Here ya go Impar
I have held out across both AMD/Intel platforms for the last few months and thought now was the right time to 'buy in' to a meaningful upgrade..:
Case - Gigabyte 3DAurora Black Very quiet, good cooling, top quality.. perfect layout/airflow for my 8 HDD & 4 OSes build
PSU - Hiper 580 typeM Same as Type R but w/o modular cables.. more than enough juice, very quiet, very cheap
Motherboard - GA-965p-ds3 Excellent overclocker, simple to setup and good layout, cheap. Replace N&Sbridge paste with premium/silver compound and look at fixing a quiet fan on the Nbridge for serious overclocking.
CPU - C2D Tested a new E6420 went for used E6600, both overclock easily to 30% on air
Air Cooler - Scythe Ninja Big, but doesn't need a fan on stock settings
RAM - 2gb Geil 800/1000 Ultra 44412 Were selling them off at ocuk.. couldn't resist
Video card - BFG 8800GTSoc 320MB Best bang v buck uses less power than my 7600 GTs
Hard drive -
Raptor WD740ADFD Expensive but the quickest
+ WD2500KS Cheapest and most reliable for me with my Raptors
Monitor - Can't find good enough LCD for less than uk £200 that can come anywhere near my Mitsubishi Superbright Diamondtron.. so I keep stick to the superior CRT quality
OS - Multibooting with Vista Home Premium OEM as secondary to XP at the mo
that are still valid across both intel and amd platforms imo:
Sata AHCI mode or NCQ
or whatever folks want to label it as.. is an utter waste of time in my Desktop settings and often is at the root cause of instablities in my XP and Vista boots.
are still too noisy and Raid Arrays
add too much heat inside the case. Matrix raid (not on the DS3) is very good.. but not worth the extra $$$ for me (extra HDDs, more expensive mb and too much heat).
I always use dos based bios flashing
over windows based..
I always use a 800va+ UPS
.. it works wonders for system stability and clean power usage.
Image/backup from DOS
.. it's so much quicker and easier.. even with Vista.
is coming along nicely.. but still way short of becoming my main OS, but I'm sure that will change within the next few months.