building a new pc - any suggestions?

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  1. hafleystyles

    hafleystyles New Member

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    I've saved up enough cash to finally build my dream system. I normally have at least 10 applications running at any given time and tax my system greatly. I've been using a sony vgn-s270b for the last year and it's just not cutting it.....so i'm going to treat myself to this kickass pc. I'm going with a quad lcd setup so my resolution would be 5120x1024 what do you think about the hardware i've picked out? do you think i should change some things?

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core

    CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)

    Maxtor Atlas 15K II SAS 8E073S0 73GB 15,000 RPM Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)

    ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD

    COOLMAX CX-550B ATX 550W Power Supply

    4 SAMSUNG 173P-Silver 17" 25ms LCD Monitors on a quad lcd mount

    Nvidia XFX GeForce 7800 GTX / 256MB DDR3

    Lian Li V SILENT PC-V1100B PLUS Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional X64 Edition
  2. Drakkon

    Drakkon New Member

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    why are you spedning the money on a SCSI drive when the board dont even support it? (i have the same board btw its great...it supports SATA 2 so i'd get 2 of those and raid em instead :D)
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    I was gonna ask the same thing: how do you expect to connect the Atlas drive? If it's thru plain PCI, consider the bandwidth limitation: the 133 MB/s (theoretical) is shared, possibly with other onboard devices. The SAS drive could saturate the bus maybe for short periods of time..
  4. superman

    superman ?

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    you might want to also dual boot 32bit windows
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    hafleystyles New Member

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    i didn't even think to look if the mobo supported the sas drive...thanks guys. so which mobo would you suggest? i love asus. and i love that atlas drive
  6. hafleystyles

    hafleystyles New Member

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    i dont know much about sas drives, but i'm realizing that none of the motherbaords i've been looking at have scsi or sas connections so i'm wondering. should i get a server mobo with a pci-x slot and a sas controler card or should i get one with a dual chanel scsi connection?

    basicly what i'm asking is what mobo should i get to take advantage of both the sas drive and the amd 64x2?
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    dfi lanparty nF4 sli-dr is probably the best socket939 board out there right now.

    if it were me, i'd dump the drive and get a raptor. you would be giving up too much to be able to use that one.
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    Drakkon New Member

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    yeah getting a server board or any controller would prettymuch kill any chance of having a great gaming system (I assume thats what your going for...) because boards like the DFI nF4 SLI or the A8n SLI are really taking advantage of the new x2 chips and in game performance.
    go with a SATA 2 board (like the a8n) and get sata2 drives and you will be golden. Once you raid em you'll be getting speeds close to the atlas and probobly have a ton more storage space for the same price.
  9. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Don't bother with XP 64-Bit. I'd wait on that one until there are actual 64-Bit programs out there. Not to mention there is no guarantee that most of hardware will work with XP 64.

    Stick with 32-Bit.

    And I agree with the Raptor suggestion...it's the shiznit.
  10. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    spend the cash on some ECC RAM

    CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) ECC Registered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX2048RE-3200

    i don't know if it supports it though
  11. Jamsan

    Jamsan Junior Member

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    ever think of going P4? You say you run 10 apps at the same time -- that hyperthreading will sure come in handy when your multitasking
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    hafleystyles New Member

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    i've got a p4 and i think it's piece of shit myself. i'm an amd man always have been allways will be. oh ans p4 cant hold a candle to amd64 x2
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    Wendy26 New Member

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    There are several places on the web, that post their socalled super systems, PCGAmer magazine, has a section in their mag, that they have there low mid and high level systems.

    TOms hardware, I think does so also, just search out super computer or Ultimate Computer to build, see how it compares to those, I think those people have a pretty good Idea of what a super computer should look like.
  14. Thats retarded! ECC kills performance. Its slow and costs more.

    and, Registered would only be needed if he were running a S940 system, which he's not.
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    To be honest, I would also suggest dual booting a windows 32bit system, as suggested before. As for you hard drives, why not just set up a RAID system with the Asus mobo(which is almost the same board I am running, except I am running the SLI Deluxe rather than the Premium), sticking with the A8N mobo and setting it up in RAID will give you fantastic performance. I have never used the Corsair XMS yet, though I know Corsair makes damn good RAM. I personally on my A8N SLI Deluxe am running 2gigs of OCZ Platinum Revision 2 PC3200 (1GB (512x2) filling all 4 DIMMS) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K. This RAM works absolutely awesome with the Asus boards I have had. I have been using only OCZ RAM with my Asus boards for a couple years now and have not had a single issue yet. Here's a link for ya to check it out in case ya decide to switch. And stay away from any ECC, it will kill your performance and costs a lot more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820146890
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    also i noticed that you looked at DDR400 ram, your going to want DDR500 or better to take advantage of a 1ghz FSB
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    hottsquad New Member

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    Only problem is, is the A8N mobo only supports DDR400 PC3200. Kinda stuck there.
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    thats what it says it supports im sure you could plug some DDR500 and then set it to run at 1:1 and it would be fine
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    Have to do some playin' around with mine and order a DDR500 chip. I'll let ya know if it freaks out on me or not. LOL
  20. Miller

    Miller Tweak Guru

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    ehh question


    1. why are you getting 4 lcd monitors when your 500$ video card can only support 2?
    2. why are you getting a 500$ video card and fucking 25ms lcd monitors?
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    ram.

    Go For A better ddr500 ram
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