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June 25, 2010 3:24:45 AM

hello i'm building a computer for the first time and would like you all to help me
decide on a case and power supply I should use, well here is my build.



mobo: msi 790x-g45

cpu: phenom ii x3 720

hdd: seagate barracuda 500gb (sata)

gpu: asus 8800gt

case: cm scout,cm haf 922 or xclio windtunnel

psu: RS600-PCARE3-US 600w or OCZ OCZ550FTY 550w

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June 25, 2010 5:22:16 AM

The Antec 902 is a good case. I myself have an Antec 300 and the side fan makes a huge difference in GPU temps. So whatever you do, get something with a side fan mount and grab a fan that pushes 60cfm or so.
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June 25, 2010 5:33:52 AM

how about a antec 600
a b ) Power supply
June 25, 2010 5:42:11 AM

amdgamer101 said:
how about a antec 600


The COOLER MASTER HAF 922.
June 25, 2010 6:34:06 AM

hows the cable management on the haf 922
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June 25, 2010 4:41:04 PM

That Coolermaster PSU is garbage, found in reviews to be incapable of outputting its labeled wattage, and worse. The OCZ is much better, but Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic would be at least another step above that.
I also like Antec cases. My last build was in a Lian Li, and it was very nice too.
June 26, 2010 3:32:08 PM

thanks I'll get the ocz psu, and I've norrowed it down too two cases the storm scout or haf 922 which would be best.
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June 26, 2010 3:38:04 PM

While no longer a fan of Coolermaster cases (too many trivial but irritating QA issues), I've seen some good reviews of the haf922, and the pics (including interior) look nice.
June 29, 2010 7:25:03 PM

ok which psu should I get the ocz modxstream pro 600w or the fatala1ty 550w
a b ) Power supply
June 29, 2010 7:27:55 PM

The Fatal1ty 550
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June 29, 2010 10:09:55 PM

Hmmm, I think I've seen positive reviews of both. They're both $70 at Newegg. Both are 80+; I think I'd go for the 600W modxstream pro for the absence of LEDs and the extra 50W.
June 30, 2010 12:40:56 AM

thanks, and I failed to mention that I need ram so what brand should I get ocz or what, I'm on a budget so cant spend a tremendous amount.
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June 30, 2010 1:02:49 AM

The last RAM I bought was a pair of the Crucial sticks that Tom's has been using. I've also had good results from Mushkin (now pricey), A-Data, and G.Skill.
June 30, 2010 6:30:25 AM

amdgamer101 said:
hello i'm building a computer for the first time and would like you all to help me
decide on a case and power supply I should use, well here is my build.



mobo: msi 790x-g45

cpu: phenom ii x3 720

hdd: seagate barracuda 500gb (sata)

gpu: asus 8800gt

case: cm scout,cm haf 922 or xclio windtunnel

psu: RS600-PCARE3-US 600w or OCZ OCZ550FTY 550w

Just buy the hades if you want good air flow it has 2x200mm fans 2x140mm 1x120 it's not the best looking case out their but performance wise you can't beat it it will fit any gpu and any psu almost every mobo
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July 2, 2010 7:36:34 PM

That's a good combo. Earthwatts are decent PSUs, and that case has plenty of fans already installed.
July 2, 2010 7:37:52 PM

thanks but I like the haf 922 :) 
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July 3, 2010 3:52:26 AM

Hec doesn't have a great reputation. That one has full range active PFC, but is not 80+ certified. I didn't find any competent technical reviews, but I found this: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1035476407 , and, looking closely at its label, I have to agree that I'm not exactly sure what you'd be getting. You wouldn't be stressing even an 800W PSU, but I wouldn't buy one. There's a lot more to a quality PSU than wattage. A 550W Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic would handle any single graphics card except for a HD5970 or GTX480.

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July 3, 2010 4:45:36 AM
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The HAF 922 is good for both it is airflow and its cpu cooler space.
Newegg posts a combo deal for corsair ram and psu, and it seems like they have alternated between the 9-9-9 timing and the 7-8-7's every day or so, the brice difference being $10 or $20 after rebates.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

If not, I would recommend the 7-8-7 ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All ram I have mentioned is 1600 DDR3
July 3, 2010 3:13:40 PM

so are the rip jaws compatible with am3
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July 3, 2010 3:43:17 PM

I'd choose the Seasonic for its higher efficiency, even if I didn't need a full 650W of power.
The Corsair would be #2, but it's getting a little long in the tooth.
The Antec is near the bottom of their heap. It's still a PSU I would trust, but it isn't up to the quality (or efficiency) of the others.
If you want something [semi] modular, the Antec Truepower New is available in a 550W size for $80 (+$2 shipping) or 650W for $90 (+$2 shipping).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

July 3, 2010 3:50:30 PM

Both the Ripjaws an he corsairs-as well as many other ram kits-have a good chance of being needed to be set manually in the bios. EDIT: But yes, they will both work with AMD.

The antec and the corsair are both good buys. I don't anything about the seasonic, and worst, there are no reviews to look at. The only problem I could foresee is that they haven't balanced out the 3 rails correctly, or you cant balance them out yourself if they have, but from what I can see in the reviews, it seems to be a pretty rock solid model. The Corsair is single rail, and as such, it's power doesn't need to be spread out, but rather it is available to all 12V lines. The only downside is it has less amps, but 41 amps should still be more than enough to run your system.

Simply put, I would't think that you would have any problems with the antec or the corsair, and in my opinion, it's a wash, unless you want your psu to look a certain way.
July 3, 2010 4:41:18 PM

Cool beans, good luck
July 10, 2010 7:22:38 PM

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