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February 22, 2011 3:52:17 AM

AMD PHENOM II X4 Quad Core 970 Black Edition 3.50GHz, L2 Cache 2MB, L3 Cache 6MB (AM3/AM2+/AM2)
$212.30
Gigabyte ATI GV-R695D5-2GD-B RADEON HD6950, 2GB, GDDR5, 800MHz, PCI-E2.1
$330.00
Asus 24" VH242H BLACK LCD - 5MS / WUXGA 1920x1080 / D-SUB / DVI / HDMI / SPKS
$205.00
Antec EarthWatts 750W ATX Power Supply
$137.00
Corsair DDR3 8GB PC-10600/1333 (2x XMS3 4GB) CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 Ram
$114.40
Asus M4A88TD-M-USB3 AMD Mainboard - USB3.0 / 4x DDR3 / 6x Sata Raid / Gigabit Lan / Onboard VGA/DVI/HDMI / AM3
$117.70
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbs
$96.00
Lite-On SATA Blu-Ray & DVD/CD Writer (12x Blu-Ray Write/ 20x DVDRW/ 48x CDRW) - Black
$123.20
Antec Twelve Hundred - Black Full Tower ATX Gaming Case (No PSU)
$218.90
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit DVD - OEM
$121.00

$ 1,1676

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February 22, 2011 4:00:03 AM

Critiques:
CPU: Drop it down to a 955, save the dough and power bill. The 970 offers maybe A slight performance increase, but it has a bit more power consumption. Plus its price isn't justifiable.
Also prices don't look like it's a US build.

Mobo: if that is a Micro-ATX don't do that. Go with an ATX board. I suggest the Extreme3 870 from Asrock.

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB, same perf but cheaper. So better perf/gig gig/cost.
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February 22, 2011 4:09:14 AM

Hello firaaero;

Everything is compatible. A few tweaks might help you out.

mATX MB in ATX full tower case is very unusual. Suggest a 870 or 890 series motherboard.
If you're thinking a 2nd video card look at the Asrock Extreme 3 870 MB.

Go with the X4 955/965 or X6 1090T in place of the X4 970. Include a CPU cooler for some overclocking.

Step down a size in case with a gaming ATX mid-tower like the HAF 922.
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February 22, 2011 5:10:26 AM

WR2 said:
Hello firaaero;

Everything is compatible. A few tweaks might help you out.

mATX MB in ATX full tower case is very unusual. Suggest a 870 or 890 series motherboard.
If you're thinking a 2nd video card look at the Asrock Extreme 3 870 MB.

Go with the X4 955/965 or X6 1090T in place of the X4 970. Include a CPU cooler for some overclocking.

Step down a size in case with a gaming ATX mid-tower like the HAF 922.



do i need to get a cpu fan i got AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 3.40GHz 8MB Cache (AM3) - Black Edition
instead, but im not sure if it comes with a CPU fan. Also do i need a GPU fan or is the built in one good enough?
also its AUD
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February 22, 2011 5:16:11 AM

It does come with it, Get the 955!!!!! Like I said its the same general CPU as the 965 and 970 just cheaper and lower clock. But the clock rate is easily adjustable.
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February 22, 2011 5:28:02 AM

The stock X4 955 CPU cooler is included in the retail box with the CPU. If you're not interested in overclocking much... it's fine for keeping the CPU cool.

Like aznshinobi says the x4 955 Black Edition's clock speed can be adjusted up to match the X4 970 very easily.

The video card has that standard cooler & fan which is really quite good.
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February 22, 2011 5:54:01 AM

The stock X4 955 CPU cooler is included in the retail box with the CPU.

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February 22, 2011 7:04:57 AM

The question "Is this system good?" requires context. good for .......gaming? .......transcoding? .....websurfing? ...for the price paid given my location?

Without knowing this information my initial comments are as follows:

Why pick Deneb over Thuban?
Why choose the earthwatts antec PSU version over the CP form factor (CP-850 or CP-1000) PSUs that antec built specifically for the 1200 case?
Which leads to why such a massive case for only 1 HD and 1 optical drive?
Why the 2gb 6950 over the 1gb 6950 that unlocks to a 6970.
Why bother with a monitor if your only gonna be running 1080p when an HDTV can do the same?
Why are your prices so high? Are you buying from a boutique or do you live outside of the US?

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February 22, 2011 4:44:01 PM

3lvis said:
The question "Is this system good?" requires context. good for .......gaming? .......transcoding? .....websurfing? ...for the price paid given my location?

Without knowing this information my initial comments are as follows:

Why pick Deneb over Thuban?
Why choose the earthwatts antec PSU version over the CP form factor (CP-850 or CP-1000) PSUs that antec built specifically for the 1200 case?
Which leads to why such a massive case for only 1 HD and 1 optical drive?
Why the 2gb 6950 over the 1gb 6950 that unlocks to a 6970.
Why bother with a monitor if your only gonna be running 1080p when an HDTV can do the same?
Why are your prices so high? Are you buying from a boutique or do you live outside of the US?


Excuse my intrusion, but I have a few questions and answers to this post.
As long as a psu fits, and fits the budget, how bad could it be that it doesn't fit a specific form factor? The 850 or 1000 would be more expensive, wouldn't it? Rarely have I heard of a PSU melting down. (Mine's very loud sometimes, though. Can't figure that one out)
I do agree that a huge case is not needed for the hardware inside, even if the user upgrades to a full ATX mobo.
Last I heard, the 1GB version of the 6950 was the newer one, and only the first iteration of that board was unlockable to the 6970. Is this incorrect?
That's all I'll nit-pick on.
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February 22, 2011 5:22:10 PM

Elvis (I'm assuming that's what you wanted to what you wanted your username to be)

1. Thuban is good, but for gaming not so hot and the advantage it has over the Deneb isn't worth the extra cost. See cost below.
2. Does it matter? My CM 700w Silent Pro fits in my 902, plus it is modular.
3. 922 is fine. Phantom is also fine because its cheap. In the US that is. Plus it leaves room for future expandability.
4. 6950 1GB doesn't unlock. They long since changed the layout and usage, to a TI (Texas Instrument) chip I believe, and that is what makes the 1gb un-unlockable. If that makes sense. The 6950 2GB still are made to unlock though. Just the 6950 1GB isn't, that wouldn't be fair now would it? To lose money like that.
5. So you can watch TV while you play of course. No I find that to be personal preference. I would rather have a monitor than use a TV, I find it easier to focus gaming wise on a smaller screen since I sit 2-4 ft away as apposed to 5-10 ft away.
6. As OP said, AUD. He's in Australia, everything is expensive there.

To answer OP, since you want it answered too, he does to prob.

Gaming: Good, especially with the 6950 2GB
Transcoding: Not as good as say 2500K but it's good enough, I find my 955 more than enough. I don't have to use it for business usage.
Websurfing: Lets just say, a 300$ US computer could do that easily.
Price paid: For AUD it's actually one of the lower costs I've seen. But that's just me.

Overall its a solid build all around, if you plan on Photoshopping, your CPU is just fine, it'll run Premiere and other things like Illustrator just fine as well. I use AE, PS5, AI that's how I know.
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