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Old 01-08-2009, 06:08 PM   #41 (permalink)
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4gb will be plenty get these
Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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Power costs? Lian li cases are well insulated they don't make much noise pretty much anything they can do to reduce noise they do do even triple layering the panels in some cases.

Which reminds me meant to post this earlier its a mid tower rather then full tower case but you have cut quite a few bits out so doesn't really matter. Was going to get that case before I decided on my monster.
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OK, so get the lian li I have no objection to that, it looks like a really good case. This is all I'm saying; he's already getting the new PC, he is already getting the RAID but if the dell has a spare PCI slot, why not get a new case (and probably PSU) for it then put it to good use by splitting the functions between the two machines? There are plenty of benefits to doing so considering that all the effort it takes is checking the dell internals are ATX standard.
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Then you double up the power costs.... I originally was going to comment on the same idea right at the beggining but because he wants the front end to be a fully functional device and not just a slave pc wgich plays the vids from the master. Pentium 4s are power hungry little blighters.
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Here is my updated build. about $100 overall after rebate savings, $40 less on the corsair RAM

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $245

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail $40

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $120

POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $113

CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $74 ($40 after rebate)

LIAN LI PC-60APLUSII Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $110

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - Retail $90

Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1 32-bit for System Builders DVD - OEM $140

can someone recommend a good power supply for this unit now that i have what i need to power? quiet, good value, and enough to power everything? i was looking at some PC Power and Cooling and Corsair but wasn't sure which one to get...
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with that gpu you won't use the spu so cut out the asus....

get this psu Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
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that build is looking good. good deal on the psu.
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yea great psu find. what do you mean by your 'cut out the asus' comment? get rid of the sound card? wont it be used?
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he's saying if your video card has hdmi out with 7.1 audio out, but the sound card will make things sound better.
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ahh, yea that makes sense. the sound card would come in handy for the audio outputs on it, otherwise (unless i was running audio through HDMI on the gpu) i would need to use the mobo integrated audio right?

what about drives now? salty had a good suggestion to run 4 drives on RAID 5. i want the drives quiet but don't want to pay a huge premium for reduction in noise levels. (e.g. four $99 samsungs) if i run RAID 5 will all the drives be working at the same time vs. if i ran say two 1tb drives, only one would be running at a time (no raid setup)?

i know i want 3.0gb/s right as the baseline with a 32mb cache? but what in the heck, so many to choose from between samsung, wd, and seagate.... seagate seems much more expensive, notably the barracuda line?

is it worth running a 10k raptor for the OS/programs ?

overall i'd like to have 1.5tb of useable space however i set it up
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dont know too much about raid, but if you want a fast quiet hdd for your os get a solid state disk for the os and possibly 3 500gb hdd's for storage
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