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Excelsior 2010

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I'll update the pictures as I get the parts.

UPDATES:

19/03/2010 - CPU, Mobo and PSU have arrived from Pixmania.ie. Just got an email from Amazon saying that my 4x 7200.12s have shipped . Still waiting on my case to come back into stock at Pixmania (They said today).




So it seems like it's about time for my 2010 upgrade. I've decided to upgrade as much as I can while remaining on a budget, so the Athlon II X4 seemed like the best choice, especially as it was only €60, alot cheaper than a Q8200 at €150, which it pretty much matches in alot of benchmarks stock for stock. I've decided to go with an AM2+ board, as DDR3 would be a little out of my reach, and I already have the G.Skill Pi's in my current rig.

My current rigs specs:

5000+ X2 Black Edition @ 3.2Ghz
Abit AX78 AM2+ Motherboard
4GB G.Skill Pi 800Mhz
Sapphire Radeon 4850 512MB
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
600W OCZ StealthXStream (Has been playing up recently, won't boot without a quick switch toggle).
Antec 300 (A freakin' dust magnet)
OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler


as you can see, I'll be keeping my RAM and GPU, so it's almost a complete overhaul. My new Motherboard, CPU and PSU arrived today, along with my first tube of AS5, and I have to say that tube is tiny. I ordered the 4 new hard drives from Amazon last night, and will hopefully put all 4 in RAID0, and probably will short stroke them.

My next planned upgrades to do after this is maybe get an Intel X25-V SSD and a Radeon 5850/5870, cash is tight after all this upgrading though. I'll hopefully update this thread once my current upgrades are finished next week or so, and post Benchmarks/OC Results etc.

Thanks,

Chris

Edited by SerenityKill3r - 3/21/10 at 8:52am
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Parts arrived, updated OP with Pictures
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Al Gore?

Kidding, this is going to be a nice box =)
    
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Al Gore?

Kidding, this is going to be a nice box =)
Haha, forgot about that. It's also Stan Lee's sign off. He often uses it in his signature. I think it's a pretty cool word.
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I'll hopefully be getting an SSD in the next week or two, whenever my rig is up and running, I've come into some extra cash, so why not blow it on my self

Would you guys recommend the Intel X25-V (40GB) or OCZ Vertex (30GB)?

The Vertex is a bit faster IIRC, but is it worth the 10GB less for a system drive? As Windows 7 takes up nearly 20GB. Is there any issues with running an SSD near capacity?
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Is there any issues with running an SSD near capacity?
Maybe end user frustration lol

Remember, actual formatted capacity will be slightly less than 30GB. If you can live with ~8GB, then by all means go for it.
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Maybe end user frustration lol

Remember, actual formatted capacity will be slightly less than 30GB. If you can live with ~8GB, then by all means go for it.
Well If I get an SSD I'll probably have 2x 500GBs in RAID 0 for applications and games, and 2x 500GBs for storage. I was just wondering if SSDs performed slower when near max capacity like mechanical hard drives.
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Al Gore?

Kidding, this is going to be a nice box =)
I am so behind, but I have to...

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