|05-23-2007, 09:11 PM||#1|
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Join Date: May 2007
Budget Home Business Box Review Request
Just joined and glad to be here. I picked up quite a lot of good info lurking about here recently while trying to get up to speed for a first build.
I would appreciate any comments on the system I plan to build in the next month or so.
Purpose: Home office business use. I provide internet marketing services for clients, web design, search marketing, consulting, etc.
I've been using an old Dell Optiplex GX1 for quite a while (almost but not quite since last century!) though I did a few minor upgrades to pull her through. Memory up to 640K, 160GB HDD, low-end SoundBlaster card, firewire card, USB port hub and a Sony DVD burner. All stretched over time and piece by piece. I use a 21" monitor - an old compaq V1100.
Anyhow, I need a more responsive system now for:
Adobe CS3 (Photoshop and Dreamweaver and Flash Development), MS Office apps, Internet browsing, Vista, and light audio and video editing. Nothing fancy, just simple podcast recording with a Plantronics DSP 500 USB mic and occasional video transfer and light editing.
Since we're in the middle of buying a new house, cost is a big consideration and I've already spent half my budget on new software versions. So here's what I've come up with.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6420 US$189
Stock Intel retail CPU fan
Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $104
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $80
Cooler Master CAV-T03-UW $65
Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $72
Antec earthwatts EA380 ATX12V v2.0 380W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Retail $60
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - Retail $40
Vista Home Premium Edition OEM $112
Total price comes out around $750 with shipping from NewEgg.
I'll continue to use my old monitor, keyboard and mouse for the time being and upgrade as budget permits. Same with existing recording headset and mic.
I chose the MOBO because of onboard graphics (G965) but ability to add a separate card later. Also it has RAID capability, something I will likely add later. This version has firewire, onboard vista ready graphics and just about everything else I could want, or at least I think so.
I don't plan any overclocking so that's not a consideration.
I like the efficiency of the PSU and it's gotten some good reviews. If I understand power requirements, I believe it will be sufficient, even if I add another drive. There's a 500W version if not. One thing regarding power I wasn't sure about. What's EVS## and do I need it?
I also chose the 667 memory because I understand the higher priced 800 won't make much difference for my applications.
Anyhow, I'd greatly appreciate any comments on these specs. I've tried to do my homework but I'm a software guy so I could be overlooking something. I'm looking forward to my first build.
|05-23-2007, 09:26 PM||#2|
Welcome to PCMech. Your list looks very solid.
The Antec Earthwatts are great power supplies. 380W is plenty since you don't have a high end video card. If you want to add one later though, you may want to bump up to that 500w now. Up to you.
The DDR2-667 is correct.
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|05-23-2007, 11:22 PM||#3|
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Go with the Corsair ValueSelect line instead... Kingston is not as good as they used to be.
Or you can go with the Corsair XMS2 lineup which is a little better than the ValueSelect... cost about 5 bucks extra compared to the ValueSelect... but with free shipping it pretty much evens out.
Everything else looks fine.
Last edited by minsonngo; 05-23-2007 at 11:25 PM.
|05-24-2007, 05:17 PM||#4|
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Join Date: May 2007
Thank you, minsonngo and Alaron. I greatly appreciate the tips both of you provided. It's good to get the heads up about the Kingston status. I'll move to Corsair. I see it gets great reviews.
And the higher wattage PSU is also a good idea. I suspect once the budget frees up a bit, I probably will want to add a dedicated graphics card, so knowing more power will be needed then makes it the wise choice to invest in the 500W now.
I'll try and track my experiences as I go through this build and post in case there's any interest in the future.
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