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Old June 29, 2010, 03:35 AM
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Just about to put together a new build it's been quite awhile since I have attempted to put together a new build so any pointers or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Here is what I am putting together so far:

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz;

MB: MSI 890FXA-GD70;


HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s;

GFX: 2x MSI R5670 CYCLONE Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR5;

PSU: Thermaltake EVO 650W;

CPU FAN: Thermaltake CLP0554;


Thermal paste: OCZ Freeze Extreme

Plus 3 other SATA HDD from my other tower, and 2 cd/DVD drives.
Expecting to receive shipment Friday so have weekend to put together.

Thanks for any help,
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Old June 29, 2010, 05:56 AM
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Your build looks good but I would suggest these changes to you...

I would change the cpu as its only an extra few dollars to step up to the X6 and you won't have to upgrade it for quite a while.

Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX $202

I recommend this board as its a better bang for buck board over the msi with more SATA & ESATA ports.

Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $190

I've always liked Corsair and G Skill.

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9D G $144.50

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ $108

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $110.50

I highly recommend XFX due to its double lifetime warranty.

Newegg.ca - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $175.50 Save up & get 2nd one later on

I always recommend a Corsair or SeaSonic PSU as they are high quality units.

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $160

This cpu cooler is very popular atm, though u can stick with the one you've chosen, i'm just giving u another choice.

Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler $60

Good luck with your build
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Old June 29, 2010, 07:48 AM
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+1 with xlilmissmjx. I would've suggested pretty much every thing with the exception of perhaps the 5830 over the 5770, though not a big deal either way. Also, the thermal paste I'd use Arctic MX-3. You can't go wrong with a good psu, which is the lifeblood of your system. That's why Corsair, Silverstone, and a select few others are the only ones I would use. Look for the 80+ or better rating on psus. This fairly new rating system rates the units based on efficiency and durability if I remember correctly. If you can/are willing to spend are bit more, consider getting a SSD for your OS, as the 1TB drive is good for storage,but even partitioned will slow down your system for boot up comparatively considerably. If you would like some help or further information regarding SSDs, pm AkG. I've spoken to him. If he's around he'll be happy to help you. Here's a little tidbit for you. Latency on a Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000 rpm drive is 4.5 ms. For the average SSD, it's less than .1 ms. Good luck with the build and enjoy the new system!
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Old July 3, 2010, 06:56 AM
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MB: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 @ $190
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ $202
DDR: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB 1600MHz @ $103
GPU: PowerColor PCS+ 5770 1GB @ $160
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB @ $80
PSU: Corsair HX650 @ $130
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II @ $110
Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X @ $37

I would go for this config.

P.S. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 HeatPipe DirectTouch for $55 is really bullshit. The Zalman CNPS10X is much better, while for about $60 you could go with a Corsair H50 cooler ! Thermalright TRUE is also in the same price range, so forget about that CM Hyper 212, and also about the Thermaltake SpinQ, because it is an mediocre cooler (looks great but performances are really weak)!

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Old July 3, 2010, 07:27 AM
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So did you buy it already?
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