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Building a new PC…. crowd sourcing help please


So it is finally time to build a new pc here in the Wolfcat household… after 5 years the old one after having most of its internals replaced over the years is about to be made history….

I thought I might as well crowd source what I want… yes I have a budget in mind…. which you can ball park anyway from the stuff below…. yes it has to be a PC not a Mac… and it does have to last me a while… so keeping in budget but getting the best I can….

what would you change from below…

  • Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3R Intel Mainboard
  • GA-EX58-UD4P (decided to go up a model for the extra ram and sata ports)
  • Western Digital Caviar Green Power 1.5TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA 3Gbs
  • Western Digital Caviar Green Power 1.0TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA 3Gbs (didn’t need the extra expense of the 500meg as I already have a 1tb drive as well… 2tb will be enough to start with :-))
  • Pioneer Blu-ray (BDR203) Writer DVD
  • Pioneer Blu-Ray BDC-S02 Combo Drive (Opps I really don’t need a blue ray writer… so money saved here goes the on the motherboard upgrade and extra ram)
  • Kingston DDR3 6GB PC-8500/1066 (2x2GB) CL7 Value Ram x2
  • Kingston DDR3 6GB PC-10600/1333 (3x2GB) x2 (bugger it … going for the 12gig of ram option… read that ddr3 ram likes to be in lots of 3 🙂
  • Cooler Master RC-690 – Black ATX Tower Case – Top I/O Ports (460W)
  • Thermaltake M9 – Black ATX Midi Tower Case (430W)
  • Gigabyte GF9800GT, 1G, DDR3
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (to be replaced with 64bit Windows 7)
  • Leadtek WinFast PxDVR3200H PCIEx1 – Hybrid, FM (whilst a tv tuner would be nice… I might be able to get my old one to work.. and if not meh :-))
  • Benq 23.6″ G2412HD BLACK LCD – 2MS / WUXGA 1920×1080 / D-SUB / DVI / HDMI

The Old Computer

… what I am upgradign from…  oh this will be a change…

  • Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
  • Western Digital 1.0TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA 3Gbs (motherboard only supports 1.5gbps) + 250gb and 320gb Hd’s (1tb and 320gb to be migrated)
  • LEG DVD 16x Dvd Burner +Pioneer DVD/CDRW (Burner to be migrated)
  • 2 Gig DDr2 Ram
  • Creative SB Live Sound Card
  • No name 300 Power supply as the last one blew over a year ago.
  • No name case which hasn’t had the side on it for many years (see photo)
  • Geforce FX 5600
  • Windows XP Sp3
  • Chimei 22″ LCD (Currently in VGA mode as old video card doesn’t support dvi at panels’ native resolution) (to become second monitor)