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Old 07-30-2010, 04:06 PM
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My background is mostly is software/OS related issues and repairs with only basic hardware experience (replacing hard drives, keyboards on laptops, upgrading memory, etc...)

My Current Hardware:
- Dell inspiron 1525 running Vista
- Dell D610 running Ubuntu
- Dell D600 running XP Pro
- Apple macbook pro running Snow Leopard

In order to gain a better understanding of the hardware side I want to build a PC configured as:
- Coolermaster sniper scout
- OR HSPC open air tech station
- 500 watt power supply
- Intel Core i3 530 2.93ghz 4m/socket 1156
- DVDRW Dual Layer SATA
- 500gb sata 7200rpm
- Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Socket 1156
- 4gb DDR3 1333mhz RAM
- 40gb Solid State drive (for OS, Etc...)
- Windows 7 profesional 64 bit

Any and all comments are greatly appreciated
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:59 PM
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what will you be using it for "mostly"?

also, i'm not much of a fan of on-board video. i would suggest looking into an affordable video card. still really good cards out there for the price. you can get 9500gt's for $50 now and it should last a while.

just figure if you're gonna build one just for "build-sake", you may as well get a video card. there's plenty to learn about them also.


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Old 07-31-2010, 12:16 AM
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In order to gain a better understanding of the hardware side I want to build a PC configured as:
- Coolermaster sniper scout
- OR HSPC open air tech station
- 500 watt power supply
- Intel Core i3 530 2.93ghz 4m/socket 1156
- DVDRW Dual Layer SATA
- 500gb sata 7200rpm
- Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Socket 1156
- 4gb DDR3 1333mhz RAM
- 40gb Solid State drive (for OS, Etc...)
- Windows 7 profesional 64 bit

Any and all comments are greatly appreciated
1. Core i3 is extremely energy efficient. You dont need a 500w PSU for that rig unless you plan on adding a gaming card to it. As far as PSU goes, look for something 80plus certified. Corsair or Seasonic would be a good starting point.

2. Look for a Sony/Optiarc with an NEC chipset for the DVDRW

3. Spinpoint F3 or WD black for the HDD

4. I would swap out the UD2H for a GA-H55M-USB3

5. If using an SSD, you will need to spend the money on one. There is considerable variance and its an archetypal "you pay for what you get" component. Intel X25-M would be my pick if its in your budget.
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:23 AM
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What does the USB3 provide that the ud2H does not?
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:25 AM
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The build is for a reasonable bench computer in a rural setting where time is allowed because distance limits the competition, but also limits the potential market.
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What does the USB3 provide that the ud2H does not?
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products/...d=3509&dl=1#sp

http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products/...px?pid=3444#sp
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:19 AM
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The build is for a reasonable bench computer in a rural setting where time is allowed because distance limits the competition, but also limits the potential market.
So this machine is for end-users?
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:55 AM
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I have the HSPC as my test bench PC at my shop and I will say this..IT SUCKS!!! dont go with this its the worst thing you can do. it will have grounding issues, wiring problems. part accessiblity will also be an issue. If I could do it over again I would not use it.

I just recently built a new workstation PC for my home office. I went a little highend on some parts but I like the:

- Intel Core I7-875K (over kill for most)
- Asus P7P55D-E PRO motherboard (SATAIII & USB3) lots of sata ports
- Coolmaster CM 690 II Advanced (intergrated SATA dock on top FTW)
- Supertalent Ram (4GB of DDR3-1600) was going to be 8Gb but the cpu cooler got in the way
- A samsung dvd-rw (I have to say dvd-rw drives are a dime a dozen specs really dont matter anymore)
- A SATA3 WD black 1TB (I would use an OCZ Agility II SSD for a boot drive if I was to change anything)
- An AMD HD5770 1GB Video Card
- PC Power & Cooling MKII 750W PSU

I firmly believe the power supply is the most important part in any computer so make sure its good. I goal was good well rounded system for multitasking and running virtual machines using virtualbox

When selecting a motherboard make sure it has USB3 & SATA III support, its not a bad Idea to have it now before the mainstream starts using it.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:38 PM
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Default Thank you

First off, I hearty thanks.

To clarify, this is my intended bench computer.

I am trying to configure a good base system for my test bench unit.

It does not have to be a "super computer" ( i7, 1.5tb drives, 16 gb ram, etc...) as some of my associates use in the metro areas of the state. I have very little competition in the rural setting, so if the i3 will get job done but it takes a little longer, it still beats driving 1.5 hours into the city to have the same job done by a tech with a total top end unit.

So, I will add a reasonable graphics card and appropriate power supply (thanks Loaner). Go with a motherboard that supports USB3, etc... (thanks oldfart) and NOT use the HSPC (thanks Cybjun)
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