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February 3, 2013 3:52:00 AM

I am ready to buy the computer once I get a parts list. I do not need a hard drive, OS, or Monitor. I would like to be able to play games on good settings. I do not know anything about overclocking so I don't think I need anything that can do that. I do video editing as well so I would like the PC to be able to handle that. I would really like a nice looking case (with lights) but not to the point where I would sacrifice performance. Does anyone have any build ideas that would help me? Thanks guys, waiting on you before I buy...but I will wait til the perfect build comes along. My budget is $700-$800, I would rather not deal with mail in rebates either. Thanks again!
February 3, 2013 3:56:30 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bb9q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bb9q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bb9q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $714.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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would do the tricksta

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February 3, 2013 4:36:21 AM

I probably should have said that I prefer to go with something other than a Radeon GPU. I don't really need a SSD drive, I know its supposed to be faster but my OS and files are already on my HDD. Also if you wouldn't mind, please try to aim closer to $800. I have a bit more than that in the bank and I have a feeling spending more will be better for me. I dont know when I will be able to get a new PC so I need this one to be the best it can for as long as it can. As for why I don't care for Radeon is I have just heard its not as good as the others. Thank you very much for a swift response.
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February 3, 2013 4:45:49 AM

Just switch out the i5-3470 with the 3570k. You can overclock it for more speed later. Also nothing bad at all with radeon cards. Don't know what you heard but they are just as good as Nvidia cards and are usually a bit cheaper.

Swap that psu out with:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W - $70 with promo on neweeg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The one above won't last long with capacitor aging and is cheap.
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February 3, 2013 4:53:05 AM

So the 7870 xt is comparable to the 660 ti? I don't know why I was thinking Radeon, maybe because I've heard that they are "The same performance, but cheaper than Nvidea" and that says cheap to me. However, you guys are the experts and I will buy Radeon if you guys say to buy it. I know I have seen several builds recommending it.
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February 3, 2013 5:11:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BbKm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BbKm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BbKm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $652.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Ok so something like that is what you're saying to do? I don't really need a optical drive (I have one in my current computer), nor do I really need a SSD drive as I already have a 500gb HDD. Is there anything that we can do to more future proof this build, I have about $150 more to spend. If you guys say that this is good enough and just save the $150 (basically the performance difference between $650 and $800 isn't much different) then I will buy this one. I was going to add an i7 into that build but I heard that the 3570 is plenty to run any games for awhile. Also I don't plan to ever overclock..so should I save the money (and put it towards another part) or should I still get the 3570k?
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February 3, 2013 9:23:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bd9z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bd9z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bd9z/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $805.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Or what about something like this? I am not sure i theres really anyway to get more bang for the buck than this build here...but again, I will listen to the advice given here, I am not even sure if these parts will all work together. I don't think I am missing anything here...Thoughts?
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February 3, 2013 1:50:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeDs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeDs/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeDs/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $742.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 3, 2013 2:40:35 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeDs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeDs/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeDs/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $742.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Any thoughts on what Thor said about that PSU?

Swap that psu out with:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W - $70 with promo on neweeg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [... said:
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The one above won't last long with capacitor aging and is cheap. ]Swap that psu out with:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W - $70 with promo on neweeg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139020

The one above won't last long with capacitor aging and is cheap.
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February 3, 2013 2:43:57 PM

the eco 520 is quite good. and made from seasonic.

one of the leaders in psu makers of today
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February 3, 2013 2:51:09 PM

Your OS files may be on your HDD but a clean install will always be better. If this is your reasoning for not getting an SSD - think about it again.
-Bruce
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February 3, 2013 2:52:22 PM

good idea +1 moose man
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February 3, 2013 3:04:58 PM

My reasons for not getting a SSD are it's expensive. I would like to get one but I cannot afford to get a new license of 7 or 8. Also to get a SSD drive I would have to sacrifice performance in games would I not? I have already found that the price quoted on pcpartpicker was not accurate of Amazons price for the 660ti, so thats altered things a bit.

Of course if you can find a build thats comparable including a SSD then I would be glad to pick it up. Thanks, I am putting everything in the shopping cart right now...so I will wait for your build tips, thanks very much guys.
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February 3, 2013 3:07:43 PM

Also, I cannot get that i5 from Microcenter. The cheapest one of those I can get is from Amazon for $223.79 so please figure that price into your build. I do not plan to ever overclock so isn't it overkill to spend the money on the CPU thats for overclocking?
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February 3, 2013 3:30:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfDK
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfDK/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfDK/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $608.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 12:30 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2013 3:34:06 PM

Neublet said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BbKm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BbKm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BbKm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $652.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Could I use this build but use the but use that Z77 motherboard? I've talked to several people who really like radeon so I think I will go with them to save a few bucks.
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February 3, 2013 3:42:42 PM

only point to getting z77 if ur gonna overclock.

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February 3, 2013 3:44:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfMP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfMP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfMP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $638.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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well also if u want to crossfire or sli would be useful :p 

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February 3, 2013 5:46:40 PM

I have no idea how to crossfire or sli. Also couldn't I just get the Z77 motherboard with that previous build I showed, that should put me pretty darn close to my budget. I do not know the difference between the 3570k and the 3470. I like the idea of being able to crossfire or sli, or even OC if i ever learn. With switching to the z77 that should be pretty close, i just need to know if it would work together.
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February 3, 2013 5:57:17 PM

the difference is the k model can overclock and the 3470 non k cant.

if u wont overclock u dont need the k. but the mobo here is the cheapest true sli-crossfire board u can find.

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February 3, 2013 6:03:40 PM

So then wouldn't it be better to get the 3570 without the k? isn't the 3570 better than the 3470? I don't know, I am just assuming because the number is bigger. When you say "but the mobo here is the cheapest true sli-crossfire board you can find" are you talking about the z77? Maybe I should get the 3470 (depending the difference in performance between the 3470 and the 3570) and then get a license for windows the question would then be....windows 7 or 8. Thanks for all of your help, sorry to be asking so many questions. I just wont be making a purchase like this again for years and I wanna make sure i get the best deal.

Really, thank you.
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February 3, 2013 6:05:18 PM

not really 3470 versus 3570 non k same performance, except the 3570 is more expensive.

no im speaking that at the 130$ mark u wont find anything under that with 2 pci-express slots that are running at 8x or 16x.

windows 7 64 bit for me here.

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February 3, 2013 7:37:41 PM

it would figure. i get everything put in the cart and newegg is sold out of the video card *sigh*
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February 3, 2013 7:44:26 PM

The 3470 is $193.79 the 3570 is $199.99. I think i can swing an extra $7.20 lol.
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February 3, 2013 7:48:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BiSt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BiSt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BiSt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $668.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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30$ more but we. best alternative i can suggest

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February 3, 2013 8:15:29 PM

the 3470 box at amazon says No Fan, should I pickup that Cooler Master cpu cooler that you mentioned earlier? Also that 660ti is $314 at amazon, I put it in the cart, but I just wanted to let you know. Anyways I am ready to buy (everything in the cart) just waiting to see if I should be getting the cpu cooler. Thanks for all of your help.
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February 3, 2013 8:17:30 PM

yep.

but it says 269$ i dont get it.

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February 3, 2013 8:39:39 PM

I placed the order, thank you very much for all of your help. I greatly appreciate it! God bless you!
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February 3, 2013 8:40:28 PM

anytime dude. if u need more help pm me.

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February 3, 2013 8:51:35 PM

That PSU is going to be a bit light in a couple of years. 5% output loss per year due to capacitor aging, you might run into power issues. The PSU is the part most prone to issues in a PC, should never be cheeped out on. I used to buy cheapo PSUs for me and customers and it just pays off in the future to buy a good PSU, with about 20% extra power. I only say this so that more people will not have to go through the process of throwing out parts after a PSU failure.

Also why no k model? It allows you to use the cpu for a year longer through overclocking, for only 10 bucks.

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February 3, 2013 8:58:27 PM

thats why its called rma. if u have issues with it u can bring it in for repair or replacement.

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February 4, 2013 3:41:14 AM

So your stance is to buy a cheap psu and if it dies and damages parts, send it in which costs more. Not to mention the damaged parts can't be rma'ed. That's irresponsible and no company should be liable to replace parts from such stupidity.
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February 4, 2013 3:42:58 AM

my powersupply is made by seasonic one of the leaders in powersupplies today. any powersupply no matter how much u pay will have decay in performance.

your lack of knowledge and ignorance is totally blinding.

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February 4, 2013 3:13:10 PM

Yes and when the output hits the consumption, voltage will start spiking. I have a seasonic and am not against the brand. But only going 20w over the consumption will get you a psu that lasts 1 year. That's also assuming you don't want to add a new hard drive, graphics card, or overclock. What is the advantage of buying just enough for your needs now?
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February 4, 2013 10:43:25 PM

alot of people recommand exactly what i do now.

just to the needs and budget he needs.

i can easily recommand something more expensive except its not ur money is it.

easy to spend other peoples money.

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February 4, 2013 10:59:01 PM

lol, I'm no politician. I just like to have that flexablity in my build. I supposed it does not hurt to recommend that power supply, so long as the end user knows the drawbacks.
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February 5, 2013 12:18:02 AM

eh its a solid ps for the money. if someone has a higher budget ill recommanded something higher watts but gotta stay within the confine of budgets.

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February 5, 2013 3:40:34 AM

That's a good point. What about getting 4gb of ram to start with and then getting another 4 later. It would let you get those extra wats and you can always buy more ram later. Unlike a power supply where you have to buy a whole new one, you can always just pick up more ram. On the other hand, the person may not need the extra power anytime soon so it could go either way.

Your thoughts on this?
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February 5, 2013 4:10:58 AM

id say if the op doesnt mind 4 gigs, whynot. but id prefer to recommand a lesser wattage and 8 gigs now. than if he wants upgrade the ps down the road.

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February 5, 2013 2:12:30 PM

I can understand the reason behind that. Thanks for the input, I will take it into consideration when making suggestions!
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February 5, 2013 10:41:02 PM

no problem :p 

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February 5, 2013 11:41:14 PM

aw you guys made up how cute. lol. Anyways, I received my cpu, gpu, mobo, case, and cpu cooler today. Waiting on the psu and memory and then I should be good.

One note, the CPU did come with a fan so I didn't need to buy the other. However the one it came with is much smaller than the one that I bought. Thanks very much for all the help guys, the GPU is HUGE compared to my old nvidea geforce 7800 gt.
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February 6, 2013 1:28:22 AM

I was surprised too years ago when I bought the 5850. Now that's a big card. Also that cooler your getting is great. Even works better than my old Tuniq tower 120 extreme, which costed $80 at the time.
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February 6, 2013 4:14:12 AM

Solid build :) 
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February 6, 2013 8:55:11 PM

thanks w00t

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