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March 5, 2012 2:38:34 AM

New Build Thanks to everyone's input and aznshinobi i changed a thing or too what do you guys think about this one?
also did a 80 bronz cert psu this time with a i5
P.S. What do you think about the thermal grease also am i missing anything? like a cable or cpu fan i have built pc's before but every-time i do i am always some fan short or cable lol. should i pick up a sata cable for my hdd?

DvD Burner - Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Video Card - XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram - PNY Optima 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 Desktop DIMMs Memory Kit MD8192KD3-1333
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DHNAGM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Mother Board - ASRock H61M/U3S3 Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0CTNE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Cpu - Intel Core i5-2400 3.10 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXIA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Psu - Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2UQ/ref=ox_sc_a...
FINAL PRICE! - 710.01 usd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdayG6KPeG4 my parts

March 5, 2012 2:53:17 AM

Raidmax power supplies are pretty garbage, I bought one from newegg about a month ago and it died on me after a week and it was a 600w. PSUs are one of the most important components to a rig so I would recommend getting a Corsair, SeaSonic, Antec with a 80+ efficiency I would either send it back or sell it cause the bundle is actually a really good price. The raidmax atx smilodon itself is a good case. The 2.1 x16 GPU will work in your 2.0x16 pcie slot. If your paying 700$ I would definitely try getting more gigs or ram your 8core processor would appreciate it lol.
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March 5, 2012 3:17:31 AM

its cause he picked an fx that runs about 30w more then a intel based cpu for gaming hes better off with an intel based platform.
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March 5, 2012 3:19:45 AM

traumaiv has a good build.
The Intel CPU will perform better than your AMD.
Also, instead of the Antec 550, try going with XFX Core 550.
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March 5, 2012 3:23:22 AM

^+1 xfx is a great brand of cpu as well.
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March 5, 2012 5:06:17 AM

Check out my $650 here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Gives you more performance than the $700 build mentioned above (6870 vs 6850) saves you a bit of money. You can always go with the 1TB if you want to.

I disagree with the XFX Core 550. Mainly because of price, @ $72 that's pretty expensive with 650w being at that price. The Antec Neo Eco 520w I suggest in my build is only $60 and offer similar performance, you won't miss much. The Neo Eco's are all made by Seasonic just FYI.
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March 5, 2012 5:16:33 AM

The FX 8120 is not a good gaming cpu .

The FX 4100 is going to produce higher FPS because of the higher clock speed .

Use the money you save on the processor to buy a quality case and psu
and an AM3+ motherboard with a 970 series chip set for best compatibility with FX cpu features

The ASUS M5A97 . ASUS M5A97 evo or the Asrock Gen4
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March 5, 2012 5:21:14 AM

Higher FPS than a what? Last I checked, AMD is big time outclassed.
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March 5, 2012 5:49:55 AM

azeem40 said:
Higher FPS than a what? Last I checked, AMD is big time outclassed.



Then suggest a better build at that price .
The intel build suggested earlier is a stone cold failure because of the much weaker graphics card
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March 5, 2012 7:09:36 AM

CPU- i3-2120 $129.99
Mobo- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $129.99
RAM-G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB $29.99
GPU- XFX HD-687A $144.99
PSU- XFX Core 550 $53.23
Case- Rosewill Challenger U3 $54.99
DVD- Lite-On $17.99
HDD- WD Caviar Green 1.5TB $114.99

Total: $676.05

All of these price are current.
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March 5, 2012 12:01:41 PM

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 71.99 ($15.00 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - 189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - 25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 169.99 ($10.00 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW Black 1.5Gbps Model SH-222AL/BSBS LightScribe Support - 19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $707.92 - 25.00 MIR = 682.92 (shipping not included)
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March 5, 2012 3:38:05 PM

wow soo much replys i greatlly appreciate the input thanks for the questions answerd and thank you guys for the linked builds i am reviewing them as we speak and thanks again for the input it looks like i am going to be getting a intel i5 i am messing with pezcore27's build currently and it seems pretty solid also the 650 build that aznshinobi linked is sick!! thanks for the input guys i might even go with aznshinobi build :o  it seems like a good build even comes with the 6870! i just really need a solid gaming rig for closest to 700 before and after rebates but thanks soo much on the input provided :) 
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March 5, 2012 3:45:22 PM

Hey guys check out the top of the page i updated my build! do you guys think i should buy some thermal grease or sata cables for my hdd?
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March 5, 2012 6:51:31 PM

Ya thermal grease is a good idea definitely make sure you put it on your processor its only $5-$10 and it lasts for a while. I think your mobo should come with sata cables so you should be all set with those.
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March 5, 2012 7:17:39 PM

thanks ryanthebuilder greatly appreciate your input i am pretty stoked about this new build do you think everything will be compatible? i am pretty sure it will be lol just wondering because it seems like a pretty solid build in my opinion just curious about everyone else's input since i am not that experienced putting computers together lol i am excited i found the corsair 600w psu on there to replace the other 500watt seems like it is all coming together perfectly i am thinking about anything else i might need to add to this tower that it needs but i cant think of anything major
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March 5, 2012 10:35:22 PM

No need to get the 600w unless it's the same price, if it costs more than the Antec Neo Eco 520w or the CX500 then don't get it.

I honestly suggest the $650 build in my guide just because it's cheaper and even before rebates. But you'll get basically the same performance, The only difference is the H67 vs H61 which really doesn't matter both have the same limitations. And his build has an XFX 550, again not justified at the price when other 500w-550w PSUs are cheaper before rebate and perform equally.
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March 6, 2012 2:29:16 PM

The XFX PSU is better since the internals are built by Seasonic which also makes PSU internals for Corsair. Seasonic is one of the best manufacture. Other than that, it is cheaper at $57.99 on newegg.

Go with the ASRock aznshinobi suggested. You get more features. Asus tends to be more reliable but once you get down to these price points, they don't really change much from manufactures to manufactures.

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March 6, 2012 9:37:02 PM

^ I disagree, other companies such as Super Flower, Enermax, Sirtec make plenty of PSUs that are by far better than Seasonic. Seasonic a solid company no doubt but it does not mean they are the only company.

Corsair also has most of there PSUs made by CWT NOT Seasonic, though they do have a few that are.

As for the Antec Neo Eco 520w if you're so worried about OEM branding, the Neo Ecos are all made by Seasonic.
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March 8, 2012 7:33:45 PM

lol i agree that a neo eco would have plenty of power with this build probably even a 500w flat would do the trick but i cant pass up a 600w psu for under 60 corsair 80cert i really am all about the budget on this build but i really want a solid psu with more then enough wattage i guess you could say lol also phamhlam what mobo are you refering too could you post me a link? or aznshinobi can you give me a link of the mobo i am currently getting this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0CTNE/ref=ox_sc_a...
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March 8, 2012 7:56:16 PM
March 8, 2012 9:22:32 PM

That Asrock you just linked from Amazon, David it's a solid board. Go for that one. As for the CX600 just go for the CX600 then, it's a solid buy no doubt.
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March 8, 2012 9:51:52 PM

wow pez just in perfect time i am getting ready to order this later today and azn i am looking at the cx600 as we speak :) 
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March 8, 2012 9:53:42 PM

and i mean the cx600 psu lol i am getting it :)  but i greatly appreciate your input bro :) 
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March 8, 2012 9:55:22 PM

Ehhh No offense but I do disagree with Pez to a certain extent. Motherboard is not very good for the money the Asrock H61 U3S3 provides the same features for $20 less. The 560 GTX is $30 above the cheapest 6870 but only offers a slight performance increase over it. Overall your original build was good enough. In fact IMO better, with tweaks to certain things Pez pointed out. IE HDD, but asside from that your fine. The HAF 912 is a good enough case and if you choose to spend that money that's cool. You can save with the Blackbone but all your decision.
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March 8, 2012 10:36:52 PM

Best answer selected by davidit.
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March 8, 2012 10:48:57 PM

Good luck with the build. Let us know how it goes.
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March 8, 2012 11:16:44 PM

thnx pez i am going with the rosewill case you linked for 35 and adding 3 120mm fans for 14bucks to make sure my case does not get hot :)  thnx for all the advice bro greatlly appreciated
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March 8, 2012 11:42:47 PM

Np. Glad you are happy with your build.
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