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February 12, 2012 2:32:37 PM

How does this look :) 

Coolermaster HAF-X (RC-942-KWN1) Black Chassis with Window - No PSU


Antec HCG 620W 80PLUS Bronze Certified Gaming Power Supply


Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler for Intel & AMD Processors


Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 2x4GB Kit DDR3-1600 1.5v CL9 Desktop


Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core LGA1155 3.3GHz Boxed Processor (Sandybridge)


Sony AD-7260S DVD Writer 24X SATA Dual Layer - OEM


Gigabyte GV-R695OC-1GD ATI Radeon HD6950 1GB GDDR5 256-bit PCI-E x16


Vantec UGT-CR905 internal 58-in-1 Card Reader/Writer


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 & 64-bit Retail Pack


Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200rpm


Asus P8P67 Evo LGA1155 Dual-Channel DDR3 (B3 Sandybridge) SLI / CrossFireX

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Agility 3 120Gb for OS and some programs.

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2012 10:52:27 PM

Looks fine except the tall ram will interfere with the CPU cooler. Change it to the standard profile Vengeance type and you will be good to go.
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2012 11:24:32 PM

tlmck said:
Looks fine except the tall ram will interfere with the CPU cooler. Change it to the standard profile Vengeance type and you will be good to go.


I will definitely echo this sentiment - the tall heat sinks are not good for large coolers. Definitely switch out the RAM with the low profile version.

I'd actually cut the case to something less - if you stick with Cooler Master go with the HAF 922 and that will cut the price by $100, and invest that in getting a better PSU and motherboard. Go with this for your PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then upgrade your motherboard to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And that media reader is pretty much junk - you don't necessarily need the media reader but if you have to have one, I use this and it's probably the best one on the market - really excellent build quality, incredibly easy to install, and will read up to 8GB SD cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally consider this for your video card (Gigabyte is fine, but I personally prefer the smaller vendors as they have better reputations for video cards) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 13, 2012 3:33:12 PM

I'm on a very tight budget. will 620w do me fine?
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2012 3:52:58 PM

charly-man101 said:
I'm on a very tight budget. will 620w do me fine?


600W is the minimum requirement for more of the higher end video cards and that PSU will make it a bit future proof. The way I see it is to be on the safe side, you can calculate your minimum needed wattage here: http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalcula...

Then add 50W if you plan to overclock, and another 100W if you want to SLI or Crossfire your video card. That Seasonic PSU is one of the best on the market for the price.
February 13, 2012 4:24:01 PM

will this ram be okay?
Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance LP 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.5v CL9 Desktop
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2012 4:28:36 PM

charly-man101 said:
will this ram be okay?
Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance LP 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.5v CL9 Desktop


It's fine but make sure you get the low profile version as the tall heat sinks will make installing aftermarket coolers difficult. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 13, 2012 5:38:38 PM

I would say, grab a bulldozer, it has higher clocks than i5 2500k and seems to be cheaper too.
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2012 5:40:38 PM

shad0wboss said:
I would say, grab a bulldozer, it has higher clocks than i5 2500k and seems to be cheaper too.


That information is false - the Bulldozer has a lot of hardware and software installation issues associated with it. I would not recommend that for any build right now until AMD has a chance to clean up the BIOS installation issues.
February 14, 2012 10:46:00 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That information is false - the Bulldozer has a lot of hardware and software installation issues associated with it. I would not recommend that for any build right now until AMD has a chance to clean up the BIOS installation issues.


well bios is associated with the brand of the motherboard and not the processor itself. Asus is doing a good job wth its am3 + socket motherboards...

btw i would like to have a source about the issues you mentioned, i don't think bulldozer has any issues.
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2012 3:35:07 AM

shad0wboss said:
well bios is associated with the brand of the motherboard and not the processor itself. Asus is doing a good job wth its am3 + socket motherboards...

btw i would like to have a source about the issues you mentioned, i don't think bulldozer has any issues.


There's a huge BIOS issue that's been reported numerous times with any AMD motherboard from 870 - 990FX not being able to recognize certain codecs and instructions on the FX chip out of the box without a BIOS update. When you install an FX CPU in a brand new motherboard you generally have to run an older AM3 CPU through the board and flash the BIOS to the latest version before it will recognize an FX chip.

And if you want a source, here you go, straight from the main page: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-hotfix-bu...
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