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November 17, 2010 2:50:44 PM

Here's my revised build for a primarily gaming pc. I don't plan on OC'in the CPU, possibly GPU by a bit.

mobo: ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel

Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

Case and PSU: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Monitor: Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 50,000:1

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

These are all the components i would like opinions on. I prefer intel and nvidia as that's what i've used and never had a single problem. my total build cost is at the $1000 mark which is where I'd like it to stay, but if you have any ideas of better components that won't jack the price up much or may save me money let me know.

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November 17, 2010 3:56:43 PM

Alright bro :) 

So, the case and PSU combo you have there is really not a good choice, 500W is the BARE minimum, you DEFINITELY want at LEAST 650W

Here is a great PSU from Corsair, one of the most trusted and respected PSU manufacturers

Corsair 650TX - http://goo.gl/eqmeW

If you want less clutter in your case in exchange for a little more cash, you can get a MODULAR PSU which allows you to choose which cables you plug in, that way you aren't forced to have all the cables that come with the PSU

Corsair 650HX - http://goo.gl/NS8uK

For a monitor, I'd highly suggest the 23" Acer, it's only 20 bucks more but much bigger, and believe me, you're gonna like it

Acer G235HAbd 23'' - http://goo.gl/3lepV (This is also a 1080p monitor so full HD)

For an HDD, DEFINITELY get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, I wouldn't recommend anything else, this has less heat, an extreme bang for the buck deal, 7200 RPM so no worrying bout bottlenecks and it's just a great drive

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB - http://goo.gl/VCpcK

If you are planning on overclocking your CPU, the best bang for the buck cooler would be the CM Hyper 212+. It's a direct contact cooler which means it sits right on your CPU for ultimate cooling performance

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - http://goo.gl/4p1W2

I dunno much about nVidia cards, I stick to ATI Radeons so I'd recommend a 6870, this is a link to a list of 6870's from trusted manufacturers

ATI Radeon HD 6870 - http://goo.gl/yDPy6

That should be it :)  Might wanna consider G.Skill Ripjaws CL7 RAM
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November 17, 2010 4:34:13 PM

Reaper is right about the power supply. Here is a slightly lower cost PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W for $66 after promo code. The Corsair 650 TX recommended by Reaper above is also a good choice.

Since a case is somthing that will last from build to build, consider getting something decent. Here is a Lian Li that is on sale today for $79. You would have to live with blue or replace with a green fan, but this is a fantastic, highly discounted case with 5 eggs.

Another alternative, if you have your heart set on green, is this COOLER MASTER Elite for $65. Not nearly as nice, but CM makes a good case.





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November 17, 2010 5:16:25 PM

i was really hoping i wouldn't have to get a psu and case separate since it adds over $80 to the build, but no one likes the psu in the raidmax. as far as the case, color isn't important, more the number of fans. the smilodon had 2 80mm and 2 120mm, so airflow would've been good. the only requirement i'd like for a case, besides airflow, is it should be aesthetically pleasing. this will be sitting on my desk and in eye sight. i know the antec 300 is highly recommended, but damn is that thing boring.
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November 17, 2010 7:10:38 PM

I suggested both a great case and PSU for your needs... PSUs usually don't come with cases specifically because it's a crap deal...

Yeah you're gonna spend more money, what you chose was a poor deal, anyone can get a generic ripoff kinda brand for cheaper, but you're not gonna get the quality you would from the genuine brand

Don't buy computer parts off Craigslist, I don't mean to sound harsh but if you want a computer, you gotta have a decent amount of money, it's not a 300 dollar hobby, you need to spend a decent amount of money to get decent parts

The case I suggested comes with 4 fans (3 x 120mm (1 w/blue LED) 1 x 140mm)

It also has a bottom PSU mount, rubber grommets for cable management, made of mostly steel, and many more features

If you want looks and quality, Lexa S is the way to go, all those other HAF and Antec cases are really boxy and boring
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November 17, 2010 10:33:11 PM

alright, here's another rework i did, overall it is cheaper than the one i built before, let me know what you think:

mobo: ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

gpu: EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card- This card is gonna cost me $180, the equal radeon is a 5850 or 6850, they all perform similar with benches and games, with the gtx usually pulling ahead on dx10 and dx11.

case: XION XON-CBX01-RD CyborGX Gaming Black w/ Red LED Light Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- I'm buyin a 120mm fan to put in the back for exhaust that's rated at 110cfm.

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

Memory: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1600ELK

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

These are the major components that i've changed or just are the core parts, give me input, i really appreciate it.
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November 17, 2010 10:37:39 PM

Well if you're ok with that case, I personally think it's very unattractive but that's just my choice, the Lexa S is just a tad more and much better both in looks, cooling and features etc

The rest of the build looks pretty good, I prefer Radeon like I said but if you want nVidia that works too

Patriot is good RAM as far as I know, Im not a big fan of OCZ but I dont think they're too bad
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November 17, 2010 10:49:26 PM

That case/psu combo is only $7 more than your original choice. OCZ is acceptable. Get a red LED fan and you'll be rock'in.

Can you buy the card tonight? Here is a 1GB GTRX 460 for $151: ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460
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