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Alright, so I'm just posting this here to see if anything else is needed for me to build my new computer.



It's all going into the HAF-X I just bought, and I also have Windows 7 already. Is there anything else I need in the way of cooling or really anything that I'm missing? First build, I'd hate for it to go bad. I'm not planning on doing anything more than a mild overclock, and maybe not even that.

Also, funny side note: this started out as me trying to build a computer for $500-$600... Price has definitely jumped xD
    
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You need Bulldozer.
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This is the only thing you've done wrong:

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I'm not planning on doing anything more than a mild overclock, and maybe not even that.
it's crazy talk to anyone who's ever overclocked before, period. Purchase a $30 cooler like the Xigmatek Gaiaand you'll hit ~4ghz and ~3ghz on the NB. The difference in "feel" from just OCing the NB is astonishing. You'll not go back once done, and if you do it in a year, you'll be annoyed you didn't take my advice from day one. It's easy AND safe if you follow directions and can read english, and you take your time not rushing things.
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This is the only thing you've done wrong:



it's crazy talk to anyone who's ever overclocked before, period. Purchase a $30 cooler like the Xigmatek Gaiaand you'll hit ~4ghz and ~3ghz on the NB. The difference in "feel" from just OCing the NB is astonishing. You'll not go back once done, and if you do it in a year, you'll be annoyed you didn't take my advice from day one. It's easy AND safe if you follow directions and can read english, and you take your time not rushing things.
So I WILL need more than the stock cooler then? I suppose I might as well invest in that then.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233082

Is that the cooler you were referring to? If the benefit is great as you say I might as well do it now.

EDIT: Or should I get this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065
Edited by Lovick - 7/31/11 at 11:16pm
    
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So I WILL need more than the stock cooler then? I suppose I might as well invest in that then.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233082

Is that the cooler you were referring to? If the benefit is great as you say I might as well do it now.

EDIT: Or should I get this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065
I don't think you can go wrong with either one. Tomshardware used the Gaia in their most recent $2000 system build and it performed very well (though it's based around the 2600K). Here's the article if you are interested.

System Builder Marathon Article, June 2011

The CM 212+ seems to also be a favorite among builders however so it's been proven to be a strong performer.

Either one should fit the bill for some decent overclocking. Small price to pay for more performance and cooler temperatures.
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I don't think you can go wrong with either one. Tomshardware used the Gaia in their most recent $2000 system build and it performed very well (though it's based around the 2600K). Here's the article if you are interested.

System Builder Marathon Article, June 2011

The CM 212+ seems to also be a favorite among builders however so it's been proven to be a strong performer.

Either one should fit the bill for some decent overclocking. Small price to pay for more performance and cooler temperatures.
Cool. I guess I'll go with the CM 212+ then, simply because my case is a Cooler Master too. It makes sense in my head. xD
    
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Cool. I guess I'll go with the CM 212+ then, simply because my case is a Cooler Master too. It makes sense in my head. xD
Hah, good idea

The only thing I would recommend is, since you are getting an AM3+ board, then I would go with the cheaper Phenom II X4 955, for $109.99 with the coupon. I would then sell it when Bulldozer comes out and buy a new Bulldozer CPU.

You could get most of your money back when selling the Phenom. Or you could wait until Bulldozer. And with $900, I would go with a 2500k build tbh.
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Everything looks fine.
You will get a better F3 1TB + DVD drive deal at Superbiiz (scroll down)
Remember to apply the $20 off promo code for that RAM!
The Corair GS700 is also not very worthwhile. It's a very expensive choice for a 700-750W range PSU. You will get similar quality and capability with an Antec EA750 for less cost. If you don't ever plan to crossfire, a less expensive ~650w (such as the Antec Earthwatts Green for $60) works also.

Nothing else I can point out.
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You'll DEFINITELY want more than a stock cooler - I don't even use stock cooling on builds for friends when they insist on running at stock. The added cooling benefit is very beneficial to your CPU's lifespan and health, and larger coolers use larger fans which run quieter - there's no trade-off.

The Xigmatek Gaia has a wonderfully easy mounting system that works in any direction on AM3 - the Hyper212+ is a little more difficult. Both are equal performing coolers, the Hyper212 is usually overpriced, but @ $30 you can choose either comfortably.

The suggestion of going with a Phenom II 955 above is wise if you are planning on putting in a Bulldozer chip when released. The x6 1090t is probably a better option if you are not sure when you will upgrade to Bulldozer.

And listen to xd_1771 - he's always correct, on everything he says. On the PSU he is absolutely correct. Ask yourself if you plan to crossfire your GPU within the next year or two. If so, then invest $20 more in your PSU. If not, then save some money and drop down. The benefits of crossfiring are massive these days, but if you will upgrade to a new single GPU sooner, then 650watts is more than enough (dual-GPU cards excluded)
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So, since Bulldozer is just around the corner, you might want to just get the AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE, it's $75 on Newegg, and you'll save over $100. It'll work for a month, ya know? This doesn't come with a heatsink btw.

You can also sometimes get lucky and unlock the "4th core" of that processor. Seriously... no need to spend an extra $110 for 6 cores for a month

Also, go for the Corsair H60 water cooling unit. It's $60~ right now, and then you get great benefits from water cooling with an easy install, without the maintenance.

Check out 1866MHz RAM. Since that's what the standard will be with Bulldozer. It'll downclock while you use the Phenom. You can pick up some good G.Skill Sniper series RAM, 2x4GB - 8GB for $80.

Then, maybe go for the Cooler Master GX Series 750w PSU. It's cheaper at $80 (with a $20 rebate), and you get more power. Single 12v rail.

Also, your HDD, I'd personally go with a WD Blue. You can get a 500GB 7200rpm SATAIII for $40.

I would then swap the 6950 grafx card out for a 6870. You'll reduce your costs by more then $70, possibly $90 if you get the right one. It also overclocks well if you're up for it. But if you have wiggle room, then get the 6950, or a 560 Ti.

You can also get "cordless" anti-static wrist straps. I prefer those, it's more comfortable and less annoying to work with.

Also, check this out http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

That will show you what you'll be running at with your wattage, and what to look at in the future if you ever decide to upgrade/add/replace/subtract hardware.

And going with a 6950, I'd be more comfortable using the 750w PSU instead of the 700w. Depending on what you add/subtract to your build in the future.

That's my take,
Seth

[Maybe go with the Phenom 955 BE actually.. it's 120]
[You could also go 12x BD-ROM/DVDRW for an extra $40]
Edited by sjestus - 8/1/11 at 3:24pm
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