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April 30, 2012 8:20:26 AM

im building a decent gaming computer for my 14th birthday, dads giving me a bunch of money to build my own computer (i have completely rebuilt my dads computer already, so im not new) just want at least a second opinion and make sure i didn't make any mistakes.

CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82EU168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... , http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
(two different sets to go with motherboard ram slot colours... i like to be creative :D )

case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

mouse/keyboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

i will later on be getting a gtx 660, then even later on another one. i will also be getting a SSD for my boot drive.

everything look good? any suggestions? am i forgetting something? thanks in advance.
May 1, 2012 1:29:51 AM

Ditch that case! It looks horrible for cable management. Instead go with Carbide 400R or HAF 912 something with lots of motherboard holes for cables and good air flow. Also has no back opening incase you need to do some work on the CPU cooler.

Also go with a bare bones OS do you really need a 7 premium? Basic 64 bit is fine.

And maybe re-consider your PSU, of the 37 people who rated it there are a handful of them who said some connectors failed and clips didn't clip.

Case recs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 1, 2012 2:00:43 AM

phishyfeet said:
Ditch that case! It looks horrible for cable management. Instead go with Carbide 400R or HAF 912 something with lots of motherboard holes for cables and good air flow. Also has no back opening incase you need to do some work on the CPU cooler.

Also go with a bare bones OS do you really need a 7 premium? Basic 64 bit is fine.

And maybe re-consider your PSU, of the 37 people who rated it there are a handful of them who said some connectors failed and clips didn't clip.

Case recs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


no way in hell am i getting win7 basic, it is different in the control panel, and very confusing in some areas. yes i need home premium. the PSU is the cheapest gold certified efficiency that is somewhat modular, and it has pretty lights. if mine has some issues with it, i just RMA it. im usually lucky with hardware so im not concerned about the PSU. i will look at some other cases around the same price, but im not too concerned about cable management. you should see the rig my friend built for my dad 7 years ago! it had a pentium 4HT 3.06GHz (i upgraded too pentium D 3.2GHz) back then, there was no such thing as "cable management" :lol:  its HORRIBLE! it has 2 IDE drive cables (one floppy [YES FLOPPY LOL] and the old DVD/CD drive) hovering over the motherboard, the molex cables are just dangling everywhere, the sata cables are really long and also dangling everywhere, the pentiumD fan cable is over itself stretching across the board, etc etc. so even if it does have bad cable management, i can get by. but i will look into something else because it would be nice to have a very clean looking case. thanks for your time :D  :D  :D 
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May 1, 2012 2:06:15 AM

phishyfeet said:
Ditch that case! It looks horrible for cable management. Instead go with Carbide 400R or HAF 912 something with lots of motherboard holes for cables and good air flow. Also has no back opening incase you need to do some work on the CPU cooler.

Also go with a bare bones OS do you really need a 7 premium? Basic 64 bit is fine.

And maybe re-consider your PSU, of the 37 people who rated it there are a handful of them who said some connectors failed and clips didn't clip.

Case recs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


you sent me two corsair 500R cases, what was your other link?
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May 1, 2012 2:08:12 AM

and i really dont see how the hurricane has bad cable management, the antec is the only case i liked, but the inside seems very similar, if anything worse than the hurricane.
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May 1, 2012 2:08:39 AM

The case looks rather small and if your going to have all that power in 1 little case with a rats nest of cables be ready for heat issues and negative airflow inside. Esp if your going to SLI as you mentioned. I really think you'll run into some problems with size or cables or heat or hardware with that case.

For the price is visual pleasures (W7 Premium) you can get a great case. You'd also be saving your dad some money which would be nice since he's dropping almost a GEE on this build. Is gold cert a must? As long as you're running with Bronze or higher you're doing your part in energy conservation :p 
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May 1, 2012 2:12:04 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yea I didn't mean to link the 900 I had a lot of tabs opened I just linked the wrong ones D:

Refer to this video >

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhxmzQR6xA

[EDIT]

Forgot you choose modular PSU so yeah the case might not be such a rats nest. I am just trying to stress the elements of hardware space, cables, heat and room for upgrade.

Your case has a nice big window. Don't you want to display a nice cable managed system, color cord motherboard & ram sticks, and GPU hardware over a rats nest :)  If you know you can make it work go with it.

This is what I mean.

Pros: Pretty cool looking

Cons: Pretty flimsy. Requires some " modification" to make everything fit. I wish I would have spent a little more for a better case.

Cons: Doesn't provide adequate airflow/cooling for a gaming rig. My i7 would frequently reach 60C temps Idle in this despite using an aftermarket cooler. StarcraftII would frequently crash after ~1hour. Mind you, I was also using an HD4670, but that card should be able to run it at even low settings.

Cons: flimsy cheap and very very weak for decent video cards(cooling is not sufficient) i had 2 9800gt's in sli idleing at the upper 60c new case there idleing at 34c

6 120mm fans make a huge airflow difference!!!

You could tell by just looking at the insides that there maybe problems with decent / higher end hardware. Your hardware choices are good I just don't think the case will provide best results for your build or future upgrades. You asked for opinion I'm just chiming in. GL with the build and enjoy!
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May 1, 2012 3:05:03 AM

awesome, i see what you mean! i didnt even know the cable managing stuff at the back even existed! looks like im gonna have to beg my dad for a higher quality case. i wont have to beg that was a joke :lol:  he will agree with me, he understands its a performance/visual PC that im building, makes alot of sense. thanks for your help, you just made my gaming rig look 10x better! :D  :D  :D 
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May 1, 2012 5:15:32 AM

Just giving my .02 cents with reasoning! :p 
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May 1, 2012 6:11:40 AM

i decided to go with a rosewill blackhawk! http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... it has awesome cable management, VERY good cooling, still has nice pretty LEDs with a side window( :D  ) it even has a spot for a fan BEHIND the motherboard! and a built in sata3 hard drive slot at the top! amazing! you can even put a fan at the bottom of the case, right below the motherboard! such a perfect case for me. exactly what i needed. comes with lots of fans too! and i have a few kicking around (1 of which also have blue LEDs on it :D ) for all the extra optional fan spots! and the window has dark tint to it, i was worried that with the last case i was looking at it might be too bright at night. this is just perfect. way better than it was going to be before. once again, thanks. wouldnt have picked this one out if it wasnt for you!
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May 1, 2012 6:13:54 AM

Best answer selected by marshal11.
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May 1, 2012 6:18:39 AM

That is a nice case I was looking @ the review today of it. Nice bay slots and lots of dust filters and spots for fan mounting! Good choice! + it looks simple and clean.

[EDIT] - WOW the spot for another fan behind the motherboard is a real nice touch I wonder by how much it actually cools the CPU / mobo. 2-3º C that would be impressive.
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May 1, 2012 8:20:25 AM

ive read online with a good 120mm can cool 3-5c! il test that myself, ive got a few 120mm fan kicking around somewhere in my closet :D 
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