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August 4, 2011 7:06:43 AM

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 -$19.99

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWR460 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case RS-460-PSAR-J3 Elite 460W Power Supply- $69.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item - $59.99

ASUS M5A97 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99.99

Recertified: PNY RVCGGTX4601XXB GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support - $109.99 G.SKILL

Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL -$64.99

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX -$165
$604 Total - shipped
Is this a good build or should some components be swapped or added?

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August 4, 2011 7:42:48 AM

If it is for gaming then a faster X4 like the 955/65BE would outperform the X6. The PSU that comes with the case is CM's budget model and has passive PFC (little voltage selector) and is not the best.
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August 4, 2011 7:43:13 AM
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August 4, 2011 7:44:41 AM

This will be a daily use cpu so would a quad or six core be better?
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August 4, 2011 7:46:50 AM

That PSU will NOT be sufficient. Get a quality 500w unit from a good brand, such as Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair. I'd also look into a case with better airflow, a single 120mm fan is going to have a hard time pushing out the hot air from your GTX460.

An affordable CPU cooler would be good as well (unless you're overclocking, win which case it's a must) - something like the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro should be easy to fit into your budget, and it'll run far cooler and quieter than the boxed heatsink.
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August 4, 2011 7:47:05 AM

rolli59 said:
If it is for gaming then a faster X4 like the 955/65BE would outperform the X6. The PSU that comes with the case is CM's budget model and has passive PFC (little voltage selector) and is not the best.

This will be a daily use cpu so would a quad or six core be better? Im not extremely worried about losing 5 fps because my monitor is only 19 inch and is 1440-900 max. Overall what cpu would you recommend?
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August 4, 2011 7:48:57 AM

Regarding the cores question - unless you're regularly doing video/photo/music conversions, you wouldn't notice the difference.
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August 4, 2011 7:50:08 AM

sonicfantom said:
That PSU will NOT be sufficient. Get a quality 500w unit from a good brand, such as Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair. I'd also look into a case with better airflow, a single 120mm fan is going to have a hard time pushing out the hot air from your GTX460.

An affordable CPU cooler would be good as well (unless you're overclocking, win which case it's a must) - something like the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro should be easy to fit into your budget, and it'll run far cooler and quieter than the boxed heatsink.

The main reason i picked that case was because i liked the styling and the psu because it had my required 450w, but as you said it may not have the required cooling. I don't plan on overclocking really so would this be sufficient or not?
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August 4, 2011 7:52:07 AM

The X6 is better if you do a lot of multitasking and/or run multithreaded applications (programs) otherwise the extra speed of the X4 makes it faster if not utilizing all 6 cores.
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August 4, 2011 7:56:41 AM

rolli59 said:
The X6 is better if you do a lot of multitasking and/or run multithreaded applications (programs) otherwise the extra speed of the X4 makes it faster if not utilizing all 6 cores.

i do tend to run quite a bit of applications, and wouldn't the new turbocore feature provide about the same clockspeed as a x4 without overclocking?
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August 4, 2011 8:00:14 AM

It will not run constantly at turbo speed rather get short bumps. If you are running multiple applications at a time go with the X6.
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August 4, 2011 8:01:36 AM

rolli59 said:
It will not run constantly at turbo speed rather get short bumps. If you are running multiple applications at a time go with the X6.

Thanks =0 . Any recommendations for a different psu?
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August 4, 2011 11:58:05 AM

rolli59 said:
It is their budget PSU and their 430watt in the same line got good reviews so I would trust it. The 500watt version would be plenty for your build http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Their 600watt has a promo code to be $60 too. Now i just need a case. Also i read earlier that a samsung hd wont work with the mb i picked. Do you know if thats true?
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August 4, 2011 12:04:22 PM

vtphs said:
Their 600watt has a promo code to be $60 too. Now i just need a case. Also i read earlier that a samsung hd wont work with the mb i picked. Do you know if thats true?

First I hear of that and would not believe it unless I would see it on black and white at a respectable hardware site!
Excellent case at a great price with free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 4, 2011 12:08:38 PM

rolli59 said:
First I hear of that and would not believe it unless I would see it on black and white at a respectable hardware site!
Excellent case at a great price with free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know this is tough but im looking to spend more around $40 to meet budget. Besides im not to big on glowing fans because it will be right in front of my bed. Problem is glowing fans usually mean good case+ good airflow.
Would my original case be that bad that i should forget about it?
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-Tower-RC-310-...
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August 4, 2011 12:25:40 PM

rolli59 said:
That CM is fine for the price just as long it got free shipping.
Another Antec option if you can deal with MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case is a little more my style. Heres the post about the hardrive : If you have a Spinpoint F3 1TB drive, you may need a firmware update as the SB950 southbridge used on this is functionally identical to the SB850 which has compatibility issues with that hard drive. Make sure you've got it plugged into SATA1, make a USB boot disk, switch the SATA controller to IDE mode, get the firmware update at Samsung's website, and flash it or it won't recognize your drive (it's a non-destructive update).

What do you think i should do?
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August 4, 2011 1:24:50 PM

That looks like a relatively harmless and simple process, new HDD might even have the new firmware. Just surprised I have not seen this before seeing that this is the most recommended drive in the system section for all builds!
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August 5, 2011 10:09:47 AM

rolli59 said:
That looks like a relatively harmless and simple process, new HDD might even have the new firmware. Just surprised I have not seen this before seeing that this is the most recommended drive in the system section for all builds!

Would this psu be sufficient because i can get it in a combo with ram for $85, then i can get the antec case you recommended.
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August 5, 2011 11:53:48 AM

vtphs said:
Would this psu be sufficient because i can get it in a combo with ram for $85, then i can get the antec case you recommended.

Which PSU?
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