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Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

Question: Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

Hope this is the 'best' forum to post this query in, heres a little backstory and our thoughts so far:

Some friends and I are going to rent 1u in a data center for all our geeky needs; our 'needs' to start with are a bunch of websites (and databases), a VoIP server and a few dedicated game servers. We'll be running some form of *nix if that matters (seen some anti *nix specs regarding RAID?)

I was shocked how expensive 1u chassis can be, is there a big premium on this or should we look at renting 2u to save here? On the 1u front we don't need hotswap bays or a slim optical or anything flash, some decisions will be based on MB/CPU - more on that later.

Our 'dream' was to go straight to dual processor but it looks like we will have to be abit more economical; Im under the impression you can get a dual socket MB and run with 1 cpu, hopefully we could/would upgrade down the line if neccessary; we were looking at going Xeon not sure whats the best cache etc for our needs, what chipsets are good. Can you rely on built in raid (that isnt anti *nix)?

Storage isn't really an issue, we'll be using gigs rather than terabytes of data however we'd like to have 2+ harddrives for some form of RAID (important stuff will be backed up offsite). SATA will be fine I think, we won't be taxing the HDDs much.

We also dreamed of having alot of memory, which we can also add to later - does anyone have any advice on how memory hungry game servers can be, or if apache gets memory crazy after 10+ sites?

Lastly power, without any 'gfx' of note how much wattage do you really need?

Sorry if it all seems vague but i've not found any current information on custom 1u builds, hopefully when were done I can write up our experiences and give you some pictures :>

Thankyou for any input.

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Answer: Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

What is your budget for this project? You may find it is more cost effective to buy a "gently used" 1U server off ebay rather than building your own.

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After searching a few threads on this, I have decided that I may need more personal attention. I am building a brand new rig soon, due to the expected drop in the Q6600 quad-core processor on 22 JUL which I am pretty excited about. We'll see if that happens as expected...

I am trying to build in preparation for the future tech advances, so I don't need to build another for a good 3-4 years. My main concern is finding the right motherboard. My requirements on a motherboard are basically:

--Socket 775, of course
--SLI, just in case I decide to add another video card
--8gb max RAM, but 4gb would be acceptable too, supporting at least DDR2-800
--I would like two IDE buses, but one would be fine. I just ordered two 300gb SATA HDDs because I don't see a way I can use all my IDE devices.
--at least two regular PCI slots
--onboard Firewire would be nice

My next problem is a power supply. I am using ULTRA 500w X-connect modular units, and I have a ton of them. I suppose they won't suffice for this application, especially since it appears that I'll need the 8-pin power connector for the processor. [A quick digression: would a substantially higher wattage power supply mean necessarily that it would use more electricity in my house, even if I didn't have that many devices plugged in to require it all?]

Aside from that, I need a video card recommendation. I currently am running an XFX 6800XT 512mb.. but that technology was old even when I bought it. It ha... Read more

Answer:Building new Q6600 rig soon! Hardware advice?

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ok, so i plan to build a data "server" out of ordinary PC parts, it will be running just about 24\7, i was wondering what OS i should use for it, the computer i will be connecting to it will be running XP pro, so i doubt a linux server will work, although im not sure... if you need to, or want to know the hardware im gonna use ill post links to the hardware im going to buy this coming school year

Answer:advice on a server im building...

A linux server would be perfectly fine using Samba. I thought you hated Microsoft and now you're talking XP Pro?You don't need exotic, state of the art hardware for a server, by the way.

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Hi all,

I'm looking to build a WHS. Looking for modest case, amd dual core, mobo w/ ddr2 and 4+ Sata sockets, and 1 or 2 1TB drives. Ideally pick most of it up cheap/used, but maybe HDDs new. Have PSU already, plus one video card if needed.

Currently have about 800GB of movies, pictures, music, docs, etc. stored on a 1TB drive in one pc. Mostly ripped movies and music. Pics have been burned to DVD and placed in bank safe deposit box, which also has the original memory cards from the camera. Docs (not much) are on the 1TB plus backed up to external 150GB disk. I have no backup now for movies and music.

I'm looking at an Antec Mini P182 or maybe an Antec 300, but why can't I just buy a $30 no-name case?

Fry's has WD 15EARS 1.5TB for $90 each.

Not really looking for RAID at this point, but maybe later, if I add additional drives.

Any build suggestions?

Answer:building WHS server; need advice

You can find the answers to theses questions and much, much more in the Data Storage Systems forum.

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As the title says I am building my first comp and I want it to have some really good stuff on it so I can play all the current and future pc games at the best quality with no lag problems.

My price range is around 1k-2k (or whatever it takes to build myself a great gaming comp). I only have 100 bucks right now, but after christmas and my b-day I should be getting a couple of hundred extra.

I am only going to be using this computer for gaming so I dont want a dvd drive or anything that I wouldnt need for gaming.

So I made this thread to get some price ranges and a list of stuff that I would need to put my comp together.

P.S. Would you recommend me using fans or water cooled system to keep the comp cool?

Answer:Solved: First time building comp need advice on hardware

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Current build:

Dell PowerEdge 830
Pentium D 3.0ghz
800mhz FSB mobo
2x2gb PC2-4200 / 533MHz, supports 8gb
C: is on a 40gb drive, 400mb free!!!
250gb in RAID 1 on a RAID card
another 250gb internal
another 1tb external

There are about 12 workstations and around 25 users, about 10 of which are just old email addresses of ex-employees who get their emails forwarded to current employees.

There are also two printers on the network and an FTP exchange.

So as you can tell the C: drive is running critically low on storage and as a result we have to restart the computer at least once a day. I have already bought another 640gb hd and plan to use HDClone or something to clone the current C: onto it and swap them out. That and a couple more sticks of RAM might get us by for a while.

All of my building experience has been building gaming computers, but they have been more than reliable. While shopping for parts on Newegg I have noticed that there are server specific CPUs, mobos, ram, cases, etc., and they all seem to cost up to twice as much as gaming components. Also they are typically produced by manufacturers I have never heard of (with the exception of CPUs). Is this all hype or will gaming components be reliable for what we are doing?

I understand that our server won't be doing any graphics processing and I'll probably just use an old 6600gt that we have laying around, assuming that using a graphics card instead of on-board video will help preserv... Read more

Answer:Building a SBS 2003 server, need advice

I would really look at buying a server from Dell or HP to be honest. I would also make sure you RAID everything and have a propper backup.

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I've tried a few things already to make it easy and had issues with each. I bought a Seagate NAS drive, that worked great until the drive stopped working shortly before I moved into my new house. My netgear router that supports DLNA from a USB HDD doesn't broadcast the files reliably, combined with my PS3 is very picky about file formats makes watching movies a shot in the dark each time.

I want this PC to be directly connected to the TV via HDMI, so I can avoid the router entirely. I'd also like to be able to use a remote with the media server so I can just turn on the TV and watch movies without having to setup a mouse and keyboard. I plan on using an old PC and upgrading PCI cards and HDD as necessary (I want to spend as little money as possible). All of the downloading of media will be done from our laptops and stored on that PC.

Anyone have any suggestions? I've read some things online, but everyone is giving their pitch for their software, no real reviews. I'm looking for suggestions on software to use, ideas on how to use a remote, and any suggestions on how to reduce its power consumption. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Need advice on building a home media server

Although I've built a few such units, the list of parts and players is constantly changing.

Instead of creating a build list, I'm posting some general things to consider when choosing components.

* What else are you going to be using it for? Although an ITX Atom board uses very little power and is adequate as a DVR/Roku style box, it will choke under the weight of any stronger apps. If video editing (especially HD video) or moderate gaming is on the menu, an Intel i5 is the way to go. Also remember that most ITX boards have few or no expansion card slots - something to consider if you ever plan on upgrading the video card or adding a TV tuner.

* To reduce power consumption, use an 80 PLUS rated PSU - they save energy and run cooler than lower efficiency models. If going the i5 route, look for a CPU with either a 65w or 77w TDP - not a 95 watt TDP unless you're going to run the screaming apps noted above (this is one of the reasons I choose Intel, as they usually have a lower power draw than an AMD with similar benchmark scores).

* If using the unit as a DVR, you'll have to research if the DVR card can "wake" the PC out of sleep or hibernation when it's time to record something. Also remember that most DVR cards, due to copyright protection, can only record over-the-air broadcast signals. They cannot be used to directly record cable, DrecTV, etc. unless the descrambler box is attached via analog connection to the PC and it... Read more

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I'm planning to build a new data server for my small business. Very small businesss. I don't need enterprise capabilities since we only have 5 client PCs in the network. I have a good idea of what I want in the system... except for the video card. The server won't be used as a workstation at all, so I don't need all of the features that are loaded on video cards that are found in every tech shop. I just want something simple. Can anyone recommend a brand and model?

Also, the following is a list of what I plan to put into the server. If anyone sees any mistakes that I might be making, please steer me in the right direction.

Abit KX7-333 mother board
Athlon XP 1900 CPU
Antec SX635 Mid Tower
350W Power Supply
512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
Standard Floppy
CD Writer (brand not yet determined)
3COM 56K Modem
Net Gear NIC
2 UDMA 133 7200 RPM 60 GB HDD
(maybe raid, but I'm not knowledgeable on the set up)
15-inch Monitor
Standard keyboard & mouse
NT 4.0 OS with SP6

I don't need sound of any kind.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need server hardware advice...

Howdy there Logie2...

Try going here and look for the cheapest PCI card you can find ( just make sure that it has drivers for NT ), also I would upgrade NT to SP 6a...

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I want to launch a web site containing pictures and images, and using my own server to download and distribute the images, but this is a new field for me and would appreciate any help on software and hardware reqirements, i have been looking at windows 2003 sever but its a bit expensive, what are the alternatives, thanks in anticipation

Answer:help and advice for server hardware and software

I'd suggest that you forget completely about running your own server yourself, manually, and go for a managed server with a hosting company or a plain site hosted with a good web host.You don't learn server administration overnight and keeping the hardware and software configured and working 100% of the time, coupled with having to sort out DNS resolution and an IP address of your own so that people who type in your web site address actually get it loading up in their browsers is no small task.You also have other issues to consider. Not many ISP's will allow you to serve your own site using their service, for good reaon. You will more than likely have to invest in a substantial dedicated line to serve the site and if image transfer is going to be the mainstay of your site you will probably want to consider as fast a browadband line as you can get. Connect a number of browsers to your site at once, all requesting file downloads and what seems like a fast connection suddenly isn't.I used to be involved in network and systems admin but I certainly wouldn't dream of running my own web server when I can get excellent service from any one of a number of web hosting companies for either a single web account or for a managed server to run lots of sites on. A managed server is where your web host looks after the hardware and software (they manage it) and you get to use it to host websites on. They have the headaches while you use it for your webs. It's a fine arrangement and God bless... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I was hoping for some hardware advice/recommendations for a SMB server build.

We currently have a server that's built on consumer hardware (Phenom II X6, 16 GB RAM, and a gaming mother board) but we've grown frustrated with frequent stability issues.

Our server is a virtual machine host running Centos 6.2 minimal, with about 8 VMs on top of it. It has 4 Hard drives in a RAID 10 configuration, and each VM uses a logical volume instead of file based images.

The guest VMs are:
Ubuntu Server with OpenLDAP
Ubuntu Server running NFS (including NFS home folders for all our users)
Windows XP (1)
Windows XP (2)
Ubuntu Server with MediaWiki
Ubuntu Server with Bind 9 name server
Ubuntu Server with Cyrus IMAP server
Ubuntu server with DaviCal calendar server
... room for growth ...

Right now, the host machine kernel panics on a regular basis and the log seems to indicate an I/O related issue.

We're ready to spring for some solid, server grade hardware, but I'm not sure what to buy. I've built tons of desktops so I'm familiar with the components and how to do the building, but I do have some questions about performance and stability since both are paramount. I hoping to get about 5 years of uptime!

I found this bare-bones system and it has the features we're looking for like rack mount-ability, 8 hot-swap drive bays, plenty of room to add more RAM or a second processor, etc. But I've never heard of TYAN and I don't know if... Read more

Answer:Advice for a Server Grade Hardware Build?

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Could someone please help me? I need to get a server to run NT SQL. I will have 4 workstations running Windows 98. I don't know what type of hardware to get for my server. Do I need a lot of RAM? A really fast CPU? A huge hard drive? Will my server need anything more that an ordinary beefed up computer already has? Please help me!

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Windows NT SQL server hardware recommendation?

Need to know more before that can be answered.

How much data do you plan on storing? That will determine your hard drive size.

How big are the databases programs going to be? That will help with the RAM. Of course, with and MS product, more RAM is always a good thing.

CPU speed... well, I would go with something decent. With only 4 users I doubt you'll need an 800MHz or anything. Of course, I don't know how much data you are planning to have this maching process - so even 1 user could need a really fast CPU.

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What do I need to buy in order to stream music/video files from Location A (Home) to Location B (work) via internet alone?

Linux server?

Any tips would be MUCH appreciated.

Will this work?

Answer:Building iTune server/ Music server/ Video Streaming server

linux box...a little know how and then

and you are all set.

The web pages/playlist interface it creates is pretty sweet. used to stream all my tunes to work using a similar setup and WinAmp

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Hi everybody :

I've been looking at some hardware for my spare parts. I need some advice. I have a Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard, that uses an Intel Core i3 processor LGA 1155 , Corsair 2Gb (takes two chips) DDR3 PC10600 1333Mhz. I purchased all this around the same time.....July 2013. The computer is still functioning okay (a few "bumps" here and there). Usually, under, at least, fair conditions, how long SHOULD the memory last? Before it goes bad ? And the same question for the processor ? I'd like to be able to get some spare parts, just in case. In a last case scenario, I would probably have to do it all over again.......the MOBO, Processor and memory.

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RAM and Processors don't wear out or fail due to time. RAM can fail for many reasons but if it is currently functioning there's no reason it won't continue to run forever. Things that could kill ram are failing power supply, voltage issues on the motherboard, power surges, static charges, etc. Processors are even more resilient. If the processor is run withing specified parameters it will run forever.

It's much more likely for a hard drive to fail. Motherboards can fail for many of the same reasons that RAM can fail. In all my time building and using computers, I've never had RAM fail or a CPU fail but I have had motherboards or components of the board fail and certainly hard drives have failed.

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My pc as finally given up and seeing how its been five years since I built it I thought instead of getting new parts I would build a new one from scratch.

I am looking to spend around £250 to £300 I do not need a really powerful gaming pc all I want is something that is pretty quick.

Could I get a quad core for this price? or would dual core in this price range be better then a quad in the same range?

Does anyone know of any cpu and motherboard bundles that may be of use to me? I am from the uk so uk sites are best.

Answer:Need advice on building a new pc

To be honest i've never really been keen on AMB CPU's but heres a cheap & cheerfull bundle:

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::Things Im Getting::

- AMD Athlon XP 2600+, {333fsB}, Barton Core CPU
- SoYo Dragon KT600 MoBo
- Chieftec Mini-Dragun Case {Blue}
- ULTRA 400w P/S
- Reliable Cheap Floppy Drive [MaKe Suggestion]
- Thnkin of Geforce FX 5200, 128mb Vid. Card
- LITE ON 16xDvD 52xCD Drive

::Things I Already Own::

- LITE ON 48x24x48xCD-RW Drive
- 80 GiG, 7200 RPM, Seagate HDD
- 1x512 DDR, pc2100, 266mhz

::Other Stuff I Need::

The moBo supports UDMA 133/SATA, wut cables would be good for my PC that im building. I have those nasty grey ribbon cables but im not usin those things in this PC.

I know I need a fan for the processor, make a suggestion, Im not familure wit good reliable ones.

Please help wit any other thing in this build that you notice.

BTW im a Casual Gamer, I play Diablo 2 LOD, Counter Strike, UT2004, and When this PC is done im gonna buy BF1942 and its Vietnam Xpansion

Answer:Building PC. Need Advice

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First, I'd like to say that I've built a considerable number of PCs before (including the 3 currently running), so I do have some background knowledge in PC building. But the last I've built was 2 years ago, and I haven't been keeping in touch with the tech till now (I just found out its possible to have 2 graphic cards!).

I've now got tons of cash to splash around, and I want to build the fastest PC possible (box only)

Okay, maybe not tons of cash, but a considerable amount.

Here are the guidelines of what I'm thinking of:
1. NO dual graphics. Tech is too new for me, and it'll blow the budget without too significant performace increase. Plus, don't need all that graphic processing. Won't budge from this decision.
2. Must run RAID 0.
3. Must be able to run 24/7, with occational full CPU load for up to 48 hours non stop. (cooling is the concern here)
4. Need to be upgradeable (extra RAM slots, extra SATA slots, don't want an extra AGP tho.)
5. Must last for 3-4 years.
6. Performance comes first, noise second, cost last. But even then, I want some value for money, I don't mind paying 50% more, but I'd want a significant increase in performance.

Most of these should be standard in most computers, but better to state them first.

The current config on the drawing board:
AMD 939 3500 (might go to 3700, but not any higher. Will overclock this if neded, but thats a different topic altogether)
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Answer:Building top end PC, need some advice.

Hi, im building my first PC soon (starting probs in 3 weeks) and i found the hi end buying guide (from this very site) useful, but if you live in the UK you might have a bit of searching to get the english prices, the link is so you dont have to go searching for it. If youve got a lot of money then Ive heard the Athlon 64 FX55 is very good, especially for gaming, but its pricey. Also on the case im going with the A-top x-blade ultimate, it comes out later this month and (seemingly) it ships with a 580W hiper PSU, which would be more than enough im sure, but ive heard that it may be a false claim. Also if you did go with the Athlon 64 FX55 you'd have to buy a skt 939 compatible motherboard (trying 2 not go on about wot im gettin but ive bin lukin 4 pretti much the same stuff as u for the last 2 months now, so it may help) im gettin the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard. It supports RAID0 but I dont think it has any AGP support, only PCI. Finally for the graphics card depending on if you want gaming or not the best card ive found is the Geforce 6800 ultra, again its quite expensive but if money isnt an issue then Ive heard its the best around so far.

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I'm looking forward on building a pc. However, I don't know much about the good power supplies, like the good brands n stuff. So what do you recommend? something that will last. Looking at around a 400watt or so. so far this is what i have in mind:

Motherboard: ASUS A7N8X nForce2

CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+

Power Supply: undecided

Case: undecided


Video: ATI Radeon 9000

Sound: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz

CD-ROM: Lite-on 52x

CDRW: Lite-on 52x24x52x

by the way, i always thought the nforce2 chipset boards had onboard video (geforce2 mx400). site says no onboard video..what's the deal?

Answer:Building new pc..need advice

Look into Antec, Enermax, or Sparkle powersupplies.

Antec, Chieftec, Enermax make good cases too.

Also, instead of a CD-rom, get a DVD-rom drive. More functionality and about the same price these days.

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Question: Building advice

Hi there guys. So, I want to build a good gaming PC with an AMD graphic card that will run the latest games smoothly, and with a budget around 500-670. So, I need to know what the parts I need to build a gaming PC with an AMD graphic card. However, the games that I will play is Watch Dog 1, Watch Dog 2, GTA 5, Fallout 4, DayZ, Battle Ground, and also I will record the gameplay not going to live stream.Thanks.

Answer:Building advice

Will you need just the computer or other things like monitor and such? Can you go higher in the price if it means gaming at higher detail?

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Hi all,

I'm about to build a new PC soon, here is my current PC:
Core2Dual 2.6ghz, 2gig ram, Vista Pro 32

The reason why I am building a new PC is because of the video editing and gaming situation.

Using Sony Vegas 9 Pro, encoding a HD video (10minute) takes about 2-3 hours...
also I can't stream with my HD PvR due to my CPU being overworked (it'll lag the encoding and streaming).

My new system (currently being drafted) will include:
i7 2600k (will OC it to 4.4ghz or so)
Windows 7 64-bit (not the Home version but a higher version)
Intel SSD 120gig SATA III

With this, I was told by people that my encoding should be 15minutes or less (better than 3 hours that's for sure).

Anyways my main question is about the SSD since this is pretty new to me and my friend has one and loved it. Hence, I would LOVE to have one to use and learn about it too, but would LOVE to get information (from those who used SSD) about it.

Here is a few notes and plan I am going use it for which hopefully will give you an idea what I would use it for:
- will be my bootup drive (obviously)
- Windows 7 64-bit
- All my Games installed on it (Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, etc)
- All my software installed on it (Sony Vegas 9 Pro especially)

Note: Temporary files (from Windows and browsing) will be on a normal hard-drive I think.

So now here comes the questions which I hope those with experiences with SSD can help answer or clear up any misunderstand I may ... Read more

Answer:Building a new PC with SSD (would like advice)

I just installed a SSD on my computer. While I installed mine into my existing computer, as opposed to a new build, you may find some useful information in my thread concerning the install. I doubt if it will answer all your questions, but it may provide leads that can help you find your answers .

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Hi there,

I would like some advice on what to buy in able for me to build my own PC.

I mainly use my PC for mixing music and burning DVD's, i want the option to be able to play games but this is very rare.

I already have a nice monitor so don't need one of those, i would say my budget is about £400 max which is roughly $800 i suppose.

I'm a bit confused with regards to video cards & graphic cards do i need both of these?

I have noticed my current PC is very slow when burning DVD's, including coding and burning this can take up to 3 hours sometimes, i presume Dual core processor would make this much faster? What are your views on the Intel Core 2 Duo?

Many Thanks for your help in this matter

Answer:Advice on building my PC

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Hi, ive recently set my self the challenge of building myself a pc good enough to play the newest games but im not wanting to spend a huge amount of money on it. I will be wanting to upgrade it every couple of years to keep up to date with the latest games. I have a basic idea of what i need but a lot of the websites that offer advice on building a budget pc are out of date. My knowledge of the hardware required and whats compatible with what is not the best, so i was just wandering if anyone can offer me any advice, tips or any websites that i may not have came across.Thanks

Answer:Advice On Building a PC.

how much are you willing to spend?your best bet is to go and purchase yourself a PC that has good memory, good HD and mobo from say Frys electronics for about 600$ and on the side buy a nice gaming video card, nvidia 9800 or something, swap the cards from your new PC and you have yourself a nice gaming PC ;)--> my spyware blog click here

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I hope i have posted in the right section.

Not my first build, fairly savvy, but not compared to people around here, so thats why i come hat in hand for advice, lol.

I have a P4 2.4 northwood, socket 478, 1 gig ddr, MSI MS-6728 NEO2 mobo with intel 865 chipset . I havent really kept up on whats going on in the tech world, another reason for this thread.
I do the standard stuff, internet, email, downloading, uploading, bit of video editing. I dont do intense games so i will likely use either built in video or a cheap agp or pci vid card that i already have.

MSI was good to me, replaced my mobo for free after the warranty period, so i would try and stick with them if possible for the mobo. And, as far as i can see, my MSI mobo has been great. I think one can get a decent MSI mobo for a fairly low price? Thats my impression but if im wrong please tell me!

I am thinking what i have to buy is new ram, new mobo, and new cpu, and maybe a new sata hard drive. Also perhaps a new power supply. That would depend on the situation as i do have a couple decent enermax ps's around, but only 20 pin. I believe i can convert it to 24 pin?

I have pc cases, ide hard drives, video cards, usb2 and firewire external boxes for hard drives. If there's a reallly big advantage going with sata over ide then i will need at least one sata hard drive.
Or should i wait for sata2?

Where is the best bang for the buck in the cpu arena, intel or amd? Since i have a 2.4 mhz cpu an... Read more

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Hey everyone, I am building a gaming PC that will replace my current and out of date Dell; A few points:

1. My budget is around 2000$.
2. I am wiling to overclock.

Now, I need your suggestions for the parts. While I do know some about building, I don't really know if I am getting the best deal and the best quality with my current list.
Also, I have not decided on a Hard Drive and nothing is set in stone and I am open to all suggestions.

The List:

Video Card: Some options: nVidia 570, Radeon 6950 or 6970 or the 5870.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost): 300$

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: 180$

Hard Drive: Not sure yet

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB): 74$

Sound Card (OPTIONAL): Probably wont include one.

Power Supply: XFX Black Edition XPS-850W: 150$

Case: Antec 900: 100$

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Hi, I was wondering if these components will go well with each other and/or if there is any tweaks i should go with. This is my first PC build and i want to get it right. Any feedback is appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
Cooling Fan: Enermax ETS-T40-BK
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 220-G2-0850-XR 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
Graphics Card: EVGA 04G-P4-1970-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 G-SYNC Support Video Card
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

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Hi guys

I am bulding a Pc and i need ur advice...

Xion II Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side Front USB and Audio Ports and 450-Watt Power Supply

Motherboard /CPU:
Gigabyte K8U ULi Socket 754 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0GHz Processor

Ultra 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory

Hard Drive:
Maxtor / DiamondMax 10 / 160GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-133 / EIDE / OEM / Hard Drive.

Video Card:
PowerColor Radeon 9250 / 256MB DDR / AGP 8X / VGA / DVI / TV Out / Video Card

DVD burner:
Samsung / 16x4x16x DVD+RW / 12x4x16x DVD-RW / 5x DVD+R DL / Black oem DVD Burner with Nero Software

Answer:Building a Pc (Need Advice)

ok thats pretty good but why are you buying such an EXPENSIVE motherboard

Get this board its way better and much cheaper

and Try getting a better Video card cause that video card wont run any of the new games that you would wana play

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It's been about 2 or 3 years since I last built a machine and would be grateful for any advice as to components. I would like a modern machine but would probably like to go a notch or so below state of the art as to avoid the high prices. I prefer AMD. Here are my needs:

-As I said AMD. The last I used was a 2000, I think.
-About a GB of RAM. Is Crucial still the best company?
-A good quality video card. I am NOT a gamer, but edit a lot of photos.
-A good audio card but certainly don't need the best here.
-Suggestions for a motherboard. I hope to use 2 harddrives but not a dual boot, just to Ghost them.
-Brand, size and speed of harddrives. Maybe 100 GB or so. Speed? Still 7200?
-Internet card, I use Belkin modem and router and a cable connection.
-Suggestions as to writers, readers, etc.
-case (no windows) and power supply
-Is Newegg still the best?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Hi there,
I was thinking of building a pc instead of buying a prebuilt one. I'm kinda confused ...should I buy an intel or AMD? Also does the rpm of a harddrive matter...and is there any site that'll guide me through (just in case I get stuck ... setting up the drivers and stuff)

Answer:advice on building a pc myself

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Hey guys,
I decided its time to get a new computer, but instead of buying a new one I want to try to build one myself. It will be for moderate-high level gaming. Here are some of the things I'm looking at:

APEVIA X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

EVGA 01G-P3-1430-LR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

I'm getting all these things from =P (about 700$)

I want to know if all these will work together in that ATX Case. Is the power supply enough and do I need any short of liquid cooling? Also, any recommendations for a heatsink? And any extra things that I missed? Thank you for you time!!!!

Answer:Building my first PC and need pro advice...

Ditch the case and PSU. That Apevia case has bad cooling. The PSU will more then likely be a very bad quality unit, and skimping on PSU's is a very bad idea. Buy a quality power supply such as Corsair. Corsair power supplies are a little expensive, but thats the price you have to pay for a decent PSU these days. A case i can recommend to you is the NZXT M59. It is a very nice case with plenty of features and decent cooling. And it is very inexpensive for a case with features like that.

Id also recommend changing your video card to something along the lines of an Nvidia GeForce GTX460 or an ATI Radeon HD 6870. A Corsair HX650W Power Supply will be more than enough for a PC with those specs.

As for recommendations for a CPU Cooler, you wont need water cooling unless you plan to do heavy overclocking. One of the best CPU air coolers out there right now is the Noctua NH-D14. But it is a very big cooler, so make sure it fits in whatever case you decide to go with.

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Hi all,

I'd like to build my very first custom built PC, but need a little guidance on where to start. I'm pretty tech savvy and have watched a few tutorials on YouTube, so it looks fairly easy. I just need to know what to buy as far as parts in order to build the latest and very best.

I'd be using my PC for high-end stuff (photo / video editing; gaming; music; etc), so if you can recommend what to buy, I'd definitely look into it.

I hear it is cheaper to build your own, but not sure if that's true when building something top notch. I'm guessing I'll spend around $1K, but that's where y'all come in to tell me otherwise :P

Please only recommend the best manufacturers to buy from; I know parts go bad, but I don't want something burning out a year from now (seems to happen a lot with the last two HP PCs I've bought).

Thanks for any help

Answer:Need advice for building a new PC

The list could be endless. You could start by looking at

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Fixing to build a new computer, I mostly use it surfing the web, occasionally watching videos, and occasionally Microsoft office programs. Im not much of a PC gamer but I do play one game pretty regulary. Its a baseball sim game (OOTP) its a RAM hog but doesn't require any fancy graphics card.

Bottomline I really want a fast, powerful CPU.

My goals are...
I7 4770k processor 4th Gen
At least 8 GB of RAM, leaning towards 16GB. Would 32GB be way to much for what I use?
1 TB Hardrive

Motherboard - My knowledge really lacks in this area. I have no clue what to go for, prices range wide for these babies but was looking along the lines of a "GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H" They are the low end of motherboards but trying to keep my cost down. These go for around $75 on NewEgg. For my uses, should I shell an extra 100 bucks or so for an upgrade?

Might install a SSD as a second HD, a 120 GB Toshiba Q Series is under a $100...not sure if its worth it, would appreciate thoughts on this. I've never had a SSD.

Video Card - These things can be pricey I see. I'm probably going on the low end...maybe a 2GB GeForce GDDR3 630 or less. With OOTP as my only gaming, I shouldn't need a fancy one.

Power supply - Most likely go with 500w, 600w may be overkill for my uses.

Heat Fan - Probably go with a cheap Arctic Freezer 7 Pro. I'm not sure how much difference a higher price fan would make.

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Answer:Building a CPU need advice...

8GB is plenty. The average user will never need more than 8GB.

Motherboard: Aside from brand preference, it boils down to getting a board with any features or options that you want/need. If the $75 board has everything that you want (ie: number and type of ports, external ports, audio chipset, etc.)

Use the saved RAM money to get the SSD. Install the OS and software on the SSD. You will enjoy the fast boot up and software load times. Use the HDD for storage.

Video card: brand preference and cost. As you don't have any special requirements, no need to spend a lot. Just get a model with the ports needed for your monitor(s).

Power: quality is MORE important than size. And size is determined by the hardware used. Seasonic is highly regarded.

"heat fan"?? I assume you mean the cpu fan? Just use the stock fan.

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ok so i compiled a wishlist at newegg[URL="click here"]click here for wishlist[/URL]need it looked over to see if everything is compatible...the graphics card i already have but its [URL="click here"]nvidia geforce 6800xt [/URL].also installing [URL="click here"]5.1 soundcard [/URL]already have. appreciate any infothank you

Answer:New to PC building & need some advice

Bigger hard drive.Where is the PSU? get a 500 to run this lotGood luck

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I am planning on getting a customized PC for my father for Xmas but am not sure what is best so wondered if you could possibly give me a bit of advice? What are the best specs for a PC? My maximum to spend on it is £800 and i want to be able to upgrade in the future

Answer:In need of some advice about building a PC

planning on getting a customized PC Click to expand...

are you building it or having it built ?

also what do you plan to do with it
Play Games, if so what type
Edit videos
or just surf web anbd email etc

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Hiya Folks

I found this forum in a random search, read around for a bit and am looking for a bit of advice on building a new gaming pc for mmorpg's.
I don't have too much experience with this, have built 1 before out of pretty random components.

my budget is around $2500 (not including monitor)
My main concern is processor and motherboard, but any suggestions on components would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance for any help


P.S. if any more info is needed i will be watching so just ask

Answer:building a new pc... looking for some advice

holy ****.
well, for that you can get pretty much the best. hold on a sec while i pull up some good stuff

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I recently bought an Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard and by default the FSB is set to 266/333. Am I right that this is based on DDR so its actualy running at 133/166? If I were to buy the AMD XP 2700 (2.17 Ghz) is it ok for me to leave the jumpers at this and change the Frequency settings to 166 and the multiple can be set to 12.5. Will his give me the appropriate settings. Just want to make sure I fully understand this before I go ahead and mess around with the BIOS. Thanks for all responses.

Answer:Building PC - Need advice on FSB

I have this board with an Althlon T'bred 2400+You can change the FSB to 166 easily, and if you get RAM of PC2700, that runs at 333. This will mean that both your CPU and RAm will be in synch. That is what I have done.I lowered the multiplier to give me same Ghz. Was originally 133 X 15 = 1995 (2Ghz) now is 166 X 12 = 1992 (2Ghz) I have ordered a new Heatsink, so I can change the Multiplier and overclock.My CPU runs at 35-37C normally, and 42-45C Gaming. I started with a multipler of 10 (1.6Ghz) to start and left it for a few days, then raised it gradually over about 10 days in all to get where it is now. I didn't want to have to buy another CPU.

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Greetings All!

Okay, I'm in the process of building a new PC. I know that one thing I don't want to skimp on is the processor, but I'm trying to keep this within our budget as much as possible.

My current system is running a Celeron 1.8GHz with a 128MHz L2 cache and a 400MHz FSB. I was hoping to put a Pentium 4 2.0GHz (or better) with a 533MHz FSB in my new system, but this is proving to be a bit over my budget.

My question is... how much improvement would I see over my current system if I were to use a Pentium 4 2.0GHz (or better) with at least a 256MHz L2 cache and a 400MHz FSB?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Building PC... Need CPU Advice!

The difference would be minor, not completely noticeable, but again, you can notice the difference. Also, have you considered trying an AMD processor? Very cheap for the performance they give.

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Question: Advice to building

Ive just recieved a new motherboard (gigabyte 7n400-L) and crucial pc3200 ram and arctic copper silent 2 cooler for the processor and sum arctic silver 5.

I have never built a motherboard up before and the prospect is quite daunting. Can anybody give me any hints and tips that i may need?

Any help would be great.

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I am sick of my constant failing gateway computer, and I do happen to know a few things about the inside of computers. So I thought now would be the perfect time to build myself a new PC.(I am making a gamer PC of course, and want to be able to keep up with games that will be coming out in the near future, and run them well.)

I've done a lot of research myself but sometimes you just miss stupid small details, you know? I am trying to build a PC that will last me a good 2 years without needing upgrades, and hopefully keep it actually running for much longer. Vista can die, I would like to stick with XP for the first 2 years. Then if possible I would upgrade the SAME PC to vista when it's..."required" (DX10 is the only thing I'm concerned about really...). If there is anything special I need to know for that, or if there are special parts I will need to switch out for, help on that would be greatly appreciated.

These are the parts I have so far, if I'm missing any actual hardware or something is incompatible please say so.
Old PSU Choice
New PSU Choice Good/Bad Idea?
Old Ram
New Ram
Old Hard Drive Choice
New Hard Drive Choice Good/Bad Idea?
Old Video Card Choice
New Video Card Choice Good/Bad Idea?
DVD Drive/Burner. I do plan to burn DVD's every now and then.
Tower Case
If I actually end up with spare cash I will buy keyboard/mouse/speakers on my own. (Do not need a new monitor at this time.)

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Answer:Building a new PC, advice?

Sorry just want to be thorough:
Power cable
Data cables

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I'm building a PC for my sister and just looking for some advice on a processor and anything else. She doesn't do much on it. Just browsing the web and doing homework. I was looking at a P4 but I also seen Celerons. Would they be ok for this? I don't know much about them? Or is there an AMD? She's looking to spend about 600 bucks, and her only request is a decent size HDD.

Answer:Building New PC, CPU advice please

get a amd XP 2500+ or more very nice

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Ok.. I want to make a dual 64bit motherboard with water cooled system. I heard something about dual graphics cards comming from alienware? I would love a 2dual gfx dual proc but anyways... heres what I need help finding

At least a 100GB 10krpm hard drive
REALLY big case preferably premodded with a water cooling system
2 64bit top-o-the line processors
Dual proc mobo (dual gfx if that really exsists too)
As much RAM as will fit on the board at maximum speeds

Im going to start with those things.. Thanks for any help

Answer:Building big rig... Need some advice.

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I would appreciate any help on the purchase and compatibility of the necessary components needed in building a pc. The PC will be used primarily in professional digital still photo editing. I work with raw images so ram, hard-drive and video card (DVI) are extremely important. My preference is intel. I'd like to use the Intel duo processor, a mobo that allows for suffienct memory, Sata hard drive-500 GB, possibly 4GB of Ram (or less but with the option to add to it later), at least a 256MB video card, a reasonable sound card, a DVD / CD burner/drive combo, a case and 400+ watt Power Supply. What would be a recommended mobo and what compatible components to go with it, and any other items that I might be overlooking. My budget is approx. $1200 from that I will have to also purchase a monitor.
Thank you in advance, msk

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I plan on building a pc with the main interest for gaming. Im pretty much a hardware noob, the only experience I have is installing a few pci cards and adding some extra ram.

Here is a list of what I have come up with so far. I was hoping to get some advice or opinions on this setup ( performance, compatibility, prices..)

Apex - 9-Bay Mid-Tower Thermally Enhanced Case with 400W Power Supply - Supports ATX and MATX mainboards - $80.00

A7N8X Deluxe nForce2 AMD Athlon XP/Duron, Socket A, ATX, 3GB DDR-SDRAM, 333MHz FSB - $126.00

Athlon XP 3000+ (2.16GHz, 512KB, 333MHz, Socket A) - $260.00

512MB (DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • Non-parity • 5ns • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64) - $86.00 (possibly 1024MB?)

Barracuda 80GB (EIDE, Serial ATA, 7200 RPM) - $124.00

Sony 16X DVD / 40X CD-ROM DDU1621 INT IDE - $32.00

Video Card:
RADEON 9800 Pro 128MB DDR - $376.00

Windows XP Home Edition - $160.00

I still have some studying on the subject left to do before I begin purchasing, but I am 100% serious about this and would really appreciate it if I could get some advice .

Answer:In need of advice - building pc

some advice??? well. some advice is that you buy those parts and address them to me!!!! haha!

ok.. well seriously. the only thing i see wrong with what youve written above is the motherboard type. You are taking a gamble when buying a motherboard that has the nforce2 on it, as there have been quite a few problems with it. But never the less, you could be one of the lucky ones

good luck with it all, my address is.. .

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I am looking to build a 3.06 P4 system and would like opinions on the components I am going to use, Here goes :

Case: ANTEC Performance PLUS Model PLUS1080AMG- with Antec Original TRUE 430W P4 Power Supply ATX12V

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8PE667 ULTRA2, Intel 845 chipset,Socket 478 for P4 ATX motherboard Retail, Serial ATA ,RAID,USB 2.0

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 / 3.06GHz 512k 478 Pin Processor HT Technology 533 MHz FSB

CD-RW: PLEXTOR Black PX-W4824TA/BPS-BL/ 48x24x48 CD-RW

RAM: (2 sticks of) KINGSTON KVR333X64C25/512 512MB 32x64 PC2700 DDR RAM (better than 2100 2400)

Monitor: ViewSonic 18" LCD Display Model VG800 With Bezel Speakers

Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Keyboard & Mouse



OS: S/W Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum (Model SB0240P)

Video Card: ATI All-In-Wonder RADEON 9700 PRO 128MB DDR 8X AGP

I think I listed everything hopefully I didnt miss anything. Right now it looks like this system is going to cost 2800 (roughly) plus shipping of the parts. I would appreciate any advice, help, or opinions on it. One big question I have is about running a 3.06 processor on an Intel 845 Chipset. I would go 850 but I do not see any good 850 Chipset boards which run DDR ram (which is what i... Read more

Answer:Building a 3.06, Need Advice

I'm not sure about your CPU/Chipset question, but about the Video Card, the AIW has less performance than the 9700 Pro regular. Unless you want all those nifty little features, then I would suggest the 9700 Pro regular. And, as I have been told, if you're going to do some overclocking, I would consider Mushkin, Crucial, or Corsair RAM instead of Kingston. Only if your going to OC though. Otherwise, everyone else can answer your main question .

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I want to build a PC not sure of spec at the moment. But just a minor question on PSU, theres so many different ones. i.e. 300W, 350W,400W,etc why so many? Is this determined by the m'board. What do you look for in PSU?ThanksSam

Answer:Building PC - Need advice on PSU

I would get the most powerful one. It does depend on what your system is running, I use a 300W, with an Athlon 2200, couple of HD's, GF4 Ti4200.If I had built it myself I would have gone for a 400...try click hereShould run more quietly than most, cost more though!

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This is my first time building a computer and need some advice. I've done a lot of background reading but theres only so much i can read and would like some human input, and maybe some first hand experience.This is the spec that I want to build:- Amd 64 4000 (2.4ghz) £115- Abit AN8 32x NF4 SLi £115- 300Gb Maxtor 6V300F0 DiamondMax £62.50- Phillips Lightscribe DVD-RW £48.46- Hiper Typer R PSU 580w- xfx Geforce 7900GT Extreme editionI already have the graphics card and PSU but the psu annoys me slightly by the sound and will want to change it one day so any tips will be great. I also already have the other peripherals, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.Im mainly looking for advice on the processor and motherboard. The motherboard has to be SLi compatible for future upgrades.Whether it would be worth looking at AMD2 so i could have DDR2. I know that the RAM is faster but will it be noticable?Also would it be worth looking into a hard drive that runs at 10,000rpm instead of 7200rpm?And most importantly how will it fair at games? will it survive for a couple of years at a high quality, or will it be drop quite quickly? i know technology moves so fast its hard to stay at the top.Any tips at all will be appreciated, but i am looking to keep it around the same price range, but i will consider some price increases.

Answer:Need advice on building my new PC.

Im mainly looking for advice on the processor and motherboard. The motherboard has to be SLi compatible for future upgrades. The mobo and cpu are fine, however, if you are thinking of overclocking (now, or in the future) then take a look at the dfi lanparty range of mobos. Buy a seperate hsf for the cpu (if you can buy the cpu as oem) Artic cooling freezer 64 pro (about £17-18) are best, and will cool the cpu to well below the stock hsf, will also be quieter.Whether it would be worth looking at AMD2 so i could have DDR2. I know that the RAM is faster but will it be noticable? At the mo am2 is actually slower than x64 cpus.Also would it be worth looking into a hard drive that runs at 10,000rpm instead of 7200rpm? Louder and push out more heat, way too expensive considering the difference.And most importantly how will it fair at games? will it survive for a couple of years at a high quality, or will it be drop quite quickly? i know technology moves so fast its hard to stay at the top. It'll be great for gaming, as for how long it will remain this way, can't really answer as depends on a number of variables.PSU upgrading can't get better than Seasonic range.Hope this helps.

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I am contemplating "building" a PC, primarily for the hands-on experience of learning how to work on a PC, but also to upgrade to a better, faster PC. I would like to end of with a current "state of the art" machine, something that I can upgrade and maintain for a few years without getting a new PC. I am not actually looking to purposely end up with a top end multimedia machine or any "gaming" capabilities, but that would be OK, mostly looking for a good problem free optimal performing internet and app machine…

One of my concerns is the old axiom that if you build a $20k auto from purchased parts, it will cost $60k. So, I am wondering if this is also true with PCs, and how I might go about procuring the best components for the new PC at the lowest cost. Shop around online? At a "computer show", like Marketpro? From a Mom and Pop PC shop? Some other way?

Also, although I plan to eventually procure a new hard drive and install Win XP pro on the new PC, I have an "old" master hard drive, circa Win 98SE, that I would initially like to use to boot up the new machine and am thinking that just hooking it up as is, it should work without too many problems, except maybe for drivers, right? And, if the drivers are a problem, just how would I expect that to work, or not work? If it's going to be a lot of trouble, I could skip that step…

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Hello I'm in the process of building a new set up after
saving up for some time.
I wanted to get some advice on what motherboard
I could get to fit with these components.

I'm also in need of a strong power supply any good psu
recommendations,any extras to add any suggestions,components,build wise?

Don't really think I need any more hard drives have 3 already.
Somethings I'll be doing is heavy

gaming,graphics,rendering 3d,video.multi tasking ect,ect
Here are some of the stuff I have in my cart so far.
Thanx for looking hope some one can help.

:NZXT Switch 810 Black Full Tower Chassis with USB 3.0
:Intel Core i7 3770K Boxed 3.5GHz Unlocked 3rd Generation Processor
:Corsair Force GT 240 GB SATA III/6G SATA 6.0 Gb-s
2.5-Inch Solid State Drive - CSSD-F240GBGT-BK
:dIAMOND Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
:Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 240-Pin Desktop Memory
:Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Hydro Series CPU Cooler

Answer:Need Pc building Advice,Help.

Get a Seasonic or XFX PSU in the 550 to 650 watt range.

I'd probably get a Z77 motherboard from Asus or Gigabyte in the 150 to 200 dollar price range, not the most expensive models, that had the features I needed. I wouldn't agonize over the motherboard details. Just hope it is problem free and hoep you never have to deal with manufacturer support.

Are you locked into that particular SSD, rather than Samsung, Intel, or Crucial?

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I am looking to buy or build a new pc. I have been researching as much as I can online to find the best deals and I think I have reached a decision. I know how to build a pc, but the problem I have is knowing what is the best for my budget. I am trying to keep my build under $1200 and I am starting from scratch because I want my current pc to still be functional. I do a lot of work with photography and photoshop as well as game design. I use 3d studio max and photoshop the most. I also play a few games and want great graphics quality.

I have found a pc online already built from I have never bought a pc from them and do not have any idea how reliable they are.

The specs on it are:

Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i7 960 Processor (4x 3.06GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard 1 x [SLI] ASUS Sabertooth X58
Memory 1 x 12 GB [2 GB X6] DDR3-1600-Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 2GB-Single Card
Power Supply 1 x 700 Watt -- Standard
Processor Cooling 1 x Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1366]-[Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan
Primary Hard Drive 1 x 40 GB Intel X25-V MLC SSD-Single Drive
Data Hard Drive 1 x 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive
Optical Drive 1 x [10X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive-Black

Subtotal $1,359.00

So far this is the best deal I have found. It is a little out of my price range, but I am willing to spend the extra money if it is worth it.

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Answer:Building a new PC. Need advice....

Where do you live? For Canada I suggest NCIX And DirectCanada, that's all I know.

I think TigerDirect or something like that is popular in the US.

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Hi I am building my own pc and found some good cheap parts at and would like to know if any parts would be incompatible with others, I checked my self, but as this is my first time building my own pc i'm not exactly 100% sure, so I would greatly appreciate if someone helped me out.
Computer case
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 plus
Mother board
MSI 785GT-E63 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Should I install Windows 7 x64 or x32?
I have my own 4 sticks of ram 2gb ddr2 each, amd athlon 64 duel core X2 4600+, and an ATI radeon HD 4670
I am also looking for a low budget pc as these parts are only $395.9

Answer:Building a PC, need some advice

You want the 64-bit 7 because a) you'll utilize the full 4 gigs of RAM and b) it is the future and a good bit of it is happening right now.

Question: Can that motherboard utilize DDR3 memory?

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Hi im new to the board, and new to the really advanced aspect of computers i.e. RAID. Anyway i can usually keep up in a computer conversation but it sometimes get out of hands, so ive come to this board. Anyway to the point of my post, my current pc is alright but its time to upgrade again. Ive decided to build my own PC this time around. Its going to be mainly for gaming. What do you think of it so far?:

Maxtop CSX-147KF-G5-USB (case; i got the idea from another post; i had orginally decided on an Enlight ATX Mid tower EN72500AZ)

Samsung Syncmaster 753DF 17"

Soyo K7V Dragon Plus VIA KT266A

PNY Geforce3 TI200 64 MB DDR

Now I need some help on some stuff. With that case I'll need a PSU. Will a 300-350 Watt be sufficient? For memory I'm getting a 512 DDR PC2100 184 pin 2.5v unbuffed, but should i get the Corsair, Crucial, or the Mushkin equivalent? I currently have a 1.2 Athlon, should i buy a new one, or try to OC my current one for the Soyo? I definetly want an external modem, but what do u reccomend? Ive always liked the Supras, but is there anything more recent? Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks. Peace!

Answer:Need some advice in building my PC.

well as far as power supply goes, i'm running an athlon 1.33 gig + 512 ddr, geforce 3 ti 200, two hard drives + dvd off of a 250 watt (yeah i know i'm broke), but i would get at least a 300 to be safe. 350 is probably better if you plan to get a newer processor.

crucial memory hasn't failed me yet, so based on personal experience i'd go with that. a 1.2 gig athlon isn't enough? . you can try and overclock, but processors are so cheap now that it may be safer to spend a few bucks for a better one if thats what you want.

an external modem is definitely the way to go so you don't get stuck with crappy winmodems. if you plan to use any other alternative os (linux) then an external modem is almost required since few winmodems work in linux (i have an external modem that works in linux although i have to go through some hoops to connect it). the bad thing is that its hard to find good hardware modems now that the winmodems have taken over. most ppl don't care taht they're winmodems since windows is all they'll use and it takes off about 50 bucks or so off the hardware price since they're emulating the hardware in the drivers.

so in summary:

350 watt power supply

1.2 gig should be more than adequate but if you must upgrade get a good enough upgrade that you'll actually notice a performance difference in

crucial memory, although corsair is good

DEFINITELY a hardware modem, and most of those are now ex... Read more

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This site advertised a dvd for all of your basics how to install a hard drive, cd rom, etc. what problems might come up and how to fix them. If memory serves it was about 60 hrs of all the basics and more. If anyone remembers the name of the dvd i believe it was $20 and if not if anyone has something better to suggest please do.

Answer:dvd for building and fixing hardware

I just go the the bookstore pick out some books read them there, put them back on the shelf and go to work....If I run into in real problems...that's what this forum is for....


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I have finally decided to get a new PC. I have spent half a day looking all the components up. I am set with 1090T, so please do not recommend i7 for me. 1090T gives me the best bang for the buck by a long shot of any Intel chip.

I am also planning on getting another 470 later down the line, when the games would barely run on singe GPU (so about a year , so that is why I have 1KW+ PSU. Is it an overkill?

What do you think? Will it work? Would you swap anything and if so why? Any better prices anywhere? Look in attached PDF...


Answer:Building a new PC - check my hardware?

1070T gives me the best bang for the buck by a long shot of any Intel chip.Click to expand...

Well firstly, you said 1090T before, and secondly, with the new price cut to $180, the 1055 has better price/performance.
In the future, do NOT use attachments, they will not be looked at; you even have your zip code there.
For everyone else, PDF appears safe to me.

Ok, you can't SLI with the latest AMD boards, not only that, but I'd recommend the 6850 or 6870 over the 470 anyway. Also, you really should be using an 890GX for CF.
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

I have NO idea how you got that RAM to $240, but this is better.
OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1600C6LV4GK

BTW, note that Sandforce is planning to release their new line of memory controllers pretty soon, they're supposed to just about double current speeds. Remember that you can always just throw in an SSD later.

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Is it possible to do this? I would assume you could just build a fairly cheap machine, set it up with a firewall, and stick a couple of 10GbE cards in it. Would this work or is there something I'm missing?

Answer:Building a hardware firewall?

This video shows how to achieve this :

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how do you build a print server? i have three parallel connection port printers, hp855, hp350c, okidata 395c. i have a system that can support win2k. can i install 3 cards with parallel connections, connect the printers and install the drivers for each printers? i used to have jetdirect connecting each to 3 ports and out to the ethernet connection to w2k server down in another location. version no longer supported by hp. or do you have any other suggestions? would like to keep my job...

Answer:building a printserver (hardware)?

Set up the computer and either buy an external print server or build a PC with multiple LPT ports and as much memory as you can jam into it. You can use plain old Win95 if you want to. The best way is JetDirect cards or JetDirect printservers and a server set up with as much memory as you can buy.

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Is it possible to do this? I would assume you could just build a fairly cheap machine, set it up with a firewall, and stick a couple of 10GbE cards in it. Would this work or is there something I'm missing?

Answer:Building a hardware firewall?

This video shows how to achieve this :

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Ok, I'm toying with the idea of building a computer from scratch. It would be a hobby/project, but I'm lost in the maze of mobos and CPU's etc. I would prefer a P4 system, and intend to purchase components gradually. If I select a case that I like the look of, can anyone advise me on mobo, cpu, etc? I'm a complete novice at this, but I think I am confident/competent enough to take it on, since I'm no stranger to upgrading memory, expansion cards etc, etc. Any advice welcomed.

Answer:Building first computer - advice?

Building a PC from scratch can be as expensive as buying one that's ready to go. As for components there are as many options as there are people to offer advice.

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I am currently buying components to build a pc .I am trying to get a reasonable spec so far I have the following :Aopen AX4R Plus Motherboard :WD Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM HD :Barracuda 120GB 7,200 RPM HDI plan for two banks of 512 DDR ECC Memory (paired)and a least 2.6ghz P4 or higher processorCan any body please advise on a suitable Casing and the recommeded PSU wattage, also My father uses a lot of CAD programes so can any body suggest a suitable grapichs card ( I think this is going to be very expsensive) and anything else deemed neccesary So far all info I have learnt is purely through reading the mag, but as i have a poor memory for all the tech stuff I was hoping for advice from the powers abovethankstoni

Answer:Building a pc advice required

if ya doing a lot of CAD work, this is the graphics card ya want click here its going to cost a packet though and nothing by ATI or NVidia comes close.

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hi! hopefully i posted this to the right place-- basically i'm building a custom computer (and by "i" i mean mostly my room mate) and i hit a bit of a snag-- i discovered that my motherboard, an
Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
can only accept RAM in sticks of no more than 8 gigs each. i had bought 32 gigs in 2 16gig sticks. anyway, im buying new ram, and my room mate mentioned that i should also try to obtain RAM that is most efficient with my processor, which is a
Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
so my question is this: which RAM do you recommend i buy? i still intend to buy 32 gigs worth, but this time in 4 8gig sticks. if you can suggest ram that will be optimal to this build i would very much appreciate it!
thank you!


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Hey everyone...I'm going to be buillding my first computer shortly, and I was wondering if any of you had any specific advice for any of these parts, or if you notice that any of the hardware isn't compatable with eachother. I'm pretty sure it is, but this will be my first build and I want to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Case: Coolermaster Wavemaster
Power Supply: Enermax 460W w/ Copper Shielding
Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY 865PE
Processor: Penitum 4 3.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 512K Cache, and Hypthreading
Video Card: ATI RADEON 9800PRO
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Memory: 1 GB Corsair DDR (2 x 512)
Hard Drive: 200 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM
Drives: Plextor 12X DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Samsung Black 52X32X52X16 DVD/CD-RW Combo
Speakers: Logitech Z-2200 2-satellite system
Monitor: Samsung 170N 17" LCD
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Cordless MX Duo
Surge Protector: CyberPower 8-Outlet

Thanks for any feedback everyone!


Answer:Thinking of building...any advice?

You ever thought of getting 2 HDDs half the size and raiding them? I *think* that board has built in SATA Raid support (checked the specs, yes it does.. same controller as my board), so it would be good to take advantage of that. Will be a little more hassle to install Windows, but it's worth it for the performance gain.

At a first glance you could get 2 of these : Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive for about the same, you would get double the speed, but 40GB less space. I'm sure you could get the same space and find another make of drive for the same ammount, if not less.

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Hey all,

I'm getting MS Front Page soon, and I want to build a website relating to the helicopter I fly on.
Since I haven't got the software yet, let me ask about which web hosting services people might recommned? I'll be paying out of my own pocket for the site, unless I look into getting links that would offset the costs (i.e. search engine's, weather, etc). Of course, I don't know anything about that either. I would need alot of space since I will be putting up pics and movies. I'm guessing aroung 500mb or so, but just a guess. Anyone have any suggestions??


Answer:Building a website..need help / advice

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Hey there, Im planning on building my own gaming desktop, and I wanted your opinions on what you think of my specs.G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRLEVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video CardCORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power SupplyRosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dockASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardIntel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350PSeagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard DriveLG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive Model UH12NS29 - OEM windows 8 64 bit full

Answer:Building a Gaming PC. I would like some advice.

That looks really good, just a couple of pointers.The 750w PSU is overkill, for that you would be more than fine with 650w (I'd stick with the Corsair HX series though, they are great!) - I run an HX650W on my machine (see specs in my profile on left) and it has been running fine for almost a year!Intel have just released their new 'Haswell' chips so look into replacing the CPU and motherboard with themYou have a non-overclockable CPU paired with an overclockable chipset.  While this will work fine, if you plan on overclocking you will need a 'k' series CPU, if you don't plan on overclocking you can happily drop down to a 'H' series ChipsetAlso, if your budget allows it you may want to consider adding an SSD, while it won't directly relate to performance in games, it will vastly help loading times and make the whole machine feel 'snappier'

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Im building myself a gaming rig, and I dont know eveything I could. Below is a list of eveything im planning on getting so far. As you can see I didnt go with a dual core, and thats for two reasons. 1 I just want to game really, and I havent read anything that makes me think it would warrent the extra price, 2 the extra price. I am trying to keep this under $2k after shipping.
So please tell me if this looks good, and give me any suggestions. Thank you very much.
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000BNBOX - Retail
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard -
OCZ S.O.E 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZSOE4002GK - Retail
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
XFX PV-T71F-YDF9 GeForce 7900 GTX (665MHz) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card -
ViewSonic VX2025WM Black-Silver 20.1" DVI 8ms gray-to-gray (avg.); 16ms white-black-white (typ) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail Read more

Answer:Building a gaming rig, some advice please?

For 30.00 more you can get a samsung 204B 20.1" 5ms response time, 800:1, and 1600X1200 resolution.

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Hi All,
I'm attempting to build a multimedia PC to connect to my home theater.

Here's what I have;

MSI K9N SLI Platinum mobo
AMD Athlon XP 5200+X2
4 Gigs OCZ Platinum Memory
3 - WD SATA HDD (200gig, 200gig, 250gig)
2 - Lite-On IDE DVD-RW
1 - MSI NX7600GS-512 Video Card
Ultra X2 600w Modular Power Supply
Wireless RF Keyboard and Mouse
Home Theater (Samsung HD LCD 50", Yamaha 5.1 Surround amp)

Planning on hooking the PC to the TV via DVI to HDMI changeover cable
Planning on hooking audio from MoBo to Amp via Optical cable

Running a network cable to my router for access, and transferring

All I'm planning on with this system is Movies, Music, some games, and minor Internet usage.

Now for my questions;

Any suggestions on my hardware configuration?

Any suggestions on which Operating System? (I typically use XP Pro in my other computers)

Any suggestions on multimedia software that is easy to use and set up?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Would like advice on building Multimedia PC

I cannot comment on the hardware but I think XP Pro is a fine operating system to run any computer. I have not used Vista though so I cannot say if it is better or not.

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Putting together a system for a friend, looking for input before I make the order. She plays NO games, and likely never will. Simly an internet machine, watching videos etc.

She wants a fast system that will be stable and last a few years.

CPU: AMD Athlon64 3700+ SanDiego BOX

1Gb Ram: 184Pin DDR SD-RAM PC3200-512MB 400MHz

250Gb hard drive Western Digital

DVD/CD RW multi-drive LG GSA-4167BB

Floppy drive: SONY MPF920-Z121

128mb Video card: ASUSTeK EAX1300/TD/128M

Microsoft MultiMedia Keyboard

Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical (PS2/USB) OEM

Speakers: LOGICOOL X-230

Case and power supply: Antec SONATA II with Antec 450w psu

Monitor: LG L1751SQ-BN 17" flatscreen

Motherboard: ASUSTeK A8N5X nforce4 chipset, PCIe graphics

Thanks for any input. I just want to have a few more heads look this over for me. Not enough coffee in my system right now :bounce:

Answer:Building a new computer - Advice Please

That looks like a great system, would probably even suit a gamer.

Nice job on picking parts, just make sure its cooled well, but I'm sure that wont be a problem with the antec case.

One thing though, she wants to watch videos, what kind of sound card is in the rig?

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I'm looking at building my own PC, a relatively powerful one - not extreme gaming, but just powerful enough for advanced graphics processing etc, and have some simple questions, basically just want your advice/thoughts...

These might sound silly basic questions, but I do have a good computer knowledge (promise!!), but I just want to make sure i'm on the right page with the latest new tech!

What should I look out for in a mobo? Prices seem to range from $150 to $2000 +... Obviously some have more slots etc etc, but apart from that, what else is important?

What should I look for in a CPU - is it as simple as more cores = better, and higher speed = better.

I'm definately in the Dual market, possibly Quad - is it worth this step, for the money? Again, prices seem to vary hugely - I'm looking at a AMD Phenom Quad 2.2GHz for almost half price of an Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33Ghz. Seems a huge difference. AMD or Intel?!

Hmz there's no doubt a million other things I could ask, so any advice in any general direction is most appreciated!

Cheers in advance

Answer:Building - CPU and Mobo advice

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I am about to order a new system which I will build myself. These are the parts I have decided upon so far, please tell me if these looks suitable or if there is anything better I should get:Mobo: ASUS M2N-SLI DELUXE Socket AM2 nvidia 570SLi 7.1channel audio ATXclick here£65Processor:AMD AThlon X2 6000+click here£99GFX:Saphire Ati Radeon X1950XT 256MBclick here£115PSU:Coolermaster 600W iGreenclick here£70Case:Thermaltake Kandalfclick here£130RAM:2GB kit (1GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module click here£55Cooling:Thermalright HR-03 Rev.A VGA Cooler click here£30Total: £566To go with this I already have 80GB ata HDD, 200GB Seagate Barracuda HDD, 19" TFT Monitor, 15" CRT Monitor, LG DVD Re-Writer, Creative X-Fi Soundcard

Answer:System building advice please

If I was spending that sort of money, I personally would go to Novatech, and select a motherboard bundle to start with.Fully testedclick here

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Hi you all,
This is my first thread. I have been going to computer classes and I am fascinated with everything that has something to do with computer. I spend lots of hours reading the threads in this forum which by the way is a wonderfull forum.
Right now I am building a new computer and by new I mean everything is new.
The motherboard is an Intel DH55TC The processor is an Intel Core i3-540
LGA 1156 The power supply is an Ultra X4 750 Watt The Memory is an OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666 The hard disk is an Western Digital 750GB Sata/32MB Cache The OS is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM. Of course the case is a new mid tower case. Up until now I managed to assemble everything which brought me to the process of installation wich is the toughest part. My concern now, is there something I should know and do before reaching the milestone? Any advice would be highly appreciated. I hope to get any response. Like I mentioned earlier this is a wonderfull forum with thoughtful people that has much knowlegde about computer.
Thanks any way.

Answer:Need advice with the building of my computer.

Once you boot up for the 1st, I would recommend going strait to the bios.

When there, choose the "reset to optimized deafults" option.
Reboot and go right back back to your bios.

Go to the section that lists your Hard Drives and CD drives, make sure they are all listed and posting as they should.

Set boot priority as CD ROM 1st, HD second.

I would also advise,
Go through your bios and disable items you do not have or need.
For example:
A floppy drive. If not using one, no point it being enabled.

If (only if) you installed a dedicated graphics card and/or sound card:
Disable onboard graphics (if the board has it)
Disbale onboard sound.

Next check out the "System health" section. Just watch it a sec, make sure temps are looking fine etc.
Just in case the HS isn't mounted well or something along that line.

After that, put the Win7 disc in, and restart.
just follow the prompts & youll be up and running in no time.

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Hi i'm thinking of having a go at building my own PC using this bundle from novatechclick herePlus a new graphics card To keep this costs down i intend to use my exsisting optical & hard drives which are IDE (PATA.So the plan is to use these IDE to SATA convertersclick here Will this work.I've also got my copy of Windows 7 will this run the 64 bit versionif i can use all of the above I can bring the cost in at £210Which makes this a really worthwhile project

Answer:Building own PC - bit of advice needed

For that price it's worth giving it a go. If it doesn't work you've only lost £1.62.

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I am about to build a new system, with the help of tax returns, and I'd like some advice from anyone who wants to offer. This will be my first self built system, third owned, and the first two were second hand junk, so I plan to make this thing a beast. Price cap: $1600. I plan to build it around the AMD Phenom 9600 Agena [2.3GHz] quad core [Black Edition], because it is dirt cheap right now[$224], and probably an Antec Nine Hundred case. The rest of the specs are open ended. with all of the motherboards/ram/video cards on the market, and obvious compatibilty issues, I'm not sure how to make sure I get the best system for the money.

*As a side note, anyone have the Phenom/know about any bugs/issues that it has that I might run into? Being as new as it is, chances are it has a few quirks, but I'd like to know that there aren't any major defects.

So any suggestions and/or resourses for the following:

Motherboard: [onboard wifi would be a plus][future proof for the newer hardware]

Ramm: [2 Gbs or up][factoring in the above hardware]

Video Card: [doesn't have to be great, I'll upgrade later]

CPU heatsinks/fan/cooling devices: Any but water cooling [I'd screw it up]

Other noteworthy devices that aren't mentioned: Self-explanatory, if it can be added to the system to improve overall performance or make things easier, just throw it out here.

Also, as with all of AMD's "Black Edition" procs, the one I... Read more

Answer:Building System/Need Advice


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Hello everyone,

I currently plan on building a Desktop PC for my girlfriend and would like to know your opinion on any specific hardware you might recommend to buy/to stay away from.

Here is a short rundown list of the requirements:

Budget Range: preferably below 2000 CAD taxes/shipping included, but I could stretch it upto 2200 CAD. Price would include 1 high-end monitor, no other periferals.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1.High-end video editing ( Premiere Pro and After Effects as the main software) 2. 3d work (animation,rendering in 3dsMax, Maya). 3. Gaming

Parts Not Required: Second monitor and other periferals.

Parts Preferences: I have a personal preference for Intel based Mobos and CPU's as they have proven the most stable for me over time but I am not against anything AMD provided it runs stable.

Overclocking: No.

Video card performance: must be better or equal to a Geforce GTX 470. Something with CUDA would be nice.

SLI or Crossfire: no preference.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 min.

Other requirements: Main HDD must be 1 TB 7200rpm min. A small second SSD for the OS would be nice if it fits into the price range. A silent PSU is preferrable.
Thank you for your feedback,


Answer:Building new Dekstop PC, need advice.

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Allo all, 1st post here

right, ive decided to throw caution to the wind and build my own system. I have been looking at various components and have come up with this so far

P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe mobo
XFX GX2 gpu, undecided to go for their overclocked models yet. future purchase of another for quad hopefully
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700, or maybe just the E6600
sound blaster audigy 4 pro
Corsair TwinX 2048Mb DDR2-6400
Thermaltake armour case
Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 CPU Cooler (Socket 775)
OCZ GameXStream 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Power Supply
2 x Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 NCQ 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache

so is the above specs any good? I am looking at about a 2k sterling limit which will include 22-24 inch monitor and gaming peripherals

any suggestions on changes is welcome

Answer:System building advice please.

Don't get a GX2. Get an 8800GTS or 8800GTX. Even a single 7900GTX beats a GX2, and an 8800GTS or 8800GTX pwns them all.

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Hey everybody,

I'm considering building a new system and I need some advice on what system specs I should base it on. For one its only going to be used to play the sims 2 games and thats basicly it. I would like to rn the sims 2 without any lag.

Thank you very much everyone

Answer:Advice on building a new system

What resolution do you want to run the game at? Do you want all the graphic settings turned to high?

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Hey everyone,
I read the manual, very handy, but I still wanted to hear an opinion.
I am an ex-PC technician, and sys-admin, currently I work as a Web designer, so I got some skill left

Here's the deal: I want to build a new computer to suit my needs.

I do: development, graphic design (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash), and I also want to try Maya and After Effects (not on a pro level, but to get some nice 3D models).

I am thinking to go with intell i3 or i5, never used AMD before, and intell never let me down.
Following the guide, I'll go with an intel MB or Gigabyte with intel chipset (possibly with raid).
A good CPU cooler.
4Gb of RAM with heatsink.
500Gb hard-drive would be enough (maybe 2 to make sure data wont die with the HD).
A well cooled case.
Power supply of at least 500W (true 500W) i think would be enough.

I am not sure about the video card, I have no idea how to compare them.
My only clue is that it has to have at least 1Gb of memory and a relatively wide access bandwidth. Nvidia or Radeon, I don't know which to choose, the last time I played games Invidia ha the upper-hand, apart from that I dont know.

Please advice and I would be happy to read your opinions.
Thanx in advance!

Answer:Need an advice, building my own system

Both Nividia and Radeon have upsides,
They are both capable of doing what you say,
As a personal choice i would go for a radeon but i know nividia is very good for graphical development ( Just take a look at there homepage )
Pick the one that you get more for less on.
But they are both pretty equal so you cant really lose.
Hope this helps,

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I am putting together a Windows 7 workstation for a friend who will be doing a lot of design work using Photoshop, Illustrator, Publisher and some sign design applications, including Flexi10.

While none of these is particularly resource intensive, he does deal with very large files. He wants 16 GB RAM at least.

The Flexi10 program requirements does say it needs 4GB of working disk space. I am not sure if it creates its own swap file or what it needs that for. I have a call in to their tech support, waiting to hear.
I am wondering if he would benefit from a striped RAID or an SSD for the OS and programs, and a RAID for the storage. He needs almost a terrabyte of storage.

Also what are the thoughts regarding enterprise versions of hard drives. Are they worth the extra money for the reliability if you are running regular backups anyway? I plan to set him up with Carbonite, and with a weekly backup to an external disk.


Answer:Advice on a building a workstation

Pretty much everyone benefits from an SSD for the OS and programs.

The most recommended brands are Samsung, Intel, and Crucial.

I haven't read anything suggesting enterprise drives are more reliable. That kind of info is very difficult to document. Barring that documentation, I wouldn't bother with them, particularly since you are doing regular backups.

Generally, you won't hear a lot of favorable opinions about RAID here, but you may have an unusual case. The more common advice is to go with an SSD.

Personally, I'd back up more often than weekly. Haven't heard much about Carbonite--I think it is an online service and I've heard that online backups can be quite slow. I don't know how reliable they might be, but I'd do local backups anyway.

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I've decided to build my computer (cheaper and better than buying from Best Buy), but the problem is I know next to nothing about actually building a computer. I know a few key components that are needed, but I have no idea if some components aren't compatible with another OR what are necessary things I need for a computer. I'm building a gaming desktop (so the graphics card has to be high end) and looking to spend under $1,000 CAN. Here's what I have so far, that comes out to $832.

Can anyone tell me if this will work and if it has the necessary components for a computer? Fan, cooling etc. And if this would run good.

Case: Velocity - IW-C583 Mid Tower, Black w/ 500W Power Supply $104.99
Motherboard: Asus - M4A88T-M/USB3 w/ Radeon HD 4250, DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Hybrid CrossFireX, HDMI $104.99
RAM: Kingston - ValueRAM 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 2GB) $84.99
DVD DRIVE: LG - Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA, Black (OEM) $18.99
Video Card: Asus - EAH5770 Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI $172.99
Hard Drive: Seagate - 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA II w/ 32MB Cache $55.99
Processor: AMD - Phenom™ II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2GHz w/ 9MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3) $249.99

Optional: Assemble - Assemble Hardware $40.00

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I am currently buying myself a new PC and I considered assembling it myself since it's a lot cheaper than buying a pre-built version. The problem is that it's my first time building a PC so I wanted to make sure my choices are correct before ordering anything.

Here is the info:

Main purpose: 3d rendering, multitasking ( 3ds Max + Photoshop + several lightweight programs)
Secondary purpose: gaming ( planning on running dx 11 games)
Budget: 1000-2000 CAN $ bracket

Here is what I came up with on newegg:

CASE:COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CASE FAN: EVERCOOL SFF-12 120mm Case Fan
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
VIDEO CARD: EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
SOUND CARD: SYBA SD-CM-PCI8 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
RAM: 3 x CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M2A1333C9
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
CPU COOLING: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
PSU: APEVIA ATX-AQ700W-BK 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
OPTICAL DRIVE: PLEXTOR 22X DVD/CD Writer Black IDE Model PX-870A -26 LightScri... Read more

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Hi everyone,
I've been reading a lot of references, and have built up enough courage to try to build a computer. I've decided that I'd stick to, since I have read excellent reviews about it. So now I'm faced with the difficult task of picking out the right components.
The biggest thing I'm stuck on is the Processor. My first pick was a Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, but now I'm finding out how much of a better bang for it's buck an Athlon XP is.
I'm also not quite sure what kind of a motherboard I need.
Finally, I can't pick out the right video card. I want a card that will be a strong gamer, but under $100.
Basically, I want the best gaming components I can get for under $700, not including the monitor.
I'd really apreciate some advice on good system components to fit my needs!

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Hey there,im upgrading my P4 1.7GHz (after it crapped itself on the weekend - long overdue for an upgrade though), i'll stick to XP SP2 and Nuendo 3. Mainly recording and quite a bit of VST/VSTi work. Also sticking with my Midiman Delta 1010LT soundcard. Here's what I have been looking at:-Intel Q9650 Q9650 Core 2 Quad CPU, 3 GHz, FSB 1333MHz, 2x6MB L2 Cache, Socket LGA775, 45nm, 95W-Asus P5Q3 S775, P45, 4DDR3, 1800(OC)2PCIE2.0, RAID, GBLAN, CF4GPU, ATX-GeIL GV34GB1333C9DC 4GB (2G X 2) DDR3 1333 CL9.0 DUAL CHANNEL BRUSHED-TITANIUM ALUMINUM Retail-Western Digital WD5000AADS Caviar Green 500GB INTELIPOWER 32MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s 3.5" (1 for audio, 1 for OS/software)-ECS *N9400GT-512DZ-F GF9400GT, 512MB, 128bit, DDR2, PCIE2.0, HDTV, HDCP, DVI-I, FAN (Graphics Card)-CoolerMaster RC-500-KKN1 SILEO 500 SILENT CASE W/ O PSU-Silverstone ST75EF750W Power Supply, Silent 135mmFan with 19dBA, 80%-85% efficiency, 4x 6pin PCI-E, 1x 8pin PCI-E, Silent 135mmFan with 19dBA-Arctic Cooling Arctic Fan 12025L Case Fan: 120mm, ultra quietBasically, I'm more into using the stuff rather than building it, so my mate has helped me with selection and he'll put it all together for me, problem is, he's not into audio gear, so I'd really appreciate any feedback in regards to this system. The system obviously needs to be as quiet as possible, without spending my life savings! I realise I/O speed is the key, so fast, but quiet and reliable HDDs are needed.Thanks heaps in advance guys!Cheers.

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I am building my first gaming pc and I'd like it to be able to play all current games at maxed settings as well as being fairly future proof. I'm not certain about the compatibility of all the parts and if this is the best I can do for budget. Any advice would be appreciated.

-Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

-Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

-EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR

-Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)

-Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

-Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply (RS700-PCAAE3-US)

-Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black

-Windows 7 OS

Target Budget - No more than $1500

Answer:Building a first gaming pc and need advice.

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply

is one of their lower quality units

silent pro model better

look for 5-7yr warranty

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

i have one of these used for 1 day and replaced

for me there is not enough space from the back of the m/board where sata plugs into the the edge of the m/board and the back of the drives

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Hello all,

Well i'm building a cost -efficient Gaming Computer (I want to spend under 800 Dollars)

I need some advice...The pieces i want to buy are below please let me know if these are great, The reason im getting a new PC is for star craft 2, Garry's mod , Cry-sis and Well pretty much Any PC game, I want to run them smoothly on High (Doesn't have to be Ultra)

Okay.. Here are the Few items i've picked out

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

x 2 500GB HDD (Caviar)

I need help selecting a Motherboard, And RAM. Something Between 50$ Dollars and $150

Oh and Ofcourse i'm getting a Gaming Case, And i;ve already got an ATX power supply running at 950W.

Any Help is Appreciated. (Reason i want a HEXACORE is because i dont want to lag two years from now on the technology that comes out, i want this computer to last me until im 50, and im 23)


Answer:Building a new comp, need advice

Methinks the CPU and motherboard should be decided in a package... Pick the motherboard first, then CPU, as it is less important. Your motherboard determines the ability to tweak and adjust, and is key to the long term reliability.
You left out Power Supply... critical in a good gaming machine... as well as case and CPU cooling.
You probably cannot do what you wish for under $800... you are going to be involved in too many compromises.
Building a budget gamer is not going to get you there two years from now. You don't have any information on problems and troubles and long term reliability. Nobody knows the direction the Hexacore is pointed two years from now.
It would see to me that building for today, using a CPU and motherboard that are three months old or more, will save you a lot of bucks. Get a motherboard that can be upgraded to a better processor, then wait for things to develop.
You might even want to wait a few weeks... until October 1, to see where technology is heading... Two ares are becoming more important... USB 3.0 will be out, and you will be able to see which way the new drives are going.
There are plenty of tests of hard drives that have just been released... Look at Tom's and other websites for the reports on what is good and what is fast
It is likely the new hard drive and the motherboard with its memory abilities and sockets will be more important... but getting the Hexacore and the right memory and the right hard drive on a board (with R... Read more

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I am building a new system and would like some advice on the parts i`ve chosen. I`ll be using it for various office based apps and some light picture and video editing. (Maybe the odd game.)

Processor - Intel P4 3.2 540 LGA775
Mobo - Asus P5WD2/premium
Cooling - Asetek VapoChill Micro - Extreme 775
HD - Western Digital Raptor (wd740gd) 74 GB Hard Drive
RAM - 512mb DDR2 PC2-5300
Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon X550 256 MB PCI Express

I allready have all the rest soundcard, dvd drive etc

I have a budget of around £600

Any advice on a good power supply and case? (Not included in budget, I have one at the mo, 450w, but will want to upgrade eventually)
I have heard the P4 runs pretty hot, any advice on extra cooling - (Cant afford water cooling yet)

Some questions I anticipate - Small hd space and expensive - I agree is the 10000prm worth this extra cost?
Go with AMD - I am not anti AMD, thought about the 64 3500+ which is about the same price, but the ht on the p4 would be better for office based programs no?

Thanks in advance for your comments

Answer:Building a new system..... Any Advice?

Looks good to me.

The only thing i can think of is get 1gb of ram.

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I want this computer building mainly for gaming. This is what I had planned to put in it:

Processor - AMD Black Edition - AMD Phenom Quad Core 2.6 GHz Processor
Graphics Card - XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 1024MB
RAM - Crucial 6GB kit (2GBx3), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3
Optical Drive - Samsung 22X DVD RW IDE black Retail Kit SH-S222A/RSMN
CPU Fan - Akasa Multi platform 6 heatpipe cooler with Ultra Lo-Noise 92mm fan
Hard Disk Drive - Western Digital 160GB hard disk drive Caviar SATA II 300 7200rpm 8Mb x2 (For RAID 1 configuration)
Monitor - Fujitsu Siemens L3220T 22" Wide LCD TFT
Wieless Card (PCI) - Belkin Wireless G+ Desktop Card
Power Supply - 800 Watt power supply unit
Case - Antec VSK-2000 New Solution Tower Case

Are all of these components compatible? And would you recommend anything different? I don't need a lot of HDD memory because I have a 1TB external hard drive. Will I need a better motherboard to get the full power of the graphics card and the RAM? Any advice would be appreciated.

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So I'm taking charge of all things I.T. related during my companies building consolidation. I'm going to give the minimal technical scenario because I'm looking for general advice from people who have done building projects.

Here's the summary of it.
We have 5 buildings in the same town right now with a 6th getting built. We will be consolidating down to 3 buildings total in the end. Three buildings are going to move into the new place and we will sell off those emptied buildings.

Here's the tech description.
I have bonded T1 lines going to an Adtrans router in each building from the server room. My server room is also getting moved to the new building. The main internet connection is a 3Mb Fiber connection through AT&T but I'm going to change it over to a different company during the move.

In the end I will have privatley owned fiber from the new building to one of the existing buildings that is going to stay and the bonded T1 connection to the other building in town.
The internet connection for all 3 will be a fiber connection to a different provider than AT&T.

So what tips for this big project do the veterans have? The big move is in 3 months and I already feel overwhelmed so I guess I'm looking for insight.

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Test as much as possible ahead of time, and have a backup plan for unexpected issues. If you can, light up all of your new connections and test them for 24 hours to make sure they are working with out issue before you switch over to the new lines (and new hardware if possible).

Make sure to notify all end users, and have sign off that there will be disruption during the change.

Then you have to plan for the unexpected; the last time we moved our data-center to a new building, we had everything running and back online, however, we found that only under load that one of the 100 amp feeds to the new server room had a bad breaker and it tripped, the UPS ran down, and because it had not been hooked back into the network and the floor was unoccupied no one knew. We hard-crashed the entire server farm.

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I am redesigning my university's IT support site. The format they use now is html and a dynamic web template to build all the pages. I want to simplify this process. I want a main page with a top of page, left column, and bottom page (frames for lack of a better word), that will stay the same all the time. The rest of the page or center content, I want to be able to pull just basic pages with the information into it, and format it to fit the page.

The way it's done now with the master.dwt being applied to each page, it's cumbersome to modify or change the editable content, aka it blows the page to hell and takes forever to correct the content.

So any tips, tools, language ideas you have would be appreciated.

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Frames have several disadvantages, including that search engines will sometimes give users pages meant to work only in your frames, which only confuses them. You can set up servers with header and footer information to include with every page. I use PHP to put several pieces together as if I am using frames, but the result sent to the user is a single page.

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I've built a couple of gaming PCs for myself in the past, without much hassle, but I've been out of the game on new/good products on the market recently.

I seem to have better luck with nVIDIA as opposed to ATi, so I'd prefer to stick with them. I'll probably put in 4gb RAM, an ASUS mobo, and a 600-700w PSU. To start off, there'll only be one monitor, but long term plans = dual monitor setup, so SLI is not out of the question if it's worth it.

Any advice on a good parts that'll be for a workhorse, animation (Flash, 2d, 3d, Photoshop, etc) PC? The ideal price tag would be between $1000-$1500 CDN (including single monitor 22-24", keyboard, mouse, a new case, etc).

Thanks for any input.

Answer:Advice on building a PC for an animator

I don't see anything that really requires a good graphics card in your work list...

Case: HUNDRED&manufacture=ANTEC&promoid=1187
HDD, for example: Digital WD
Can't really say about KB+mouse, if you want an elite keyboard, it's up to you. Just pick one...
Here's a good deal on a monitor:

Let's see how the budget is coming, up, I'll be finishing the list after that..

Okay, so you could afford an i 7 rig.
RAM: Technology

Then, if you know that any of the programs you'll use need any kind of a graphics card for anything, add one.
If they don't, then this will take the load off the RAM and CPU: Silent/DI/512MD2(LP)&manufacture=ASUS
If you want to game a little, this: Read more

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Hello everyone,I am proposing to build the following PC:Antec P-1822 X 2GB Corsair PC6400 RAME8400ASUS P5Q-EHDD X for1TB Samsung Spinpoint OR 640GB Western Digital Caviar Black (For OS and Programmes)1TB Samsung Spinpoint (For important Documents and Media)Corsair TX 750WSapphire Radeon HD 4850 - Vapour XPioneer DVR-215XPBy way of background, I shall be buying Windows 7 64-bit, when it comes out and then maxing the Ram.I am not a big gamer and am unlikely to upgrade the graphics card and will certainly not be adding a second card - the only likely future upgrades would be a couple more hard drives, perhaps more fans (if needed), a TV Tuner Card/TV Capture Card and a dedicated sound card. I might upgrade to a Quadcore in the next few years - my current computer is an AMD XP 2500, so you can see I leave quite a while between upgrades. I am also certain I would like to take the Intel rather than AMD route.Other than the usual, I use my comp for basic video editing and music recording with Cubase and the like.Have spent quite a while coming up with the above specs and would be really grateful for your comments before I take the plunge - anything that I should change, recommended alternatives or additions etc.The only thing that I have noted that is that perhaps the 750W is perhaps overkill, even including head room for upgrades. Iknow that having a much more powerful PSU than requested is not bad, but is a waste of cash if a weaker PSU would do. PSUs are something I know little a... Read more

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Looks like a nice spec PC. Here's a couple of notes;The mobo you've chosen supports DDR2-1066MHz, so you might as well use it. It's only a minor cost increase (for 4gig reckon on another £5 or so).750W for the PSU isn't overkill. It's about right if you want it to last. Make sure it's a branded, 80+ certified unit (which i think the corsair you've mentioned is)If you do audio recording think about getting a dedicated sound card.For the CPU.....I would go quad core now. A q8200 costs around the same and while some of your software may run a little slower compared to E8400, a lot will be quicker now and most of the rest in a couple of years time.The spinpoint 1TB drives are good reliable units. As you say, the cost per pound is very good. Might as well go with it! The only thing i'd say is that for an operatng system and programmes drive you're unlikely to need much more than a 500GB drive - and that includes the 50% rule (i.e. for best performance don't allow your drive to exceed 50% capacity)

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Okay firstly i should say i've never build a computer. But everyone says its cheaper and what not so i thought its about time i made one.

Okay so my current system
AMD X2 4200+ 2.2Ghz
Asus a8n sli deluxe
BFG 8800GT 512MB

firstly i already know that my cpu is bottleknecking me a lot. The computer that i would like to build would mainly be used for gaming. I'm a hardcore gamer. My budget is well i'd like to keep the cost of it at 1000 Pound. I know the only worth keeping thing might be the video card if that. I'd like quad core PC( i don't know if its worth waiting for a six core and if its even going to be good enough).

Don't know whether to go intel or amd
i'd like to have 6GB DDR3 Ram
i really have no idea about a good motherboard.

The other thing is i don't know anything about overclocking and most reviews that i see of cards and what not normally use the i7 920 but heavily overclocked.

Anyway i'd really like some help in deciding a good computer.

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Your budget for a good computer is really good and you can easily get exactly what your looking for that amount or cheaper. My system was the same price as your budget and It does more then I could ask for. In all honestly my recommendations would be based around my own system specs so it would be better if you looked at them yourself. The AMD Phenom II 965 can beat the i7 920 easily and is compariable to the i7 940 in benchmarks. I'd go with that processor with DDR3-1600 ram. For a motherboard my personal preferences are gigabyte because of it reliability but I went with asus for my rig with the stability reviews for overclocking and reliability. I havent come across a game that has lagged my system yet under high settings for everything including maxxed out AA and texture filtering. The raid 0 configurations allows games to be installed and load lighting fast. The Zalman copper cpu cooler keeps the cpu ice cold even if you are doing sick overclocking but the AMD phenom 965 for the time i've had it is more then enough stock with a 7.4 rating on CPU score for windows 7. Check out my specs and let me know what you think, Helping people configure a new system is something I do all the time at my work.

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Hey all,
I am a young man who is looking to build my 1st computer. I am currently a flight simulator tech, so I work on a wide variety of computer systems a electronics, so the actual labor shouldn't be a problem. Finding the right parts seems to be a bit different. I am looking for a complete desktop that should be able to handle a wide variety of tasks, from word processing and web browsing, to casual gaming (Fallout 3, Oblivion, etc.) What would be the best bet for me to buy, without breaking the bank? (I'm trying to keep it relatively cheap, i.e. less than 800.)

Thanks in advance

Answer:Need some advice on building my 1st Computer

Here goes:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz - $119.00
DFI LP DK 790FXB-M3H5 - $139.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM - $79.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W - $69.99
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $154.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690 - $69.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - $74.99

Grand Total - $708.94

This leaves you with enough to select a decent DVD burner and be done within $800. However, I've assumed that you are not considering a monitor / keyboard / mouse within this budget.

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Okay I am building a gaming computer and I need advice. I have about 600 dollars, 100 of which goes to buying windows. Thanks.

Answer:Building a computer need advice

Seems this article was written just for you!

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All right, I have $3400 and want to make a high end, high performance gaming computer. I only want a hd between 80-120 GB serial ata. The newest nvidia GeForce 6800 ultra 256 mb agp8x video card. I want 5.1 surround sound but don't know from who. 1 gb of memory. A 17" in monitor, but don't know if i should use an lcd monitor or an crt one. I'm afraid of blurring with the lcd ones. My BIGGESTconcern is the processor. Which is better in games intel's p4 EEs or Amd's Athlon64 fx-53 with the 939 mobo. i'm not much a fan for upgrading myself. I just want the computer to last a few years until the games outpace it.

Answer:Need advice on building Computer

from what i understand the amd fx is build for high end graphics, so i guess if your going to be gamming the fx is where its at. it also has a 1600fsb on it which is the fastest out there

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I have been wanting to build my own gaming PC but I would like suggestions on what I should buy. What I know so far is getting a PC case with a compatible motherboard, compatible graphics card, internal hard drive and CPU.
One issue I do have is the area I live in and my room does tend to get excessively hot and I try to cool the room with fans.
The PC will be used for two monitors.
I do not tend to be pricey with any purchase but something that'll be affordable.

I will appreciate any suggestions given and any further advice on how to take care of my PC in the hot weathers.

Answer:Building a Gaming PC Advice

First you need to decide if you want amd or intel. Then we can go on to selecting a motherboard, ram, pw supply, etc, etc.
Do understand that gaming systems are NOT cheap. The parts put into a gaming system need to be able to stand up to the stress and temps of gaming.

If you have never built a system before, I would recommend going intel. I have both an intel 7600k system and a ryzen 1700x system. The ryzen system blows the intel out of the water in multi thread benchmarks however ryzen is NOT for someone who just wants to assemble parts and have it work. The amd systems so take some tweaking in order to run well.

FWIW the ryzen system doubled the intel system in cinebench cpu benchmark. In single core benchmarks, the intel wins however in multi, there is no contest.

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