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post #1 of 12
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So it's been awhile since I've put together a new build, well more then awhile.
Last build had an Athlon XP.

Here is what i have selected as of now.

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive-$64.99

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 -$114.99

SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5-$289.99

1Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX-$34.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply-$109.99

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor-$129.99

CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler-$35.23

Also some case fans I've yet to pick and a cheap dvd burner as well. I'm also planning on using an old Dragon ATX full tower DA-01WD case.

So, on to my main questions. my biggest concern is the CPU cooler i have chosen, i really have no idea about aftermarket CPU coolers. If anyone could recommend a better one perhaps that isn't a ridiculous price (not that this one is) it would be much appreciated. My other concerns are the choice of components. Having lost touch for so long I don't know what the heck a stream processing unit is(there is always benchmarks too), BRING BACK THE PIXEL PIPELINES!. Also i assume my PSU is enough wattage and amps to supply all of this, and I think enough if i flash the Radeon to a 6970 (although no guarantees).

I just need opinions on this build. If there is any weak spots, what could be better ect. Anything constructive would be much appreciated. I thank you for any responses.
post #2 of 12
I would recommend the Noctua NH-D14 for air cooling, although it's a little expensive running about $90.
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post #3 of 12
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I went ahead and added the Noctua NH-D14 to my list based on your recommendation, also upgraded the ram to Corsair Vengeance 8GB low profile. Hopefully there is enough room.

You think the RAM will still work if i need to take just a tiny chunk out of it?
post #4 of 12
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I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on case fans, sound is not really too big of a problem. Although i'm not wanting to spend 20$ per fan

trying to keep a budget of around 900$
post #5 of 12
Here's a baby list of a decent setup I would suggest. I'm not sure about your budget, but I tried to take your preferences into account as much as I could by looking at your choices.

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
Memory: Corsair Low Profile 8GB
--Combo Deal for $186

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 $100
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $110
GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti $240
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $50
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 $90
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB $114

Which would put you at $890 total for all the main components.

The ram will fit. Don't worry about that. Or, if it wont fit in the first slot, no other ram will either. The cooler is top of the line, you can go cheaper if you like and still have a damn good cooler. If you want some more cooler suggestions, let me know. If you're set on the AMD Video Card, it's decent as well, I just prefer the 560ti personally.
Edited by nyates - 8/12/11 at 4:17am
    
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As far as fans, Scythe Gentle Typhoons would be the best, but they would be upwards of 20 a piece. Cheaper fans include Yate Loon, Scythe Slipsteams, Zalman F3 FDB... There are a bunch of others.

As far as cost to performance, I would imagine a lot of people would recommend the Yate Loon D12SH-12. Yate Loon's are sometimes hard to find and there were some 'spurious' products supposedly floating around a while back...

As far as availability, the Scythe Slipsteam 1600's are really good fans and happen to be on newegg pretty much at all times.
Edited by nyates - 8/12/11 at 4:29am
    
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post #7 of 12
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Well now that we're talking about a top of the line CPU cooler for 90$. I can upgrade to a AMD Phenom II X6 1100T for cheaper then that and still have an extra 30$ so maybe that would be a better idea. Although would still want some kind of aftermarket cooling. I hear the stock isn't so great.
post #8 of 12
You could. I would get the 1090t and OC the hell out of it over the 1100t. 25 bucks cheaper...

You can also save money and get the CM Hyper 212+, and it would definitely keep either of those chips cool enough.
    
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post #9 of 12
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It is 25$ cheaper and only 100 MHz slower. Not sure how good the "Turbo" feature is on the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T, but I'll probably be overclocking just a bit anyways.
post #10 of 12
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That looks like a decent enough cooler for my purposes. I just cant justify 90$ for a Noctua NH-D14 when i can upgrade the processor quite a bit. So with the 1090t and a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 and the new cooler you suggested I'm down to 860$ with out case fans. My case can only hold 80mm, 4 of them. It's an old Dragon ATX full tower DA-01WD case.

If i buy 20+ of these MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan I can get them for 1.50$ each. HAHA

Quantity has a quality all of it's own -Joseph Stalin
Edited by Snapdi - 8/12/11 at 5:13am
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