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Buil;ding my first system, opinions welcome

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August 27, 2009 3:01:48 PM

Hi guys, I'm planning to put together a new system, and upon further inspection, I'm not sure which case to get due to the power supply pins.

Here's what I'm getting for sure:

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz

RAM: G.SKILL 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 1GB

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM

And for cases, I'm torn between these 2:

Raidmax Smilodon


Antec Nine Hundred

Both cases come with power supplies, but one has 20+4 pin connectors and the other, well I don't know which type of connectors it has (I'm going to assume it's 24 pin connectors)

Anyone foresee any problems, or have any comments?
August 27, 2009 3:50:36 PM

The antec case with the EA650 comes with a significantly better power supply than the raidmax. What are you going to be using the system for?

I would suggest swapping the 900+EA650 for an antec 900 and a corsair 750TX or Antec TP-750 so you have the option to add a second video card in the future.

If you are using it for gaming and not a ton of adobe CS4 work or video editing swap down to 6GB of ram, which saves you enough to cover the price of the 750tx.
August 27, 2009 5:51:59 PM

^+1. DO NOT get a RAIDMAX PSU. +1 for the 750TX.

Also what OS?

Gaming build or multimedia build or both?
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August 30, 2009 2:45:02 PM

I'm going to be using the rig for a combination of gaming, multimedia and school work. I'll be running xp 64bit until windows 7 comes out.

I know this might be a bit overkill, but I wanted to build a system that wouldn't be obsolete in the next year, hence the 12 Gb ram.

I'm starting to lean towards the antec case, it seems to be better built, has much better reviews and comes with much better and more thought-out cooling and design.

I'm also wondering, I can get the ram cheaper if I get it in 2 packs of 6Gb. would that have any effect on the performance when compared to a 12Gb pack?

looking at these (getting 2x for 12Gb):
August 30, 2009 4:40:33 PM

would that have any effect on the performance when compared to a 12Gb pack?

August 30, 2009 11:23:18 PM

I have an antec 900 and love both the looks and the airflow. There are cheaper cases with similar airflow if you are on a budget, but I think the 900 looks really nice also (its not just a boring box shape) if you have the money.

This is a rosewill case that is similar:

It looks to me like the antec's front fans will blow cool air straight into the back grill of the vaporx GPU which should provide excellent cooling. You wont be able to put a drive in the drive bay on the same level as your graphics card (with 8 other drive bats, who cares). I also moved the front fans up so the top one blows cool air directly over the RAM and my drives are at the bottom.

The main thing I wish I had done is got a modular PSU so I didnt have a wad of ugly cables lying in the bottom of my case for everyone to see.

Something like this with enough power to SLI/Crossfire and add extra drives later: