TECH Rate my PC build v.10002835837

1999TL

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Sep 22, 2006
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Lubbock, TX
I already have a Lian Li Memorial case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112084

I've had it for awhile, just never got around to building a new rig after my desktop died. I've just used my lappy.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9950- $274
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115131

Artic silver $5.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

Intel BOXDP45SG LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX DDR3 Intel Motherboard - Retail


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121348

ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W Continuous @ 45°C (Maximum Continuous Peak: 850W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply - Retail


Price $149. Had a promo code when I was looking at it for $119, but now it just expired. considering something else now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379006

maybe this PSU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...71009&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-17-371-009-_-Homepage

2X $72.99
Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220304

As for the video card, I'm not really too sure. I dont do any gaming. This is mainly going to be a Home theatre PC. Sometimes,I import video from my HD camcorder, but that's not too often. i Just know that it took FOREVER on my old rig.

$139- OTAC ZT-96TES3D-FSP GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500070
Has HDMI. Saw an ATI one that looked sick but it was $279.

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118020
I'm going to salvage my DVD player for now. Ill pick up Blu-Ray later as it gets even cheaper. I want to use this rig to play my movies straight to my TV, and to serve my files. Which brings up Raid. I still have to look into how I'm going to manage files. I want something Quiet.
 

Valence Bond

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I personally would have gone with a different brand of video card (maybe a more reputable one), but otherwise, it looks good
 

skinjob

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If you're not going to game on the machine, there really is no point in spending more than $100 on the video card. The cards in the $50 - $100 range usually have hardware decoding for movies, but do away with most of the hardware 3D acceleration for games. They will use less power and run cooler. Something like the nvidia 8600, 9500 or ATI 36xx or 46xx would do well in a HTPC. Also, you won't need such a beefy power supply. You could get a 400-500W Corsair for ~$100.
 
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1999TL

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I picked that video card b/c it has HDMI. I dont even know how HDMI works through the video card. I tried looking for HDMI output on the motherboards, but it seems AMD boards have more boards that support that. Maybe it's better to go AMD for a HTPC...meh.
 

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Wouldn't it be wise to wait for Nehalem if you're planning to get a Quad right now with DDR3?


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bowrofl

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HDMI and DVI are the exact same thing, but HDMI also carries an audio signal, as well as video.... should've gotten an XFX or eVGA card with nvidia :dunno:
 
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1999TL

1999TL

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HDMI and DVI are the exact same thing, but HDMI also carries an audio signal, as well as video.... should've gotten an XFX or eVGA card with nvidia :dunno:
I haven't gotten anything yet. I'm still looking into it. I know what HDMI and DVI is. I'd just rather have HDMI so I dont have to worry about running audio, but the Intel boards are limited to what has it on the mobo. If the on boards graphics is good and it has HDMI, I'd be fine with that. seems like there are more choices for what I want in micro atx.
 

skinjob

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I haven't gotten anything yet. I'm still looking into it. I know what HDMI and DVI is. I'd just rather have HDMI so I dont have to worry about running audio, but the Intel boards are limited to what has it on the mobo. If the on boards graphics is good and it has HDMI, I'd be fine with that. seems like there are more choices for what I want in micro atx.

If it's going to be a dedicated HTPC, consider a motherboard like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121353

The onboard video is definitely good enough for HD movies.
 
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1999TL

1999TL

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I dont think I really need just a dedicated HTPC. I am just tired of transferring my movies over to a USB key to plug into my divx dvd player. I'm going to use the rig everyday, but the media features will always be ready. As of right now, I have to connect my laptop up to the TV if i want to play MKV files that my DVD player doesn't support. It's just becoming a slght burden.

Have you seen how huge my case is? I guess it makes sense there are a lot more options for the mAtx cases. I just dont need a dedicated HTPC. Plus, it would look silly for me to bolt a mAtx into my case.
 

syxx

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Jul 27, 2007
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Get an ATI HD 4850. They are going for around $150 and will completely decimate that 9600. Not to mention its probably better for video editing anyway.
 

pure

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Apr 10, 2001
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Is money at all an issue? If it's partly an HTPC I can build you something a hell of alot cheaper, quieter and more energy efficient with full HTPC functionality.

You don't game, but what's the most CPU intensive thing you'd do? Do you compile code or edit video or is it just an e-mail/internet/HTPC?
 
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1999TL

1999TL

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Get an ATI HD 4850. They are going for around $150 and will completely decimate that 9600. Not to mention its probably better for video editing anyway.

That looks like a good option.

I'm just using this thing for an HTPC. It's not as crucial now b/c I finally setup to easily play video on my big screen via HDMI. I just dont have 5.1. I'm using 2.1 right now.

I want to build something that gets good value and performance...money not necessarily being an issue.
 

pure

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ASUS M3A-H/HDMI AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131289

AMD Phenom 9350e Agena 2.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103293

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Scythe SCMNJ-1000 80mm Sleeve "NINJA MINI" CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185046

picoPSU-120 Power Kit
http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-120...e3eSc3eMbxuPe34Pa38Ta38Paxb0?sc=8&category=13

$445 plus taxes and shipping. Use onboard video, the 780G can easily decode bluray. You can probably run that fanless so you'd have a computer with only hard drive noise. Worst case scenario have a 120mm fan venting air out and one sucking air in.

Add whatever harddrive you want for 50-100 bucks. You'd have a nearly silent, extremely energy efficient computer that can easily do what you need it to do.

edit: if you're going to have more than 2 or 3 drives (either 3 HDD's or 2 HDD 1 optical) you don't want a picoPSU. In that case I'd suggest:

SeaSonic S12 II SS-330GB 330W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151035

I forgot about the "file serving" part :o
 
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Doomsday

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Mar 14, 2000
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I might consider going ATI for videocard since they cater to HTPC's a lot, but I'm not going AMD.

the radeon 4 series will suck for htpc
default setting for the cooler will make it run hot
the fan tweak will make it colder, but is fuckin noisy

trust me, you don't want to watch a movie with buzzing/mechanical sounds from the pc

I would recommend any of these: all have HDMI (some via adapter), HDCP, fanless
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&Subcategory=48&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=
 

pure

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For what you want to do, intel isn't necessary and you're spending alot more money for little benefit. But, it's up to you.

If you want an intel platform, get a mobo with an nvidia 9300 chipset. It's a good HTPC chipset and it'll handle H264 and VC-1 decode. Full 8 channel LPCM over HDMI is supported. Fuck the graphics card, you don't game and you don't need it. It's not even a money issue, it's a power, heat and silence issue. 83 watts total system power draw while playing bluray ain't so bad and with a q9300 it's using less than 10% of the CPU. A discrete graphics card can almost use that much power by itself!

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3432&p=6

That Seasonic 330 watt PSU I suggested is a perfect size for what you need. There's a guy on SPCR that's running his file server with 9 hard drives and a Q9450 off of a 380 watt antec PSU. You'll have plenty of juice leftover when you want to add more than 3 hard drives.

The PSU's you chose in your first post were incredible overkill. Point of reference-a server with 2 Xeon E5410 CPU's, 32 gigs of RAM and 25 hard drives is using a 900 watt PSU, and only actually draws 475 watts.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1045086
 
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