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Old February 24, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Luay79 View Post
Switch the case to the new Antec GX700, has a pair of 140mm fans, a single 120mm fan and a fan controller, which means better overall cooling than the Enforcer, less work and noise for the CPU and GPU fans, and almost as ugly.

Antec GX-700 ATX CASE W/USB3 15700 - Micro Center
AnandTech - Antec GX700 Case Review: Just What You Can Get For $59.99

For HDD, I'd go for a Seagate Barracuda first, or WD Blue if cheaper, and leave the SSD out of the build for now. You can get an SSD later when you save for it so you can go for a HD7970 and upgrade your PSU to 650W.

The reason is otherwise you'd be stuck with a mid-end Video card and a low capacity SSD and no room to upgrade, and you will give yourself room to do what every self-rig-builder should, overclock your CPU & GPU.

Best video card rebate deal:
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double D 925MHZ 3GB 5.5GHZ DDR5 2XMINI-DP HDMI DVI PCI-E Video Card
Non-rebate:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC 1000MHZ 3.0GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

PSU:
CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
Seasonic G Series 650W ATX 80PLUS Gold Modular 120mm Fan Power Supply PSU DC to DC
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

RAM: 1600 and nothing above $50
Corsair Vengeance Blue Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US - Newegg.com

Luay79, thank you so much for your input!

Regarding your points, I have the following questions:

  1. Why the jump to a 650W PSU? Will 550W not be enough for my current build?
  2. Will not having a SSD at the start cause my games to load any slower or cause any other adverse affects?
  3. Will all those added fans in the case you suggested cause added noise?
  4. Is the jump to the 7970 from the 7950 worth it? Will it help with playing the newest games at high/ultra settings?
  5. Thank you again for all your expertise! I really appreciate it!
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