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  1. #1
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    Getting back into the fray!

    Greetings, old friends!

    It's been a long time. I'm getting back into doing new builds and have been trying to do some homework, just like the first time. Anyway, I'm trying to cobble together a rig with very limited funds. Just bought a house and trying to to save to finish my education. First, I do have some parts laying around I'd like to use if possible. The most important item is my trusty 1950 pro card. I think I've found a board that will support my old beast and wanted to confirm with the gurus. It's an MSI nf725gm-p43. Second, I'm leaning toward an AM3 Rana x3 3.3g. How are these guys? Power consumption? Any quirks or issues? Third, memory. I've already ordered G Skill 8gig 10666 ripjaw. Thoughts?

    Thanks for any input. It's good to be brainstorming again!

    Steve

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    Re: Getting back into the fray!

    Hi Afterburner -
    I know that you're trying to save money but you might save even more in the long run by getting a new video card like an HD 6670.
    They're less than $100, will outperform your 1950 and use a fraction of the power.
    Here's a comparison chart of AMD cards.

    These new builds are really economical to run - my ASRock 880G has 5 hdds and it idles at 61W.
    It's my movie server and the 4-2TB movie drives only spin up on demand.
    This is accomplished through Windows power management.

    The 3.3 GHz Rana is a nice processor and your G.Skill RAM should work with just about anything you build.
    I have 2 Callisto 555 Black Editions and they both unlocked all 4 cores - one with the 880G Pro3 and the other with an ASRock 970 Extreme3 - they were $88 each.

    What about a PSU?
    Also HDDs are crazy expensive since the recent floods in Thailand.

    Bill
    My HTPC

    ASRock 970 Extreme3
    AMD FX-4100 w/Coolermaster GeminII S cooler
    M Station HT-1100 HTPC Media Center case
    Antec 480 NeoPower PSU
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL 4670/1GB video card
    Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500GB SATA hd
    Windows7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (partitioned)
    Pioneer DVR-215D SATA DVD burner
    Samsung 40" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN40C630


    You can teach an old dog; it just takes longer.

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    Re: Getting back into the fray!

    Thanks for getting back to me, Bill.

    I checked that chart. You were absolutely right. I guess I'll just frame my old warhorse and hang her up as a piece of history. I'm definitely going with the HD 6670. I found an Asrock board that has the core unlock to open up that Rana core. Should be more than adequate. As for a psu, I've got 3 brand new Rosewill 535's that have never been fired up. From what I can see, 535w is going to be plenty. Hard drive? My 150g Raptor will definitely be installed. Now, I just have to come up with the money. If I get a new chassis, it'll be about $260 to get this new rig built. Not bad at all!

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    Re: Getting back into the fray!

    Good luck with the new build Afterburner.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    Funny how things change.
    When it was difficult to oc I saw it as a challenge.
    Now that it's easy I'm not interested - plus the fact that with this economy, saving money is primary.

    Bill
    My HTPC

    ASRock 970 Extreme3
    AMD FX-4100 w/Coolermaster GeminII S cooler
    M Station HT-1100 HTPC Media Center case
    Antec 480 NeoPower PSU
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL 4670/1GB video card
    Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500GB SATA hd
    Windows7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (partitioned)
    Pioneer DVR-215D SATA DVD burner
    Samsung 40" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN40C630


    You can teach an old dog; it just takes longer.

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