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Help With Pc Build

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#1 Tpabulldog


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Posted 21 September 2006 - 06:15 PM

Hello and first of all to everyone a Big Thank you.
I am going to be as specific and detailed as possible in this writing so it may appear a bit long.
Forgive this but itís the details and specifics that get the right answers.

I would really appreciate some help in building my next PC
I am experienced and capable at doing the build as well as software loading etc.

I will be using an Intel CPU just because thatís what I prefer
the following is just a guideline as to where I am heading with this build.
Any advice or recommendations and explanations will be greatly appreciated.

Iíve been on NewEgg and other sites doing some preliminary shopping and making a wish list.
Since I very rarely have time to play games this will not be a
ďGaming PCĒ
I do however want it to be very fast ultra reliable and stable as well as being as upgradeable as possible for the future I usually go 3-4 years between PC buy/builds.
I will be using a ATX Lian Li tower case with a 400 watt PS (Power supply could be upgraded if it becomes necessary)

This computer will be used mainly for the following.
I use broadband cable for internet.

Regular internet surfing
Watching TV
Watching DVDís
Some Document processing, letters etc using M.S. Word
Burning DVDís, Cdís, videos etc.
Nothing that is what I would call Power intensive but I do want it to be as up to date and get as much Bang for the buck as I can since it will most likely be on my desk for 2-3 years without a hardware change

I want to stay under my budget of $1500.00

I am not as knowledgeable as I would like to be when it comes to motherboards.
I know that I want reliability and stability as well as upgradeability to take preference over OCing ability. I doubt I will ever Overclock this pc. This is where I need the most help choosing the right board to go with everything else.
Yes I want fast but I also want it to last.
This is what I have come up with on my own so far.

Motherboard = Intel BOXDG965WHMKR Socket T (LGA 775) Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard.
This board has onboard Graphics and audio. Which since I donít play games should be fine for now and there is always the option of disabling these and adding graphics and audio cards in the future as budget and desire for upgrades kicks in.

CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600

Memory = G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

2 Hard Drives which will be on Sata Raid 0 = Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

LCD Monitor = Hans HW-192DJB Gloss Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments
After much research I think (could be wrong) this is a great monitor for the $$

DVD Drives = 2 X NEC 16X DVDĪR DVD Burners Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A I like to copy Disk to disk so 2 dbl layer dvd recorders is a must

TV Card = VisionTek VTK-THMCE550P PCI Interface Video Device
TV Card (Yes I use my PC to watch TV so this is important)

These components total just under $1300.00 which is very cost effective (doable) for me right now.
Before I make any orders and finalize this build I would really like to get a few expert and not so expert opinions

Thank you from Tampa, Fl


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#2 Gyro


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Posted 21 September 2006 - 06:56 PM

Very nice computer... I would upgrade the power supply, I would also get a ups, and I would devote the rest of that into security tools such as zone alarm, avg, spybot, ewido, stuff like that. seems pretty well planned, I hope it has no phantoms.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:52 AM

Looks great to me.

Are you sure you are going to use the double layer dvds? I just "had" to have one but rarely use it because the cost of the media is so much higher.

I would skip one of the DVDs and move up to the Core Duo Extreme. You could always add the second one later or get a cheap dvd rom for the second one right now.

The system the way you specked it looks like it will more than meet your needs and expectations.

Do you have a retail version of Office or MS Word you can move tothis computer? The rest of the software can be freeware for the most part.

The Hanns monitor is a great value in my opinion. I have seen one working and it looks great.

Make sure the mb will support 4 ram sticks, 2 for ea channel (it should)

I would add a major brand power supply instead of the one that comes with the case.

Also check other sources - tigerdirect for one. I have found them to be cheaper than newegg many times.

Good luck with your system - it looks great.

Edited by Enthusiast, 22 September 2006 - 06:01 AM.

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