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#1 xshiftyxmcgeex

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:43 PM

I am looking to upgrade from my vpr matrix. the size of the tower and the motherboard capabilities are to small for what i need. it only holds a max of 1gig of ram and can only hold 2 hard drives. i am looking to swap my grafix card and sound card with my dvd drives over to a new tower and add multiple 2tb hard drives and better cooling. the tower that i have, has 4 fans in it already, but i've over heated and fried 3 hard drives already.
whats the best way of figuring what i need for a tower and mother board to acomidate these. im planning on using the computer for autocad as well as dvd burning and gaming. the grafix and sound cards that i have are perfect for what i need, but as i said, i need to know what would be the best option for me in tower and motherboard.
I have no idea what to look for.
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:44 PM

oh, the sound card i have is an audigy 2 and the video card is a nvidia geforce

Edited by xshiftyxmcgeex, 03 December 2010 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:46 PM

budget is debatable...

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:55 PM

For case if you don't care about the size I would go with a full tower. That will allow you to get a full size ATX board, have plenty of room for all your drives, and lots of options for cooling. There are tons of great ones out there. I personally don't care about having all the LEDS and lights i ust want one that works so I have a plain jane Antec full tower which has held a few builds over the last six years or so.

Motherboards are more difficult to point out since there wasn't a lot of info there. Basicly I would say choose your CPU camp first. Then settle on what options you need/want in the board.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 03:12 PM

$$ determine what route you should take...sounds to me like motherboard, case, RAM, PSU, Windows equals new system.

Any new system has to have a dollar-ceiling, IMO.

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