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Old 06-27-09, 01:18 PM   #1
Drew Carey
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Default Building a new PC - would appreciate some input

Hi guys,
I apologize in advance if this thread is some how misplaced or doesn't contain sufficient information.

I'm building myself a new pc, to be used mainly for gaming (at max resolution of 1680*1050), and basic applications.
I've had experience building systems in the past, but I've been out of the hardware loop for a couple of years, so I'm not as up-to-date on all the happenings in the hardware market as I'd like to be.

I'll be buying this system in Israel (where hardware is quite expensive) and my budget is roughly $1500 (but keep in mind prices are higher here, so there's not much use in comparing the overall package to what can be purchased in the U.S. for the same price).

Although my budget isn't insanely tight, I am trying to save wherever possible, and spend more only when the return is worth it.

I've done as much research as I could in the past few weeks.
These are the parts I was planning on buying:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz 8MB Cache BOX
M/B: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P
Video: Leadtek GTX260 216 Extreme+ GeForce 896MB
HDD: Samsung 1TB 32MB 7200RPM SATA II HD103UJ Spinpoint F1
Case: Thermaltake V9 VJ40001W2Z Window

Parts I'll be taking from my current system:
Optical drive: LG DVD-RW X18 - IDE 133
Sound card: Hercules Fortissimo 7.1 PCI - old but sufficient for my lousy 2.1 speaker setup
Floppy Drive
Monitor: Apple 20' LCD "Cinema Display"

That's it. Here are my main questions/concerns:

1. What do you guys think about going with stock cooling on the Core i7? I don't plan to overclock or mess around too much.

2. How bad is using an old IDE optical drive?

3. Operating system: I've been using Windows XP for the past six or seven years. I've been debating if I should upgrade to Vista with this system. On the one hand, if I plan to get 6Gb of RAM I have to move up to a 64bit OS anyways, so might as well move to Vista. I'm also interested in having full DirectX 10 support. On the other hand, I've heard a lot of bad stuff about Vista, and am not very sure - what would you guys recommend? Specifically, I am also a bit concerned with running a 64bit OS. Is driver/software compatibility an issue with a 64bit OS? Sorry if I sound paranoid, as I mentioned, I've out of the loop for a while.

4. Video Card: I was fighting an urge to shell out the little extra cash for a GTX 275. After reading up on upcoming Nvidia/ATI cards (GT300/R800) I figured it would be a better investment to buy a cheaper card now, and upgrade sometime next year - would you guys agree?

5. Finally, how much noise do you think a system like this will generate? My understanding is the PSU and Video card are fairly quiet, while the case is loaded with three huge fans and might be more of a nuisance. Can anyone speak from experience using a similar configuration? I’d like to keep the noise to a minimum.

That's it - I would greatly appreciate any help you guys can provide. Sorry for the long post.
Also, if anyone has any input besides my questions - please do tell...

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Old 06-27-09, 02:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Building a new PC - would appreciate some input

1) if you don't plan on OCing, you will be fine with stock cooling
2)IDE for DVD drive makes no difference. But few things to consider. Do you want the fat ide cable blocking air flow? Your drive is quite old, every new drive generation generally has better firmware and better/mode support for different black media.
3) I would ditch XP, you will need 64bit OS to use all your RAM. Windows 7 is just to close to spend money on vista. For now install Windows 7 Release Candicate, and you will be good till March 2010. Windows 7 should go retail in your coutry around Oct 30th.
4) yes 260 is fine
5) fans appear to be 120mm and one larger one. OEM fans inside cages are generally low RPM fans and generate minimal noise.

I would like to add something about the sound card, Hercules Fortissimo is very old card. I would just sell the card, onboard sound on the motherboard is few generations better then the Crystal chip on the Hercules Fortissimo.
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