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« Reply #45 on: December 27, 2007, 05:31:27 PM »

Hello,

Is EVGA a good company?


I'm sorry for all the questions - it's been years since I've built a system (other than order one from a company) and I'm trying to play catch up with all the technology and changes in companies (i.e., I remember when ATI was the major board manufacturer and not just a chipset maker - which as been bought up by AMD?? - so confusing Huh) .

Yup, EVGA is a good company.  They have a really good limited lifetime warrenty on their cards too.

Off topic, but the ATI/AMD merger should be interesting.  They have future plans to integrate ATI GPUs on AMD processor dies.
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« Reply #46 on: December 27, 2007, 06:23:39 PM »

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Yup, EVGA is a good company.  They have a really good limited lifetime warrenty on their cards too.

And do they work well in *nix environments? I know that the nVidia chip should (and that should be all that matters), but sometimes the actual manufacturers can screw that up.
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« Reply #47 on: December 27, 2007, 06:27:03 PM »

Hello,

Now I have questions on Hard Drives. I have always used Maxtor and have had good luck with them (even when Western Digital gave me grief) - but I can't seem to see them too readily anymore. Are they still a major company anymore?

For a hard drive - I need it to be quiet! Other considerations: 7200 RPM, SATA, fast throughput, low power usage/heat output, as big as can be for under $100.
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« Reply #48 on: December 27, 2007, 07:20:23 PM »

Hello,

Try this card, an EVGA GeForce 6200. It has 256MB of GDDR2 video memory, runs on a PCI slot (which your motherboard should have plenty of), and it's only $50. They also make an AGP slot version (8x faster), but most motherboards these days have PCI Express instead.

Looking at the reviews, many are citing that this card runs hot! It has passive cooling (that means it's silent - a plus in my book), so there is no fan to help cooling. I also noticed that most of those people are doing 3D and gaming (why it seems that 95% of equipment and information is aimed toward gamers is beyond me - there are other people, like me Grin). So do you think this would be too hot of a card - I want to keep the temp below 45/40C - or lower - if possible (especially if I go with the 45W CPU which is claimed to run at 39C at peak) - and hopefully without a noisy fan.
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« Reply #49 on: December 28, 2007, 01:16:07 PM »

Hello,

Now I have questions on Hard Drives. I have always used Maxtor and have had good luck with them (even when Western Digital gave me grief) - but I can't seem to see them too readily anymore. Are they still a major company anymore?

For a hard drive - I need it to be quiet! Other considerations: 7200 RPM, SATA, fast throughput, low power usage/heat output, as big as can be for under $100.

Also for a CD/DVD Drive. I am unfamiliar with who makes good drives these days. It needs to be a burning drive (both CD and DVD in all formats) that is affordable and solid.
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« Reply #50 on: December 29, 2007, 10:04:35 PM »

Hello,

Well, seeing how no one has responded in the past few days, I can only take it to mean one of three things:

1) no one has an opinion on CD/DVD drives and Hard Drives
2) everyone is sick of me and this thread
3) everyone is at a party I wasn't invited to.

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« Reply #51 on: December 29, 2007, 10:07:47 PM »

Hello,


Motherboard

CPU

RAM

Video Card

Sound Card

Hard Drive

CD/DVD Drive

Case

Monitor

Keyboard/Mouse

Speakers

Printer (already have)

DSL Modem (already have)

UPS? (don't know if I'll get)



Am I forgetting anything?
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« Reply #52 on: December 29, 2007, 10:21:40 PM »

LoL!

I have a Western Digital Caviar drive and it hasn't given me any issues, plus it is nice and quiet and fast.  For CD/DVD drives, I usually only use LiteOn.  I currently have this one:  Here

Ummm, power supply?  Or is one coming with the case?

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« Reply #53 on: December 29, 2007, 10:46:21 PM »

Hello,

Why do you prefer LiteOn?


Yes, I would assume the power supply would come with the case (for the kind of prices some of those cases go for - it better! Grin)
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« Reply #54 on: December 29, 2007, 10:58:36 PM »

Hello,

For CD/DVD drives, I usually only use LiteOn.  I currently have this one:  Here

It does look like a good drive! Is THIS the SATA version of that drive?
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« Reply #55 on: December 29, 2007, 11:00:21 PM »

Hello,

I have a Western Digital Caviar drive and it hasn't given me any issues, plus it is nice and quiet and fast.

I had a Western Digital drive once that bit the dust quite rapidly and ever since then, I haven't used one - I've almost been afraid to. But, that was many moons ago!

Do you have any experience with Seagates?
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« Reply #56 on: December 29, 2007, 11:54:33 PM »

LiteOn tends to do well in reviews and such, but it is one of the only drives I have used for a while and they have let to fail me.

Yup, that looks like the same drive, just SATA.   Smiley

I have used Western Digital drives for a while and have no issues with them.  Even a WD and Maxtor drives in a small file server, and it was fine.

I have a Seagate in a laptop, but have never used them for a desktop.  In my laptop though, it has worked great.
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« Reply #57 on: December 30, 2007, 05:32:12 PM »

Hello,

I have just learned that Maxtor was bought out by Seagate a year or two ago and that Seagate is using Maxtor to sell their value line.

Have I been out of the loop!  Cheesy


I'm getting prices for both the Western Digital and Seagate (7200 RPM - SATA - 160/250/320/500GB), but I'll probably lean towards Seagate if the price is comparable.
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« Reply #58 on: December 30, 2007, 05:36:06 PM »

Hello,

LiteOn tends to do well in reviews and such, but it is one of the only drives I have used for a while and they have let to fail me.

Yup, that looks like the same drive, just SATA.   Smiley

It looks like a really good drive. I'm not sure if I want to go IDE or SATA (I'm going to get prices for both). The drive won't be able to even push the IDE to it's limit, let alone the SATA - but unless I get a roll cable, the SATA will cause less airflow restrictions inside the case (if that turns out to be an issue).
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« Reply #59 on: December 30, 2007, 05:39:19 PM »

Hello,

We're coming to the end of my list to compile for pricing (I want to get it to my relative by New Year's).

The only three things left to compare are monitor, case, and possible additional case fans.

As for keyboard/mouse - I just use generic keyboards (I hate those multimedia keyboards), the 9.99 special will do just fine and a simple scroll wheel mouse (I'll splurge to get the optical mouse Tongue) - both wired.

The speakers I'll look at later - I'll get monitor speakers from probably Musician's Friend.
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« Reply #60 on: December 30, 2007, 05:43:59 PM »

Hello,

O.K. - so let's talk about monitors - I'm looking at LCD monitors. I've never really looked into that much - last time I priced a system a basic LCD was $500+ minimum (out of my budget).

I would want a 19" - 22" screen for under $250. I would only consider widescreen in the 21" - 22" range. I would like it to be as energy efficient as possible. Also, I notice that several come with speakers built in - that would be a feature I would NOT want! Wink

Like I said, I've never really looked into these screens - so I don't know what to look for as far as brightness, contrast, refresh, etc.

Also, I don't know which brands are good buys and which are stay away from's.
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« Reply #61 on: December 30, 2007, 06:08:38 PM »

Hello,

Also, any recommendations on cases. I bought an Antec years ago that served well, but I don't know if they still make good cases.


And I don't know if I'll need any additional case fans, but if I do - what is a good QUIET fan?
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« Reply #62 on: December 30, 2007, 06:09:54 PM »

Hello,

And I don't know if I'll get one, but who makes good UPS's these days?
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« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2007, 07:32:33 PM »

You should take a look at this monitor.  http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3301369

Viewable Screen Size:   20 inches
Contrast Ratio:   Dynamic 2000:1, Static 1000:1
Brightness:   300 cd/m²
Response Time:   5 ms

Noctua makes great fans.  Antec is probably still one of the best, so I would stick with them.
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« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2007, 11:57:29 PM »

Hello,

Looking at the reviews, it seems that NEC and ViewSonic are among the best. What do you think of this monitor:

ViewSonic X Series VX2240W Black-Silver 22" 2msDVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
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« Reply #65 on: December 31, 2007, 12:10:51 AM »

Hello,

Looking at the reviews, it seems that NEC and ViewSonic are among the best. What do you think of this monitor:

ViewSonic X Series VX2240W Black-Silver 22" 2msDVI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Looks good to me.   Smiley
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« Reply #66 on: December 31, 2007, 12:12:17 AM »

Hello,

Looks good to me.   Smiley

Yeah, it's a teensy bit more than I want to spend ($250) - but I might pamper myself just this once.  Grin
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« Reply #67 on: December 31, 2007, 12:12:58 AM »

Hello,

Now I am looking at cases! Nothing is cheap anymore - is it!  Cry
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« Reply #68 on: December 31, 2007, 01:22:26 AM »

Hello,

I think I am going to go with this case:

COOLMASTER Centurion 5



Of course, I know need to get a power supply - will it never end!  Grin

So power supply - any suggestions?
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« Reply #69 on: December 31, 2007, 01:40:32 AM »

Hello,

What do you think of this one:

Antec earthwatts EA380 ATX12V v2.0 380W Power Supply 100


Do you think 380W is enough?
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« Reply #70 on: December 31, 2007, 02:39:03 AM »

I think you should be okay with 380W, you are not running anything too power consuming.  There is a programme around somewhere where you can plug in parts and see what your consumption will be, but I forget its name or if it is even maintained anymore.

If you are worrying about your PSU power, a friend of mine is using this one and it hasn't given him any issues.  It is a good upper mid range machine.
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