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November 10, 2005, 6:18 am
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( version 4 created on 10 november 2005):
All prices are in euro's.
*** Overview ***:
Case: Chieftec, smart series, SH-01W-W-W, miditower (white)
Power supply: Seasonic S12-600 (600 watt)
Motherboard: ABIT AN8 SLI 32x (dual core, dual graphics card support)
Price: unknown, max 200 bucks
Processor: Athlon 64 X2 Manchester 3800+ (dual core)
( might switch to 2 GB memory sticks, depending on availibility )
Memory module1: Samsung Original DDR SDRAM, 1 GB, PC3200, 400 MHz, -
(memory module 2,3,4 optional/expansion)
Memory module2: Samsung Original DDR SDRAM, 1 GB, PC3200, 400 MHz, -
Memory module3: Samsung Original DDR SDRAM, 1 GB, PC3200, 400 MHz, -
Memory module4: Samsung Original DDR SDRAM, 1 GB, PC3200, 400 MHz, -
( might switch to 512 MB graphics cards... depending on cooling solution <-
not to large/noisy)
Graphics card1: nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX (Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B 256 MB, PCI
Express x16 )
(Videocard 2 optional/expansion:)
Graphics card2: nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX (Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B 256 MB, PCI
Express x16 )
Sound card: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Elite Pro
Network card: Linksys EG1032
Harddisk1: Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 500 GB, 7.200 rpm, 16 MB, SATA II
(Hardisk 2,3,4,5,6 optional/expansion:)
Harddisk2: Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 500 GB, 7.200 rpm, 16 MB, SATA II
Harddisk3: Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 500 GB, 7.200 rpm, 16 MB, SATA II
Harddisk4: Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 500 GB, 7.200 rpm, 16 MB, SATA II
Harddisk5: Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 500 GB, 7.200 rpm, 16 MB, SATA II
Harddisk6: Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 500 GB, 7.200 rpm, 16 MB, SATA II
Disk drive: 3.5 diskstation and 7-in-1 cardreader (white)
CD/DVD combo drive: IDE, DVD Rewriter: Plextor PX-740A 16 x, 4 x, 16 x, Wit
Monitor: Iiyama HM903DTB 19 inch, Ivory (HM903DTB)
Keyboard: Logitech Internet Pro Keyboard Wit PS/2 (white), OEM
Mouse: Logitech Pilot Wheel Mouse Grijs PS/2 (gray), OEM
Speakerset: Creative GigaWorks S750
*** Total costs: ***
Power supply: 137
Motherboard: unknown, max 200 bucks
Memory module1: 96
Graphics card1: 498
Sound card: 291
Network card: 29
Disk drive and 7-in-1 card readers: 30
CD/DVD combo drive: 65
Basic price: 2853
Memory module2: 96
Memory module3: 96
Memory module4: 96
Graphics card2: 498
Extra price: 2426
Total price: 5279 (ouch! :))
*** Comments ***
1. Nice case, fits well with the rest of the components, and isn't too big.
be the airflow because multiple fans could cancel each other out <-
2. Power supply is cool, quite and efficient and is/should be able to supply
all juicy necessary =D
It has a slow fan, so the question is if it can draw enough heat out of the
since a slower processor is chosen it should not be a problem... however the
and the graphics cards also produce lot's of heat... especially the
harddisks ;) <- can be as much as 60 degrees.
The case does have optional harddisk cooling fans... the question is if this
see above point 1 <- airflow.
3. The little brother of amd x2 4800+, the amd x2 3800+ almost performs as
well as it's bigger
brother... but the bigger brother is almost 3x times more expensive while it
only delivers about 20% performance
increase, so the athlon x2 4800+ is waaaay too expensive and will also run
hotter and will require more cooling,
which means more noise... so the athlon x2 3800+ seems like a nice deal... a
little bit less processing power... but
cool, quite and cheap <- and lasts longer ;) =D
4. I don't know yet how much noise or heat the GTX creates... however I can
that it's quite quite ;) meaning low noise which is good.
5. It might be wise to fill in, amd's power chart, to be sure that 600 watts
is enough for
the basic+extra system stuff ;) But it's kinda boring haven't done that yet.
6. The new abit motherboard will have 2 extra sata connectors on top of the
4 sata connectors
so 6 sata drives becomes possible... which is how many drives the case can
Otherwise a bigger case would need to be selected for 8 drives... but that's
a bit over the top
and too much external drive bays... <- 5 or 6 no thank you ;) <- however
that would leave
room for some air/heat to go up there... maybe that s good I dont know...
but the midi tower
case should be just fine as well... and the full tower might be a bit too
big... the power
supply has a little short wire for it's main power connector... but it
should be just fine
for the midi tower oh yeah.
7. The previous motherboard.. the fatality sli 16x... <- probably has waaaay
too many fans
so I will wait for this new motherboard with passive cooling etc. <- cool
and less noisy.
and full 16x sli slot bandwidth... hopefully ! =D
8. The case has easy access to all external drives and power button... no
stupid doors :)
9. I haven't found any good monitor review site... so I am not 100%
convinced about the monitor.
*** Details ***:
Power supply: Seasonic S12-600 (600 watt)
6x 5.25 inch 4 pins power connectors
4x sata drive power connectors
2x floppy drive power connectors
24pin or 20pin main power connector Separable
2x PCIe Graphics power connectors:
Suited for dual core: yes
Low noise and efficient.
16" cable for main 20+4 pin ATX connector.
26" cable with two 6-pin PCIe video / SLI connectors
18" auxiliary 12V connector
19" auxiliary 4x12V connector (for dual CPU boards)
33 " cable with three 4-pin IDE drive connectors and one floppy drive power
27" cable with two 4-pin IDE drive connectors and one floppy drive power
2 x 24" cables with two SATA drive connectors each
21" cable with 3-pin PSU fan speed monitor connector for motherboard
Hello there folks,
Selecting and building your own PC can be quite time expensive so here is my
nice list of components all hand picked and looked at from review sites and
specifications and manuals etc.
The basic price of 2853 euro's is quite affordable for a high performing,
high quality, at least 3 to 5 years last PC ;)
Follow some software/windows optimization tricks... and your/this system
will fly fly fly fly and fly woeeeh.
The only unknown factor so far is the motherboard... so I will wait for this
new motherboard to be available at nearby internet stores.
I welcome any questions or comments about this design.
And yes, the extra price is quite expensive, isn't it ! ;) :) <- extra
components/harddisks etc wow, it's almost as expensive as the basic system !