September 11th, 2007, 12:40 AM
I have finally pulled the trigger on a new build. It matches the "Double the Performance" guideline for the upgrade. Going from an A7N8-8X, XP2400 to this.
Microsoft Windows Vista
Ultimate 32-Bit Operating System on OEM DVD, Single License Pack
Black SilverStone Strider PSU-SST-ST1000
Black Antec Gun Metal ATX CS-P182
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128046
4 SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD403LJ 400GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822152085
EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130038
LG Electronics Black LG Super Multi 18x SATA DVD Burner GSA-H62NK, 10x DVD+/-R DL, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 12x DVD-RAM - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136120
VIZO VIZO-LUX-350SA-BK Aluminum 3.5" USB 2.0 & SATA External Enclosure - Retail
Item #: N82E16817425001
LIAN LI CR-25B 20-in-1 USB 2.0 Black Aluminum Card Reader - Retail
Finding a card reader with good reviews was impossible. I wanted an integrated floppy drive but the devices with the FD had pitiful reviews. Finding a USB External Enclosure was difficult also. These two devices are questionable but they are on the way.
September 11th, 2007, 07:29 AM
What CPU are you looking at getting?
September 11th, 2007, 09:11 AM
I have a Q6600 (B3 Stepping)
4 x 1Gb Crucial DDR2 PC6400
I want to set up the drives in a Raid 5 array. I will use this for data. I plan on ripping a large CD collection to WAV and then converting to Mp3. Add a few DVDs from home made video.
I would love to have an SDD for the operating system but the prices are just insane. I may get a Raptor and put the OS on it. Quiet is the main theme so I may use one of the Spinpoints for the OS.
Is Ready Boost worth fooling with? Aynone making a USB device to plug into the MB header for Ready Boost?
September 11th, 2007, 11:18 AM
I made a mistake on the drives. I contacted New Egg but it is too late to cancel the drives. They said I could RMA the drives.
I ordered the correct drives;
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822152052
The differences include a longer warranty.
September 11th, 2007, 03:18 PM
Nice setup. I particularly liked the motherboard since it still has the legacy I/O connectors. Would probably get this one if my main system goes kaput. Having said that, I hope that it would never happen at least till I get an idea of what I actually want for my next build.
Let us know how it goes when the comp is up and running.
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September 12th, 2007, 04:23 AM
Some of the guys on here have had good results with ReadyBoost. Myself and a friend have had mixed results with it, the main thing is it's critical that you get a flash drive with sufficient transfer speed.
Originally Posted by Leoslocks
When I initially plugged my flash drive in, Vista said it was fast enough for Readyboost, so I enabled it. But quite frequently after that the had disk would be thrashing like crazy at startup. I eventually realised that the flash drive was still being tested for performance by having 2gb of data paged back and forth to it. When I went back into the Readyboost settings Vista had decided that the drive wasn't fast enough after all.
If you get the right drive I think it can make a tangible difference though.
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition, Gigabyte Z77-D3H, Ivy Bridge i7 3770, nVidia GTX480 1.5Gb, 16Gb Corsair 1600MHz, Creative X-Fi, Seagate 500Gb SATA II, DGM 23" Widescreen TFT
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September 14th, 2007, 12:46 PM
Love the new system!! Post some pics during the install!
Originally Posted by Leoslocks
Antec 300 Illusion
Intel i5 760
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R
G.Skill DDR3 1333 4GB x2
4 WD Green 1.5TB drives
1 Gskill SSD 60gb
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3 P55 1156 PIN DDR3
Win7 64bit Enterprise
Dell 24" WS and a 55" Panasonic Plasma 8ms
The Biggest Risk......Is not taking one!
September 14th, 2007, 01:14 PM
I am hoping all arrives this afternoon. I know the case and PS are on the UPS truck as they missed me yesterday.
Pictures, only if I can neat the system up.
September 14th, 2007, 09:30 PM
Time for a break. Everything is here and being assembled. I guess I could take some pictures of boxes, packaging and extra cables and such but what a mess!
I booted to the bios a couple of times before I started assembling the hard drives. Even with the case open it is quiet. Just one scare. I plugged the PCIe cable into the 8800GTS but didnt finish plugging it into the PS. Such a shreak it made.
September 20th, 2007, 11:34 PM
Well, SATA cables and the modular cabling of the power supply make it easier to stuff a lot in the case.
Vista will take some getting use to.
September 21st, 2007, 12:08 PM
Strange things happening with Vista. The image that "does not exist." was there last night. I had trouble getting Image Shack to accept the jpeg file. Other image editing software would not show the thumbnail of the jpeg files created on Vista. ??? I ended up saving it as png .
Here is the thumbnail link to the image.
Here is what was posted previously.
September 21st, 2007, 07:42 PM
System looks good. I have never worked on a case with the psu at the bottom.
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