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Old October 29, 2008, 11:35 AM
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NEW* Motherboard: Biostar T-Power I45
NEW* Dual Core: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 EO stepping (I ordered 2 a little insurance for the new stepping and well I got 2 with the E0 stepping, I will probably end up selling the second in the BST check soon enough if you're interested)
NEW* Quad Core: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 (hasn't arrived yet)
NEW* Memory: Mushkin Ascent REDLINE XP2-8000 2x2GB
HDD: 2 x Maxtor DiamondMAX 10 250GB SATA 2 16MB NCQ
Video: EVGA "Vanilla" Geforce GTX280
Sound: Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio
DVD-RW: Asus DRW-1814BLT
DVD-ROM: LiteON DVD SHD-16S1S

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Monitor: BenQ FP241WS
Keyboard: Gateway Multimedia PS2 Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G5 USB Laser Mouse
Speakers: Logitech Z5500D 5.1 Digital Speaker system
External DVD Player: Samsung DVD-HD870

I will post a worklog of the new configuration just as soon I get it all together. This wil be my first intel rig in 8 years

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Old October 29, 2008, 11:44 AM
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Looking forward to seeing it Eagle Eye! Looks like a nice parts list.

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Old October 29, 2008, 12:20 PM
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Heh... you can't stack CPUs like you used to be able to do with bios'.......... :)

I understand the 2 dual core thingy... but you've got a quad thrown in there as well.......
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Old October 29, 2008, 02:05 PM
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It might be a little while before I get this up and running I have to decide if I am going to move to vista, it appears I will loose my raid array and it ultimately just makes since at this point if I am going to have format again, I did do a perliminary setup of this system and she booted just fine with no problems. I am a little suprised how hot the southbridge does get even just in an idle bios state I gather thats prettys normal if not I will consider an alternative to the rather small chipset heatsink on there. My first impressions of the mobo are good I am little suprise by the lack of fan connections on the board I would of liked to have more it just means more cable management, regardless this board wasn't built for "bells and whistles" had I wanted something like that it probably would of been better to look at an Asus board.

SSwilson the core 2 duo will probably be my main for a while, the quad that was a little future proofing and more of a toy. I will likely just sell the other E8400 or just return it for a refund as I said before the point was increasing the likely hood of landing an EO stepping and I got lucky with 2.

Given my current HDD and their age would it be wise to look at something a little larger, faster or should I just keep these 2 and rebuild my array with a new operating system.

What would you suggest be the best choice and version of Windows Vista?

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I would say Home Premium would be the best bang for the buck and you might want to get the 64-bit version.

BTW those Mushkin Ascent Redlines sure do look purdy.
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Diddo BALISTX, didn't recognize you at first with the new avatar.

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Windows 7 pre-beta.....

Heh... seriously though, home premium is the way to go. The basic version is really stripped down, and the ultimate never offered anything worthwhile. (32 or 64bit is a decision you'll have to make yourself...).
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Intel!?!?!??!?! NOOOOOO! Another one is lost to the blue-side. lol

Seriously though, nice stuff. That mobo looks solid.

I do have a few questions anyhow.....
Why not forget the dual cores and get a quad of "higher-end status" for the ultimate toy? Also, why the Intel chipset when you own an nVidia card?

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Oh, if you want wicked HDD speed you should get some Raptors.
I don't know what two Raptors are like in raid 0, but one Raptor (sata) vs. a regular 7200rpm (sata2) drive is a night and day difference.

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Old October 30, 2008, 09:22 PM
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Intel!?!?!??!?! NOOOOOO! Another one is lost to the blue-side. lol
Not entirely, let's just I'm on the fence at this point and time I haven't decided what I will do with the old AMD system its still a pretty fast computer given its age. I haven't parted from it entirely yet AMD will always have its place with me.

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Why not forget the dual cores and get a quad of "higher-end status" for the ultimate toy?
The extreme processors are stupid expensive and the the Q9650 is $700+ at DC I got the Q9550 for less than $400+.

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why the Intel chipset when you own an nVidia card?
Not really into the SLI or crossfire thing anymore its likely I will stick with a single GPU from now on and quite frankly I like having a soundcard again.

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Let's be practical the v-raptors are nice and speeds are incredible, but its hard to justify $600+ for 600Gb. I have decided to go with a single 1000Gb drive and 500Gb external backup with new system, a safer setup for all my girlfriends files, music and movie collection. The raid setup is nice, but if I make a major hardware change I have rebuild the raid array every single time.
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