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Old September 15, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Ok so i must be really off my game as tonight i have managed to kill both my main computers. I feel like a noob. On the first one i spilled water all over my m3a32-mvp and now it won't post so i was like whatever i still have my m2a-vm. So i hook it up and poof smoke and fire comes out of my psu and now that system is freaking dead. So i have had it i cam going to junk the whole lot of it and start fresh. Except the HDD they are still fine. Now i have been seeing that intel seems to give the best bang for the buck these days in terms of performance but since i have been using AMD for some 10 odd years this is unknown territory. So i need some guidence. How ever in regards to the motherboards i have had good experince with Asus in the past but if you have other suggestions to consider please let me know. I have the following hardware i am bringing over.

4x Samsung F1 750 GB HDD
3x Seagate 320GB HDD
1x Seagate 500GB HDD
1x 36GB WD Raptor
1x Seagate 200GB HDD
6 GB Gskil PC-1066 DDR2
Antec P182 Case (All of the drives fit)

So i am looking for the following parts.

CPU
Motherboard
PSU
Videocard (willing to try nvidia again, but i am not sli'ing)
Optical Drive
OS - Maybe it's time i picked up Vista 64 :)
Raid Card 8 port or higher, considering 3ware or areca.

The cheaper the better but i am hoping to keep it under $1200 bucks if it all possible.

Also if anyone wants a lot of somewhat burning smelling parts and doa have i got a deal for you.
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Old September 15, 2008, 08:09 PM
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i hope you mean water as in distilled if soo just let it dry and it will post?
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Old September 15, 2008, 08:17 PM
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nah, it doesn't post. tried teh other parts on the other mobo before i destroyed those too. Every but mobo did work.
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Old September 15, 2008, 08:18 PM
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Yes there is a chance that you can rescue one of those motherboards, use a hair dryer to dry it out properly.
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Old September 15, 2008, 08:22 PM
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Damn dude, that really sucks. Wet hardware is never a good thing. Try giving it a thorough drying before you totally give up though.

Took a quick look at NCIX and threw something together. If you searched around I'm sure you could knock the price down a bit.

I'm not very knowledgeable on the whole RAID thing so I just linked the cheapest. For the 3ware one your looking at $500 minimum and for Areca $700.

Raid card: Highpoint Rocketraid 8 port $277.94 NCIX.com - Buy Highpoint Rocketraid 2320 8 Channel SATA2 RAID PCI-E4 Controller - RR2320 In Canada.
CPU: Intel C2D 7200 $140.30 NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.53GHZ 1066FSB 3MB Retail Box - BX80571E7200 In Canada.
Board: Asus P5Q Pro $151.99 NCIX.com - Buy Motherboards In Canada.
PSU: OCZ 700w $104.99 NCIX.com - Buy OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black - OCZ700GXSSLI In Canada. (Im going with a 700w as I'm not exatly sure of the power nessecary for 10 drives)
GFX: Palit HD 4850 $169.99 NCIX.com - Buy Palit Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card - XAE/48500+T352 In Canada..
Optical: LG DVD burner w/ lightscribe $32.90 NCIX.com - Buy LG GSA-H55L DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 10X Lightscribe DVD Writer IDE 2MB Black OEM W/ SW - GSA-H55L BLACK In Canada.
OS: Vista Home Premium 64-Bit $132.80 NCIX.com - Buy Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - 66I-00788 In Canada.

Total comes to $1060.91 before MIR's, taxes, shipping, etc.

Thats would be a very capable Intel system, if you would like to spend more, a quad core or higher end raid card is an option as well.
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Old September 15, 2008, 09:03 PM
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thanks for the input everyone. I will take a look at those boards and cpus tomorrow. I have already bought my videocard as i saw a really good deal on a 9800gx2 :). In regards tot he raid. Yes i need the raid. I fellow coworker of mine did this and gets a sickening good performance out of it. Say 17 files being unrared at 100mb/s :).

anyway it's late and i am still mad at myself, grrr.

One question is there any reason i shouldn't consider the Q6600 as it's pretty decently priced at 215 currently.
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Old September 15, 2008, 09:14 PM
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Not really, It's still a solid processor. Though a 45nm quad might be a better idea if the funds are available.

Retro, the reason my suggestion had lower end parts was due to the 8 port raid card he specified in the oroginal post.
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Old September 15, 2008, 10:53 PM
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Areca are very fast but pricey. megaRAID (LSI) are comparable speed but cheaper. 3Ware is a bit slower but generally cheaper and gives good value for the money. Adaptec seem problematic these days - if you get a good one that plays nice with your motherboard they're good but if not they're a royal PITA.
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I think the q6600 id s solid chip. I run it, and I can dedicate 50% load to crunching on world community grid, which chews away at 4 instances of folding at once. And, I still have head room for OS, A/V, and Crysis!. BUt, I did a mild OC on mine to 1333 FSB and 3.0 Ghz. I run a Gigabyte board, which is pretty decent and stable. Quite alot of hardware choices certified to run on giga series.
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Old September 16, 2008, 04:47 AM
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ok a little update. My freaking mobo and cpu came back to life. God i hate computers. anyway i am still going through with my upgrade as my brother needs a new computer desperately so i can give him my current one so here is my plan for hardware for my new box :)

Silverston Tj-05 Eatx case
Corsair HX1000W
Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
Evga Geforce 9800GX2 1GB (got it on sale for 299 )
3ware 9690SA-4i Raid Card (almost 1/2 of the 8 port)
Windows Vista Home Premium OEM
WD 640GB HDD x4
Generic LG/Samsung DVD Burner
Some Noctua NF-P Fans

I appretiate allof the input so far.
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