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This is a build I am putting together for my uncle. Overclocking is highly unlikely as we are going for stability, and he just doesn't need it. System will be a "workstation" with low graphic demands. Just looking for you to check for compatibility issues, suggestions, or things to watch out for.

Intel G965 Motherboard $130

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 $230

2x1GB Corsair Value DDR2-667 $200 (what is the difference between PC5300 and PC5400?)

Onboard Sound chosen (new X3000) with chose of 7300LE in the future.

2x WD 160GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 3.0 (RAID0) $65 each / $130 total

2x LiteON DVD Burner $60

Antec SLK3000B $45

Sunbeam NUUO 450 Watt $50

ViewSonic 19" LCD 8ms 500:1 DVI/VGA $200

Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Mouse
$39.00

XP Media Center 2005 SP2 w/ Vista Upgrade $110

Total Base Cost: $1188 + Shipping
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Intel G965 Motherboard $129.99 - Actually a good choice, given the ICH8R southbridge.. I did not find a P965 based board with the ICH8R that's cheaper

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 $183.50 - Since it's stock, put some thought into an E6400, which is only $40 extra. Or, if he wants to, and E6600. This would be a better upgrade than the Raptors.

2x1GB Corsair Value DDR2-667 $199 (what is the difference between PC5300 and PC5400?) - Sure, why not. Good stuff for stock. No difference between PC5300 and PC5400. It's both DDR2 533, just the different companies estimating a different bandwidth

ASUS 7300LE 128MB PCIe $51.99 (He may go with either this or the onboard) - I'd get the separate card, just to take some pressure of the system RAM.

2x WD 160GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 3.0 (RAID0) $64.99 each / $129.98 total (he is considering getting RAID0 150GB Raptors, however for $448, I think it is overkill) - Raptors are totally overkill. If he wants to spend more, there are other parts to look at (CPU)

LiteON DVD Burner $29.99 - OK

Antec SLK3700 ATX Case w/ 350 Watt PSU $89.99- be quick: Antec LifeStyle SONATA II 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 $99.99 - $40 MIR!

ViewSonic 19" LCD 8ms 500:1 DVI/VGA $199 - yep

Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Mouse $39.00 - sure

XP Media Center 2005 SP2 w/ Vista Upgrade $109.99 - any reason for the Media Center Version?

Total Base Cost: $1160 Shipped

W/ 7300LE: $1215 Shipped

W/ 7300LE + Raptors: $1530 Shipped
    
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Damn, does this guy ever sleep? He's always the first to hit up a 1 page answer with allllll the info!
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Since I mostly have an afternoon class schedule, my sleep hours are like 5AM - 12 Noon... I know.. bad habit
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Intel G965 Motherboard $129.99 - Actually a good choice, given the ICH8R southbridge.. I did not find a P965 based board with the ICH8R that's cheaper

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 $183.50 - Since it's stock, put some thought into an E6400, which is only $40 extra. Or, if he wants to, and E6600. This would be a better upgrade than the Raptors.

2x1GB Corsair Value DDR2-667 $199 (what is the difference between PC5300 and PC5400?) - Sure, why not. Good stuff for stock. No difference between PC5300 and PC5400. It's both DDR2 533, just the different companies estimating a different bandwidth

ASUS 7300LE 128MB PCIe $51.99 (He may go with either this or the onboard) - I'd get the separate card, just to take some pressure of the system RAM.

2x WD 160GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 3.0 (RAID0) $64.99 each / $129.98 total (he is considering getting RAID0 150GB Raptors, however for $448, I think it is overkill) - Raptors are totally overkill. If he wants to spend more, there are other parts to look at (CPU)

LiteON DVD Burner $29.99 - OK

Antec SLK3700 ATX Case w/ 350 Watt PSU $89.99- be quick: Antec LifeStyle SONATA II 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 $99.99 - $40 MIR!

ViewSonic 19" LCD 8ms 500:1 DVI/VGA $199 - yep

Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Mouse $39.00 - sure

XP Media Center 2005 SP2 w/ Vista Upgrade $109.99 - any reason for the Media Center Version?

Total Base Cost: $1160 Shipped

W/ 7300LE: $1215 Shipped

W/ 7300LE + Raptors: $1530 Shipped
We just ordered it. He is very nervous about venturing away from Dell, so lets hope it is a successful build!

He went with the E6400 over the E6300, good choice, we did the 2 7200RPM drive in RAID0, and kept everything else the same.

We went with XP Media Center because of the free upgrade to Vista Home Premium. XP Pro is more expensive and the Vista upgrade route is to Vista Business, which he does not need.

After reading the countless reviews about the Antec PSUs dying, we went with a 450Watt SunBeam NUUO and a Antec Case. The NUUO should give him better reliability. Most of the reviews cited that the Antec PSU was either DOA or died within weeks... I have similar experiences.
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Good choices.. I like
    
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Why would he go RAID0 for stability? He should go RAID 1 for stability, so he can mirror the data. I've heard RAID 1 is good for stability and not losing data, and RAID0 is just for speed. If I'm mistaken, yell at me and tell me how dumb I am.
    
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Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
Why would he go RAID0 for stability? He should go RAID 1 for stability, so he can mirror the data. I've heard RAID 1 is good for stability and not losing data, and RAID0 is just for speed. If I'm mistaken, yell at me and tell me how dumb I am.
RAID0 is for speed and does not offer any benefits in terms of data security. Actually, RAID0 offers increased chance of failure, however, with modern SATA 3.0 drives RAID failure is extremely rare (if ever).
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How about Xeon Conroe?????
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post #10 of 23
When looking at this thread in the last 10 posts it says

"New build - Just looking to get some..."

lol..couldn't help myself! Nice build though, great workstation!
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500gb WD Black / 2x 1TB WD Black RAID1 LG DVD/RW Super Multi Windows 7 Enterprise x64 ASUS ML239H 23" LED  
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