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  1. trekguy

    trekguy Thread Starter

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    Had a power surge or something, and my current PC is recently deceased. I would like to do a rebuild with the case and a couple of optical drives (CD & DVD-RW). I think the current power supply is still good, but with new parts, I think it's probably a good idea to get a new power supply now, as well.

    Here's what I am looking at:

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128052

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103243

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703011

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136037

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134636

    Any input would be much appreciated.

    :D
     
  2. Compiler

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    I gather you're not building a gaming rig.

    For a high quality PSU, you've choosen a good one. But I prefer a bigger fan for lower RPM, less noise and more air-flow. This one is a tad cheaper and has a $15 rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003 Either way, you'll do good.


    For memory, 2GB - choose 2 x 1GB sticks for dual-channel RAM. Slightly better performance... if you're going to use Vista (which I personally view as garbage), go for 4GB - even with the 32bit version of Vista which won't access the full 4GB, but will work best.

    Here are some choices for less:
    SuperTalent $39 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609026
    Kingston $39 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134635
    G.Skill $45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098
    OCZ $45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227089
    (OCZ has Latency of 4 - the lower the better)

    But if you PAY more up front, BUT use the rebate and you'll pay less in the end for higher-performance RAM like these:
    OCZ ($33)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227198
    But I'd take one of these two with low latency:
    OCZ ($34) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227231
    Corsair XMS ($39) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145168

    Here is 4 GB OCZ for $62 after rebate (not top end like the last 3): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227269

    All 4GB modules: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Subcategory=147&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=

    I like Gigabyte boards... the model below yours includes DVI which is still prefered for large LCD Monitors and cost a bit less $ ($5) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128056

    The difference, you get 3 less PCI-e x1/x4 slots... You'd get the DVI instead of the old Printer port... unless you need it.

    Enjoy.
     
  3. trekguy

    trekguy Thread Starter

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    Thanks so much for the input!

    You're right... no gaming here. I just want something newer, that will keep up for a while... for web browsing, email, pictures, music...

    I was getting 2 of the 2gb sticks of RAM... overkill??


    (Oh yeah, this is going to be running with a Linux OS)
     
  4. Compiler

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    2GB is fine for XP and Linux.... memory is cheap nowadays, thanks to Vista.

    I'd still go for the slightly cheaper Gigabyte board (that I linked above) with DVI output over the extra PCI-x1 slots and a OLD Printer port.
     
  5. trekguy

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    OK, thanks! I have changed my cart. (y)

    And, I will go with the Corsair PSU... it is a bit more efficient... and if it's quieter... bonus!

    Thanks again, I will be ordering tomorrow eve... if you think of something else, let me know. :D
     
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    Off topic a bit... Something tells me you have a TREK?! ;) I ride a 7200, bought it in 2005 and it has about 3500miles on it

    But yeah, I've installed that PSU on the last 3 PC builds... its sold. Its not actually made by Corsair - but its cost a bit less than the actual Seasonic brand... it looks great. And yeah, I can't hear it on normal load. The cables are completly braded, includes ties, well packaged.
     
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