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Old May 25, 2010, 02:15 PM
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1. Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 6X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio *No PSU* ($73.00)(BOUGHT)

2. Seasonic M12D 850W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan ($129.99)(BOUGHT)

3. Scythe Slip Stream (Kaze-Jyuni) 120mm Case Fan, Medium Flow ($10.00) (4 of them $40.00)

4. Some Zalman Heatsink ($25.00)

5. ASUS P7P55D LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI 7SATA CrossFire GBLAN 8CHANNEL Audio Motherboard ($80.00)(BOUGHT)

6. INTEL QUAD CORE I5 750 2.66GHZ 8MB LGA1156 ($200.00)

7. G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit ($119.99)(BOUGHT)

8. Radeon HD5850 (around $320.00)

9. Western digital black caviar 6gb/s 64 mb cache ($73.54)(BOUGHT)

10.Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM ($24.99)(BOUGHT)

Anyone have any thoughts on my finalized build. Currently using a 9800GT for a bit till i buy my 5850. Getting my heat sink this saturday. buying my processor next friday, might switch processor to i3 530 or jsut stick with the i5 750.

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Old May 25, 2010, 02:29 PM
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I haven't heard much about that zalcman.. if you decide to buy new though, I'd recommend a venomous X, TRUE 120 or nh-d14, those are the 'famous' bunch of heatsink today.
I wouldn't recommend that PSU at all. Replace it with a Corsair, hx650 or tx750, or another reputable brand (I highly recommend Corsair, all my psu's are corsair, but corsair isn't the only good brand. I just prefer them)
If you can afford it, get 2 of those drives for raid 0 (like me)
For fans, those red yate-loons go on sale for $2.50 on ncix. For high static pressure HS fans, I recommend Scythe S-Flex 1600rpm, nf-p12, or Gentle Typhoons (in increasing order of greatness)
Here's a tip for the optical drive: My first Samsung was doa, I'll never buy samsung again. I have an Asus drive now, and it isn't as fast and isn't quite, but it vibrates a lot less, so it's in theory better for the hard drives.
P55 doesn't have enough lanes for full 16x16, so I wouldn't recommend the "grab a 5770 now and crossfire later", because CF is a huge hassle and you'll be cutting bandwidth for each card, so just get a 5850 if you can afford it.
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Old May 25, 2010, 02:44 PM
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I'd second the concern about the ModXtream.... they were decent PSUs in their day, but we're talking about a 10 year old PSU platform. (Not even sure if it's got the 8 pin mobo connector, and it certainly will be lacking when it comes to PCIe connectors).
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Ok the the psu issue. so the hx 650 or tx 750? would the tx750 provide good cable management? So besides the 5850 what other gpu can i get with the similar specs to the 5850? and yeah ok i'll wait for yate loons to go on sale at ncix and just order them. and for my heatsink would the hyper 212+ do an good? And yeah 0o0 i plan to get two hard drives but i doubt i would use all the space on one itself lol. two 640 gb black caviar sound good don't it?
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If you want cable management, go modular. Here is a good one. NCIX.com - Buy Seasonic M12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX PFC 80+ Bronze Modular Connectors 6PIN PCI-W 120MM Fan - M12II 620 In Canada.
An alternative to 5850 would be a GTX 470.
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Well what are other reputable brands that can be purchased here in terms of PSU ?
I'm in charge of finding good deals right now , and the CPU heatsink is one i see off a member in the BST here at HWC.

I will also be building the build itself. He also requires some peripheals, such as a mouse, any good gaming mouse anyone reccomends?
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Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, Silverstone are the reputable brands, can't go wrong with any of them.
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I see so I'll just wait for the ncix sale tmr and see whats good.
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If you don't want to spend much time doing cable management, or if you have a smaller case, definitely get a modular psu. The cm690 II would probably be better off with a hx650 simply because the cm690 II doesn't have a sh1tload of space behind the mobo tray like the haf922 does, so there's less space to stuff those useless molex cables of a tx750 (unless you want to grab scissors and cut them off.) To give you an idea of prices, I grabbed a tx750 for $100 on boxing day, and it came with a $30 MIR. The hx750 was on the same sale for $100 after MIR. I later saw the hx650 for $100 after MIR on a weekly sale, and those were the lowest prices ever that I recall. Keep an eye out for other brands too, but personally I stick with Corsair as brand preference...

Hyper 212+ can get a i5 750 to 4ghz easily. I've had one before, but I didn't like it. I hate how HDT coolers have huge grooves, it is very difficult to clean, and even rips up the paper towel when cleaning it. The cooler does perform quite well though, I've recommended it to friends before. Getting a 2nd hdd later would work, I just personally don't like it, because when the 2nd hdd is bought it can have a different firmware, revision, build quality, etc. and one drive will already be old while the other is new. It should work perfectly fine though. For the 5850, keep an eye out for OEM's, they aren't branded and don't have warranty or accessories but are very cheap, maybe $240 or so. Also keep an eye out for used 5850's, I've seen awesome deals on those. If you're buying new, any brand should be fine, but I'd stay away from Visiontek/Powercolor and companies that are too small to provide any good warranty service, unless you're looking for pre-installed aftermarket coolers. Sapphire has some if-y service, but they are the only one with vapor-x, if that's what you're looking for. I may be wrong about this, but steer clear of the XFX 5850 with the fan in the middle, it uses cheap VRM components that won't allow voltage adjustments. I've heard rumors of XFX service dropping because they have a flood of new customers since they started selling ati 5000's, maybe it's true maybe it's not. Anything less than $300 for a 5850 should be a fair price.

o btw, have you considered nvidia? gtx470 is even more expensive, but it's pretty good... I don't know how flexible your budget is. Ncix had one on sale this week for $320.
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Well i have a 9800 currently as a temporary gpu until i save up for a better one. So really anything is possible with the gpu, all i gotta worry about is the ram, cpu, hhd, cd drive and psu. I might get a hyper 212+ but on the cm 690II it will block one of the fan spots. so it means one less fan. so i am looking for a slimmer heatsink if possible. and for the psu, i might hit up seasonic, but if there is a good sale on ncix imma hit up a hx650 maybe a tx750 if i can. i am kinda keeping a low budget. but i am not far from a completed computer. just looking out for deals, making more money. finding great deals here and there. and between the gtx 470 and 5850 what would you prefer? in terms of pricing and it's potential in the computer and reliability? Also for cable management of the case CM 690II, its not that bad. I believe it will look fine in the end. but i would like it as neat as possible =)
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