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My new AMD build... Review it please!

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January 8, 2011 11:58:48 PM

This is my new build..i have the dual-core in hopes that it will unlock into a triple or quad core.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 555
RAM: G.SKILL RIPJAWS 4GB 1333mhz
HDD: Seagate 500gb
MOBO: ASUS M4A88T-V
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 4670
PSU: RaidMax Blackstone 700W (its 70 dollars for a 700w psu, and modular!, why not?)
CASE: CM 690 II Advanced

CPU cooling: Corsair CAFA70 Dual Fan

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January 9, 2011 12:08:01 AM

pyrogx said:

PSU: RaidMax Blackstone 700W (its 70 dollars for a 700w psu, and modular!, why not?)

Because for $70 you can get PSUĀ“s in the 500-650watt range that actually are more powerful (more power on +12 volts), from manufacturers like Antec, Corsair and Seasonic that will not blow up and take all the other components with them.
January 9, 2011 12:12:21 AM

Some more info would help. Is this build mainly for gaming, web surfing, etc?
Most of the stuff looks pretty decent but links could also help but I really wouldn't recommend that GPU unless you're not going to be gaming. I don't know much about the cooler but you probably could've gotten something better or of equal performance for cheaper like the Hyper 212+ or Mugen 2. I also would've gone with a PSU from Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, OCZ, CoolerMaster or Antec.
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January 9, 2011 12:15:11 AM

A quick look at the specs for the Raidmax Blackstone tells me its crap. It used to be a Passive PFC design, they appear to have just thrown an APFC in there, its got 2 12V rails rated at 23A each, so best case 46A total, likely only about 41A, which is good for a 550W unit, and pretty sad for a 700W unit. That version of "Modular" is a pretty bad implementation, they ran short cables out of the PSU and sent along extensions basically. Get a good 650W unit, it will be much better than a cheapo raidmax. There is an XFX unit that is $70 after MIR and is a much better unit in all regards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 103 B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2011 12:21:54 AM

^+1 for the XFX.
If for gaming get a better GPU. You can save money on the case and CPU cooler and get a HD6850 instead.
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