5th May 2005, 06:47 PM
DIY desktop help
any expert IT guys here?
need some advice on building my own CPU
used to DIY(3yrs ago) but lost touch liao
main usage will be photo editing and storage
1.P4 3.2GHZ enuff?
3.at least 1GB RAM
4.HDD brand? 2x160MB or 1x300MB better? as 2 HDD cost slightly less than 1 big HDD
5.VGA card brand?
6.DVD RW brand?
7.casing and cooler?
the rest are not so important i suppose
thx in advance
5th May 2005, 06:59 PM
AMD or Intel?
5th May 2005, 07:00 PM
5th May 2005, 07:08 PM
5th May 2005, 07:13 PM
Take back Intel Boards, in case anything happens its all under one roof.
Intel Boards. get the those with HT.
most boards support up to 2gb ram so get 2 DDR2 rams.
Hitachi hdd good ?? nv used it b4.. i used Maxtor for 6year already.. haha
5th May 2005, 07:55 PM
5th May 2005, 08:08 PM
5th May 2005, 08:20 PM
hw come Intel nv make one "clean" board ah ?????? clean as in no onboard craps on it...
hiaz... if no choice.. its sounds good though..
5th May 2005, 08:58 PM
5th May 2005, 09:01 PM
Originally Posted by lhjz
3.2GHz Prescott (1MB cache) is definitely enough for most graphics editing.
Motherboard: Depending on the features you need, I'd recommend MSI, Abit or Asus. All 3 have good warranty service and are fairly reliable.
1GB of ram should suffice. If you can afford it, 2GB wouldn't hurt either. But I'd rather spend the money on a Western Digital Raptor 74GB, 10K RPM HDD.
HDD. 2 x 160GB is always better than a single 300GB. They'd run faster as the drive(s) fill up and there's redundancy.
For video card, it's a personal thing. If you do not play games, getting a Powercolor or Sapphire Radeon 9600 will give better image quality than a cheap Nvidia card. If you want even better image quality, go for a 3DLabs Wildcat VP560 or a Matrox P650 or Parhelia.
For DVD-RW, you can get a TDK or Samsung or Sony. Just don't buy any Acer/ Benq writer.
Do you need a quiet computer?
If so, get a Coolermaster Hyper-48 heatsink fan for the CPU. It's dead silent and cools well enough.
Don't get psychoed into buying some other cooler just because it'd cool the processor more. You are not looking to overclock the processor.
The Hyper-48 is inaudible once the case is closed and keeps the processor cool enough.
For the PSU, get a Targan. Also very quiet. The casing I'd recommend is the Antec Super LanBoy. It's an aluminium case with 2 120mm fans. One in the front cooling the HDD's and one exhausting hot air at the back. 120mm fans move more air than multiple 80mm fans and yet, are much more quiet.
I'm personally using a Prescott 3GHz (Socket 478) w/ MSI 865PE Neo 2 motherboard & 1GB of dual-channel DDR-DRAM. My casing is the Super Lanboy. Still using the stock Intel cooler but will be swapping to a Hyper-48 soon.
I helped to do up the following configuration for a fellow forumer, av98m. He can attest to it's silence. (We're both audio enthusiast with our audio setups near our PC's, hence, the computers have to be very quiet)
Prescott 3GHz (LGA 775)
MSI 865PE Neo 3 motherboard
1GB of dual-channel DDR-DRAM
ATI Radeon 9800 VGA card
Cooler Master Hyper-48 CPU cooler
Antec Super Lanboy casing
Targan 380W PSU
FYI, on my rig, I've managed to work on 1 x 48MP file w/ 60 layers. Each layer has a 4MP image and the 60 4MP image files were still loaded in PS.
There was a slight lag of about 0.5s but it was still bearable.. I don't think you'd push your computer that hard, would you?
Last edited by Firefox; 5th May 2005 at 09:03 PM.
5th May 2005, 09:16 PM
i recommend the later Intel model.
Intel 620D (64bits)
so far only seen gigabyte MBoard, but they r ok. i m using mine for 4 yrs already.
1GB ram min cos XP requires 512MB to run smoothly. recommend Geil (Taiwan) memory that comes with a heat sink. cheap & quite alright.
2x HDD is recommended not only becos of the factor u mentioned, but will run PShop faster & smoother if u have a separate physical scratch disk. i dun recommend Seagate or Maxtor, they have high failure rate (note: not 100% will fail)
VGA card, i wud go for ATi based for graphics use. i think now is PCI express interface, this will be more future proof for u.
if can afford, go for Plextor 716. if cannot afford go for NEC 3520A.
if u r not into overclocking, the cooler from manufacturer is enough, no need fancy stuff. i just rigged up a sys for my friend running 3GHz prescott with original Intel HSF. temp hovering about 45 degrees C.
not forgetting another important aspect: the power supply. pay a bit more for good brand, they do make a different. i m using HEC, not the top but good enough. u may look at other better brands like Antec, Cooler master, Tagam, etc.
have fun rigging. dun blow a fuse.
5th May 2005, 09:40 PM
I have a better solution. Get a G5
5th May 2005, 09:46 PM
Ya, why dun you consider a mac?? but maybe not up to a G5....i guess imac should suffix....
FYI, mi using ibook G4 <--this is not fast enough and also not recommended. but like the portability.
5th May 2005, 11:43 PM
5th May 2005, 11:52 PM
6th May 2005, 12:17 AM
Originally Posted by lhjz
Except for the Targan PSU, most of the other stuff like the Hyper-48, Super Lanboy, CPU + mobo + Ram + HDD are available from Fuwell.. Reliable shop and has 30 days 1:1 exchange.
6th May 2005, 12:22 AM
6th May 2005, 12:33 AM
Originally Posted by lhjz
You might want to go for the 915 or 925 chipst boards and PCI-Ex video card instead. A bit more future proof.
For 925 chipsets with the ICH6/ ICHR6, you get TCQ and can use TCQ capable SATA drives for slghtly better performance.
6th May 2005, 09:56 AM
6th May 2005, 10:00 AM
haha... was going to buy today
Originally Posted by nightpiper
but seems like i need to do some reconsiderations liao