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Old July 11, 2010, 07:38 PM
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Default Is that a good choice for Case & Power for a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ?

Hello all,
I'm building two new machines (for my son - gaming but not much, and for me - playing mostly Quake online LOL), and I'm kinda stuck with the choice of power supply and case.
Here's what I have to date:
1.Processor: I7-940
2.Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
To come:
3.HDD: WD Caviar Black SATA3 (WD1002FAEX)
4. Memory: from Gigabyte's approved brands/models, eventually Kingston KVR1333D3N9/2G, 12Gb for me and 6 Gb for my son;
5. Video: some NVIDIA around 150$ for me and max 400$ for my son;
And finally, the moment where I got stuck:
6. Power supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TX (750 Watts)
7. Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case , coming with one 80mm and one 120mm fan.
My question now is - is that combination of Power Supply & Case good enough for me ?
I don't plan to overclock, or if I do, to the limits imposed by my memory.

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Old July 11, 2010, 07:52 PM
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The Centurion 5 is a good case but it has a bit of an outdated design. Cooling isn't that great and it's a cramped case so it will be difficult to work in. If you want a similar case, I suggest the Coolermaster Centurion 590 or the 690 II. I have both a Centurion 5 and a 590 and I can tell you that the 590 is a much better case.

The power supply is good but you might be able to find a better deal. It's also more power than you need; a PSU with around 500W would be enough since you're only using a single video card. Where do you plan on buying from so I can look for some other options?

For the hard drive, I recommend a Samsung F3 1TB instead. It's faster than the WD Black, and although it isn't SATA3, that doesn't make a difference anyway since no hard drives are fast enough to take advantage of the extra potential speed anyway.
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G.Skill ram is very good also and usually less expensive.

As for case I agree with Zero, 690 II would be a great choice as it offers great cooling and lots of room.
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Old July 11, 2010, 08:07 PM
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Guys, you're absolutely right, that's the kind of design that I like

In that case I'm going with 2 Cooler Master CM 690 II Adv.

Thanks for pointing me that one :)
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Old July 11, 2010, 08:25 PM
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+1 for the 690 case. As for the psu, it gives you options if you choose to get a better card, or even xfire/sli. The psu will only draw what it needs, so no big deal. If you don't think you'll ever go higher end for your system then I agree that a 500 watt is sufficient. Good luck with the builds and enjoy. Btw, hope you're going with Win7 64 bit.
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Old July 11, 2010, 08:59 PM
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CrasyHorseJohnny,
In the qualified vendors list (for that mobo compatible memories), for G.SKILL I have the following:
DDR1066-none;
DDR1333:
-G.Skill GS13C1/2G => x 3 = 6Gb
-G.Skill GSET13C1/2G => x 6 = 12Gb
Unfortunately, didn't found any of these in newegg.ca nor in ncix.com :( I guess I tried today and for that reason I choosed the ones that I have in my list.

Zero & fishingfanatic,
For the power supply, since I really don't plan to put a second videocard any soon, if a 600W is enough, I'd prefer it. I guess I'm going to choose some from Corsair, unless you have some other recommendations ( I prefer to have 100W over the recommended 500W, just in case). To be sure that the power supply fits in the case, I check the dimensions where available, is that right ?

Where am I buying - where I think I can get a good price. The processors were bought from ebay.ca, and I found that ncix and newegg prices are interesting.

Personnally, I'm going to use W7/64 with at least 2 virtual machines running on Vbox. That's the reason why I need 12 Gb.
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You don't have to really pay attention to the QVL. It's very rare that a set of memory will not work in a motherboard nowadays.

Corsair is good, but there are other good options in that range as well. Look at Antec, Seasonic, and XFX power supplies around 600W as well. To check if a PSU will fit, look at the form factor. Most cases are ATX, so any ATX PSU will fit as long as the case can accomodate its length. There are no really long 500-600W PSUs so that really isn't a problem for you.
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I would go with a modular psu over a non-mod any day, easier cable management FTW. The HX750 is only $5 more than its TX version at ncix due to been on sale atm.

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $130 before $10 MIR

Newegg.ca - Suggested Products - 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 before $10 MIR

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Professional HX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-650HX In Canada. $140 after $10 MIR

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750HX In Canada. - Buy Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750HX In Canada. $140 after $20 MIR

As for your ram, most motherboard manufacturers dont test all the ram currently available on the market due to the sheer amount of modules available. Your major brands, Corsair G Skill Mushkin Kingston etc, should all work without any hassles if you go with non oc supported speeds. I'm liking these from G Skill...

Newegg.ca - Suggested Products - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ $147

Newegg.ca - Suggested Products - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ $177

NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada. - Buy G.SKILL F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada. $199

NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada. - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada. $160

Good luck with your build

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Old July 16, 2010, 09:32 PM
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Thanks guys, I've ordered the parts, will start assembling next week. If you hear a big bang coming from Montreal, that's probably me ;) LOL
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Wait a minute! Were you working on something else recently when we had that earthquake? Are you the culprit? Let me know so I can get on a plane ahead of time.
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