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October 2, 2010 6:32:13 PM

Hey - first time builder, sorry for any silly choices or questions. I'm looking at the following parts, and I'm looking for any feedback on compatibility or even just better ideas for the components. Trying not to go above the budget set by these choices.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136592

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102884

RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152042

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151199

Any input, corrections, advice is much appreciated.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 2, 2010 6:59:36 PM

Looks good. You could probably get a smaller PSU, 500W-600W, but if you do get at least 80+ efficiency and active PFC. The Corsair 650s have good reviews at newegg.
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October 2, 2010 7:06:25 PM

Do i need a CPU cooler if I'm not planning to OC? Any issues with case - i don't know much about them and picked a cheaper one.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 2, 2010 7:13:40 PM

If you're not going to OC, you can save the money on an aftermarket cpu cooler. If you want an aftermarket cooler, consider the CM hyper 212+, it has good ratings, but don't spend more than $35 for it.

The 300 is good, if your budget is $10 more, you can get a CM-690 II, which has lots of room to install components, really good airflow, and space for good cable management.
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October 2, 2010 7:44:23 PM



tri channel ram for socket 1366
better power supply raidmax is crap
2 1tb hdd for the price of your 1.5 tb promo code applied
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October 2, 2010 10:59:12 PM

Thanks. Do I really need a CPU cooler if the CPU comes with heatsink & fan?
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October 3, 2010 1:58:49 AM

I was using stock it was idling at about 55-60 I changed out to a coolermaster hyper 212+ I'm idling at 40...I've had to make some mods to the side of my case (its old and heavily modified already) to make it fit.
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October 3, 2010 10:15:29 PM

Best answer selected by billydee.
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