 DDR400?

    I was thinking:
    Intel Processor $350-$300ish,
    Well reviewed, popular and quiet, but chilling cpu fan $30
    Motherboard, Intel, ASUS, ABIT, ( a good brand ) $150ish
    At least one or maybe two 150 Gig + Internal Hard Drives, ( $150ish each )
    Nice Wireless Mouse & Keyboard, Probably Microsoft, $100
    An External HD Enclosure for my current HD which I would use as a portable device, plug and unplug.
    Quality INVIDIA Card, in the $200-$250 range.
    Some small cables $30
    If I can reuse my 2 GB of PC3200 DDR400 then great, but if I have to get some DDR2 to go with my new MB, then oh well, I will do it.
    I was thinking of buying the KLIPSCH 2.1 Speakers, I have em before and loved em, but eventually ruined em after about 5 years of extreme use.

    Totaling about $1,000-$1,200 in parts.

    Questions:
    1. Can my Enermax 430 Watt PS support a system like this?
    2. I don't really know the difference between all the processors anymore and have always used AMD before, I would like to go Intel, There are alot of variations of the Core 2 Duo, ( Quad, Dual, ) please recomend?
    3. Is a 10,000 rpm SATA Drive any louder than a 7200rpm? I have seen some for $150ish,

    PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITES PARTS OUT THERE AND ANY CPU / MB COMBOS YOU LIKE?
    I feel like once that is selected, I can go buy all the other parts.


    Your advise and information is appreciated.

    Thanks,


    JW
     
  2. eideteker

    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    You won't be able to reuse the DDR memory in your new board, you'll need new memory. That power supply might be close as well, depending on what video card you get - they really suck down the power these days. I have a WD Raptor 10k RPM SATA drive and I can attest to the fact that it is only slightly noisier than a 7200 RPM drive, and only at really heavy usage times. The speed and the response times more than make up for the small amount of extra noise, but I probably wouldn't use it for an HTPC.
     
  3. Serialpimp

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    Thanks alot for the advice,
    I was looking at the WD Raptor,

    If I have to get a Power Supply,
    then I might as well get a new case too,

    What MB & Processor are you using?
     
  4. Danno

    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    Don't waste your money on any Raptor drives, there is little to gain from it. For $100-$150 you can look into the 500-750GB range. I'd probably opt for a 640GB drive.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
     
  5. DAN513

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    depending on how old that enermax PSU is, if it's any more than a couple of years older, it's probably missing the extra 12v lead that the board needs. IMO you're a lot further ahead buying a new one. Check out the corsair modular ones.
    If you shop around, you can probably find a G92 based 512MB 8800GTS to fit your price range.
    For a great heatsink, look at the Thermalright ultra 120 extreme. It's one of the top heatsinks out there. It will take a 120mm fan, so you can move a ton of air at a low noise level. I'd only worry about this if you plan on overclocking, otherwise, the factory Intel one will work fine.
    IMO, best bang for the buck for CPU is the Intel E8400. It's the new 45nm core, so it runs cooler than the older 65nm core. If you want a quad core, the Q9450 is supposed to hit the market this week and should be about $320 or so, which is also based on the 45nm design, 2.66GHz and 12mb of cache.
     
  6. JaJae

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    You can buy an adapter to run both computers through the same speakers rather than using the switch. It would mean the sound will be on from both sources, but that's nothing you control manually in the OS.

    Not quite this, but something like it.
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  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    What size case fans are you saving from the old build?
    Get a case that uses 120mm fans.

    The Intel E8400 is all you need. They're $200 at Microcenter.
    http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?keyword=E8400&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

    Asus, Abit, Gigabyte, solid boards.
    But the E8400 at 3.0ghz, is fast enough to not need any overclocking.
    So you could go with an Intel board. Gigabyte otherwise, imo.

    Raptors are not the fastest drive right now. The big drives beat them in just about every
    benchmark for a desktop.
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&model1=1049&model2=580&chart=33
    I suggest going with a Seagate. 5 year warranty ftw.

    Power supplies do go bad over time. Better to upgrade.
    You can trust something from this list: (skip the Antec True Power Trio 550 though)
    The Corsair HX520W is ftw
    http://www.jonnyguru.com//forums/showthread.php?t=1460

    Memory is cheap these days. Corsair XMS is good stuff at bargain prices.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590
     
  8. Serialpimp

    Serialpimp New Member

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    Very Cool,
    Thanks yall,
    I will posy the revised shopping list when I have more time to review selections,

    Looks like a whole new computer almost,
    so maybe I will shop for a new case too.
     
  9. Doomsday

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    +1 on E8400, Corsair power supply, Seagate HDD, and new RAM.
    get a Gigabyte P35 board.
    arctic freezer 7 pro for the cpu cooler.
     
  10. Serialpimp

    Serialpimp New Member

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    Awesome,


    Thanks guys,
     
  11. awns729

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    browse like hell on newegg.com
    everytime i do a build/buy a prebuilt computer, i check there for days to get up to speed on things. I've learned after two builds, absolutely do not go with products with too few reviews or less than 4 eggs. especially when it comes to teh mobo (unless you're on a budget). i think it'll really help you get an impression of what components will suit your needs.

    intel core 2 duos are great for the price range and core 2 quads are even better (but more $), but you don't neeed to spend the money on a c2quad, unless you want a mid/high end computer (which i think you do?)

    those seagate drives w/ teh 32 mb cache are supposed to be really nice. 320 or 500 gb are in a sweet spot when it comes to price per gig (20+ cents per gig)

    edealinfo.com has rebates on some great DDR2 ram. you can find two gigs of ddr26400 for under $50 i bet. i'm sure newegg.com has similar deals
     

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