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  1. Cryptic79

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    Ok, so I'm wanting to build a new tower. I must admit, for a geek, I've never built one from the ground up. I need some help.

    I'm not going to be doing high-end gaming. I might run some AOE2 or Monopoly Casino, but that's about it. :p

    I would like it to be able to handle up to 4 monitors though. When I do development work at home, the more monitors the better.

    I also don't want it to go obsolete too quickly, so I'm thinking at least Quad-core.

    Here's a general idea:
    • Processor: Quad-core
    • RAM: As much as possible/Max out the Mobo.
    • Hard-drive: at least 2 TB with RAID (another thing I could use help on. Which is the best?)
    • Tower: Whatever works.
    • Mobo: Whatever fits in the box and will handle the proc.
    • Video: Whatever it takes to run up to 4 monitors.
    • Power Supply: Whatever it takes and is fairly quiet.
    • Card Reader: I'm tired of using my SD jump drive.
    • Firewire: Would love it to be on the front, but just need one port, at least.
    • USB: Plenty.
    • Optical Drives: DVD burner for sure. Insanely good deal on a BR burner is a bonus. If DVDR, then DVD-ROM 2nd. If BRR, then BR drive 2nd.

    Other things to know:
    • Speakers don't matter.
    • I'll probably just use the keyboard and mouse I have now.
    • This will be Windows, but I'm thinking about doing a dual or triple boot (Maybe WinServer 2003/2008 and/or some Linux distro just to see what it's like because I'm a Linux virgin).

    Get creative. This will probably be a project I attack over 10-12 months so I don't have to finance anything, but at least get me looking in the right direction.

    I'm not wanting to spend $10k on it, but I don't want to go insanely cheap, either.
     

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  2. Cryptic79

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  3. N3TWORK BURN3R

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    Code (Text):
    1. (1x) COOLER MASTER HAF 932
    2.  
    3. (1x) ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard  
    4.  
    5. (2x) SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card  
    6.  
    7. (1x)Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920    
    8.  
    9. (1x)    Silverstone FP35B USB 2.0 Card Reader with extra silver front panel    
    10.  
    11. (2x) Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996601    
    12.  
    13. (2x) Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive    
    14.  
    15. (1x) SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F  
    16.  
    17. Sub total:  $2,420.89
    Heres something i have cooking. Im planning on building this as my second Corei7 build :-D
     
  4. Cryptic79

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    Nice! Thanks!
     

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