Single Status Update
OK, so I finally figured out what I was going to get for my new computer (thanks for all the replies in that old thread BTW, I got too carried away researching to reply before it expired). All 3 major component packages arrived today, now I'm just waiting for some cooling supplies. Current purchase list:
1 Core2duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 45nm CPU
1 Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L MB
2 2x1GB Mushkin DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 SDRAM
1 WD Raptor 10000RPM 150GB HD
2 WD RE2 7200RPM 500GB HD
1 SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
1 PowerColor Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 Passive-Cooled VPU
1 SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus 550W PSU
1 Atrix CSCI-L8033-C43 Black Steel Mid-Tower Case
1 Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink with Arctic Silver 5 tube
1 Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm
2 ARCTIC COOLING AF8025PWM 80mm
2 Nexus Real Silent 80mm
2 Nexus Real Silent 92mm
Still haven't decided a soundcard, but I'm looking at the E-mu 1212M. Its interface is a bit annoying though.
Anyway, this turned out to be a rather satisfactory hardware selection. For once, my excessively slow progress at accomplishing anything turned out to be a good thing since the E8400's came out while I was putting the rest of the unit together. Hopefully I shouldn't have any troubles running it at 3.6GHz like most other users. Espi had a good idea of putting Windows and all other all HD-intensive items such as programs and perhaps a few newer games on a superspeed drive while storing large data like music and video archives on standard supersize drives. So I did. Once again my slow progress allowed the 500GB enterprise drives to be updated with PMR, so now these run about as fast as the new 750GB enterprise drives which I was hoping to get but ran short on money for. I wasn't planning to get such a decent video card, but I got talked out of the EN6800GTS for a more recent Radeon 3850 once somebody showed me they had passive models (the stats comparison helped too). Oddly enough, I was forced to upgrade when I found out the 3850's heatsink might cause some spacial problems with the northbridge and RAM but the 3870's would fit perfectly.
Now I just have to make it all run :|
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1). DIAF...I'll never shop at Wal-Mart. I've been boycotting them for a myriad of reasons for years now.
2). I have a pretty good rig right now with tons of RAM and some kind of sweet dual-core CPU, just I've only got onboard video with limited 3d card compatibility. All I need is a video card.
3). I have no money right now. In fact, I have negative money.