|02-06-2008, 11:32 AM||#1|
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Join Date: Jan 2005
second build 2000
whats up guys? It's been three years since you guys coached me through my first build. She's been a good one, but it's time for an upgrade. I just whent back and read my original thread, kinda funny
I've came a long way thanks to this forum and google. Back then I didn't even know what thermal paste was.
What I want to do is build a HTPC out of the old system using this case
Here is the link to the original build
Should my old parts acomplish this in the new case? Is there any advice you can give me about building a HTPC? I think I should have everything I need in my old case, but I have never built a multimedia system, and there may be something I'm forgetting.
The second thing on my list is to build a new rig. The HTPC is going in the living room, so I'm gonna build a new one to replace it. I have about a 2000$ budget. I want the new system to play all the new games, and I plan on runnig three monitors. She's gonna be the powerhouse of my everexpanding home network. I'm running RAID 1 on the old system for data protection, and I want to set up another array in the new system, more than likely RAID 5. I'm up to 2.5 terras on my network. I just built a new house and ran cat5e through out. This is gonna be a sweet setup, but I might have to get a second job.
Here is the preliminary parts list. subject to change. I want one really good video card to be able to run crysis, that seems like the benchmark recently. I also have to have another cheapo card to run the third monitor. I'm gonna have 2, 17", 4:3's on each side, and this monster in the middle
main video card
secondary card for one of the side monitors
I hate to do IDE burner but I don't want to give up a SATA spot.
I'm also in the need of a capture card, Tv tuner card for the new rig so I can watch and record TV in the office. I'm not to hip on this part of the build. The ALL IN WONDER in the old rig was always buggy. I got comcast HD package, I would like to be able to capture HD or atleast digital off the set top box. I read up on it, but can't get any definitive answers.
This is gonna be fun. I have a week off work, so I'm gonna order it pretty quick. I would just like a few comments before I take the plunge.
Thanks for readin
|02-06-2008, 11:44 AM||#2|
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Join Date: Jan 2005
I went back to the old thread and all the links are broken. Here are the basics
I'v, since then added 2 mor gigs of RAM
sorry bout the mix up
|02-06-2008, 01:33 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Nov 2006
just a quick read, will come back later but a few comments.
1. I have not heard alot about Foxconn MB. Seems like it has decent reviews but my tendancy is to alway use Asus, Abit, or Intel. I have used one GIG board, but that is just a lower quality Asus I think.
2. The second vid card you picked out is AGP. Did not read much about the MB but doubt it has an AGP slot.
3. Are you trying to save the SATA hookups for the HDs? Personally, I would go with a SATA burner and just get bigger HDs if you need that much room. It sure is nice not having those ribbon cables in the case.
I assume the 2K budget is for the box only? Or are you buying the 3 monitors with that budget also?
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