Hey guys, it's been a while since I been here cause my PC has been fine but a couple weeks ago I shut her down one evening and the next day she wouldn't even turn on
This build has been good to me, it's lasted about 5 years, no hardware issues until recently when my secondary HD crashed (It's been with me since 2004) and now this issue with it not powering up. 5yrs is an eternity in technology so I think it's time that I upgrade. I've been out of the loop on the latest and greatest so I look to you guys for direction.
My goals for my build are:
Provide crisp and clean HD video
Provide crisp and clean audio
Allow me to multitask (music, surfing the net, chat, etc.) seamlessly
Allow light to moderate overclocking, nothing too crazy
I mostly listen to music and surf the net, with the occassional video editing session via Windows Movie Maker, I also burn dvd's/rip cd's, and stuff like that. With my machine now, when a DVD is burning there is a noticeable drop off in performance and sometimes that carries over to the quality of the project being burned in the way of heavy hesitation and stuttering during video playback on my dvd player, it's horrible. I want something powerful enough that I can have a dvd burning and still have the computing power to be able to listen to music and surf the net watching video with no problem. That being said, this is what i'm leaning towards.......
ASRock 890 GX Extreme4
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4Ghz
Crucial M4 64gb SSD
Secondary HD (carryover from current build)
Seagate Barracuda 250gb
External HD (carryover from current build)
Western Digital MyBook Office Edition 500gb
G.Skill Sniper 8gb DDR3 1333 (2x4gb)
GPU (carryover from current build, will upgrade if necessary)
MSI HD4830OC (pci-e)
Sound card (carryover from current build)
AudioTrak Prodigy HD2
Case (carryover from current build)
Lian Li PC-7B
Display (carryover from current build)
ASUS MS248H 24" LED
Now, few questions:
1.) I've never had such a small main HD and am kind of concerned that it won't be sufficient. I know I can expect Windows 7 to take up roughly half of said space so that'll leave me with roughly 25-28gb of space. My main concern is my music collection, I have over 60gb of music and will have my library stored on my secondary drive, but when I install iTunes it automatically installs of the main drive, right? If so, the music that populates it's library is also stored on the same drive, right? Is there a way to install iTunes on the secondary drive instead of the main one?
2.) I always install Microsoft Security Essentials on my machines, it's saved my tush on a few occasions already, can that be installed on the secondary drive and still work properly and protect my machine?
3.) Any suggestions on what cooler I should use, I currently am running a XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V and love it but I don't think it's compatible with the AM3 cpu's. What are some good one's I should look at?
I'm not dead set on these particular products and am open to reasonable suggestions as long as they are accompanied with logical reasoning. Let me know what you think.