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January 18, 2011 11:23:01 AM

Hello this is going to be my first build. I'm still trying to decide what to keep or remove or add on the build.

optical drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - 16.99

case - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 49.99

hdd - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 42.00

gpu - ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ... - 179.99

psu - COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 69.99

ram - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - 59.99

extra fan - NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Case Fan - 14.99

cooling unit - CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - 101.99

cpu - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

mobo - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

cpu & mobo deal - 248.99

os - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - 99.99

total - $ 884.91 dollars
January 18, 2011 11:51:17 AM

HDD: The F4 is a good choice, but I also like the Spinpoint F3. A 1 TB drive is only $55 on Newegg (with a promo code). It's a touch slower and a little louder and such, but it's a great drive and you can't beat the price per GB.

PSU: I trust Corsair, but I don't know much about their "Builder" series PSUs. I do know Corsair recently released a lesser quality 650W, which I assume is the GX. Instead, I'd proabably pay $5 more for the Antec Earthwatts 650W, which I know is high quality.

HSF: Don't bother with a cheap water cooling solution. Instead, get a great air cooler. They'll cool just as well, but without the potential mess of water cooling. Check out the Notcua NH-D14 (usually about $90). It's easily the best HSF out there, but it's pretty big. If it won't fit in the HAF, check out the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (SCMG-2100 on Newegg I believe). It's only about $35-40. I'd probably go with the Scythe to save some cash for the next change.

CPU/Mobo: Not great choices. First, the X4 955 is the exact same CPU as the 965, just without a very slight factory overclock. Second, that's an older board. I'd look at the ASRock 870 Extreme3 instead. However, even with all that, I'd take a long look at the new Sandy Bridge CPUs. They're a lot faster, and not that much more expensive. The i5-2500K is about $225 and a good board (the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4) run about $190. You'd easily get an extra 40-50% performance for about the same percentage increase. To be honest, I wouldn't want to buy any non-Sandy Bridge CPU right now.
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January 18, 2011 11:59:29 AM

Thanks ill looks into the Sandy Bridge CPU, this is my first build in 6 years so i'm a little new. I wasn't really sure about the psu is 650 enough?
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January 18, 2011 12:20:54 PM

Well, it kind of depends. Are you planning on Crossfire? If not, you could probably drop it to a 550W model (stick to Corsair, Antec, Silverstone and SeaSonic) and save a bit on the board (the ASRock 770 Extreme3 for AMD, no idea on a specific model for Sandy Bridge). If you are, 650W should be enough, unless you're going for a really massive overclock on everything. For most purposes, the 650W should be enough. If you don't mind spending more, the Earthwatts 750W model is about $80.
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January 18, 2011 12:30:19 PM

I'm probably not planning on crossfire, I think ill be using one gpu for the time being. I also change my cpu and mobo I decided to go with the sandy bridge i5 2500k and the gigabyte mobo. I also change the gpu from the 6850 to a (MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP).
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January 18, 2011 12:45:20 PM

That Cooler Master 650 GX is no good, the 750W version failed multiple reviews, i actually havent seen a review that it passed, so i would stay clear of the Cooler Master GX series.

Since you are only planning on a single GPU, something like the Seasonic S12II 520W or the Corsair 550VX would be a good pick for the PSU.
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January 18, 2011 12:55:08 PM

Crap. Totally read that Cooler Master as Corsair for some reason...

Definitely avoid Cooler Master PSUs. They're pretty terrible. If it was the Corsair one I thought it was, it would be marginal, but since it's not, it's a horrible choice...
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January 18, 2011 12:56:28 PM

Sandy Bridge for ~$900:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS Black 24X DVDRW: $17

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB: $43

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $50

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX: $60 ($50 after mir) -> a 6850 requires a 450w power supply... this Corsair at 500w is top quality and more than enough power

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600: $50

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $180 ($160 after mir)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
- [COMBO] Intel Core i5-2500K + GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3: $335

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus: $30 -> you can save a lot here... you won't need liquid cooling for Sandy Bridge... they run quite cool and will easily get to beyond 4.5GHz on air no problem

TOTAL: $865 ($835 after mir)

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January 18, 2011 12:57:51 PM

Thanks and yeah I took mad admiral's advice and I switched over to the the antec psu
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January 18, 2011 1:09:25 PM

looks like you have enough room to wiggle too -> a 2nd F4 hard drive -> to make a nice and fast 640gb RAID 0 drive (just add $43)

or you can do what others have mentioned here... and go for a 1TB hard drive
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January 18, 2011 1:26:20 PM

At the moment I going towards the f4 hdd, I might get 2 depending whether I wan't to watch movies on this rig. My question is, are there enough fans?
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January 18, 2011 1:36:06 PM

The 912 is suprising void of fans (it only has one), but there are other great choices in that budget range as well. I like the Rosewill Challenger, Rosewill Destroyer and Antec 300 Illusion personally.
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January 18, 2011 1:49:26 PM

Does it matter if I use different brands of fans in the same computer?
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January 18, 2011 1:50:00 PM

+1 ^ Antec 300 Illusion
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January 18, 2011 1:55:11 PM

chickenlilcurry said:
Does it matter if I use different brands of fans in the same computer?


nope
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January 18, 2011 2:00:13 PM

I don't like recommending cases that you need to buy extra fans for. Generally, once you've added the cost of the extra fans (typically $10 a piece), you could have easily bought a better case that already has more fans.

I keep finding that the Antec 300 Illusion is pretty amazing for it's price. It's high quality, it looks pretty good, and it comes with three fans already.
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January 25, 2011 1:48:57 AM

Best answer selected by chickenlilcurry.
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