9 Cans of Ravioli
Well, Conroe's nice an all, but I'm staying away. Gunna stay with S939. I can easily afford a E6300 / Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 / 2GB DDR2-800 rig, but I'd still have an ugly case, poor airflow, stock cooling, and still no DVD burner.
So far, this is what I'm thinking about upgrading to. For Christmas I get around $300 -> $325, and I have $270 of my own money. Probably won't start buying until around Christmas, but I'd still like to make "plans."
Here it is:
- AMD Opteron 165
- DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR
- 2GB DDR500 Crucial Ballistix (1GB x2)
- RaidMax X1 Mid-Tower Case
- Rosewill Black + Red 120mm Fans (x2)
- Rosewill Black + Red 80mm Fan (x1)
- Samsung 18X DVD±R DVD Burner
Opteron, so usually good OCing. Cheapest S939 Dual core. 1MB x2.
Reasons for LanParty UT RDX200
Crossfire. I'm not sticking with Nvidia anymore. I had a 6800GS and it had jumpy shadows. Got a 7600GT after I accidently killed it, and it had the same problem. Less noticable, but still had it. Drivers seemed to fix it, but still annoying. Plus I really want to fold on my video card. Plus, its DFI.
Reasons for Crucial Ballistix
Its 2GB, so its an upgrade on amount. Its DDR500. Guarentted 250Mhz. Its D9 Micron chips. (Right?). Seem to get 300Mhz with 2.85v stock timings. Plus they are cheap and look nice.
Reason for RaidMax X1 Case:
Built in temperature monitor. Big plus. Two tone. Not really a plus, but it matches with most of my room. (Either want a black case, or two tone.) I can flip the window so the fan is blowing over my GPU if I want to, and plus it has 120mm fan mounts in both the front and back. Plus its relativly cheap.
Reasons for Rosewill Fans:
Fan controller included in the box(es). Red and black. Matches the cold cathodes I have (red.) High CFM when I need it, low noise when I don't.
Reasons for Samsung DVD Burner:
DVD-RAM (12x), LightScribe, cheap, good review, and because I need one.
Open to any suggestions. Might drop the mobo for something else, because I probably *won't* use Crossfire. But - if I'm getting an ATI card I mind as well just in case. Plus its the cheapest DFI board.
Might drop the case, and fans and get some nice(er) speakers, but not sure about that yet. My case is *pretty* ugly.