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Old 12-08-2006, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Putting together my ultimate machine

All - I need some help; I spent the last day or so trying to put together my 'dream' machine. Please tell me where I am going wrong or am I on the right track... To the question what do I want out of this machine - answer, my wife not to find out how much $$$ I spent!!! Everything else is a possibility and low noise is a must (again, see wife!)... I'm kidding about the wife stuff I'm truly blessed in that department, all 280 lbs of her!!!

- Lian Li V2100 B Plus (case)
- SeaSonic S12-600 ATX12V 600W Power (psu)
- TYAN S2895A2NRF (motherboard)
- 2 AMD Opteron 285 (2 cpu d/c)
- 4x2G DDR400 (ram 8G)
- 3Ware 9550 (SATA controller) 'for real RAID5 - 3g/s'
- 4 WD 250GB SE16 (harddrives)
- Quadro4 NVS 285 64MB

I realize I whimped out on the video a little but I need to save a few bucks someplace. I am considering a Sound blaster X-Fi, not done considering.

1 concern I have is keeping the processors cool, I am hoping the Lian Li helps in that regard I don't want to add another noisy thing to the equation.

I feel like I am missing something hence this post - am I? also Optical and 3.5 will be salvaged from my old machine.

THOUGHTS PLEASE - FLAMES too, if I deserve them...

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Old 12-08-2006, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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dude just get a core 2 build and if your going to be gaming that video card will not work well

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Old 12-08-2006, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can i ask what you will be using the system for? also, 8GB Ram really needed?
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah your definatly better off to cut that amount of RAM in half even, and then take that money that you would be saving and put it words a good video card, because if your gaming, 64 MB just isn't going to cut it.
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I failed to point out that I am not much of a gamer - so a gaming setup is not my goal but video concerns is nevertheless valid. Newegg has a good price on a GeForce 7600 256M - I might take the SLI leap and get 2 and leave the NVS 285 in the bone yard.

I need the RAM as my only legitimate use for this machine is to drive a 250G DB from time to time - so the RAM and SATA controller are important. Hopefully, I will be moving the DB to something else in the next 6 mos so the last thing I want is another DB server sitting idle. Also, I plan to run a couple different 64 OS's for educational/development purposes so I plan to make use of the RAM in that situation. Thanks to those that replied - anymore???
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah id get a better video card because you never know when you might need the video power and that one wont do much! the 7600 would be perfect or even a lesser model than that if your not gaming, but certainly a better card than the one thats in the first post!
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Old 12-09-2006, 07:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OMG. U really need to learn a bit more about hardware before you start buying stuff.

1. 2 Opterons WTF. Those are server CPU's and also you would save alot more money if you went with a Core 2 Duo system.

2. 8GB of ram WTF. Windows can not use more than 2GB after that it slows down.

3. You are going to need a good video card if you want it high peformance. I recommend a 7900 GS, GT, GTX, GTO etc.

4. DDR400. waaahhh, well if those CPU's are AM2 it wont work. you need DDR2 i recommend DDR2 800.

5. Better off going with 1x750Gb and 1x250Gb if you really want 1TB

6. Get a brand name MB. I recommend ASUS, ABIT, GIGABYTE etc.

7. WTF is with a sound card. why spend so much on sound. you can use onboard.

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Old 12-09-2006, 07:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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"WTF is with a sound card. why spend so much on sound. you can use onboard."

Because some people care about sound...
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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***GMANYCH*** This is directed at your reply but I am kidding with all the S/A stuff - I know you can 'hang!!! I appreciate you taking the time to reply... Off to the show...

LOL, my brother my brother, I see you 'hang' in Australia, if my 'Americanized geography' studies serve me correctly, it is nice and warm in your neck of the woods, might I suggest you get out and enjoy the sun, maybe shed some of that pale skin tone, loose the black T's and for all that is holy, get a haircut!!! In other words, think outside the box, game box that is - pardon the cliché. In most circumstances I would read your post and quietly chuckle at your blaring inferiority complex but since I started the thread I feel obliged to give you a few morsels of information that might make you a better person even though I suspect you will put up an admirable fight. I only ask that you shed the Doom cap before reading further... Ready, this will be quick.

1. Fair enough, I put considerable thought into it - I came up with Opteron - I don't think I could explain to you in less than 500 words why I went this route short to say - I have good reason.

2. Too much wrong with that statement for me to say much, short of your wrong, wrong, wrong. I know why you say that but you need to do some homework before you repeat that statement in polite company...

3. Remember I am going the SLI route so the diff in immaterial.

4. I never mentioned AM2

5. That statement is just plan retarded. I don't know where to begin. You need some more homework here!!! Recall I'm not using the mobo SATA - 3ware controller - isn't the reason obvious? This one is really puzzling as I know where your coming from with most of your statements but this one is out there - BUT, I'll accept the fact you know something I don't so give it up WHY WHY WHY 750 + 250???

6. Thanks for the laugh!!! You don't know TYAN because their thing is high performance gear - SMP etc.

7. Crazy good tunes, that coincide with my digital editing (the real cause for the beast I am trying to build) don’t come from ‘ol school Ac97...
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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you should look for a dual 775 board, new dual xeons would do some nice damage with those conroe cores.... but dual opterons is still something i've only dreamed of...

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