Matt's Upgrade Thread

LeeJend

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DJ, why sell anything?

Just get yourself a cheap, plain Jane case and mod it yourself. Then move all the Dell parts into it. Have all the fun and you will still have a stable system, under extended warantee, and none of the hassles, like DOA parts, delayed deliveries, incompatible hardware, quirks you had not heard about until after you buy.

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PS if anything dies in the Dell just slip it back into the original case and call for help.
 

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LeeJend said:
DJ, why sell anything?

Just get yourself a cheap, plain Jane case and mod it yourself. Then move all the Dell parts into it. Have all the fun and you will still have a stable system, under extended warantee, and none of the hassles, like DOA parts, delayed deliveries, incompatible hardware, quirks you had not heard about until after you buy.

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PS if anything dies in the Dell just slip it back into the original case and call for help.

ghahaha, nah.

I'll keep what I got, really nothing to gain by sinking more $$$$ into it. Machine fits my needs, for now :eek:
 

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madmatt said:
That was with tax. And the 2005FPW. You don't want to know what I've spent since.

You need to invest in an accountant first lol.
 

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Sheesh Matt, is your computer valued at more then your car yet? :D Well, I can't say too much, as back in 1998 I bought a $5,500 system, and still managed to upgrade it :laugh:

Seems to be comming along nicely though...
 

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Saz, I know what I've spent in upgrades since purchasing the XPS system. I created a spreadsheet.

Son Goku, I have a ways to go before I spend more on my computer than my car. Not bragging.

Is Intel steering away from BTX?

I'm thinking Intel Desktop Board D975XBX with the Intel Pentium D 950. Case: Antec P150. Any thoughts?
 
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I see that, lol.

I can't go with the P150 because my Plextor DVD/CD drives have a black bezel. It would look silly. On top of that, the included PSU won't be powerful enough. This concerns me too.

Installation took a lot longer than I anticipated with this case. This was because of several reasons. First, the motherboard I chose barely fit and didn’t leave much room at all by the CD-ROMs and hard drives. Another problem I had was that the video card would almost hit the back of the hard drive when I connected its power connector. I resolved this issue by moving down my hard drives and leaving the top space empty. It’s amazing how large video cards are getting these days.
 

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That is another reason why I wouldn't go with the P150, as I wanted a black case. You should check out the case I linked to above, it's black, relatively similar, and has a 430W PSU, which is enough for me but may not be for you.
 

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Here are my thoughts...

Motherboard: Intel Desktop Board D975XBX
Processor: Intel Pentium D 950
RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 675 (PC2 5400)

I am still undecided about a case. The P150 is a great case (from what I've read) but the white bezel is a con along with the 430W PSU (which can be upgraded but would cost more in the long run). I've also read it is a tight fit which also worries me since I have two optical drives and three hard drives going into the system.

So I still need to decide on a case and a 500W PSU. Although what I've mentioned above is still up in the air.
 

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Nah... not my cup of tea. I'm not into cases like that. I really like simple cases, like my XPS 400 case. The P150 would be great if it wasn't so tight and the P180 would be great if it wasn't so huge.
 

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I don't like it. I've gone through Antec and Cooler Master's web site four times and the only ones I really like on Antec's site are the P150 and the P180 (too larger). The only ones I like on Cooler Master's site are all too large.

I am going to go with the P150 unless some thing comes out before I order it.

Thank you anyway.
 

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Have you taken a look at thermaltake? They make decent cases too, or Lian-Li....

Should try to find something you are 100% happy with, although I know that is sometimes not possible :(

Case was probably my hardest choice too!
 

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I found one on TT's site. But I turned around and read the reviews. Not nearly as good according to those reviews.

Still stuck on the P150.
 

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The pictures don't do the p160 justice :)

I have one, I have a review of it posted here someplace.

The p150 is a little smaller, the p180 a little larger.

Like I said in my pm, the case comes with stealth drives so the color of your optical drive should not matter.
 

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