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Windows 7: Upgrading My PC

14 Jan 2010   #1
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 
Upgrading My PC

Just thought I would list my parts and see if anyone see's any potential show stoppers. Just one point I have to make: I don't play games on my PC thats what XBox 360's and PS3 are made for. With that said I am running SLI with two MSI PCIe GeForce 8500GTs. I'm running an Athlon X2 3800 now that I want to move and use as my Windows Home Server. WHS is currently running a 2400XP so it should be a little faster. I'm also wondering how performance will be over the X2. Of course I'm going to use my X64 Windows 7. I''m sure I will have to activate over the phone as I did not by Retail. I'm pretty sure I will be able to activate anyway. I think I have a 750 watt power supply its a good one so shouldn't be an issue. My budget was $300 bucks.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5C G - Desktop Memory


ASUS M4N72-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD

Newegg.com - ASUS M4N72-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards


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14 Jan 2010   #2
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zone23 View Post
Just thought I would list my parts and see if anyone see's any potential show stoppers. Just one point I have to make: I don't play games on my PC thats what XBox 360's and PS3 are made for. With that said I am running SLI with two MSI PCIe GeForce 8500GTs. I'm running an Athlon X2 3800 now that I want to move and use as my Windows Home Server. WHS is currently running a 2400XP so it should be a little faster. I'm also wondering how performance will be over the X2. Of course I'm going to use my X64 Windows 7. I''m sure I will have to activate over the phone as I did not by Retail. I'm pretty sure I will be able to activate anyway. I think I have a 750 watt power supply its a good one so shouldn't be an issue. My budget was $300 bucks.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5C G - Desktop Memory


ASUS M4N72-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD

Newegg.com - ASUS M4N72-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Not so sure about the AMD Athlon II X4 620.

The AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE is a much better CPU for the money.
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14 Jan 2010   #3
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

I'm not sure about that cause the one you posted is only a dual core. What I've read is that the one I picked (quad core) really didn't take that big of a hit, even though it doesn't have L3 cache. I read it wasn't a huge deal.
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14 Jan 2010   #4
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

DO NOT get that board - Asus seems to have issues with booting off USB's and Nvidia chipset's are unnecessary and problematic - go for a Gigabyte MA 790 GPT UD3H - it has a built in graphics chip you can use for Home Server - this build is for home server right? Then the Quad is perfect.
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14 Jan 2010   #5
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The only thing that jumps right out at me it that the mobo does not have any built in video ports. This wouldn't be a problem unless you have a graphics card. If you plan on using multiple monitors as I do, this could be a big problem. Other than that it's real tight.....looks good.
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14 Jan 2010   #6
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Sorry for the confusion I'm moving my X2 3800 or the old computer to the WHS. The new Quad Core will replace the PC I'm on now. Yes I have two GeForce 8500GTs that I plain on using SLI. I have SLI now because I do put the computer on a 46" LCD sometimes. I apprecaite the input frostmourne but I have always used Asus and have had nothing but problems with anything other than NVidia. Its funny how everyone has their own brand. The stuff will be here tomorrow so I will let you know how it goes. Probably be DOA.
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14 Jan 2010   #7
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Either way, Gigabyte is a solid choice - the quad is great for the setup, I wouldn't go for DDR2, its old technology. A single GPU would also give you enough performance - not sure if the 8500's decode Blu-Ray but they probably do.
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14 Jan 2010   #8
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Either way, Gigabyte is a solid choice - the quad is great for the setup, I wouldn't go for DDR2, its old technology. A single GPU would also give you enough performance - not sure if the 8500's decode Blu-Ray but they probably do.
I'm not too worried about Blue-Ray I have a PS3 that handles it just fine. Ya I agree DDR3 would be better but I can always upgrade the board in a year or so. DDR2 is still a step up from standard DDR. I'm just kinda looking to get into a newer system this one is 3 years old. It still performs great just want something newer.
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14 Jan 2010   #9
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

You could build a HTPC the size of a VCR that would put the PS3 to shame.
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14 Jan 2010   #10
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
You could build a HTPC the size of a VCR that would the PS3 to shame.

I'm not too sure about that according to Sony the PS3 is the most power computer/game console in the galaxy. Also I have owned a gigabyte motherboard before and it was pretty solid. We had a few at work. BioStar was the absolute worst board I have ever owned. To this day it will not boot with anything plugged into a USB port.
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