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post #16 of 47 (permalink) Old 2006-12-07, 03:25 PM
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Wow that system is very similar to mine that was recently ordered. Here it is for reference.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.13GHZ 1066FSB 2MB Retail *Limit 1 / Cust* 1 $279.99 $279.99

20621 ASUS P5NSLI ATX LGA775 Conroe Nforce 570 SLI DDR2 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SATA RAID LAN Motherboard $129.60
15422 Antec Sonata II Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 450W Air Duct 120MM Fan $109.95
18495 OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
$281.53
18409 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
$115.90
20094 Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with SP2 OEM English Single Pack $140.60
$129.60
Shipping & Handling: $80.56
Shipping Insurance: $15.70
SUBTOTAL: $1,142.83
HST (14%): $160.00
TOTAL: $1,302.83

My video card of choice was:

EVGA E-GEFORCE 7900 GTO 650MHZ PCI-E 512MB 256BIT 1.32GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card 1 $299.99

Had a $30.00 rebate on it at that time.
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post #17 of 47 (permalink) Old 2006-12-07, 03:57 PM
 
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Looks like a good system. I would go with a BenQ DW1655 16x DVD±RW. If you don't mind spending the extra money, a Plextor PX-760A 18x DVD±RW would be better.

I wouldn't skimp too much on the motherboard, it's cheaper than buying cards for ports, etc that are missing on cheap boards. The 7600GT will probably perform almost as well as a 7900GS. You would need to go to a 7900GT to see much difference. The memory looks good. I would definitely go with a Intel Core Duo CPU at this time. They are currently the best performers and will save money energy consumption as well.
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post #18 of 47 (permalink) Old 2006-12-07, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I currently have a Plextor drive and to this day, I can't figure out why spending almost three times the price is worth it.

(oh and the plextor drive I bought originally broke down about 6 weeks after I got it and it took nine weeks to get replaced!)



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Hugh,

Any reason why your not thinking about the 7900 series Nvidia?
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post #20 of 47 (permalink) Old 2006-12-07, 05:08 PM
 
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I have an older Plextor CD-RW and it still performs well. It rips CDs better than a newer DVD-RW drive. The Plextors support more features and tend to perform better at most tasks. Most people won't notice the difference in everyday use though. Pioneer drives were once regarded at being the best and fetched premium prices but are now just middle-of-the-pack performers. You might want to head over to CDRLAbs.com and check out the DVD drive reviews.
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I was wondering why you wanted to put an NVidia card into a Crossfire enabled board? Nothing wrong with that, I have an ATI video card in an SLI enabled board. But, like me, you won't be able to upgrade by adding a second card. OTOH, my son's computer has a 7600GT and he gloats about it being faster than my AIW X600Pro and has an upgrade path to even better performance by adding a second card in SLI.

My ASUS A8N-SLI Premium has similar passive cooling and was well worth the money. Combined with the Sonata II it is virtually silent. Way below ambient noise: refrigerator, forced air, etc.

GDX made some good observations about the Sonata II. The CPU duct is pretty imposing. Fortunately it did fit over the rather low profile of the Zalman CP7000 fan. However, the duct opening is square and I wonder if it couldn't have fit over the stock AMD cooler and isolate the fan noise? My tower sits on the floor and vacuums in a lot of dust through the low front vent that cakes the CPU fan. I'm hoping the duct will prevent that because it draws air from the rear of the case about 10" above the floor. If not, it's going to be a bugger to remove to clean the CPU fan. Definitely, disconnect the blue front panel LEDs. My wife hated them and isn't too keen about the PWR & HDD lights blinking either.

One last thing. You'll love that dual-core CPU. My Athlon 64 X2 3800 simply blew away my previous Athlon 64 3200. My son can play Prince of Persia while MCE is recording a TV show with absolutely no dropped frames!
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post #22 of 47 (permalink) Old 2006-12-09, 02:06 PM
 
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My ASUS A8N-SLI Premium has similar passive cooling
Another option is an Arctic Cooling video cooler. They are inaudible on low and almost inaudible on high. They also vent out the back of the case which helps with case cooling.
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I would spend an extra $200 and get the 8800 gs video card. You are gonna need an HDCP card to play HD stuff, and you will have a dx10 card which will future proof you.
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I would spend an extra $200 and get the 8800 gs video card.
Even if a gamer, I'd spend $150 for a plain vanilla 7600GT today and another $150 in a year when Vista has matured, DX10 isn't just a marketing gimmick, HDMI is more reliable, HD/BD playback software actually works and hidef PC drives are around for less than arm and a leg.

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Ya, but a 7600 GT is going to suck at 1680x1050 res even today. I have a 7800 GTX 512 and some titles give me barely acceptable frame rates at that res.
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Damn near the same as mine also! I ordered way back in August, I didn't get a conroe (805D) as I was waiting for the prices to drop... drop-in upgade when I decide to though.



I really recomend the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3. Great mobo, the OCZ is good memory also, and you'll really like a 7900. I had a 7600 in the old comp and this 7900 is quite a bit better, (so's the rest of the system though). The Antec Performance TX1050B is a incredible case, huge though... probley not what you want for a HTPC if in your living room.

These prices are several months old so things should be even cheaper now...

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Hi Hugh,
Did you in fact purchase the system you opened this thread with? If yes, I'm curious to hear your impressions, and also if you sourced parts from multiple resellers or if there's a particular store you'd recommend?
Thanks,
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i would like to know as well where the best place to buy a custom desktop is in the GTA? or is it that much better to source part it out? I haven't put a system together before.

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I like Canada Computers - they have very good prices on components and they have a very large selection as well. They will also build the system for you also (for a fee). There are about 6 locations in the GTA.
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post #30 of 47 (permalink) Old 2007-01-07, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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warthog, I have not purchased yet. With Christmas season, things were so hectic and we were able to get my daughter using my laptop so the "need" was much less.

I have decided to pretty much buy what was discussed but am waiting until Feb/March so its loaded with Vista (save the upgrade headache) and save some cash!



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