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post #1 of 11
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http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=16879965

I have 2TB of 7200rpm HDD to use (1TB for media, 1TB for backups)
Have a copy of Win7 to use
Don't plan on overclocking anytime soon, but would a few 200mm fans help with noise/airflow?
Don't need a monitor/KB/mouse.
I have an Amazon Prime account as well as ~$130 in credit, so any equal or cheaper items I can buy from there.

For the fans, the Haf 912 allows 2 x 120mm fans or 1 x 200mm fan in a couple of spaces, so which is better there for noise and cooling?

Any big difference between these two 6870s?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150521

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102913


Thanks.
post #2 of 11
You should swap out the 1333mhz memory for some 1600mhz (faster, better memory modules on average) - also the 650W psu is way overkill for your setup - a 500 - 550w would be much more in range of your setup.

This gives you a lot better components for $35 more (before mail in rebates)

Total is 979.92, also comes with $50 in MIR

You can see that a few things were dropped, mainly PSU power (again 520w is more than enough, I'm running my overclocked 2500k, 5 hard drives, 6950 2gb (overclocked) and some other misc. items and it still has power to spare) - the hard drive is bronze certified and on the OCN recommended list - also 4GB of memory (1600mhz 8 cas latency, 1.5v) as 8GB isn't usually used, if you find yourself for some reason running out of memory, upgrading later is always an option.

This is the motherboard, cpu combo (as it got cut off) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.676009

Edited by appleg33k85 - 7/21/11 at 7:28pm
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That build looks nice!

A couple 200mm fans will improve air flow significantly in the HAF 912. I would recommend 1X 200mm fan over 2X 120mm fans since 200mm fans are quieter, move enough air flow for the 912, and look super slick with the 912.

With AMD/ATI graphics cards, all of the gpu distribution companies order the physical cards themselves from AMD, then the companies actually make it look good, slap a cooling system on it, and a couple of fans, then the card case, and at the end, they might overclock the GPU or the memory (depending on the card). So it is really a matter of personal preference. I personally would choose the XFX card since it comes with lifetime warranty (if you live in the US) and it has 2 fans instead of one, which will offer better cooling yet less noise.

One question, why are you purchasing two graphics cards from 2 different companies (you can't xfire/sli them)???
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post #4 of 11
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I am only planning to use 1 card, I just wanted to know if there was a reason to pick one over the other. Thanks for the help!

Also, if it matters, I mostly play strategy games (Civ5, C&C3, SupCom, and the Total War series).

Edit: Is this case + PSU combo any good? The discount makes it competitive with the SeaSonic.

While I'm at it, how do you like your Ultrasharp appleg33k85?
Edited by prpnightmare - 7/21/11 at 9:00pm
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
I attached an updated cart of parts, what do you think?

Thanks again for the help!
post #6 of 11
Never been a huge fan of Cooler Master's PSUs, they do make some excellent cases however

I'd go with appleg33k85's suggestion of the 520W Seasonic PSU over the 650W CM PSU anyday.
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post #7 of 11
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Okay, swapped the PSU (but the deal expires today, uh oh, better get this finalized!).
Is this a good, long lasting, and price to performance build?
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By the hard drive, do you mean one 2tb HDD, or 2x1tb HDDs. There's not much point of having a 2tb HDD with one partition for storage and the other for backup, as if the drive fails you are going to lose the backup anyway...
 
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Originally Posted by prpnightmare View Post
I am only planning to use 1 card, I just wanted to know if there was a reason to pick one over the other. Thanks for the help!

Also, if it matters, I mostly play strategy games (Civ5, C&C3, SupCom, and the Total War series).

Edit: Is this case + PSU combo any good? The discount makes it competitive with the SeaSonic.

While I'm at it, how do you like your Ultrasharp appleg33k85?
OK, cool. I (obviously) would recommend radeon over nvidia, but that's your choice. I would get a PSU with about 500 watts and a reliable company. I would recommend the corsair TX550.

PS Cooler Master PSUs are made of high quality and are very reliable. I have 3 running;1 in my server, 1 in a media center, and another in a desktop. No probs for 4 years!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by prpnightmare View Post
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=16879965

I have 2TB of 7200rpm HDD to use (1TB for media, 1TB for backups)
Have a copy of Win7 to use
Don't plan on overclocking anytime soon, but would a few 200mm fans help with noise/airflow?
Don't need a monitor/KB/mouse.
I have an Amazon Prime account as well as ~$130 in credit, so any equal or cheaper items I can buy from there.

For the fans, the Haf 912 allows 2 x 120mm fans or 1 x 200mm fan in a couple of spaces, so which is better there for noise and cooling?

Any big difference between these two 6870s?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150521

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102913


Thanks.
Pretty good. Everyone else is saying that the PSU is over board but if you might even want to add a little more power and leave the option of crossfire open.

As far as the graphics cards I would say the XFX is a slightly better brand and comes with a lifetime warranty vs the 2 year warranty on the Sapphire... That said it also costs a little more and doesn't include Dirt 3.

You probably want to add a cheap after market CPU cooler even if your not overclocking... Trust your going to OC eventually with that kind of hardware, especially if you spend a lot of time around here.
Edited by Accuracy158 - 7/21/11 at 10:48pm
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