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Old December 14, 2007, 02:48 PM
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Default Let's play a game about my new build, this or that?

I have a bunch of spare parts and want to buid a PC that will be for video storage/ripping, mild HTPC duties (divx playback, maybe HD later), and for me to play with o/c case modding etc.

I already built the rig in my sig, but was so my wife had a nice PC while I was "playing" in the media room, I tried o/cing it and the 2nd time I killed a hard drive, so no more for now.

So here is what I have, things in (brackets) are things I am thinking of buying:

mobo: XFX 680i LT

CPU: P4 520 2.8ghz or (e2180 $100)

RAM: OCZ gold 6400 or Crucial Ballistix 8500

Case: HP Pavilion a630n or nMedia HTPC 300SA

PS: Antec Smartpower 2.0 500w or (Corsair 520W $120)

HDD: 2xWD 250GB sata 16MB or (one more 250 & RAID 5 $80) or (2x250 RAID 0 & 1x500gb storage $100)

CPU cooling: A/C freezer 7 pro or scythe Katana II or (ninja/??? $35/$$$?)

anything I missed? I am going nuts making decisions, and have changed my order with NCIX 3 times on a few parts over this build, I need help, I will do a full worklog on it as soon as I get the parts
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Old December 14, 2007, 05:30 PM
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I'd go for the E2180 over the P4 any day.

The rest doesn't really matter much though. I suppose the 8500 RAM would give you some more headroom for overclocking.
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Old December 14, 2007, 05:51 PM
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E2180 definitely with the AC7 Pro.
Crucial 8500.
nMedia case.
Antec 500W.

HDDs.... just in case something goes wrong again, I would install the OS on a 40Gb HDD, and use the 2x250Gb as storage drives and disconnect them when playing with an overclock. Just a thought.
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Old December 14, 2007, 10:45 PM
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Would I be losing out on much by using my 20gb 5400rpm maxtor?

Its IDE as well...

but I like the idea of disconnecting them during an overclock...

As fo rthe power supply, unless there is a real problem with the antec 500w I am going to stick with it.

thanks guys, going for the 2180, sell the HP stock to pay for it and maybe something else.
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