Monday, February 26, 2007

Putting together the new gaming rig

Decided against building a low-end system for the Home Server box and instead I'm going to take the current gaming rig, turn it into the Media Center and then convert the existing media center into the Home Server box. I lucked out and Microcenter had a nice 20% off sale this weekend. This is what the new box will looks like

Intel Core 2 Duo - E6400 chip
Gigabyte 965P-DS3 motherboard
2 GB of Corsair DDR2 800 memory
GeForce 8800 GTS video card
Raidmax Volcano 530W Power supply
75 GB Raptpr hard drive
160GB Seagate drive (from the existing rig)
Antec Nine Hundred case

System should overlock pretty well so I shouldn't have to upgrade for a while. Decided to try the new high speed (10K RPM!) Raptor drives as I've seen a lot of positive press on them. I would have liked to have gone up to 4GB of RAM but RAM prices are up right now. I'll probably add another 2GB later this year if the prices go down. There's about $1100 worth of hardware there but I lucked out and our hardware editor had an extra vid card that he made me a good deal on (ok, it was free). Should get the memory and the hard drive in tomorrow so it should hopefully be up and running by this weekend.

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