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FINAL decision on gaming rig, buying NOW.

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September 27, 2011 2:45:53 AM

Thank you for reading, your input is very important to me.

After months of research and goofing off I am making my final decision on my gaming rig, I want to know what you think of it, and if there is anything I should change. Buying NOW while the promotion is still in effect.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion. Great case! Second highest rated Antec case on newegg, good reviews and great airflow! Illusion version comes with LEDs!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: Antec BP550 550W 80+ Certified. Should be enough power, 80 plus certified, one of the highest rated on Newegg. Modular, de-attach all those unused cables for better airflow!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+. Good brand, good reviews, AM3+ socket so I can upgrade to the new Bulldozer coming out soon!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz. Good processor, very popular with GREAT reviews!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: XFX Radeon HD 6850. Good well known brand, LIFETIME warranty! Good reviews!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600. Most well known memory brand, one of the highest rated items on Newegg!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 Terabyte 7200RPM 32MB Cache. Popular, good reviews, 1 TERABYTE!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: ASUS 24X SATA DVD Burner. Most popular and highest rated optical drive on Newegg! Cheap and does everything you need!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. Cheap, one of best rated CPU coolers on Newegg, great!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4. One of highest rated gaming keyboards on Newegg. Great keyboard for a low price!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 1600dpi USB Gaming Mouse. Gets the job done well for a cheap gaming mouse, decent reviews.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $650 including rebate and shipping. perfect.
I need to buy this NOW. LAST CHANCE. Buy, or no buy. If I don't buy it now I will get another later.
Thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
September 27, 2011 3:11:16 AM

change the hard drive. samsung HDD F3 need a firmware update in order to work with new 970 mobos (i have the exact same mobo and samsung F3 HDD). You could probably get a WD Blue or Black for the same price.

if you still want to use the samsung, here is the link to the latest firmware
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b...

the antec BP is ok, it's one of antec's cheaper made units. you could get one of the antec's 520w units for the same price. they are made by a better OEM (seasonic) and come with with better caps. they also have better efficiency and more power on the 12v rail. the modular thing is a bit over rated as you tend to use the same amount of cables (i have an antec modular PSU).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you could also save some money by getting the phenom II x 955 and just increase the multiplier for an instant 965,970,975,980, etc., (they are all the same CPU)
September 27, 2011 3:21:35 AM

dirtyferret said:
change the hard drive. samsung HDD F3 need a firmware update in order to work with new 970 mobos (i have the exact same mobo and samsung F3 HDD). You could probably get a WD Blue or Black for the same price.

if you still want to use the samsung, here is the link to the latest firmware
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b...

the antec BP is ok, it's one of antec's cheaper made units. you could get one of the antec's 520w units for the same price. they are made by a better OEM (seasonic) and come with with better caps. they also have better efficiency and more power on the 12v rail. the modular thing is a bit over rated as you tend to use the same amount of cables (i have an antec modular PSU).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you could also save some money by getting the phenom II x 955 and just increase the multiplier for an instant 965,970,975,980, etc., (they are all the same CPU)


Thanks for the response, cool that you had the same mobo and hard drive, I didn't know that, I went with the F3 because everyone tells me how good it is. Its got a 5 year parts and labor warranty, 1TB of space, great reviews, and its $60. Can you recommend me a similar hard drive thats better?
About the PSU, well half of the people tell me you use all the cables anyways, and the other half tell me that there are lots of spare cables that you don't use and a modular power supply is almost a must. I don't really care. I really like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Like it?
And the processor has a promotion, $15 dollars off, making it cheaper then the 955 but more powerful, although, I have to buy it NOW before it ends.
a b 4 Gaming
September 27, 2011 3:35:00 AM

the smasung is a good HDD, just has issues with new mobos. you can get a WD Black 1TB for $75. it's a bit more then the samsung but also a bit faster.

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

if it's too pricey, the seagate is just $50 and will give you same performance as the samsung. most companies (including samsung) have left the old style platter HDD and focus just on SSD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the antec 620w is a good PSU and will give you plenty of power.
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