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#1 KIDRoach

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:28 AM

Any comments would be deeply appreciated. :thumbsup:

CPU : Core 2 Duo E4400
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Case : XION Solaris XON-403 Black with Green LED Light Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU : FSP Group (Fortron Source)
FSP Group (Fortron Source) ATX350-PA, version 2.2 RoHS, SATA, 350W Power Supply - OEM

RAM : Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400)
VGA : XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology)
320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Optical Drive : Sony NEC Optiarc Black 2MB Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner
Monitor : Acer AL1706Ab Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor 270 cd/m2 500:1 :huh:
Keyboard : Logitech 967738-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Deluxe 250 Keyboard
Mouse : Microsoft N71-00007S Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Wheel Mouse
Speakers : Logitech X-230 32 Watts 2.1 Black Speakers


Are they all compatible?
Should I change anything to increase Performance/Price?

I actually posted it on my last thread, but i didn't think anyone noticed :huh:
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#2 Nikas

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 01:08 AM

I would change the PSU to a higher watt like 450 - 500. For the rest, sounds alright to me.

Some other experts could give you better advice.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 01:24 AM

I agree with Nikas, get a bigger power supply, and don't go cheap. Antec, Thermaltake, are good. I hear Coolermaster(?) is good too. You have a lot of stuff and don't want your power to lag or fail. I would also recomend getting a case that is tool less. It's up to you, but I prefer the tool less because the drives go in a lot easier. I'm no expert either, but everything else looks compatable... :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 06:56 AM

300W is big enough. That machine will eat about 250W. And Fortron Source is a good brand. That looks like a nice well-balanced build.
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 09:04 AM

I ordered a XION case from NewEgg (similiar model) not long ago. Although I ordered green, they sent me blue. I returned it and got another - still got blue instead of green. Then I bought from another online merchant - and still got blue instead of green.

I've got to conclude that there's someone working in the XION plant who is color blind - I finally just kept the blue case and am trying to locate the green lights on eBay! :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 09:05 AM

Is the processor good for its performance? or is it worth it to take an Intel Core 2 Duo 6400 ?

Is the VGA card too high up for the build?

And umm... What's a tool less?

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 09:11 AM

I ordered a XION case from NewEgg (similiar model) not long ago. Although I ordered green, they sent me blue. I returned it and got another - still got blue instead of green. Then I bought from another online merchant - and still got blue instead of green.

I've got to conclude that there's someone working in the XION plant who is color blind - I finally just kept the blue case and am trying to locate the green lights on eBay! :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:38 AM

And umm... What's a tool less?


That's a case that uses clips or rails to install the drives so you don't use screws. Therefore, you don't need a screwdriver. The last 2 puters I built have tool less cases and it's nice just putting the rails on and sliding the drive in. They have cases with sliding clip type things so you slide the drive in, then slide the clip which locks the drive in place. I don't have one of those but I've seen them. Next build, maybe... :thumbsup:

edit:

Go HERE to Tigerdirect.com and half way down the page is a link called "The truth about power supplies" it has a little chart letting you know about how much power each component uses and you add it up to see how big of a PSU you need.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:24 PM

About the Tiger direct power usage. RAM doesn't eat 7 W per 128 MB. More like 7 W per stick.
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 05:12 AM

I've just noticed that they have this thing called "PCI-e 6 pin connecter" and "PCI-e 8 pin connecter"

What are these? Are these necessary for my graphic cards?
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:20 AM

Some graphics cards require extra power than what can be provided by the pci-e slot because their cores are so hefty. From memory, the 8600 gets all its power from the pci-e slot, so I don't think you need to worry about 6 or 8 pin connectors.

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 12:25 PM

Thanks, that's all i needed to know i think, but not gonna build it yet. Will build the system in two months time and check again if I should upgrade anything by that time

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