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After 9 years of using an AMD Athlon XP 2800 OCed.. finally getting a new rig

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Finally retiring the first PC i built.. with an old Epox Nvidia Nforce2 + Athlon XP 2800 Barton OCed to a 3200+

For a while, I stopped folding with this rig, and mainly because it was having trouble multi tasking with folding and doing other tasks at the same time.. "mainly gaming"

I built this PC back in 2003, the motherboard went out and i replaced it with an epox.. and it is serving me well up until I couldn't play the titles I wanted too anymore.. "Starcraft 2" and upcoming title "Diablo3" the last thing this rig could handle that I played was "World of Warcraft" which i no longer play.

The breaks and repairs I had to do to thise whole rig:
Replaced:
1. Thermalright heatpipes BUSTED and leaked destroying both videocard and sound card.
2. Replaced videocard with a fanless Radeon which I put under folding and ended up breaking after 2 months of 24/7 folding (Went back to nvidia as replacement)
3. Western digital harddrive failure which was replaced with a seagate and is still in use today.
4. All the fans in this case was replaced multible times trying to find the perfect silent sound.

I would have stuck with this PC until the day a cap explodes on it, but the the case itself it was built into has to much of a resonance effect.. no matter how low i turn down the fans with a fan controller the sound is still there.

The PC's final resting place:
I will end up giving this PC to my parents so they can use on a 51 inch TV, it will basically be a mail checker and a youtube (streaming online video) mashine for my parents.

The final thing i have bought for this PC was a Logitec wireless mouse and keyboard set so that my parents can use this from any location in the living room.


This rig's replacement:
I was planning on just usinga laptop for the rest of my life, but it seems like even in todays standard, laptops still cannot play videogames as well as desktops... I just recently bought a new laptop with a Radeon 6310 and it is asbolutely terrible at playing starcraft 2.

So the new rig:
ITX Lian Li (the smallest one with no external 5.25 and 3.5 bays.. basicaly a NAS case)
Mini ITX ASRock FM1 Socket
AMD A8-3870K (unlocked)
G.skill aries DDR3 1866 (8 gigs)
Tuniq TX-2 Thermal greese
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken CPU heatsink
Corsair CX-500 Watt powersupply
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240gig

Hoping to get the new rig here soon, and iam HOPING the install would be as smooth as my very first rig was.... I thought my old PC would last me for 10 years... but it made it for 9.. i came really close.
I am looking forward to learning how much has changed from overclocking back in 2003 and 9 years later.. 2012
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Hah. Welcome. I would suggest the SG05 over any Lian Li mITX case, but that's just my opinion. I assume it's been purchased?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k ASUS z170-e EVGA 1080 SC ACX 3.0 G.Skill 32 GB  
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung 950 m2.a SSD  Windows 10 Acer Predator xb271hu Corsair 850ax 
Case
Phanteks Eclipse P400w 
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Samsung 950 m2.a SSD  Windows 10 Acer Predator xb271hu Corsair 850ax 
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Phanteks Eclipse P400w 
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Hah. Welcome. I would suggest the SG05 over any Lian Li mITX case, but that's just my opinion. I assume it's been purchased?

yeah i ordered it all last night, so Iam kinda stuck with it.. i guess its external drives for me for now on... :heres the case:
I went thru so many different case's as well.. and this lain li was the best fit for me just because it allowed the upgrade to basically any videocard i wanted:
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=584&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112339

I researched it for months now!!! deciding which parts to get. and this ended up to be my final selection.. AM3+ and AM3 in general was my first choices.. surprisingly Intel Core I5 2500k was my second choice BUTTTT there are no Mini-ITX Intel motherboards with OVERCLOCKING SUPPORT!!! not even from the biggest brand companys like Gigabyte and Asus.... so that left Intel totally off of my list which hurt badly.... AM3+ is still too new and does not currently have a mini-itx design, and AM3 has mini-itx boards but with only 95watt processor limitations. but as time progessed and after reading many reviews, it looked like the FM1 was for me becasue it has Phenom type performance and cost, with the addition to being limited in space and room for a huge heatsink, I didn't expect massive Overclocking anyways... so i wouldn't be able to take advantage of the AM3 processor's OC performance gains.

This processor i chose is unlocked.. with addition to the reviews I was reading on newegg, that particular motherboard allowed for overclocking.. (and beleive me i read EVERY SINGLE reviews of Intel Mini-ITX motherboards on newegg.. and not a single one of them had overclocking abilities... and the manufacture replys to the newegg reviews of Mini-ITX motherboards clearly states that Intel Mini-ITX motherboards are not intended for overclocking, so CPU Multiplyer configuration features are disabled by the manufacture)

I HEARD but wasn't sure that the H68 chipsets that were coming out soon in mini-itx's could be used to overclock for intel's mini-itx builds. but currently there are no H68 and ONLY H67's (for mini-itx) which have no multiplier adjustment features. .. so Intel just lost a potential customer... I was willing to switch for to intel this time around.. because I been using this AMD for so long.. I felt like i owed Intel a try.. but because of form factor limitations and features, I went with AMD again.. i personally don't mind AMD.. and I am happy with what i bought.. I just hope it all runs when it get here next week.
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