Building Computer, need advice, please.

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Guest, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi folks,

    I'm about to start putting together my fourth build, and I'm at the point
    where I can use mucho advice. The new mchine will be primarily for CPU-
    intensive stuff, such as high quality audio compression and editing or
    high definition fractals, and also general "house-office" stuff. I'm not
    much into games or fast 3-D video, and am not planning to overclock, or
    not extensively.

    My present two year old machine, which is getting increasingly ragged
    around the edges, has a Soyo KT400 Dragon and Athlon 1400. I am looking
    for a decent real world speed improvement, but without the hassles of
    building to the cutting edge. My highest priority is a stable and trouble
    free machine made up of tried and tested components. Speed is my next
    highest priority. Third priority is a quiet system. My budget can stand
    some moderate upgrading of the components below, if it will mean a better
    machine.

    Here is my first and very tentative approximation of how to go about it.

    Thank you all very much for any input and recommendations about better
    alternatives, and for pointing out any bottleneck or overkill.

    MOTHERBOARD:
    ABIT NF7-S
    or ASUS A7N8X-E DELUXE Rev.2.0 ?
    (or possibly GIGABYTE GA-7N400 Pro2 ?)
    CPU:
    Barton XP2800
    (or XP2500 OC to FSB 400 ?)
    MEMORY: 2x512MB DDR400 operating as dual channel,
    HD: Hitachi 250GB 7200RPM
    DVD WRITER: Dual Layer, 12X or 16X
    FLOPPY/MEMORY CARD READER: MITSUMI FA404A
    VIDEO CARD: Chaintech FX20 (GeForce 5200, 128MB)
    CASE: EVERCASE E4252

    CPU SINK/FAN:
    Speeze WHISPER ROCK II, #5F263B1M3G (2700rpm, 38CFM, 26.5dB)
    or Speeze "FALCONROCK" #5F286B (2300rpm, 28cfm, 25db)
    CASE FANS:
    Back: 12cm, NMB 4710NL-04W-B29 (72cfm, 30dB, will use at 7V)
    Front: 8cm: Speeze FDC08025S1M, (37.8cfm, 25.0 DB)

    --- already have: ---
    POWER SUPPLY: Pc Power and Cooling, 410W
    HD #2: Hitachi 120GB
    SOUND CARD: Revolution 7.1
    WinXP SP1 Pro
     
    Guest, Aug 28, 2004
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