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Finishing up my $600 Build, Have a few final questions.

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June 14, 2011 12:21:34 PM

I am building a 600 dollar PC, and had a pretty strict budget. It came in right at 599 when I added in some artic silver thermal compound. However, the spare fans I thought I had, are actually in use. So, all i have is the one 120mm exhuast fan that comes with my case.

i'm trying to figure out with this build how many extra I may need. Also, what would be the best places to mount them If I do need more. I also don't plan on overclocking.

Here is the build:

60.93
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

124.99
Intel Core i3 Processor i3-2100 3.1GHz 3MB LGA1155 CPU BX80623I32100
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

39.99
Crucial CT2CP25664BA1339 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin PC3-10600 DIMM DDR3 Memory KIT
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

159.99
HIS Radeon HD 6850 1 GB (256bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity Display Port HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) Retail (RoHS) PCI Express X16 2.1 Video Card H685F1GD
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

35.99
GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

64.99
Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.2 Modular Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

24.99
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

81.93
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157236

4.90
Arctic Silver Ceramique High-Density Thermal Compound 2.5 Gram 1cc Tube RoHS Compliant
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JYS0AI/ref=ox_ya_o...

Total 598.70


Also, this is my first full build. I've toyed with PCs for years, just always had a PC that i was upgrading, never built one from ground up.

I've been reading over the step by step guide just to get familiar with a few things, especially cpa/mobo/heatsink etc, as this i've never done.

I was seeign if anyone had any final pointers or suggestions for me. Type person I am, is I love researching and trying to find out every little detail about my current project, so I apologize for all the questions!

June 14, 2011 12:38:24 PM

Overall you are in good shape with that build. That GAMMA case can fit up to six 120mm and one is included (rear exhaust). Maybe add fans to the front (intake) and side (exhaust) and see where you stand. You don't really have a build that will generate a lot of heat so I wouldn't worry too much there. If it were me, I would add a $30 CPU cooler and the front intake fan and monitor temps. I would also swap the memory out for some G.SKILL modules...

CPU Cooler => Hyper 212+ http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

MEM => GSKILL DDR3-1333 1.5v CL9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 14, 2011 12:44:49 PM

The reason i didn't go with G.Skill, is newegg charges tax in my state, so I couldn't use newegg for my purchases

how big of a difference will i notice in the ram?

My issue with the CPU cooler, is I can't really fit it into the budget. the fans were already an added expense I didn't forsee due to my spare fans being in use.

With taht being said, how many fans do you think i'll need?

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June 14, 2011 12:53:50 PM

If the memory works and passes all tests, then it will be fine. The Crucial memory you listed are generic Crucial modules. Fine and all (assuming they pass tests), but the G.SKILL are more proven, have heat spreaders, and are the same price (before state taxes).

If the 120mm fans you are getting are silent, then get a minimum of two additionals. Five would be nice (two on top, two on side and one up front), but being silent is the key to filling up the case.
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June 14, 2011 1:05:17 PM

Have any recommendations for quiet fans as cheap as possible? =)

Also, If i get just 2, where should i put them? Intake and top or side?
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June 14, 2011 1:25:06 PM

The 4-pack below are 18db and would do fine.
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-RCA-1204BL-120mm-Sleeve-...

Be sure to pick up some 3-pin to molex adapter (or what ever you may need). These are pretty expensive on Amazon, so look around...
http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-3-Pin-Connector-...

One intake fan in front, two exhaust on top, and one exhaust / intake on the side. You may want to play around with the top and side fans to see what configuration gets the better temps. Any config would be fine, but it can be optimized with a little time...
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June 14, 2011 1:32:10 PM

how can I tell which i need?
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June 14, 2011 1:37:12 PM

Which adapters? The Rosewill fans have a "3 Pin" power connector that typically will plug into your motherboard. Your board will have two, or maybe three, available ports which are most likely already taken with the CPU fan and rear case fan. The "3-pin to Molex" adapter will allow you to plug the fan into a more readily available connector on the power supply.
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June 14, 2011 2:16:11 PM

Checked the mobo manual, it has 2 3-pin connectors, so to run 4 extra fans i'd need 4 adapters, which is just going to be too expensive for me.
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