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post #1 of 6 Old 02-22-2008, 10:25 AM - Thread Starter
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This is my upcoming build in Jul. I know things and prices will change, but does this look like a good build?


PSU - SeaSonic S12 II SS-330GB ATX12V 330W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC - Retail ($59.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151035

Storage drive - Western Digital Caviar GP WD7500AACS 750GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($159.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136150

OS Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($49.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136075

Memory - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4 - Retail (Already Own)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145015

CPU - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2180 - Retail ($79.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116052


Motherboard - DFI INFINITY P965-S LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($79.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136034

Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100234L Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail ($54.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102731

Case - SilverStone Lascala SST-LC10M HTPC Case, Black ($154.99)

http://www.pcalchemy.com/product_info.php/products_id/142

TV Tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 1101WB NSTC/ATSC/QAM/FM Tuner (White Box) PCI Interface - Retail ($89.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116009

CPU Cooler - Artic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro ($15.95)

http://www.arcticcooling.com/cpu2.php?idx=151&disc=

DVD Drive - Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7190S - OEM ($23.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118002

Grand Total - 769.86

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Nice decision on the 2180 I have one they are great and run cool.
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I would drop the OS Drive. Just place the OS and files on the Green Power HD. The noisiest component (other than optical drive spinning up) will be your hard drive performing seeks.


You can save a bit by going AM2. Processor doesn't matter much since the GPU will be doing the decoding and tuner will be doing the encoding.
$48.99 BIOSTAR NF520-A2 Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138077
$59.99 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103214

You can also check eBay for a AM2 X2 for like $30-50.



The 3450 can do 1080p anything. However, the HD 3470 is only $10 more and you have plenty of room in your case. You might want this for future resolutions. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...02728&Tpk=3470

To answer most of your questions: (1) a fridge cannot cool a PC (2) 64-bit OS for over 3.4GB (3) If a PCIe card fits, it should work (4) Resolution, not screen size (5) Report, not respond to Spam (6) Single-Rail/Non-Modular PSUs are not always better than Multi-Rail/Modular (7) Sequential does not matter as much as random for OS drives (8) Requirements come before hardware for servers

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I was actually looking for a MB that had some optical outs(preferably one of each). I'll look into it. But I will drop the other HDD. I was really thinking about not putting that in there. Guess I will have my computer do a scheduled defrag or something. I will prob stick with my intel setup. I looked up some MB for AMD, and with that proc, and a $89.99 MB, I would only be saving $10.

Anyone know what the overclock is like on the E2180 with stock vcore?

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why did you post 2 of the exacty same threads? you only need to ask once, meaning one thread will do, 2 threads posted the exact same time with basically the same questions might get people annoyed and not answering your questions

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why did you post 2 of the exacty same threads? you only need to ask once, meaning one thread will do, 2 threads posted the exact same time with basically the same questions might get people annoyed and not answering your questions
In response to your question, it was a complete accident. I don't go around making two threads for the fun of it. IIRC, when I hit post the first time, the website gave me a "Database Error", so I hit back, and tried again. The second time it went through, but obviously it worked the first time too.

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