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Old December 2, 2008, 12:30 PM
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Quick question - will I see a big performance hit if I go with the WD greenpower series (16mb cache)? Reason I ask is because it's currently on sale ($115ish).

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Old December 2, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Quick question - will I see a big performance hit if I go with the WD greenpower series (16mb cache)? Reason I ask is because it's currently on sale ($115ish).

Almost done :)
Yes, it will be a noticeable difference. They call it a 7200rpm drive, but it runs between 5400-7200rpm.... and IIRC doesn't hit 7200 very often. If money's that big of an issue, i would say to go for a WD640 Blue/Seagate 640 or WD 640 Black. Just remember, that the HDD is the slowest part(bottleneck) in a PC...and the having a fast HDD can make a slow system(CPU/mobo/RAM) seem fast. GL.

PS: Your current parts list is almost a mirror image of my main machine.

Mine:

-E8400(TRUE)
-GA-P35-DS3L(and O/Cs great!)
-HIS HD4850(reference version)...i'm in the throws of alternating this with a BFG9800GTX+O/C(which i prefer to my 4850),and will permanently install it when i get my WD640 Black for XMas
-2x1GB Crucial Ballistix PC2 8500
-WD6400AAKS(1st-Blue now),WD6401AALS(Black-Xmas gift), WD5000AAKS, Seagate 320GB SATAll(O/S drive right now), Hitachi 250GB PATA(which is going in my daughters' machine).
-Corsair VX550
-CM690
-ViewSonic (19") G90fB CRT....i still love it, versus LCD.
-XP-Pro SP2

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Old December 2, 2008, 02:09 PM
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Yes, it will be a noticeable difference. They call it a 7200rpm drive, but it runs between 5400-7200rpm.... and IIRC doesn't hit 7200 very often. If money's that big of an issue, i would say to go for a WD640 Blue/Seagate 640 or WD 640 Black. Just remember, that the HDD is the slowest part(bottleneck) in a PC...and the having a fast HDD can make a slow system(CPU/mobo/RAM) seem fast. GL.

PS: Your current parts list is almost a mirror image of my main machine.

Mine:

-E8400(TRUE)
-GA-P35-DS3L(and O/Cs great!)
-HIS HD4850(reference version)...i'm in the throws of alternating this with a BFG9800GTX+O/C(which i prefer to my 4850),and will permanently install it when i get my WD640 Black for XMas
-2x1GB Crucial Ballistix PC2 8500
-WD6400AAKS(1st-Blue now),WD6401AALS(Black-Xmas gift), WD5000AAKS, Seagate 320GB SATAll(O/S drive right now), Hitachi 250GB PATA(which is going in my daughters' machine).
-Corsair VX550
-CM690
-ViewSonic (19") G90fB CRT....i still love it, versus LCD.
-XP-Pro SP2

I'll stick with the WD 1tb Black then, money isn't too much of an issue but I'm trying to get the best bang for his buck

Nice rig btw
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Old December 11, 2008, 12:13 PM
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If you must have a modular PSU, the Corsair HX520 is about all I'd recommend.

Case wise, Antec 300, 900 or Coolermaster CM690. All decent mid-towers that are affordable.

And the HD4850 you get, make sure it's non-reference cooling so it'll be cooler and hopefully quieter. I quite like my HIS HD4850 ICEQ4 Turbo, nice dual-slot cooling which works well. OCs pretty well too
+1 For the Corsair PSU
+1 For HIS 4850

As for the case, I have the 900 and it provides a very good air flow but the cable management sucks really and the case is a bit on the BLING side of things. I might swap it for the CM 690 which is a bit more discreet.
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Old December 11, 2008, 12:25 PM
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I'd say Go for the Antec 900 ( I do love the cases that they make..)
And pick up an Ultra X3 600w Modular PS to offset the Management Issues.
Ultra = Lifetime Warranty + FULLY Modular Support with Flex Force Black Cables.

Ultra X3 ULT40073 600-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

That should Hold you down on a Solid Rig.
And you could always upgrade the chip to the highest Dual Core on the block.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Processor BX80570E8600 - 3.33GHz, 6MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Wolfdale, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

However the E8400 is still the Caddy of all Chips out there.

Good luck!
Let us know whats finally decided when its done!

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Old December 12, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Appreciate all the replies guys. I really like the functionality of the cm cases but ended up going with the Antec Sonata III because I got it for a great price plus it already includes a decent PS. I'm going to wait until boxing week to buy the remaining parts but my build should be as follows:

- E8400
- Gigabyte P35-DS3L
- 4850
- 4gb ram
- 1tb WD black hdd
- Samsung DVD writer
- Vista Home Premium
- Sonata w/500 psu

Good for gaming I hope. btw, should I have enough room for the 4850?

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Old December 25, 2008, 09:36 AM
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Was able to get most of what I was looking for last night (including a decent upgrade):

- E8400 - check!
- Gigabyte P35-DS3L - still looking
- 4850 - ended up picking up a 4870!
- 4gb ram - check!
- 1tb WD black hdd - check!
- Samsung DVD writer - check!
- Vista Home Premium - check!
- Sonata w/500 psu - (previously bought!)

Just gotta find me the motherboard and I'm all set.
Thanks again for all the help!
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Old December 25, 2008, 09:59 AM
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I hope you didn't stick with the Crucial memory and went with G.Skill, Corsair or even possibly Mushkin.

Crucial has become a poor choice in memory lately.
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Old December 25, 2008, 11:30 AM
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"Can I "cheap out" on the mobo"

If you want to cheap out on something, why not your 1TB hard drive? When would we ever use so much ? (unless you're a movie lover:
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Old December 25, 2008, 01:20 PM
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"Can I "cheap out" on the mobo"

If you want to cheap out on something, why not your 1TB hard drive? When would we ever use so much ? (unless you're a movie lover:
Well,within reason...WRT going cheaper on the mobo. If he doesn't need RAID, SLI/X-Fire or Firewire, or great O/C ability... a much cheaper(price-wise) board can be chosen...without affecting system-performance in the least. HDDs have a very direct affect on system-performance, although the 640 Black is every bit as fast(or even a smidgeon faster) as the 1TB Black.

As for HDD usage:

- pr0n (umm....no comment necessary)
- movies (many people are movie lovers)
- music (same as above)
- digital home movies (digital camcorders are dirt-cheap nowadays)
- 3d renderings (Photoshop or PaintDotNet)
- photos (lots of photography buffs, with the advent of digital cameras )
- last but not least; not having to worry about saving anything and everything you find interesting on the net(photos or type). It helps me continue to be a pack-rat.. as i can be in real life.. but doesn't waste space digitally...as it can in my basement.
I also keep duplicate copies of everything on seperate drives, should an HDD die.. $80-$100(640s for me) is cheap peace-of-mind.
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