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Old 12-30-2008, 08:00 AM
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Does anyone see anything wrong with this parts list?

Any compatibility issues?

Asus P5Q Pro

Intel Kentsfield Q6600

Corsair XMS 1066 4gb

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870

Enermax Modus82

Let me know if something doesn't look right.

I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this stuff soon.

I have everything else I need already.

Thanks in advance.
It looks good to me. I have not built a P5Q personally so I can only offer general advice. I always like to point out with any of the motherboards that have onboard FireWire chips that it may necessary to use a Digi approved add in FW card.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:39 AM
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I'm happy with my P5Q-E.
I've got my profire 2626 plugged into the onboard firewire and so far so good.


I'd add a better heatsink for the CPU and a quiet 120mm fan.

What kinda case? Antec P182s rock!
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:39 AM
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It looks good to me. I have not built a P5Q personally so I can only offer general advice. I always like to point out with any of the motherboards that have onboard FireWire chips that it may necessary to use a Digi approved add in FW card.
That's cool. I have my old 1394 card that I could probably use from my existing system.

Is that a good choice for a video card? That's the only item I wasn't sure about.

I suppose I wouldn't need to spend so much on a video card if I didn't want to.

What are the name brands that most people are using?

Some of the fanless cards I looked at didn't get very good customer reviews.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:26 AM
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Hey all,
Here are the proposed specs for my new quad build. Quiet and stability are the priorities… I tend toward higher VI use, and modest track counts. I’m a little worried about the heat, and the resulting fan speeds, and noise - I’m coming from an Athlon 2.4 single that’s dead quiet…but it puts out less heat than this build will:

Case……………..Antec Solo
Processor……....Intel Q9550
Mobo…………..Asus P5K deluxe/wifi-ap P-35 chipset
Ram……………..Corsair Dominator 4g (2x2gig)
Firewire card.…ADS Pyro PCI 64R2
Drives………...(3) WDCaviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Power Supply…Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W
Video…………..(2) Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H GeForce 8600
GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
Cooler…………..Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
Silent fan (for cooler) …Nexus 120mm
DVD Burners ….(2) Sony NEC Optiarc DVD Burners



The ram thing – does it matter whether it’s 2x2gig, or 1x4gig?

The original SIIG card spec-ed on the first page seems to be out of production, although Newegg has something similar, but way more expensive than the ADS.

The two vidcard thing I could live without…but if the heat isn’t too much, I’d like to try three monitors.

Drives - is it still the current thought that single platter drives are slightly quieter, cooler, and more reliable? If it didn’t matter, I’d go to larger drives.

C-drive backups – what makes loading a C-drive to a new computer a bad thing? Is it the old OS build seeing a new MoBo? –or are there other parts that matter?


Thanks in advance…
This is an amazing resource, I really appreciate all the work you guys have been doing here.

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Old 12-30-2008, 01:08 PM
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Default Re: Best Core 2 Series Desktops-Results and Specs

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I'm happy with my P5Q-E.
I've got my profire 2626 plugged into the onboard firewire and so far so good.


I'd add a better heatsink for the CPU and a quiet 120mm fan.

What kinda case? Antec P182s rock!
That's exactly the case I have.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:42 AM
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Hey all,
Here are the proposed specs for my new quad build. Quiet and stability are the priorities… I tend toward higher VI use, and modest track counts. I’m a little worried about the heat, and the resulting fan speeds, and noise - I’m coming from an Athlon 2.4 single that’s dead quiet…but it puts out less heat than this build will:

Case……………..Antec Solo
Processor……....Intel Q9550
Mobo…………..Asus P5K deluxe/wifi-ap P-35 chipset
Ram……………..Corsair Dominator 4g (2x2gig)
Firewire card.…ADS Pyro PCI 64R2
Drives………...(3) WDCaviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Power Supply…Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W
Video…………..(2) Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H GeForce 8600
GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
Cooler…………..Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
Silent fan (for cooler) …Nexus 120mm
DVD Burners ….(2) Sony NEC Optiarc DVD Burners



The ram thing – does it matter whether it’s 2x2gig, or 1x4gig?

The original SIIG card spec-ed on the first page seems to be out of production, although Newegg has something similar, but way more expensive than the ADS.

The two vidcard thing I could live without…but if the heat isn’t too much, I’d like to try three monitors.

Drives - is it still the current thought that single platter drives are slightly quieter, cooler, and more reliable? If it didn’t matter, I’d go to larger drives.

C-drive backups – what makes loading a C-drive to a new computer a bad thing? Is it the old OS build seeing a new MoBo? –or are there other parts that matter?


Thanks in advance…
This is an amazing resource, I really appreciate all the work you guys have been doing here.

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Hi,

Good over all plan. Solo+Corsair PSU are the quetest combo in my experiance.
RAM- go with 2x2GB for upgadability reasons only.
If you don't game Go with 2 lower level cards that usually means less heat.
HDs- you could go bigger, but stay AAKS as they have the very quiet hydrodynamic bearing. Im using 2 (500 and 400 both 2 plates) and my system is very quiet (inaudiable @ less than 1 m) even though single patter is theoretically quieter.
Might wanna add a 92mm (Nexus) as an intake just to keep everything nice and cool.

Wi-Fi might need to be disabled when running PT.

hope this helpes
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:46 AM
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X38, P45, and X48 as far as the 775 socket mobo's. i think i have some listed on page 1 of this thread. also on page 130 or 131 there is a discussion between DUC'er bladesq and me regardin' his ASUS MAXIMUS build. so from that point forward in the thread you'll find more P45, X38 and maybe X48 discussions and build info. hope that helps. and if time allows maybe wait until the newer 32nm i7 drops next year then pick up one of the older 45nm i7's that's on shelves now. there's 1 build posted here within the last 20 pages or so. just a thought

EDIT: P45's too
I was thinking I'd go with an X38, on either an Asus or DFI platform, I could also go with a P35 on an DFI platform. I've used the Bloodiron on a client build and it's really very solid. I'm running a very old processor now and I've simply been too lazy about upgrading so I think I'll just go with a Q6600 and call it a day.

I just wish Digi would get on board with 64bit for windows and allow us to use more than 4gb of ram
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:01 PM
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Hey!

So, I have a Maximus Formula sitting around that I got a few months back and I'm getting ready to build. Here are my specs:

MB - Asus Maximus Formula w/DualDDR2 1066, 7.1 Audio, Dual GB Lan, 1394, Dual PCI-E x16 Crossfire
CPU - Intel Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz w/ 2x4MB Cache
RAM - (x2) Corsair 4GB XMS2-8500D Dominator TWIN2X Dual Channel DDR2 Kit (2 x 2GB) w/ Airflow Fan
VIDEO - eVGA e-GeForce 8500 GT 256MB PCI-E w/ DVI, HDTV-Out (Passive Cooling)
CASE - ANTEC Sonata III Quiet Super Mini Tower w/ EarthWatts 500W, eSATA
HD - Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA II w/ 32MB Cache
DVD - LG Super Multi Security DVD Writer 20x DVD +/-RW Dual-Layer, Black (OEM)
CPU COOLING - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler for P4/775

My concerns are

- this MB did not have any of the accessories with it (manual, cables, audio card, etc.) I will need a cheap audio card to monitor system sounds and general listening outside of PT.....any suggestions?

- I am looking to run a dual-boot setup with XP / XP64 or Vista to take advantage of some 64 bit programs. I will be installing 8GB of RAM. When using XP(32), will I run into problems having 8GB installed even though there is the 3GB limit?

- I want to make sure that my video card can handle some newer games (to study the compositions and SFX of course!!). Should I abandon the passive cooling with 256MB and get something more robust?

This resource is fantastic. This will be my third build using the DUC for specs...can't wait!

Cheers,
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:16 PM
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Hey!

So, I have a Maximus Formula sitting around that I got a few months back and I'm getting ready to build. Here are my specs:

MB - Asus Maximus Formula w/DualDDR2 1066, 7.1 Audio, Dual GB Lan, 1394, Dual PCI-E x16 Crossfire
CPU - Intel Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz w/ 2x4MB Cache
RAM - (x2) Corsair 4GB XMS2-8500D Dominator TWIN2X Dual Channel DDR2 Kit (2 x 2GB) w/ Airflow Fan
VIDEO - eVGA e-GeForce 8500 GT 256MB PCI-E w/ DVI, HDTV-Out (Passive Cooling)
CASE - ANTEC Sonata III Quiet Super Mini Tower w/ EarthWatts 500W, eSATA
HD - Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA II w/ 32MB Cache
DVD - LG Super Multi Security DVD Writer 20x DVD +/-RW Dual-Layer, Black (OEM)
CPU COOLING - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler for P4/775

My concerns are

- this MB did not have any of the accessories with it (manual, cables, audio card, etc.) I will need a cheap audio card to monitor system sounds and general listening outside of PT.....any suggestions?

- I am looking to run a dual-boot setup with XP / XP64 or Vista to take advantage of some 64 bit programs. I will be installing 8GB of RAM. When using XP(32), will I run into problems having 8GB installed even though there is the 3GB limit?

- I want to make sure that my video card can handle some newer games (to study the compositions and SFX of course!!). Should I abandon the passive cooling with 256MB and get something more robust?

This resource is fantastic. This will be my third build using the DUC for specs...can't wait!

Cheers,
Andrew

Hey Andrew,

The 8gb of memory simply wont be recognized. It'll recognize up to 3.25 - 3.75gb of memory in 32bit.

Just about any audio card will work, it hardly matters, as far at the video card goes, it's up to you. Buy as big as you want, and remember to make sure the cooling fan isn't a vacuum cleaner. It generally wont be an issue, but I've heard some loud GPU cards.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:04 PM
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Thanks D3lta, thats what I figured was going to happen with the memory. One point I'd like to clarify with the Video Card Memory is whether or not the memory amount on the Video card is actually onboard or if it is allocated from the system memory?

Thanks!
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