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I have received about 90 percent of the parts I ordered for my new build. I’m calling it a budget Core i7 build. It comes in around $1000 not including the hard drive and the cooler which I already had. I’m waiting on my case to be delivered before I get started.
This build will allow me to move my current pc to Windows 7 and use it solely as a Media Center. I am going to give Win7 64 a shot for my PC. I’ve never used a 64 bit OS up to now so it’s time to see what it’s all about. I’m hoping some of my 32 bit apps won’t hold me back and I hope to migrate to 64 bit apps as I can. I’m aware that 32 bit apps can actually run slower on a 64 bit system but have no first hand experience with them. I would really like a 64 bit editing suite for video and photos. I also finally get to try the Windows Home Server 64 bit connector.
I’ll run my Vista Ultimate PC alongside this 64 bit build until I am comfortable with it. If all else fails I suppose I can go back to 32 bit Win7 or as a last resort Vista. I’m happy with my Vista now so I wont’ be terribly disappointed with it’s continued use.
If anyone else has any experience with 64 bit Windows 7, driver issues, or application issues, drop me a line and let me know.
Update: All parts have arrived and the new rig is built. I only ran into one problem during the build. The fan on the CoolIT Domino didn’t turn so it threw out beep codes like crazy. It seems the fan was pressed up against the radiator housing during manufacturing. Luckily, I had two of them and the second unit ran fine.
Memtest boot disk ran good for a few hours and the Windows 7, 64bit install went smooth. I ran Prime95(64) for several hours without error. Temperatures look good so I installed the Nvidia 64 bit drivers as well as the X-Fi 64 bit driver. I’ll run Prime95 overnight to test it completely before calling it good. I don’t have a feel for the speed yet as I have yet to do any real crunching on it.
I think the next test will be to hook it up to the 55” Samsung LED. I’ll try HDMI and VGA just for grins. Photos to come.
I’ll take your comments on any 64 bit Win7 issues you may have discovered.
Parts List: (all item numbers below are Newegg.com item numbers. Copy and paste into newegg’s search box to go right to the part.)
- Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active ... - Retail
- Item #: N82E16817371015
- OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
- Item #: N82E16820227381
Notes on my build.
This motherboard got the best reviews for overclocking and performance. The first Video card slot will cover the only available x1 PCIE slot so be aware of that. The manual states that you can place the video card in the second PCIEx16 slot which that is what I did. That means there are two PCIEx16 slots if you want to run SLI or crossfire.
I also considered the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P mobo. Item#:N82E16813128374 It will support 24Gb of RAM and the P6T only supports 12Gb. In choosing a mobo I would look at the slots you need, RAM, and consider the cooler that you want to use and make sure it fits.
I have been using CoolIT liquid coolers for some years now. The Domino is very easy to install and nice and quiet. It fit very well with the P6T motherboard and with the case. One thing to note is the domino has a LCD module that looks really nice so you probably want to have a clear side panel so it is visible. The case I chose was purely on price. The Antec Three Hundred is a great case for around $50. It’s not the best case for dressing cables but it does have room to stuff cables behind the back panel.
I chose the Antec 650 Earthwatts power supply because i wanted a PS that is not modular. I have found modular power supplies sometimes harder to work with than the PS’s that are not modular. Choose a power supply based on what video you want to run. If you are going SLI or Crossfire I would choose a little bit higher than 650 watts. This should guarantee that there is enough power and cables for both video cards.
I am going to run Windows 7 64 bit so I chose 12 Gb of RAM. I also considered the OCZ 6x2Gb kit, N82E16820227421. The 3x2Gb was a bit cheaper and had a Mail-In-Rebate. I really don’t enjoy MIR’s but it’s nice when the check shows up, although 6 months later!
I chose the base Corei7 processor. It’s cheap and overclock-able. The higher end processors are powerful and fast but this one can be pushed faster.
I chose a midrange video card that was on sale at the time.
The Creative X-Fi card has beta 64 bit drivers and i have them installed but have yet to test with it. It’s been years since I’ve purchased a sound card. I’ve always used the onboard sound so I’m excited to finally break down and get a SoundBlaster!
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