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Need some help with new build

By Monka
May 31, 2006
  1. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Not bad thinking at all. It's a matter of priority. I love the SonataII case, as it is nice and quiet. That is the priority for me and I am willing to give up 2 or 3 degrees of temp in order to have quiet. My Athlon64 CPU runs at about 29c idle, and about 35c under load with this case and stock cooling on the CPU. But if you want to get one that has more fan slots, I'd recommend at least making sure the case's fans are 12" fans. That way you don't have that high pitched screaming fan noise.

    That is a very popular case of course. If you do end up getting that one, I wouldn't recommend using that power supply. Aspire doesn't have a very good reputation for PSUs. If you love that case, then I'd just take out the PSU that comes with it, and put in something more reliable. Here is an example of a very high quality, reliable power supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103931

    Yes, the 7900GT is a faster GPU than the 7800GS.

    Close, but not quite. That is the socket 939 version of the CPU, but you will want the socket AM2 version. I just checked newegg again, and I am still not able to find them there. Out of stock already maybe? It was JUST released a few days ago.
     
  2. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    so if i go with that mainboard i couldnt use : pc3200 ddr
     
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Correct. If you go to an AM2 system, you can not use PC3200 DDR ram.
     
  4. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    You're going to want a floppy drive and an optical drive if you don't already have them.

    Also, all a matter of preference and budget, but I'd get another hard drive for storage. 74Gb is going to fill up fast. You can use that fast hard drive for your OS, then get a 160-250Gb 7200rpm drive for storage.

    And I'll say it again, that PSU in that case is not a good one for your system for two reasons.

    1. Aspire does not have a great reputation for PSUs in the industry.
    2. It only has 18amps on it's 12v rail. You want to be up in the 30amp range as you have an extremely high end GPU and a dual core CPU.
     
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    I also noticed we are quite a ways over your original stated budget. If you need to cut some corners, you could:

    1. go down to 1Gb of ram. This will be enough for most applications/games. I am currently running only 1Gb on my system and feel no pain. That said, I do plan on upgrading to 2gb in the near future.

    2. Give up that 10,000rpm hard drive. Yes they are fast, and that is why they have that price tag. I am running on a 7200rpm maxtor and have no complaints at all.

    3. Downgrade your CPU or GPU are other options of course.
     
  7. ZeroCount

    ZeroCount TS Rookie Posts: 81

  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Yes, you are right. You have not read the posts.....

    He is building a socket AM2 system and you are recommending a 939 board.
     
  9. ZeroCount

    ZeroCount TS Rookie Posts: 81

    Whoops... :D
     
  10. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    ya ill have to drop one gig

    that raptor looks nice ill have to pick up another drive for storage
     
  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    By the way Monka, that Asus motherboard I recommended uses passive cooling. In other words it has no fans on the chipset.

    You'll want to have really good airflow in your case in order to keep things cool.

    In hindsight, my original suggestion of the SonataII case was probably not the best idea. You'll need better circulation than that most likely.
     
     
  12. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    ya i have ALOT of fans in my current pc. ill just take some out and put them in new case.
     
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Are you familiar with "dual channel" ram configuration?

    If you use two sticks of ram at the same time, you get about a 10% speed increase. That was why I suggested two sticks of 1Gb.

    If you are going to drop to 1Gb, you should get two sticks of 512mb in order to keep yourself in dual channel mode.
     
  14. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    ya ill get one gig now and in a month or two pick up another gig
     
  15. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Dual channel can sometimes be picky about the ram you use. When you get your second stick of 1Gb, make sure you get the same brand/speed as the first stick. They need to be identical.
     
  16. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

  18. Monka

    Monka TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    k now i just have to save up $400 more =P
     
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