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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by SneakyWhale, 5 Mar 2010.

  1. SneakyWhale

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    Hello All,

    Im new here so if I am clueless at points I apologise!!

    This will be my first build and iv been putting together a bit of a spec today and hoped to get peoples opinions!! Bit of background, never overclocked before but really want to have a go, im a university student (so reasonably low budget) studying CAD, building PC for "general usage" light gaming and CAD (solidworks, NX and AutoCAD if it makes a difference)

    So here is my proposed spec, opinons will be really helpful!!

    Case: Antec Two Hundred Midi Tower Gaming Case
    Mobo: MSI 770-C45
    CPU: AMD*PHENOM II X2 550 - BLACK EDITION
    GPU: Sapphire ATI Raedon HD4850
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 500W
    RAM: Kingston 4GB kit (2GBx2), DDR3 PC3-10600
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3

    Any suggestions or opinions appreciated!!
     
  2. Kurisu Makise

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    could do 2x 500gb f3 in raid ?
    instead of just the one..
     
  3. SneakyWhale

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    What are the advantages?? I am considering a Linux dual boot for this system as well, would 2 HDD in raid make that easier?
     
  4. Kurisu Makise

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  5. SneakyWhale

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    Hmmm think I would get worried about the risk of data loss especially running quite heavy programmes like solidworks
     
  6. Kurisu Makise

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    you would use raid 1 then so if one drive fails the other keeps goin with none of your data lost. :)
     
  7. Wingers

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    but then he would have to buy 3 hard drives and my assumption is that he does not have this luxury being a student and all =P
     
  8. TheGTeam

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    I like the idea of the antec 200 as it has the sata drive built in. Not sure if you have managed to find any reviews as i am after a case with a sata dock and can only find this and the new coolermaster case
     
  9. PermaBanned

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    Well what's your budget? What will you use it for? Is it just the base unit you want?
     
  10. SneakyWhale

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    @Superewza:
    Budget is sub £500 with the less being spent the better but obviously more money if it will equal significantly better performance! As far as usage go's likely to be; general (internet, word, powerpoint etc), CAD and Gaming. and in that order!

    I would like something I can overclock but it will be a first time thing so nothing too special!

    @Miffy1991 & @Wingers:

    3 hard drives is probably more than i would look at to begin with, I was looking at a single 1TB HDD because the CAD files im working with stack up space pretty quick!
     
  11. Sultan of Ping

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    RAID 1 only needs two hard drives; I think you'll be fine with just the one hard disk, especially at your pricepoint. Just make sure you backup to external media regularly!
     
  12. SneakyWhale

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    Ok cool I think I will probably just stick with the single hard disk for now!

    Found this RAM earlier which is about the same price as what i was looking at but i dont know if it will work the the mobo? any ideas?
     
  13. SneakyWhale

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