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post #1 of 5
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Hello,

The specs of the system in question are in my signature. I am in college, have no laptop and have a really good job (as an undergraduate researcher in electrical engineering). I am using loans to pay off tuition and living costs, and have allocated $500 of my savings over the past month towards computer upgrades.

I am considering upgrading/getting these things:
Memory, DVD burner (current one is 8x), Watercooling system, and hard drive.

Memory -- the E6400 i have is exceptional, it can reach 500X8 with good ram/cooling (i had timings loose on my current ram and it was OCCT stable at 85C)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146673

Hard Drive -- 7.2k is not enough
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012

MX-2 Thermal Paste, 20X Black DVD+-RW

CPU only Watercooling: Swiftech Apogee, tubing, MCR-320 w/ fans, MCRES, Hydor L35 pump
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E6400 @ 3.2GHz (400x8) Gigabyte GA-P965-DS3 GeForce 7600GT 2GB OCZ Gold 
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80GB Excelstor DVD+-RW 20X Slackware 20" Westinghouse LCD 
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ps/2 PC P&C 610W Silencer Rosewill Black optical 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Excelstor DVD+-RW 20X Slackware 20" Westinghouse LCD 
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post #2 of 5
You can save some money by getting a lower capacity Raptor, or even getting two 36 GBs and doing a RAID array. Use that for your OS/programs and use a separate HDD for storage (maybe your current one).

Also, Samsung makes really cheap DVD burners the work well.
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LG 12.5" 1366x768 IPS Lenovo Keyboard Lenovo 90W AC Adapter Lenovo X Series ThinkPad Chassis 
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thank you for the advice! I found an IDE 20X for $25.99 + Free ship and it is in fact samsung

well on newegg i dont know if the prices are wrong but the 150GB is THE SAME PRICE as the 74GB models right now.....so I think its a great deal.

do you have HDTach scores on your drives? that HDD setup looks sweet
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Excelstor DVD+-RW 20X Slackware 20" Westinghouse LCD 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Excelstor DVD+-RW 20X Slackware 20" Westinghouse LCD 
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Originally Posted by amd0freak View Post
thank you for the advice! I found an IDE 20X for $25.99 + Free ship and it is in fact samsung

well on newegg i dont know if the prices are wrong but the 150GB is THE SAME PRICE as the 74GB models right now.....so I think its a great deal.

do you have HDTach scores on your drives? that HDD setup looks sweet
They're $30 cheaper.

I was thinking more about the 36 GB Raptors, which is the least expensive Raptor RAID option, but they aren't the only option. The 7200 RPM hard drives with 32 Mb cache are also popular these days also.

I haven't had a chance to bench my RAID setup yet. Waiting for an RMA on my motherboard atm.

Wait, why are you getting an IDE burner? You should get a SATA burner, same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151153

If you have all SATA devices you can disable IDE and your system will boot faster.
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Samsung 840 120GB SSD Nope Itty-Bitty Fans and Heatsinks Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 
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LG 12.5" 1366x768 IPS Lenovo Keyboard Lenovo 90W AC Adapter Lenovo X Series ThinkPad Chassis 
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Samsung 840 120GB SSD Nope Itty-Bitty Fans and Heatsinks Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 12.5" 1366x768 IPS Lenovo Keyboard Lenovo 90W AC Adapter Lenovo X Series ThinkPad Chassis 
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if i use a SATA burner i can't use RAID. its one or the other since I only have one RAID controller on my gigabyte board


anyway i have linux so boot times are fast enough (aka instantaneous to console, 5 sec to X session)
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E6400 @ 3.2GHz (400x8) Gigabyte GA-P965-DS3 GeForce 7600GT 2GB OCZ Gold 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Excelstor DVD+-RW 20X Slackware 20" Westinghouse LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ps/2 PC P&C 610W Silencer Rosewill Black optical 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6400 @ 3.2GHz (400x8) Gigabyte GA-P965-DS3 GeForce 7600GT 2GB OCZ Gold 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Excelstor DVD+-RW 20X Slackware 20" Westinghouse LCD 
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ps/2 PC P&C 610W Silencer Rosewill Black optical 
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