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First-Time Builder, is This Build OK?

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November 26, 2010 4:27:50 PM

This will be the first time building an entire computer from the bottom up. I've done a lot of research but am hesitant in spending this much money before recieving word that everything is fine.

Things I'd like to know:
1. Is the stock fan with this processor okay? otherwise, could you please link me a descent one.
2. Are the two fans that come with the case enough? I believe the way the motherboard fits into it; the airflow flies past the CPU.
3. Enough Wattage? The PSU was just next to a guess, but I've always loved the brand 'Thermaltake'.
4. Any other recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated (websites, brands, personal preferences, etc.)

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850
http://www.amazon.com/DisplayPort-EAH5850-DIRECTCU-2DIS...
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600W
http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-W0388RU-Power-Supply-...
Wireless Adapter: ENCORE ENLWI-N
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Antec Three Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?cm_mmc=Tomsh...
Monitor: Acer 23''
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013ITQA8?ie=UTF8&tag...
Mouse:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002J9GDXI?ie=UTF8&tag...
Speakers:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RQSGYO?ie=UTF8&tag...

Thanks a bunch in advance. :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2010 4:52:41 PM

most of it looks OK.

The prices are cheaper at newegg for most of it.

I'd get a 6870 instead of the 5850. newer, more power efficient and slightly better performance.

If you're getting a hard drive, get the Samsung spinpoint models, faster and cheaper than the WD. We say this so often it's someone's signature!

I also would get the Sea Sonic S12II 520W PSU (80+ Bronze). the Sea Sonic is $5 more at newegg than your amazon price for the Thermaltake. but the improved efficiency will make up that $5 in your power bill in 3 months.
November 26, 2010 4:59:35 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
most of it looks OK.

The prices are cheaper at newegg for most of it.

I'd get a 6870 instead of the 5850. newer, more power efficient and slightly better performance.

If you're getting a hard drive, get the Samsung spinpoint models, faster and cheaper than the WD. We say this so often it's someone's signature!

I also would get the Sea Sonic S12II 520W PSU (80+ Bronze). the Sea Sonic is $5 more at newegg than your amazon price for the Thermaltake. but the improved efficiency will make up that $5 in your power bill in 3 months.



Perfect! You clearly understand brand names more than I do. thanks again
a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2010 5:02:25 PM

Welcome, Newcomer. Your build looks good, although you didn't post what you will be using the system for. Considering the 23" monitor and the HD 5850, i'd venture to say you'll be doing some gaming.

Things you'd like to know:
1. The stock heatsink and fan are always good enough for the CPU, unless you do overclocking. Overclocking raises the bar on heat dissipation, so you'll want to make sure you get a better cooler. Www.frozencpu.com is nice place to look.
2. In the 300, you have one intake and one exhaust. This is the basic requirment for decent airflow. Again, depending on what the build is for and if you plan to overclock, this may be good enough. As a rule of thumb, to maintain stable air pressure within the case, install fans in a 1:1 intake:exhaust ratio.
3. 600W is enough, but the quality of a PSU isn't measured so much on the max output, but rather on the load it can handle. This one should be fine.
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