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  First Build... Some Feedback Please 
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John Keenan Jun 11, 2007, 03:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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First time build to be used for audio purposes only (archiving my cd collection/ playack). No overclocking, gaming, DVD burning/playing, video, internet, word processing, printing, scanning... audio only. I've been researching this for a few weeks now, reading reviews and pc forums, but I just wanted to get some feedback from experienced builders before I went ahead and spent all of my money :)

Programs I'll be running:

Foobar2000 (Lossless Flac. Foobar2000 - usb - Benchmark DAC1)
Adobe PDF reader

That's it

I'll be getting everything from

CASE: AMS CF-2229bk [$50] (No longer available from Newegg...)

CPU: Intel Core Duo E6240 [$186]

Motherboard: EITHER:

Intel BOXDG965WHMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX [$118.99]

GIGABYTE GA-965G-DS3 LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel [$125.99]

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory [$56.99]

PSU: Mushkin 550200 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 115/230 V cUL,CE,CB,FCC [$69.99]

HDDs: * Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive [$99.99] (for OS and APPs)
* SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM [$119.99] (for files)
(will eventually buy up to 3 more of these)

Optical Drive: Benq WD1655 [$55] (also not available from newegg)

Keybaord: Rosewill RK650 Silver/Black 104 Normal Keys 5 Function Keys USB Slim Keyboard [$13.99]

Mouse: Rosewill RM800P Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM [$4.49]

Monitor: Hanns·G HW-173DBB Black 17" 8ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor [$149.99/$129.99 after mail in rebate]

Using MB's onboard graphics chip (Intel GMA X3000) so no video card necessary.

additional: 120mm fans (x2) PLEASE RECOMMEND SOME
HDD fan (x1) NECESSARY???


1. Which motherboard do you recommend for my needs? Both have the same amount of inputs/outputs that I'm looking for in a board, and both have the same integrated graphics chip. As I said before I will NOT be overclocking, and I am looking for an easy install... no hassles or problems. I know the Gigabyte board is supposed to be great for overclocking but again I will not be doing this so unless this it offers any other advantages over the intel I'm leaning toward the intel board.

2. Will the GMA X3000 support 16:9 and native res. of the monitor (1440X900)?

3. How do I update the BIOS... Do I need to do this before OS set up? Keep in mind I will not be connected to the internet (I do have access through another computer though) This question also applies to firmware updates (for the Benq drive).

4. The Newegg pictures of the MB shows both northbridge and southbridge have heatsinks... Why do some of the reviewers recommend getting one for the northbridge?

5. What's the easiest (and safest) way to transfer the contents of one HD (300GB) in one computer to another? I'd like to leave the drive in the computer, btw. I was planning on using an external HD to move my files (not all at once, of course, over a few days). Are there any risks involved with this? Is it possible that any data could be lost or corrupted during the move (moving from 3 HDs). The files in question are part of my cd collection that I've started to rip. Should I create MD5 files for each album and then check them again once they've been moved, or is this being overly cautious?

6. For anyone familiar with this or other intel boards: Does the hsf come with a thermal pad or grease? Just curious. I hear the stock hsf are garbage but should be ok for me as I won't be OCing or running any intense prgrms. Or am I wrong?

Those are all of the questions that I have for now, I may have a few more later but if anyone can answer the above or offer any advice for a first time builder I'd be very appreciative. Thanks


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GtoX (capt Guns) Jun 11, 2007, 04:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: First Build... Some Feedback Please
for such a purpose and the hassle of the build i recommend u to just get a ready built pc and add a Creative X-Fi card...

other than that, id recommend getting the cheaper E4400 for ure needs or even the E4300 core 2 duo... since ure only dealing with audio here... get a cheap graphic card for like 70 bucks, and for like 10 more bucks u can get some cheap 2 gig memory instead of a 1 gig.. its good to have for audio programs...
perhaps a p5n-e sli along with a creative x-fi... remember no integrated stuff on the mobo is worth it if ure looking for audio here, ull need a pci card for that...
processor and memory speed here isnt a big issue, ure looking at spending the money on a good sound card, hardrive space and some ram.

Main Rig--- 2700k @ 3.7ghz ,Scythe Samurai ZZ @ 54c load ASUS DCII GTX570 780mhz@64c load, P8P67-m Pro, 2x4gb xms3 1333mhz, 128gb SSD + 4x500gb lagring, OCZ Modxstream Pro 600watt, In-win Dragon Slayer 140mm+120+96mm,120mm

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