I'm building it for future use. Who knows, maybe next year, my second oldest may want a system of her own (who am I kidding, she will....) But seriously, the system will be running the main TV, a wireless media connection to the main bedroom, and numerous wifi connections (1 creative Xi-fi, 2 cowen Q5's, a bluetooth headset, and a media (radio) connection to the garage/workshop. That is in addition to the 3 networked (after I build this one) systems. The one I'm taking down (and described in the first post) was able to handle it, but there were times it had massive slowdowns from the load. I'm just looking at minimizing the slowdowns, and also have a backup system just in case my main work-at-home system goes down as well since projects on my "main" computer take 2-5 times as long to do if I it on another system in the house. Also the case I'm looking at is a full tower meaning I'd have to buy longer cables and also find a power supply that can reach the components. I made a mistake when I bought the case for the first time (bought it to replace the case my old media system was in) due to over heating, and when I did the switch out the sata cable were only 12 inchers and I had to buy 18's and had to buy extenders for all the power connections. When I switched over, the temp dropped almost 20deg on idle and almost 40 for full load. Just the extra space and the extra 3 fans cooled it down dramatically. When I was reading about the higher heat the chip produces, figured the case (and space) would help for that as well. So basically I need to handle multiple wifi connection (video and audio), a small home network, video and audio for the main tv and for a wireless connection to the bedroom, a audio connection for the garage (bought a wireless extender last year), and the ability to sub for a video editing system if needed. Boy, I don't ask for too much from my media system, do I? Well, I got to get ready for work, I have to open the building at 4 for the overnight drivers and prepare for my coworkers comeing in. Kind of surprising I get more done between 4-530 then I do for the remaining 8 hours of the day. Be back on tommorow afternoon.
Thinking of building a new system to replace the kids computer/living room media center. Currently have a intel quad core 2.66 with 3 gigs of ddr3 ram, ATI 4670 with a hdmi connection to the monitor (32 inch viewsonic tv), Asus P5k deluxe motherboard, and tv tuner/remote control. Reason for building is the kids are using the current system for games and their facebook and trying to find it open to use for its intended use (wifi connection for music and storage for movie Iso's so I don't have to dig for what movie people want to watch) is next to impossible. I'm looking at building a system to use as a primary media center, this is what I'm planning for now..... Thermaltake xaser VI-case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811133080 Asus P6T- Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131359 Patriot Viper- Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820220363 Saphire 4870- Video http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102826 Intel I7 2.66 - Chip http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115202 The things I need to find is a super quiet power supply and fans (case and cpu), sound card, and tv tuner card w/remote. I was also trying to find out if the video card can handle high refresh rates (especially since I may go to a larger LCD for movies and tv watching) and also plays nice with the sony stereo receiver that I use for the home theater distribution. (The 4670 hated it and it took a lot of playing around to get it to work.) This computer will be used for for the main purpose of media, but will also be the main server for the house network. Any advice or changes would be appreciated. I hate bugging you guys again, but advice from here helped me build a damn good video editing/game computer last year.
I got a system I've been playing around with that is dual boot with Win Vista 64 on one partition and the Windows Beta on the other partition. The problems I'm having are related to windows beta. For the last few days if I boot it up and try it out, I get IE popping up and showing adds and commercials... I've run Avg Free on it, Spybot S&D, Mcafree, and Nortons, and none of them are showing up any infections... Since I know running the tests here show processes, and rates them as needed, optional, and virus spyware; I ran them. And right after the tests show that there is only one optional item running, a add pops up...... The only item running was IE, and under BHO there were 3 questionable (microsoft items) and 7 legit.... I'm at the end of my rope trying to figure out what is going on. And I'm leary of reformating the partition until I know for sure what is happening.