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Pls let me know if anything in this build is gonna make me cry!

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May 28, 2010 5:31:01 AM

spent a lot of time mulling over options and I'm pretty sure on all this. Just want someone to give it a once over.
Mainly for multi-monitor multi-media work (extensive photoshop, music, some video etc) but able to handle games rather well as well.
already have monitor, harddrive, OS, keyboard/mouse and cdrom drive. trying to get it to be very quiet! not going to overclock or add another GPU!

Also keep in mind prices are in CAD in case they look a bit wonky.

PHENOM X6 1055T w/ MSI 870A-G54 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
291.98 + ~$10 shipping newegg

POWERCOLOR SCS3 AX5750 1GBD5-S3DH Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
159.99 @ local shop

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
61.99 -5+13.39 newegg

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
59.99 @ local shop

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
114.99+9.99 shipping (or 124.99 @ local store.. for one cent more will probably get it local)

=717.93 + tax
or 842.92 if I bump up the RAM to 8 GB (not totally sure if I'll do that immediately or wait to sweeten up the system down the road...)
May 28, 2010 7:41:36 AM

Hi! i don't know much about amd mobo's so i won't comment.
I understand you want quiet but i think you're paying premium for the 5750,kinda neat i've never seen that model before. For a few dollars more you can get a 5770 although it wont be passive.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/224530/XFX/HD577XZNFC...

XFX has a double lifetime warranty and excellent support.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48581&vpn=AX5770...

last one even cheaper not passive but better card then 5750

Good deal on the psu. NCIX will match.

The Antec 300 is a nice mid-range case but is outclassed in everyway by this one

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49224&vpn=RC-692...

Ram - tighter timings

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=43684&vpn=996744...

Note at NCIX $5.99 Ground Shipping* for orders over $100 and less than 100lbs.
Great deal especially if you live outside of B.C no PST only GST
Available till June 1

Plus they will price match on all your components except the Newegg combo deal

Hey i don't work for NCIX i'm just a customer! built two rigs this year an i-7 and an i-3 saved alot of coin.

Hope this helps !

Otherwise i don't see anything wrong with your build.


BTW the link for the ram is messed up try this one http://ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=CheckeredFlag...
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May 28, 2010 9:06:32 AM

cutcopypaste said:
spent a lot of time mulling over options and I'm pretty sure on all this. Just want someone to give it a once over.
Mainly for multi-monitor multi-media work (extensive photoshop, music, some video etc) but able to handle games rather well as well.
already have monitor, harddrive, OS, keyboard/mouse and cdrom drive. trying to get it to be very quiet! not going to overclock or add another GPU!

Also keep in mind prices are in CAD in case they look a bit wonky.

PHENOM X6 1050T w/ MSI 870A-G54 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
291.98 + ~$10 shipping newegg

Fine choice but it should be 1055T :) 

cutcopypaste said:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
114.99+9.99 shipping (or 124.99 @ local store.. for one cent more will probably get it local)

Nice brand. I got the blue version of those ripjaws which have tighter timings. But your choice is not bad...

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POWERCOLOR SCS3 AX5750 1GBD5-S3DH Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
159.99 @ local shop

What is your monitor resolution?



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May 28, 2010 1:16:33 PM

I know you want quiet, but you may need to really crank up your case fans to keep a GPU with a passive heat sink cool enough.
The Antec PSU you've listed is "good enough," but again if you're looking for quiet, something more efficient will run cooler, and therefor quieter. I used the PSU calculator at http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine and used a 125W CPU and a HD5750, added 3 hard drives plus a SSD, a total of five fans and four RAM sticks, and still only came up with 355W. Something closer to your initial specs only came out to 321W. You could run that on an 80+ bronze Earthwatts 380W PSU, although at that high a load you'll probably hear the fan. Is the 500W Earthwatts within your budget? That one should stay even quieter.

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May 28, 2010 4:53:42 PM

Onus said:
I know you want quiet, but you may need to really crank up your case fans to keep a GPU with a passive heat sink cool enough.
The Antec PSU you've listed is "good enough," but again if you're looking for quiet, something more efficient will run cooler, and therefor quieter.


This one? I could definitely fit that difference.. I appreciate efficiency and quietness so if it'll help, I'd go for it. I don't know a whole lot about PSUs, so thanks a lot for the tips! I was aiming a bit high with wattage because of possibility for me to expand the system in the future.

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What is your monitor resolution?


currently 2048x1156.. I intend to pick up another monitor or two like that eventually.

Davcon, thanks for the great suggestions.. I actually ended up on NCIX last night and noticed the difference NCIX makes with pricematch+lower shipping+lack of PST, so had changed my mind to be ordering through them provided they gave me the price match!

Can you say how that case is better? it looks well enough to me and I could take your word on it, was just wondering what specifically? The USB ports being on the top are a bit odd to me.. they'd work for me on my current setup, but could see that becoming an issue depending on how I set things up.

That ram looks good.. only one per customer, though. too bad! If you mix lower timing RAM with Higher timing RAM does it negate the benefit of the lower timing? I'm not up on the specificities of RAM too much.


And in general as far as the GPU, I'm not totally tied to this one, as I've been hearing that the passive cooling might not be the best idea with it costing that much. If I was going to go with a different one, though, I'd probably try and find a roughly equivalent one that cost less rather than a better one that cost more. Any suggestions on that front?
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May 28, 2010 10:04:02 PM

Ok here i go this is definitely your best psu option an Antec and it's modular which means no fighting with cables and a tidy case.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36263&vpn=TP-650...

As for the case i've built rigs using both and in my opinion the CM is a step up from the 300. It has more room,better cable management,mobo cut-out, tool less side drivebays,more filters,sturdier side panels.more cooling options.

Here's a video link

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id...

You can mix ddr3 ram and fart around with bios settings but why? keep it simple
if you feel the need for 8gb find a friend or relative to order you the 2nd set it will only cost you the extra shipping charge.

Yes passive cooling has the tendency to heat up your interior and would require good case cooling via fans anyways.

My suggestion is still going to be an XFX you can't beat the double lifetime warranty which is transferrable if you sell it in the future. Plus their support is great if you have questions or problems.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/224530/XFX/HD577XZNFC...

or

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=51349&vpn=HD567X...

Stick with a new gen 1 gb card whatever you do,i don't know if you game much but the latter will suffice for casual and the first one is for more serious gaming.

Whatever case you decide on be prepared to clean the filters every two weeks or so especially if its on the floor.

As i said before you won't be able to pricematch your CPU/MOBO deal.

I can't see you buying anything elsewhere other then the combo.

I dare you to find better components cheaper in Canada why i double dare ya!

Been a pleasure working with ya NEXT!

Seriously though good luck with your build,cross your fingers for no RMA's, it looks sweet!

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May 28, 2010 10:16:44 PM

I've seen a lot of people saying Antecs run quieter, though I haven't seen direct comparisons to the Coolermaster.. that's my primary concern here all things else being equal enough.

And as far as the GPU.. I want one that has 2xDVI/HDMI/Displayport.. what is the difference between a 5750 and a 5670.. they seem about the same price.. i understand the 5770 is a step up from both..?
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May 28, 2010 11:02:52 PM

The top psu's are made by Antec,Corsair,and Seasonic this is well documented.

Here's a great Canadian link dedicated to silent computing.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

You won't find a CM on the list i'm not saying their bad but you'll never regret paying $20 or 30 bucks more for a top end psu.

Here's a perfect link for gpu comparison

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...

Hope that link works but if it doesn't just go to Newegg and pull up a gpu comparison list.
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May 28, 2010 11:48:08 PM

cutcopypaste said:


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What is your monitor resolution?

currently 2048x1156.. I intend to pick up another monitor or two like that eventually.

Oh... the 5750 will probably be not enough to cut it. Specially with 2 more. Get the HD5850 at the least if you have plan on Eyefinity. Even that I am not sure at your monitor resolution since it is about 15% more pixels than the 1920x1080 so to be safe, get the HD5870.

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May 29, 2010 1:33:26 AM

randomkid said:
Oh... the 5750 will probably be not enough to cut it. Specially with 2 more. Get the HD5850 at the least if you have plan on Eyefinity. Even that I am not sure at your monitor resolution since it is about 15% more pixels than the 1920x1080 so to be safe, get the HD5870.


I'm not gaming on both.. this is just for general application use. If a 5750 can't cut that, then I'd just buy another GPU I guess.. cheaper than the 5850. But also, I think it shouldn't be a problem as the GeForce 8600M GT in my laptop can handle 2 HD monitors no sweat.
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May 29, 2010 1:39:19 AM

cutcopypaste said:
I'm not gaming on both.. this is just for general application use. If a 5750 can't cut that, then I'd just buy another GPU I guess.. cheaper than the 5850. But also, I think it shouldn't be a problem as the GeForce 8600M GT in my laptop can handle 2 HD monitors no sweat.

For 2D applications, yes. But on 3D games ( I do not mean 3D games where you wear the glasses, just normal 3D games like crysis, left4dead, etc ), I doubt it would.
Sure 5750 is a good start if you have a good crossfire capable board that you can fill in later if you don't like the game play on your preferred settings. But the motherboard that comes in the combo have 16x/4x. If you can find one with at least 8x/8x that will be better.
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May 29, 2010 2:30:05 AM

I mean when i'm gaming it's only going to be on one of the monitors.. I'm not worried about Eyefinity or any of those things. The extra monitor is for enhanced work productivity not gaming experience.
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May 29, 2010 2:40:12 AM

I take it that you are getting the HD5770, right?
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May 29, 2010 2:48:29 AM

I had actually meant the newer one at http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... but considering the prices, added headroom, and modular cables, the 550W Truepower New linked by Davcon would be an excellent choice. It is also 80+ bronze for efficiency.
Depending on the games you might play, and whether you are willing to lower a setting or two, you'd probably find a HD5770 acceptable, but I wouldn't be so sure about anything less. I suggest you look for some benchmarks, but consider also the effect that higher or lower settings might have. Some people insist on playing their games at the highest settings possible; from the article describing the new Starcraft II however, it looked like even medium settings on that game will look decent.
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May 29, 2010 9:19:37 AM

cutcopypaste said:
I've seen a lot of people saying Antecs run quieter, though I haven't seen direct comparisons to the Coolermaster.. that's my primary concern here all things else being equal enough.

And as far as the GPU.. I want one that has 2xDVI/HDMI/Displayport.. what is the difference between a 5750 and a 5670.. they seem about the same price.. i understand the 5770 is a step up from both..?

If your're still stuck on a psu after reviewing a few sites either one of these will fit the bill both are 80+ rated and modular the Antec is 80+ bronze(more efficient)

Both are the same price as far as quiet goes i doubt you would here either one over your case fans

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42359&vpn=RS700%...

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36263&vpn=TP-650...


I take back my previous comment on the Coolermaster Silent Pro 700 here's a review

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Coolermaster_Silent_Pro_M...

I wouldn't skimp out on my psu buy one or the other


Gpu wise i think you would do yourself a disservice if you bought less then a 5770
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May 29, 2010 1:17:42 PM

I'd take an Antec Truepower New over a Coolermaster any day of the week.
On the GPU, only you know how often and which games you will be playing, but either a HD5750 or HD5770 would be my choice for the GPU.
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May 29, 2010 10:12:00 PM

Ah I was talking about the cases as far as Antec vs Coolermaster, but thanks for the PSU link!
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May 29, 2010 10:27:24 PM

Oh, well on cases there's also no contest. Every Coolermaster case I ever bought had minor QA issues, like untapped screw holes, weak tool-free mounts, or even panel misalignment. All could be easily fixed, but I got tired of it and buy Rosewill's cheap cases now. The couple of Antec cases I've bought were very solid, very sturdy, and also quiet, but that makes them a little heavy too.
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May 30, 2010 4:37:53 AM

Just put in the order.. before one of you could convince me otherwise!

My first PC build! And hopefully will last me a good while! Thanks a lot for everyone's help.. I really enjoyed getting all your comments on it! Was very invaluable :) 

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 6 Core Processor 2.8GHZ Socket AM3 Retail Box $229.99
PriceMatch Source: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PriceMatch $201.99

MSI 870A-G54 ATX AM3 870 DDR3 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 1PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 USB3.0 GBLAN Motherboard $118.45
PriceMatch Source: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PriceMatch $104.99

Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular Power Supply SLI ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC 2X8PIN PCI-E 135mm Fan $99.99

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit $119.99
PriceMatch Source: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
PriceMatch $114.49

XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card $179.99
PriceMatch Source: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PriceMatch $166.49

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio
$53.99

Shipping & Handling: $5.99
SUBTOTAL: $747.93
No PST - Outside BC residents $0.00
GST(5%) $37.40
TOTAL: $785.33

less one $20 mail in rebate = 765.33 incl tax and shipping.. provided they accept all my pricematching. I think this will be a pretty nice system for that price :) 
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May 30, 2010 6:36:44 AM

A 6 core for a first build? Sweet!
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May 30, 2010 1:15:06 PM

Nice.
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