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Review this AMD gaming build..please?

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November 24, 2010 9:01:54 PM

I only need one more part...the CASE. What I need in the case is...room for upgrades. cable management, airflow, and ease of use.

The rest of my build is as follows.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 (Combo with Hyper 212+)

MOBO: ASRock 890GX Extreme4

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (x2)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

Display: Asus 24" Full HD Monitor

Case & OS: Rosewill Challenger and Windows 7 Home Premium

PSU: XFX 750W Black Edition

Optical Drive: LITE-ON 24x DVD Writer

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic (Eventually x2 to Crossfire)

Is there anything you would do to this build to make it better/cheaper?
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November 24, 2010 9:46:40 PM

You probably do not need 8 GB of RAM right now, but at that price, you might as well go for it.

Other than looking for more combos, it looks like a good build.

The Seagate 7200.12 500 GB has similar performance to the Spinpoint F3 and is only $40 right now. If they're the same price by the time you buy, pick whichever you prefer.

This Corsair 750TX is non-modular and only 80+ certified, but it's $70 after MIR and free shipping. Or if you don't feel like dealing with the MIR on the XFX unit, this PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80+ Silver is $120 with free shipping.

Nice price on Win 7 right now.
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November 24, 2010 10:35:28 PM

coldsleep said:
You probably do not need 8 GB of RAM right now, but at that price, you might as well go for it.

Other than looking for more combos, it looks like a good build.

The Seagate 7200.12 500 GB has similar performance to the Spinpoint F3 and is only $40 right now. If they're the same price by the time you buy, pick whichever you prefer.

This Corsair 750TX is non-modular and only 80+ certified, but it's $70 after MIR and free shipping. Or if you don't feel like dealing with the MIR on the XFX unit, this PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80+ Silver is $120 with free shipping.

Nice price on Win 7 right now.


Alright, do you recommend any cases that are spacious, have great cable management, and are aesthetically pleasing?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 25, 2010 3:05:45 PM

I really hate recommending cases based on aesthetics, since people's tastes vary so much.

I would simply recommend googling for computer case reviews and see what you like (and has a good review). Some popular cases recommended here are the Antec Illusion 300 (which I believe is on sale right now) and the HAF 922. I don't particularly like the looks of either of them, but they're apparently well-designed mid-tower cases. I actually think the HAF series is ugly as sin, but lots of people like it. :) 
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November 25, 2010 8:44:32 PM

If you want something with high airflow and amazing cable managment, go for the HAF X. Expensive, but it holds anything.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 25, 2010 8:52:00 PM

haf x is HUGE. unless you have a raid 5 array or something, its overkill.

I like The Rosewill Destroyer, Coolermaster 690II, Coolermaster Haf 912, and Antec 300 Illusion
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 25, 2010 9:41:34 PM

Try out the Antec 902, perfect size, great airflow, asthetics are pretty nice, plus it has cable management holes.

The XFX 750 is a great choice BTW.

Umm I don't think that's a very great gpu choice though. Mainly the model. From what I heard, the Toxic was disappointment even the first released Sapphire cooled better/on par to it's Toxic counter part. Might I suggest one of the best gpu heatsink cards. The Asus DirectCu 6850. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's a great OCer with low temps as well. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6850_...

As for ram, 8 gigs is actually good. It just depends on your usage of it. 8gigs is only of use if you plan on moving files back and forth from another HDD or just moving files in general. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...

Oh here:
Great thing bout the 902 it has dust filters like the Scout, it also has little fan controllers pre installed on the edges of the fan areas.
Antec 902 110$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or a cheaper but still nice option, I used this in my father's build. It's great case, nice asthetics. QUIET Stock cooling. And nice and stealthy. And also has cable management holes.

CM Storm Scout 80$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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