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Grabbed a Kingston 64 GB SSD as the primary drive for the unit.

Got it for $85 which is a pretty good price for a 64GB.


It'll be handy for encoding and conversion of large files.
I'd ditch the video card, and use the Sandy Bridge built in GPU. QuickSync is faster than ATI or Nvidia's transcoding, and SB also bitstreams Dolby Digital HD and DTS HD MA just like the ATI card does, but uses a ton less power.
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I'd ditch the video card, and use the Sandy Bridge built in GPU. QuickSync is faster than ATI or Nvidia's transcoding, and SB also bitstreams Dolby Digital HD and DTS HD MA just like the ATI card does, but uses a ton less power.
Kind of hard to do that with a P67 motherboard... I'd have to switch the board to Z68 in order to do so.

Also, I am unconcerned about power usage.

Plus I'd essentially have to throw away a perfectly decent 5770.
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Quick sync is the only reason I considered a Z68. Then I changed my mind.
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Quick sync is the only reason I considered a Z68. Then I changed my mind.
I almost went with a Z68 board but a couple of factors changed my mind:

I planned to get a mid size SSD for primary hard drive (making SSD caching irrelevant)

I have a moderately powerful discrete gpu on hand


I was able to get the vanilla P8P67 for $108 after rebate. There isn't a single Z68 board (in the ATX format, no interest in micro-ATX) at close to that price range. Gigabyte has some low end Z68 boards close in price but they lack the gpu support feature (making it pointless to even consider them).
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post #25 of 48
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Kind of hard to do that with a P67 motherboard... I'd have to switch the board to Z68 in order to do so.

Also, I am unconcerned about power usage.

Plus I'd essentially have to throw away a perfectly decent 5770.
Doh, for some odd reason I thought it said you had a H67...
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Not over kill at all IMO. Nice build and worthy of anything you may want to throw at it
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So I put an H70 into the media PC (sold my H50). It has Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15's on it (1850 RPM).

Had some fun getting it in though.

First off, I figured that because I had an H50 with push pull fans in it already, it would swap over...

1. The backplate opening on the Storm Scout does not align correctly to the backplate for the cooler

2. The H70's additional depth meant I lost one of the two door intake fans I had mounted.

3. The H70's additional depth meant I could no longer use a 140mm roof exhaust fan. Fortunately a 120mm will fit.

In the end after 45 minutes of mucking about and rewiring everything, it all fits. Not a lot of fun but the end result is still where I want it to be. Time to crank the cpu up to 4.5ghz for day to day use.



Edited by Robilar - 7/26/11 at 8:38am
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You should consider a Corsair PSU, 64 bit Windows 7, you probably only need 2 GB of RAM.
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You should consider a Corsair PSU, 64 bit Windows 7, you probably only need 2 GB of RAM.
The Enermax Liberty is higher rated than anything Corsair puts out in the 500w range (and its modular). Also 500w is more than even for this system as it will never have multiple video cards.

I need to run XP in order to continue to use legacy apps that will not run under win7 (even in compatibility mode)

XP uses up to 3.25gb of RAM (of the available 4gb due to 32bit OS). I'd rather have 3.25gb available rather than 2 gb and the cost difference is negligible.
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The Enermax Liberty is higher rated than anything Corsair puts out in the 500w range (and its modular). Also 500w is more than even for this system as it will never have multiple video cards.

I need to run XP in order to continue to use legacy apps that will not run under win7 (even in compatibility mode)

XP uses up to 3.25gb of RAM (of the available 4gb due to 32bit OS). I'd rather have 3.25gb available rather than 2 gb and the cost difference is negligible.
Silly question, but that's an Intel build, doesn't it have tripple channel memory? Can't you do something like 3x1Gb?
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