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Hello all, and thanks for stoping in for just a moment. I am getting ready to build a new Box for the house.. Lets just start off with what i am looking for.... The box will be left running at the house while i am out on the road (Over the Road Truck Driver O/O) when i get home I am mostly going to be doing a lot of Encoding. It is looking like I will have about 100-200 Gig worth of encoding that i will do, so speed is very important. If I do get done with all my work, it will be time to play so then gaming comes into effect (MMORPG). Also, a final note, I am going to try to O`C this machine.

Processor::
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840
or
Intel Pentium D 950

Reason i would like to get one of these is that it is nice to have family that works for Intel


Here is a LINK for you to see the comparison.


Mother Board::

Here is the Asus Board's I was considering

Here is the Giga-byte's I was considering.

What would you recommend?


Memory:::

I do belive 2Gig would be enough, but I think 4 would ust be better.
This is where i get all kinds of confused :unsure: There are so many out there.. For the love of God Please help.....

Hardrives::
I have decided to go with Raptor Hd's unless someone can comeup with a reason as to why not get them. 1x74 and 2x150's


Thanks for any and all idea's I know i am leaving this kinda open to all the other hardware, but I am working on getting the main guts of the machine... One other side note::::: Don't worry about cost of items, it is kinda pointless when all you want is Quality
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post #2 of 11
I'd say get the D 950, and use the Asus mobo.

2 Gigs is PLENTY for even the newest games, you'd only need 4 gigs if you were doing ALOT of hardcore multitasking, like, 50+ things at a time.

I'd suggest some OCZ Platinum EB PC4000. I've heard good things about it from some1 here that uses it, so its what im planning on putting in my rig when i upgrade.

Reason not to go with Raptors? The price!! They aint cheap compared to a WD Caviar. So long as its 7500rpm and 8Mb Cache, it'll do. If you got money to burn, get 2x 150GB Raptors and run them in RAID 0.

Make sure you get a good gfx card. a 6800 atleast.

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I would go with the 950 because of the smaller architecture, it has more L2 cache, higher clock speed, fully compliant with 64bit technology, it will consume less power overall, will generate less heat overall b/c of the 65nm die. Also the 950, supports the new 975xx chipset and its more of an overall future proofing.

As for the motherboards, I would go with Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe, funds provided. Its more of an all around good package, not lacking any features the P5DD2 has but also has additional features that just make life better.

As for ram, if you can afford 4 gigs of ram I say go for it. Like the poster above me said 2 gigs is fine for todays games, but you mentioned 100's of gigs of encoding you need done. So I would say go 4 gigs and it will make you happier.

As for the harddrives I completely agree with your 2x150 raptors but I would ax the 74gb one. Its buffer is way too small to warrant any aid to your system. I would go with your two 150's then through in a WD Caviar SE16 400GB, which is just as quick as the raptors but more storage.

Oh if you can, either wait for Vista, or pick yourself up a copy of XP Pro 64.
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You might want to consider a different hard drive setup. Are you going to run those Raptors in RAID0? If one fails, and your RAID is broken, you loose everything. Maybe consider building a RAID5 ? This gives both improved performance as well as data protection. You'll need 4 hard drives though.

2GB should be enough to begin with. However, if again cost is no limit, consider two 2GB sticks for 4GB total (both ASUS boards you mentioned support 8GB or even 16GB). These are about 300 bucks per stick though.

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Definatly the 9xx series, wait until the end of the month as the 9xx will be dropping in price.

The SLI boards do not OC well, but you will get an average OC out of them. Personally, I question the need for SLI unless you use the system for nothing BUT hardcore FPS gaming, and think you would be better served with the P5WD2 series board (which you can run Crossfire if you really want 2 cards, or limited SLI) and get the 930 or 940 to save a bit and OC it to the sky.

But that's just my opinion.

2 Gigs should be pleanty, just get quality stuff. I always recomend the Corsair XMS series, but OCZ makes some good RAM too.

You could save on HDs by just getting one Raptor for Windows and your games, then get 2 regular HDs, set up in raid for storage.
post #6 of 11
Okay to start off with,

the 950 will definitely be your best bet but do you think you really need the sli mobo? if your going to run sli then yes you do..but to tell you if you plan to oc, the board wont oc as well as lets say a p5wd2e-premium plus this board is way more future proof as people are saying it will work with conroe

you will be great with 2gb of ram although if you have the money go for the 4gb, even though i think it overkill..but thats just me..especially if you get some good quality ram like the xms or ocz platinum or gold

do you have a video card planned out yet?

and for your hd situation go with the raptors
    
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I'd say get a pair of 400 or 500GB drives and stick 'em in RAID1. Tons of storage, and the speed won't be awful.
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Okay Thank you everyone that has submitted some of your thoughts, okay I ordered the 950, and for Gaming, I am not going to be doing diehard all the time, just when ever i have a little bit of time and was not really planning on putting in two 7900's just the one. So with that being said which mother board do i go with? Now for hd's I was just going to use the 2x150's raptors for the encoding part and the 74g as the os/app/games drive. I have a 400 gig drive for the backup drive allready, am I really doing this wrong or am I on the right track?? Is there really an OVERKILL point on doing 4g of ram I was thinking of just maxin out the Motherboard just for the simple fact of doing it. I do not have a money Limit like most people. I look at money this way, well that was a quick 2,000 i spent, OH well atleast i get paid next week to replace that.
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post #9 of 11
For motherboard? Definitely the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium which can overclock the 950 to (250x17) 4.20ghz with the stock cooler and stock Vc.

For RAM: pqi TURBO 2GB DDR2 667.

4GB of RAM is overkill, 2B is the best. For overclocking, the ASUS board with the 975X chipset can easily overclock the 950 to (250x17) 4.20ghz on air with the stock cooler and stock Vcore. Not bad of an improvement.

But come April 23rd. Intel will be doing a huge price cuts on the Pentium Ds, I belive the 950 will be about half the price that currently is or maybe a little more but definitely a lot less than already is.

My opinion, cancel that order and wait a couple of weeks, maybe you could save over $100 in the CPU alone.

Read these two:
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03...pu_price_cuts/
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http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...cuts_23_april/
post #10 of 11
What's a $100...if money is no object why limit yourself to the 950?

The EE is the top of the line...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116246

The Asus P5WD2-E Premium is the best board for what you are discussing.

If that encoding is business related I would reccomend a RAID 0+1 array of 6 identical HDDs (the 150 gig Raptors are the fastest drives) and skip the 400 gig backup drive--the RAID array will backup everything for you.

Having a seperate Raptor for fun and games is not a bad idea--especially if all the other drives are strictly business--and I would go for the 150 gig Raptor as it is simply the fastest.

So it takes you two weeks pay instead--it'll be a killer set up. And with RAID 0+1 you don't have to schedule backups as the backup is continual.
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