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September 26, 2010 2:55:20 AM


lo there,

ok, planned build is as follows:

  1. Case: InWin Dragon Slayer
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  3. MoBo: GA-H55M-USB3
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  5. RAM: G.SKILL ECO (2x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
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  7. CPU: Core i3-530
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  9. HSF: Scythe Shuriken Rev. B
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  11. TIM: Arctic Cooling MX-4
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  13. SoundCard: Asus Xonar Essence STX
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  15. Optic Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD-Burner


I wanted the Thermalright MUX-120 Black but it wont fit the case \=
... AND it was too expensive for the planned budget =P


ok, the thread's point is to get some advice as for wether or not 400w is too much or just not enough to power this system.

I had the SeaSonic X SS-400FL 400W on mind but since the price is still a little high I might chose a more 'convenient' model =P

would 400w be overkill or not enough?

Also, do you guys know what Scythe means by:

Quote:
Optional Fan Mounting
Optional 92 mm fan attachment is possible by using the included fan clip for more performance.


does this mean there is the option of installing two simultaneous fans?

Either way, if the fan doesn't do its job very well I could always replace it with a better one (... right?)

P.S. yeah, I had to give up on gettin' the mushkins cause I ain't buyin' til next month \=

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September 26, 2010 3:00:15 AM


damn, I forgot...

I am using a regular internal HDD (7200 RPM SATA) + a floppy drive [=
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September 26, 2010 3:12:22 AM

With no separate video card, a 400W PSU would be sufficient; you could safely drop down to a 300W as long as the quality is good, like Seasonic.
Check out the 380W Antec Earthwatts, or 400W Corsair 400CX.
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September 26, 2010 3:23:05 AM

thx!!

what about if I decided to get a 'discrete' gfx card in the future?
could I pull it off with 400w still?
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September 26, 2010 3:27:07 AM

Yes but not much of one beyond say the lower end mid-range cards. Something like an HD5750 would be fine with a 400w unit. As jtt283 said stick with high quality brands like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, PC Power and Cooling or XFX and you will be good.

Edit: A 500-550w unit from any of those manufacturers will run just about any single graphics card made.
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September 26, 2010 3:32:15 AM

cool, thx [=
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September 26, 2010 3:36:48 AM


/me likes double-postin' (he doesn't know what an 'edit' button is for)

I forgot to mention (for a change) that the CPU will be runnin' @ 4.0/4.2GHz.
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September 26, 2010 4:01:40 AM

Cooler-Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=41337&vpn=...
It will fit in a 7.5" wide case and your case is 7.7" wide.
Thermalright MUX-120 -$49.99
http://www.crazypc.com/products/mux-120-509770.html
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9646/cpu-tri-64/Therm...
I clued in that you want a quiet cooler so the HYPER while cheap is definitely not quiet.
You could buy a 212+ and add a quiet TR X-SILENT-120 fan
http://www.ncixus.com/products/51386/X-Silent-120/Therm...
Btw i have a MUX-120 with 2 X-SILENT fans and it's very quiet.
Also have a 212+ on an i3 530 .
Btw i bought all my Thermalright stuff cheaper in Canada.
$45 for the cooler and $7 for the fan.

Good quality quiet psu's.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Corsair VX550W -$62.19
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=25984&vpn=CMPSU%2D5...
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September 26, 2010 4:20:52 AM

yeah, I am gettin' the SeaSonic S12II 430W. Think that'll do [=

As I mentioned, I first wanted the MUX-120 Black but since it's 160mm tall it won't fit in that case. The maximum clearance is 145mm, 1mm more and the side panel won't shut (without extra side fans, that is).

Case is 7.5" wide but the MoBo won't be placed @ exactly 0mm. see the problem now?

I am aware of the performance lack of the Shuriken Rev. B but I can get a hold of one for about 25 bucks (which is perfect for me as of now). Will upgrade HSF in the future, 'tho.
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