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January 13, 2010 11:27:58 PM

In the final stages before I make my purchase, and need one last compatibility check and some final advice.

CPU: i5 750
MoBo: GA-P55-UD4P
RAM: G.SKILL 4gb (2 x 2gb) F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
GPU: GTX 260 216core (Placeholder until the new series comes out.)
OS: Windows 7 64bit for System Builders
HD:Samsung 500 GB HD502HJ
CD:Samsung 22x SH-S223B
Monitor:Acer P244Wbd 24” 1080p
Speakers:Logitech Z-2300 (Yes, I realize the soundcard issue, its already taken care of though)

So, those parts are set in stone pretty much. All seem compatible and within my budget.

All that is missing is the PSU & case...

For the case, I've narrowed it down to the Antec 900 and the Antec 902. I don't mind paying the difference, but I'm worried about the reporting issue with nVidia CPU coolers being close to the top case fan. Is this really an issue with stock CPU coolers? Is this really an issue I should be worried about? If it isn't, 902 is my choice..

Which leaves me with indecisions for the PSU.. After lots of research, I've found out that 750w will give me all the power I need for now. I'm also worried about the "bottom mounting" of the PSU. Does this change the type of PSU to buy?

PC P&C and Corsair is what I've been told to look for, and I've found these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks everyone. Can't wait to get this built up :) 


(On a totally irrelevant note for my old PC that is going to my mom... The PC has an Asterope 3 motherboard, which has 4 ATA sockets for the hard drive. It is currently plugged in the red ATA socket, however the card I plan to upgrade this PC to would hit that cord. Can I safely move the HD cord to another lower socket without affecting anything?)http://www.skyline-eng.com/images/products/Asterope3.jp...


January 13, 2010 11:39:28 PM

It's been a long time, but I seem to recall that you have to use the red socket first... maybe someone else has more recent experience with ATA.

As to your PSU choices, they are OK but there are better ones these days. The advice you got was just a bit out of date. You likely won't need that strong a PSU, but there is no harm in leaving a big margin.

The Antec TP-750 is slightly superior to the Corsair, is more efficient and partly modular. It comes in combo with the 900.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Most decent CPU coolers will be configurable to work well in the case. The stock cooler is not an issue at all.
January 14, 2010 12:08:29 AM

What about the 902 specifically though? That's where the cpu cooler issue supposedly arises.

And, I'll definitely get that GPU instead. I like the idea of matching brands on PSU & Case anyhow. lol But I won't do the combo deal, as I'd rather get the 902. And the $25 is more icing.
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January 14, 2010 12:50:23 AM

None of those cases really appeal to me. :/ 


(And nevermind, after a bit of googling, I found out the cpu cooler situation isn't a big deal with stock cooler from the i5's & i7's.)

And the PSU is already picked out.. So thank you :) 
January 14, 2010 1:03:45 AM

I don't think there will be any issues with your CPu cooler. Your motherboard places the CPU rather low.

The issue will come from routing your 8-pin CPU power into that top corner, so close to the fan.

Here is a good view of the area, with a visible standoff so you can see where the motherboard edge will be:
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2009/02/antec...

Your 8-pin will be routed behind the MB tray then come out that hole and plug into the board... that should work out. You might need an extension:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 14, 2010 1:07:22 AM

Awesome, thank you for your help :) 
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