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Windows 7: Tell me what you think.


22 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Tell me what you think.

This is the current rig i'm working on and this will be my primary computer when it's done.

These are the current specs (I have not yet ordered these parts, so please tell me if these specs are not up to par.) -
  • AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Triple-Core Processor
  • Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 Desktop RAM
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
  • MSI Tuner Card TV@nywhere Plus PCI Interface (with remote)
  • GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit or Ubuntu Koala 64-bit

I have not chosen a case yet and would like recommendations (because I have no idea what to look for in a case).

The main reason I'm posting is to see if these parts will work smoothly together and if they are good for some light gaming, video/ photo editing, bittorents, and tons of internet browsing and media applications.

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22 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I really like my Antec 300 case: Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Roomy, plenty of drive bays, easy to open, it has a washable air filter.

What are you wanting analyzed? You could get better, but you would pay more. Are you sure you only need a 120GB hard drive?
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22 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
I really like my Antec 300 case: Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Roomy, plenty of drive bays, easy to open, it has a washable air filter.

What are you wanting analyzed? You could get better, but you would pay more. Are you sure you only need a 120GB hard drive?
Great looking case (and it's on NEWEGG!). The hard drive does seem a bit weak but I have a 120gb hard drive on my laptop and it's only a bit more than half filled.
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22 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Antec 300 is a solid case and is readily available. I've used some of the Antec 300 + BP430's at work and they have been good. (for those who like lights and windows...this case has neither) Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Computer Cases

If you value very quiet cases, the Antec Sonata III is a fantastic choice. I have 2 computers at home using the Antec Sonata II's and I have been thrilled with them. Newegg.com - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases

With regards to hard drive space...with being as cheap as it is...I would go larger just to ensure you have enough space. And you probably don't really save that much money by going smaller.

For example, at NewEgg you can get a 1TB Hitachi drive for $79. Newegg.com - HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail
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22 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, but I recommend a 7200 RPM drive for the OS drive.
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22 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
WOW!
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22 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Also, with the price of hard drives, I would get a 500GB or even a 640GB WD Blue or Black. They are just a few dollars more and you will be glad you did it.

That Hitachi pparks1 suggests looks good, but i only have experience with WD.

All the best on the build!
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22 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'm opting for a Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive instead of the one I listed above. It has good reviews on NewEgg and it's 1TB, which kicks the crap out of the 120gb hd I was going to get.
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22 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't usually recommend a "green" power saving model to run the operating system. Instead, I would recommend the Caviar Black 1TB...which is only $99, gives you much more performance and extends the warranty from 3 years to 5 years. Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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22 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Coolio, you may want to consider putting your OS on a 7200 RPM drive. I think you may be disappointed with the performance you get putting your OS on a 5200 or 5400 drive.

A 7200 RPM drive is a compromise between a 5400 and SSD.
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