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#1 JEK23

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 04:10 PM

Hi everybody,

I am new to this forum and am looking for some insight building my next system. It's been over 10 years since I've put together a computer system and I am not extremely up-to-date with different hardware and such. I've done a little looking around and put together a preliminary parts list. Any comments or concerns would be useful. Here it is...

Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: Ultra Products X2 Titanium PSU 550W DHULT31851
Mobo: ASUS P5K3 DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Video Card: ASUS EAH2600XT/HTDP/256M Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Optical Drives: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-08 (two of these)
Media Reader: LOGISYS FP521 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2C

Thanks so much.

Josh

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#2 JEK23

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 03:50 PM

Should I assume that this is a good configuration due to the lack of response?

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:20 PM

Hello Josh,

It looks like a good system from what I can see. Do you have any links for those products?
Regards,

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:40 PM

Sure,

Here they are:

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811133154
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...82E16813131181R
Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115018
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231149
Harddrive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148298
DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106226
Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814121082
Card Reader - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820342001
Power Supply - http://www.starmarkelectronics.com/product...oducts_id=13911
Operating System - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116400

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Mod Edit: Edited to clarify which link went to which product. ~tg

Edited by tg1911, 17 August 2008 - 05:46 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2008 - 06:23 PM

I prefer NVidea myself for graphics, but thats just me. That looks to be a nice system, all looks compatible. One quick thought, the CPU supports 64bit processing, have you considered a 64bit OS?
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:36 PM

I really hadn't given it very much thought at all as far as the Operating System. Would I gain much by going that route? Would it cause any problems with software compatibility? I'm sorry, I just don't know very much about 64 bit operating systems.

Thanks again,

Josh

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:13 PM

If you are interested in 64bit windows have a read of http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/6...ploringx64.mspx

There shouldn't be many compatability problems as applications come in 32 and 64bit packages and the 32bit ones can still run I believe.
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:24 PM

Not a huge fan of that power supply, No active PFC as well as low efficiency (72%) is a killer, although it looks pretty. There are better PSUs out there for the price. Jonnyguru is the place for great PSU reviews.

That video card will be a slug on modern games, but if games are not a concern, it is satisfactory.

No reason not to go with a SATA optical drive.

If you are planning future processor upgrades you might want a board that supports 1600 fsb processors.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131277 , just an example, not reccomending it.

EDIT: Vista can eat up 2 gigs of RAM quick.

Edited by dpunisher, 17 August 2008 - 08:26 PM.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:55 PM

Thanks very much for all of the info guys.

I forgot to put there that I am planning on getting 4 gigs of RAM.

Also, any suggestions for a power supply then. I kind of like that modular design of the Ultra, but it's not necessary. I'd rather have a solid unit.

Oh yeah, good call on the SATA optical drives too. Wasn't even thinking about it really.

Thanks for all the help.

Josh

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 09:24 PM

How about this guy?

power supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817815001

up to 87% efficient and active PFC as well as the modular cabling.

Thanks,

Josh

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:39 PM

For 4GB of RAM you definitely want Vista x64. 32-bit Windows OS's will only see about 3GB's worth of RAM. Vista Home Premium is best suited for most people.

If you want a modular power supply I'd go with this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103939
For power supplies you're safer sticking with established brands like Corsair, Thermaltake, Antec, Enermax, etc. Buying a cheaper no-name brand PSU is one of the worst things you can do to yourself when building your own rig, trust me.
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:47 PM

So vista 64 should be pretty problem free as far as drivers and software goes?

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 11:22 PM

Yeah, version SP1 is pretty solid. If you're buying all new components you should have no problem, as long as you aren't hooking up old peripherals that don't have proper Vista driver support, like ancient printers or rare gadgets or anything.
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