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March 30, 2010 2:22:29 PM

After much reading of reviews and forum posts, I've come up with a build that seems to fit within my budget and at the same time offers a lot of performance:


Antec Nine Hundred Two Midi Tower Sort Blæsere: 2x 120mm Front, 1x 200mm Top, 1x 120mm Bak, Blå LEDs; Vindue
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=430531


Corsair TX 750W PSU ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus, Standard. 4x 6+2-pin PCIe, 8x SATA, 140mm Blæser
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=340678


Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1333MHz 4GB CL7 Kit w/2x 2GB BallistiX modules, CL7-7-7-24, 1.65V
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=518205

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4, P55, Socket-1156 SLI&CrossFireX, DDR3, ATX, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Firewire, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=508067


Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-750 Quad Core, 2.66Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=492762


Lite-On DVD+RW burner IHAS124-19 SuperAllWrite, 24x8x16DVD+RW, SATA, Black
Ny dato: 2010-0
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=494479


Microsoft Windows 7 Pro EN OEM, 64bit
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=500044


PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, "PCS+", 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=579278


Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA2 32MB 7200RPM
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=496258


Zalman CNPS9900A LED CPU Køler Socket Intel 1156/1366/755, AMD 754/940/939/AM2/AM2+/AM3, 120mm, Blå LED, 4-pin
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=502612


I realize there is a few danish words in there, but it should be obvious which product it is anyway.
I would very much like some feedback on this build, as well as some general tips on how to assemble it all, as I've never actually built my own pc before.

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March 30, 2010 2:34:52 PM

I think your system is good.
Not much we could change.
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March 30, 2010 2:56:08 PM

guanyu210379 said:
I think your system is good.
Not much we could change.


That sounds good. I'm mainly in doubt about the CPU cooler, the harddrive and the ram (They seem too cheap O_o. They're the same price as most of the other 4gb 1333mHz CL9 kits)

I also forgot to mention that I will try my hand at overclocking this beast, and I plan on upgrading to 2x 5870's in the future when I need extra performance.
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March 30, 2010 3:09:48 PM

RAM is OK. Crucial, corsair, mushkin, kingston, g.skill, and patriot are the best brands.

HDD is OK, samsung F3 1TB is on top of the list here in tomshardware.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-h...

Zalman fans are among the bests the are in the market. Including Xigmatek, Scythe and some other brands. CNPS9900 is definitely OK. I use CNPS9500 while CNPS990 was not available more 2 years ago.
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March 30, 2010 6:08:57 PM

I think I will be going with the Coolermaster Hyper 212 instead of the zalman. Its a lot cheaper, and has gotten quite good reviews.

Also seeing that the Antec 902 wont be in stock for a while, I looked at some other cases. I found the Thermaltake Element G Case, and it seems like a really solid case.

http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=502251

Most important of all! You can change the color of the LED's. Ooooooh, pretty lights~
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March 30, 2010 7:42:04 PM

It seems I cannot edit my post.

Anyway, I'm just wondering if it would be worthwhile to get a dirt cheap nvidia 9500 to run physX in games that support it?
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March 30, 2010 7:54:18 PM


you can edit its the middle button ^








depends what games you are interested in but you gonna have to enable physx with hacked drivers

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March 30, 2010 8:10:38 PM

Yes, I realize I need to do a bit of hacking to get it to work with an ATI card in the system.
I play pretty much all kinda games, so the chance of stumbling upon one with physX supported is pretty big I'd say. I'm not really sure how much it adds excactly, but with the price you can get a 9500GT for, its hard to go wrong.


Also, I can enter the post editor, but when I press submit it tells me I'm not allowed to edit the post.

Edit: Hmm..seems its the full edit thing that doesn't work, whereas quick edit does. Odd.
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March 30, 2010 8:19:22 PM

yeah it couldn hurt but you can try doing it
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March 30, 2010 10:50:32 PM

Anyone got any oppinions on the thermaltake element g btw?
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March 31, 2010 2:34:43 AM

I have the coolermaster 212. A tip is to install the ram and then the cooler and CPU onto the motherboard before you touch anything else. Follow the instructions for the cooler, it comes in handy.
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March 31, 2010 7:00:13 AM

Well everyone seems to corner Zalman, I don't know why, that is why I have bought CNPS9500, because I wanna see it personally. My Q6600 ,@3.0GHz never goes above 51'C with it.
After using Zalman for quite some time now, I can say Zalman is OK, the only problems using Zalman is that it is loud for high rpm, and a little expensive, to get the same quality you can get it cheaper and more silent by using other brands.
That is why i have said it is OK, but of course there are still lots of good or better options out there, cooler master 212, and xigmatek HT-S1283 are also among those in my favorite list. I personally like Zalman's fans form. Just pick the one you like.

And...follow jonnyli's tip to install not only cooler master 212 but all non stock cpu fans (because usually/more likely, they are bigger than the stock fan).

As for thermaltake element, choosing a casing is not a very big problem, just pick the one you like, thermaltake produces also good qualities casings (alltough thermaltake has never been on my shopping list until now, but this is just because I don't like the looks, so.... just personal taste).
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March 31, 2010 8:06:48 AM

Your PSU is too powerful, do you plan a crossfire?


Thermaltake element is very good, a cheaper but good case is Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced. And Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B is also a good cooler.







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March 31, 2010 9:10:40 AM

mosox said:
Your PSU is too powerful, do you plan a crossfire?


Thermaltake element is very good, a cheaper but good case is Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced. And Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B is also a good cooler.


I do not plan on X-firering right now, but I wanna keep the possibility open for future upgrades.
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March 31, 2010 9:57:10 AM

Frankly once one is considering a set up more powerful than HD4890CF i wouldn't be looking at 8x + 8x CF boards ....
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March 31, 2010 10:40:24 AM

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8x + 8x mobo does not deliver full x-fire potential.
Find the full 16x + 16x one.
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March 31, 2010 2:14:09 PM

guanyu210379 said:
^+1
8x + 8x mobo does not deliver full x-fire potential.
Find the full 16x + 16x one.


Its not worth it. Several articles on this very site show that the difference is minimal at best.

Switching to a x58 board would cost me 400$ more, and I frankly dont need the i7 or the 6 gb ram.
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