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Subject:

new subscriber needing advice regarding building a computer

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Missy Hoppe <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 28 Feb 2007 20:00:03 -0500

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Hello. My name is Missy, and I'm 33 years old. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio 
and work at Fifth Third bank as a customer service representative.
I'm a blind computer enthusiast, and am writing to this list in order to 
get some advice. I'm preparing to buy a new computer
, one that I hope will last me for at least as long as my current system 
has. The last computer I got was

in 2002, and it is still more or less functional, but I'm wanting to get

something that is not only more up-to-date, but also more responsive. I do

a lot of work with audio files, mostly mp3 and midi. I also do a lot of web

browsing, word processing

, and I play online text-based games. I've been trying to do my homework 
with regards to parts to include in my

dream system. I've decided that even though it will probably be more 
expensive, I'd rather "hand-pick" every aspect of my new system to insure

that I know exactly what I'm getting and also to insure maximum 
compatibility with my screen reading

software.

With all that being said, I was hoping that I could get advice from members 
of this list with regards to my final parts checklist.

I'm planning to purchase all my parts from newegg.com, and then get the

system assembled by an "expert" in my local area.

Basicly, what I'm hoping to attain from this forum is guidance in making

sure that I haven't picked out incompatible parts, or that I haven't

overlooked something. My primary questions at this point are:



1. Is there better quality, more stable ram availible than the brand/model 
I've chosen? I really would like to use Kingston ram if at all possible 
because I use one of their cf flash cards in a portable book reading 
machine I have, and it's never given me a second's trouble. I've been 
encouraged to get the hyper-x kingston ram instead of the value ran and 
vantec heatspreaders, I've tried using memory configurators online, but 
haven't had any luck making sense out of their results. As much research as 
I've done over the past month or so, I still don't understand all that 
stuff about timing, and have no plans to overclock,

as my screen reading software doesn't access the bios, so I would have to 
rely on someone with better vision to do all the playing around, and nobody 
I

know would even have the slightest clue how to do any of that stuff. So, 
what I'm looking for is maximum stability and responsiveness. I've read in 
several places that the Intel motherboard specifically requires ram that 
runs at 1.8V, which is why I picked out the value ram kit, but the ram that 
other people are recommending me to switch to runs at 2.0 V. So, in my 
situation, should I upgrade to a different model of ram, or would I be 
better off just getting the Kingston Value Ram and heat spreaders that I've 
already chosen?



2. Do I have too many fans, or not enough? My plan is to get a 4-pack of 
Thermaltake 80MM Blue led fans, as well as 2 of the Thermaltake 120 
thunderblade fans, also with blue leds. Along these same lines, I picked 
out CPU and chipset cooling components because I read that the stock 
cooling that comes with most cpus and motherboards isn't worth having. I 
don't want to run the risk of anything overheating if I can at all avoid 
it, but on the other hand, if I buy so many fans/cooling devices that they 
aren't going to work

efficiently, I'd appreciate tips on what to get rid of.



3. Is my choice of case going to be a good one? Although I am totally 
blind, I do have light and color perception, and since blue is my all-time 
favorite color, I would really like to have a nice blue case sitting on the 
desk beside me. While the concept of the side window is

interesting, I could easily do without it if I can get a better quality 
case that is not only as blue as possible but also will keep my system 
running cool and quiet. Ideally, I'm hoping to find a case that is 
indigo/cobalt in color; I have a set of indigo Bose Mediamate speakers 
which are the only component I'm planning to keep from my old system, and 
if my new case could match them, it would be incredibly awesome! 
Unfortunately, the nature of my vision is such that I can't make any useful 
determinations regarding case color by looking at pictures. I've been told 
by several people that the case I've chosen in the list at the end of this 
message is the one that will best meet my needs, but then, I've also been 
told by other people to avoid Apevia cases, so more input regarding this 
would be grately appreciated.



These are the only questions that I can think of at the moment, but I'd 
really appreciate any

and all feedback people might be able to provide.

This new system is going to be a huge investment for me, so I want to make

sure I'm only spending what is strictly necessary to build the best PC I

can. My goals for this system, in order of importance, are maximum 
reliability, maximum responsiveness and as much future proofing as 
possible. I'm prepared to spend up to $3500, possibly a little bit more if 
necessary if there are any changes that people recommend that would 
significantly improve the system's performance/stability. I'm not planning 
to upgrade to Windows Vista right away, primarily because my screen reading 
software doesn't fully support vista yet. However, I'd like this new 
computer to be completely ready for vista whenever I am.

So, with all that explanation out of the way, here is my list of parts; 
I've also made my newegg.com wishlist public so that people can look it 
over and provide feedback that way if that's more convenient. Thank you all 
in advance for any assistance you can provide, and I hope that everyone is 
having a really great day!

Missy



_________________________________



APEVIA X-PLEASURE-BL Blue Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Model #: X-PLEASURE-BL



Thermaltake A1926 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail

Model #: Thunderblade A1926



Thermaltake A2387 80mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail

Model #: A2387



Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard

Model #: BOXD975XBX2KR



EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video 
Card

Model #: 320-P2-N815-AR



Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 MCE PCI Interface 1042 Tuner Card - Retail

Model #: 1042



ETASIS ET850 ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply - Retail

Model #: ET850



Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe 2.93GHz LGA 775 Processor

Model #: BX80557X6800



Silverstone FP34-B USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail

Model #: FP34-B



Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual 
Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Model #: KVR800D2N5K2/2G



SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive

Model #: MPF920 Black



Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Model #: ST3500630NS



SAMSUNG 740N-BK Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail

Model #: 740n-Black



SONY Combo Drive Black IDE Model CRX320EE/B2S W/O SW - OEM

Model #: CRX320EE/B2S W/O SW



SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology 
Black SATA model

Model #: SH-S183L



Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi 
XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

Model #: 70SB046A00000



Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2b

Model #: M93-00439



Microsoft Office Professional 2003 SP2 1pk

Model #: 269-13253



Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM

Model #: Ceramique



VANTEC ICEBERG DDR-A1A Aluminum Heatsinks only - Retail

Model #: ICEBERG DDR-A1A



Thermaltake CL-C0034 Copper Fan&Heatsinks - Retail

Model #: CL-C0034



ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

Model #: CNPS9500 AT



ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsinks only - Retail

Model #: ZM-NB47J



VANTEC HDC-701A-BL Aluminum Aluminum Hard Driver Cooler - Retail

Model #: HDC-701A-BL

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