Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:32 PM
Our new home office PC is about to take life. Some of the parts are in, some will arrive this Friday, and the rest next week (I hope). This PC will be used for general office (e-mail, internet, MS Office, etc.), photo editing (Photoshop CS3), and CD/DVD data disk creation. It will not be used as a HTPC.
My goals are powerful yet quiet. Here's the parts list:
Case: Antec P182
PSU: Corsair HX520 Modular
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
CPU: Intel E6750 2.66GHz
CPU HSF: Scythe Ninja Rev. B
RAM: 2 x 1GB G.Skill DDR2 800 RAM (model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ)
Video Card: Gigabyte fanless 7600GS
DVD Burner: Samsung SH-S203B SATA 20X burner
Floppy: Mitsumi internal 3.5" floppy / USB 2.0 flash card reader
Hard Drive 1: WD1600YS 160GB drive for O/S & apps
Hard Drive 2: WD1600YS 160GB drive for cache
Hard Drive 3: WD5000ABYS 500GB drive for data
Hard Drive 4: WD5000ABYS 500GB drive for external data backup
External HDD Enclosure: Antec MX-1 USB 2.0 / eSATA enclosure
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2b
Hopefully this system is advanced enough that I will not need to make any major upgrades anytime soon.
Am I nervous? YES!!
Am I excited? YES!!
I think I can manage my way through getting all the hardware hooked up right, but would appreciate any tips, tricks, or links to articles that will help.
The biggest thing I am worried about is setting the BIOS up appropriately, installing Windows XP and any necessary drivers properly, and following best practices when installing all my software (like defragging the hard drive between installations of software - needed?).
Our current PC will be operational during the entire build process, so if I need to download anything it won't be a problem. I am sure I will post questions here during the build, and may even take some pictures.
If anyone here would be so gracious as to contribute to this thread, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!!