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post #1 of 11
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Hey guys, I'm building my first computer, and I'd like some second opinions on if I screwed anything up, or missed something.

My goals are:

1) Silence + Storage [sorta a HTPC sitting next to my bed hooked to projector]

2) Dev box... meaning processing power - running app and db servers, Eclipse, Linux with VMware for Vista, etc

Only thing to note is overclocking is NOT assured; it depends on how stable I need it for any servers I have running... I would like the option though. Also, I would like to play COD4 and maybe some Crysis (high on low res for projector) if possible. Thank you!!!!

Here it is:

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=7447371

Or locally:
  • EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
  • ECS N9600GT-512MX-P GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply - Retail
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model EU80580PJ0606M - OEM
  • COOLER MASTER GeminII RR-CCH-ANU2-GP CPU+ Board Cooler - Retai
  • A-DATA 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16K - Retail
  • Western Digital Caviar RE2 GP WD1000FYPS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
  • Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
  • Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK - OEM
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post #2 of 11
Well, holy crap, that's a lot of power for a server. Firstly, you don't need a 780i chipset. A cheap x38 or p35 would suite your needs very well. Secondly, 9600GT? You won't get silence with that. They got hot bro....

Otherwise you can downgrade a lot of those parts and save a considerable amount of cash. If you want me to elaborate on which particular parts, I can do so...but I'd think you can figure that out...
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post #3 of 11
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:-)

The 9600GT model I'm getting is fanless - it comes with a preinstalled Arctic Cooling Accelero S2.

I'm really interested in your suggestion that the 780i is overkill. I'll start looking for a cheap x38 or p35 like you said. I only liked the board because the 6x SATA controller it comes with supports JBOD... which I need because I might want to add hard drives later without reformatting. I don't _think_ you can do that with any of the RAIDs... I can't seem to find a straight answer on the net. The cheaper boards have SATA controllers listing RAID 0/1/5/etc, but no JBOD.

I also liked the board because it had 2x PCI-E 2.0, so I could add a second 9600GT later (maybe) to help with Crysis... but it might not be needed, because my projector only supports 1024x768, so one of them might be enough for High setting. Hm.

Where do you think I could scale back and save the most cash?

Thanks!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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post #4 of 11
here it supports jbod and has 6 sata ports


i know you cant buy form newegg but its explains the board well
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post #5 of 11
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i know you cant buy form newegg but its explains the board well
I can buy from NewEgg because I'll be back in the US from May 1-18th. That board looks great. Will I lose any performance from my card, because it's not PCI-E 2.0? Also, I won't be able to add a second card in SLI, correct?

It's probably worth saving the extra $100 considering I don't even know for sure I'll ever want SLI.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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post #6 of 11
well i didnt know that

nope and yes
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by rrc7cz View Post
I can buy from NewEgg because I'll be back in the US from May 1-18th. That board looks great. Will I lose any performance from my card, because it's not PCI-E 2.0? Also, I won't be able to add a second card in SLI, correct?

It's probably worth saving the extra $100 considering I don't even know for sure I'll ever want SLI.
You will not lose any performance from your current card. If you keep the board around for 5 or so years you might see a performance loss when buying a graphics card from that time period, but there's nothing on the market that oversaturates PCI-e x16.

No, you don't get SLI, but you don't honestly need it either.

As for the build itself, I'd probably opt for a SATA DVD drive, but you might need all the SATA ports you can get if you go for a drive-heavy system.
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post #8 of 11
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Thanks everyone! This has been great feedback (and it looks like it saved me $100 on the motherboard). @RayvinAzn, yeah my idea is to save as many SATA for the drives as possible. The only thing I'm trying to decide now is between these two (scaled back) motherboards:

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX

GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II

Either of them are probably fine, and the differences are minimal. In the Gigabyte I like the "evergy saver" stuff, but maybe it's just marketing fluff... I also like that Maybe in the future I can swap in a 1600 FSB processor... and that it has straight 8 SATA. The Abit, however, has 1 extra x16, plus Firewire.. and a lot more reviews.

Hm
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2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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post #9 of 11
The energy-saving option is pretty minimal. Better than nothing, but not too impressive either. The biggest deal about the EP35C-DS3R is that it offers support for both DDR2 and DDR3 (not at the same time however). It has four DDR2 slots, and two DDR3 slots, so you can upgrade to DDR3 RAM later if prices drop and you want to carry over your RAM to a new build.

The IP35 Pro has the extra PCI-e slot, but it doesn't actually work at x16. It only supports Crossfire, and is electrically limited to x4 mode.

Between the two of them, the EP35C-DS3R is definitely the better choice.
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Mushkin Reactor 1TB LG Blu-Ray Burner Cryorig H7 Window 10 
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BenQ XL2420T Code 87 Clears Rosewill Photon 650 Fractal Design Core 3500W 
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post #10 of 11
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So Gigabyte it is. I'm really excited... I think I'll do the purchase on Friday, to try and catch any last second price drops... but the way the USD is looking, the prices could go up... I am also getting a BenQ W500 projector, and it was $716 on Amazon last week, now it's $915 :-(
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R ECS GeForce 9600GT A-Data 8GB DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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Q6700 GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R ECS GeForce 9600GT A-Data 8GB DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2x WD Caviar RE2 1TB, 1x Barracuda ES.2 250GB Asus 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/LightScribe Ubuntu 64 & Vista 64 Corsair 550W CMPSU-550VX V2.2 
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