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I was considering relieving my old Socket 478 PC and throwing together a new(er) LGA 775 PC for my home file server. Basically, all I need are a motherboard that will do at least 4 SATA ports (SATA-II?), a Windows 7 compatible video card (preferably the HIS IceQ series that exhaust air our the back, if the mobo doesn't have onboard video), a quiet but effective cooler, and a case. I'm going for quiet and looks, for the most part.

EDIT: For SATA, I plan on having 4 HDDs, two of them actually "usable" and the other two mirroring (forgot what kind of RAID setup that is).
Edited by tmcclelland455 - 8/30/13 at 4:42pm
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what budget did you have in mind?

The older 775 core2duos are still fast, but if you want quiet, I suggest going for the new celerons.
A celeron G550 dualcore or A4 APU would be most energy efficient.

Their cpu speed is similar to an LGA775 E5300 dualcore.
The celeron G550 onboard video is similar to a geforce 9400GT while the A4 Llano is near 9500GT performance.
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I'll probably just pick up part by part, so about $100 for every part. I didn't have a Core 2 Duo, it's actually a 3.2GHz Celeron.
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I'll probably just pick up part by part, so about $100 for every part. I didn't have a Core 2 Duo, it's actually a 3.2GHz Celeron.
Which means netburst which means high power consumption and heat output. And on top of that a celeron from the core 2 era would curbstomp it in every single field.
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I've used it with an old motherboard and a stock cooler and it didn't put out much heat. The fan rarely spun up to fun speed. It's gonna be running in my basement, which stays about 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
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And I plan on putting something like the CoolerMaster TX3 on it, which does very well.
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I've used it with an old motherboard and a stock cooler and it didn't put out much heat. The fan rarely spun up to fun speed. It's gonna be running in my basement, which stays about 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Still a waste of power especially for the performance it gives. Couple of years ago i decided to pit a Pentium D 945 (netburst) vs my Celeron E1400 (Core 2). Even though the Pentium D was clocked 1400mhz higher and had significantly more cache, the Celeron matched it in performance, and did it with half the power draw.

What i am saying is that that Celeron D you have is simply too old and inefficient. Hell with a low end Core 2 based CPU you can run it entirely passive and not worry about overheating. Cant do that with a Netburst CPU, not without an enormous amount of heatsink area and mass. And keep in mind thats just with 65nm parts. With 45nm parts the performance/watt ratio increases greatly (A Celeron E3400 is something along the lines of 75% faster than your Celeron D and does it on a smaller thermal and electrical footprint).

In short, go to ebay and grab a Core 2 based Celeron. It'll be cheap now, and in the long run when running costs are factored into it.
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Still a waste of power especially for the performance it gives. Couple of years ago i decided to pit a Pentium D 945 (netburst) vs my Celeron E1400 (Core 2). Even though the Pentium D was clocked 1400mhz higher and had significantly more cache, the Celeron matched it in performance, and did it with half the power draw.

What i am saying is that that Celeron D you have is simply too old and inefficient. Hell with a low end Core 2 based CPU you can run it entirely passive and not worry about overheating. Cant do that with a Netburst CPU, not without an enormous amount of heatsink area and mass. And keep in mind thats just with 65nm parts. With 45nm parts the performance/watt ratio increases greatly (A Celeron E3400 is something along the lines of 75% faster than your Celeron D and does it on a smaller thermal and electrical footprint).

In short, go to ebay and grab a Core 2 based Celeron. It'll be cheap now, and in the long run when running costs are factored into it.

Or...go find a cheap X58 board and 1366 Xeon. There's some 6 core Xeons on ebay for $100 bucks.
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Or...go find a cheap X58 board and 1366 Xeon. There's some 6 core Xeons on ebay for $100 bucks.
An X58 board and a CPU for that board is close to $200, add in a triple channel set of ram thats another $30-40. He doesnt need an i7 for a fileserver and even if he did there's better choices out there than a nehalem based CPU.
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