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post #1 of 6
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is now in progress...

Case arrived today. Have installed PSU, card reader and HDD.

Once the DVD burner and CPU cooler arrive I'll get the rest in.

Pics tomorrow:D
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Phenom II BE 955 Foxconn A88GMV Gigabyte 6770 passive cooling 8GB Mushkin Silverline 
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80GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Samsung Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Spinpoint LG DVD RW +/- x22 
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Antec Kuhler H2O 620  Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Matsui 22" HDTV Corsair CX500 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
80GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Samsung Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Spinpoint LG DVD RW +/- x22 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Antec Kuhler H2O 620  Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Matsui 22" HDTV Corsair CX500 
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post #2 of 6
Can't wait to see picsss
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600gb 10,000rpm 1tb 7,200rpm Pioneer Blue-Ray Windows 7 64bit professional 25" HP LED 
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i5 750 @ 4.0ghz P55 Extreme GTX 465 x2 4gb G.SKILL Ripjaw 2000 
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600gb 10,000rpm 1tb 7,200rpm Pioneer Blue-Ray Windows 7 64bit professional 25" HP LED 
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post #3 of 6
THat PSU seems like one of these happy-go-boom PSU's. Also, a quick google-fu has not eased my suspicions. I've had (and seen) way too many PC's die due to a badly built PSU, plus a lower quality PSU can make OCing go awry. You do not need to spend a lot of money on a quality PSU tho. Take this PSU as example. Cheap ($50 free shipping) and hella good.

Also, that mobo will not handle a quad. The power phases are not powerful (or plentiful) enough to properly power a quad, and much less OC it, and they will give up on you sooner or later, sometimes in a sparky flashy fashion (and might even take out the CPU with them). This thread is a highly recommended read (you can read a more detailed explanation of what i told you, and even give you some good examples), and this one can guide you in finding a cheap but good mobo for that CPU.

If you combine a poorly built PSU, low-quality phases, and a power-hungry CPU, you'd better buy an extinguisher. You might need it.
Edited by Starbomba - 10/12/11 at 5:52pm
   
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Samsung MMBRE64GHDXP-MVBD1 Samsung SH-222 Thermalright Ultima-90 Windows 98 SE 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung MMBRE64GHDXP-MVBD1 Samsung SH-222 Thermalright Ultima-90 Windows 98 SE 
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Windows XP Professional 32 bit Dell SP2309W Genius SlimStar 8000 Generic 500w PSU 
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post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the concerns.

I did put a lot of time in to checking out the parts before I went and bought them.

The PSU thing if you look past the Antec/Corsair bunny posts about will it blow up are mainly unfounded. The 1st page is all questions asked on forums about the PSU. If you look a bit deeper, the reviews from magazines and online reviewers have been quite favourable. I understand that it is made by Sharkoon who aren't that well known for PSUs, but are fairly well known for cases and fans, so I figured I'd give it a go. BTW to buy the PSU new would cost the same as a mid range non-modular Antec.

Also, the Mobo... I know the phase power isn't great on it, but when it came up at the price it did I was intrigued and did a fair amount of reading up before committing to buy, and I believe it should run the quad without too much hassle.

This is a budget build which I'm not looking to overclock the arse out of. It's a start for me and I will probably buy bigger and better parts in the future (hopefully not out of necessity). While I appreciate your comments, I haven't heard of anyone actually having the PSU or mobo fail on the parts I have bought.
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Phenom II BE 955 Foxconn A88GMV Gigabyte 6770 passive cooling 8GB Mushkin Silverline 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
80GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Samsung Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Spinpoint LG DVD RW +/- x22 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Antec Kuhler H2O 620  Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Matsui 22" HDTV Corsair CX500 
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Phenom II BE 955 Foxconn A88GMV Gigabyte 6770 passive cooling 8GB Mushkin Silverline 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
80GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Samsung Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Spinpoint LG DVD RW +/- x22 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Antec Kuhler H2O 620  Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Matsui 22" HDTV Corsair CX500 
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post #5 of 6
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re icute psu http://forums.aria.co.uk/showthread.php?t=25523&page=2 Doesn't seem too bad with the lifetime warranty
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
80GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Samsung Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Spinpoint LG DVD RW +/- x22 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Antec Kuhler H2O 620  Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Matsui 22" HDTV Corsair CX500 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Zalman Z9+ Gigabyte M6900 Raxer Goliathus Speed 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
80GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Samsung Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Spinpoint LG DVD RW +/- x22 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Antec Kuhler H2O 620  Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Matsui 22" HDTV Corsair CX500 
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Zalman Z9+ Gigabyte M6900 Raxer Goliathus Speed 
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post #6 of 6
I see many things with that PSU that simply scream INMINENT FAILURE.

- Why would a PSU company name itself like a wannabee Apple product and add the Cute name to it? I'd believe that from a girl accessory company, not someone i'd trust my PC to.
- That PSU is rated at 500w peak power. Peak means that it can deliver 500w in short amounts of time, not power up a 500w computer for a long time. If it had said 500w continous power, i'd trust it a bit more.
- I have not found a single benchmark styled like JonnyGURU's or HardwareSecrets about it. The "reviews" that guy has been speaking about are called "spec list" and every manufacture can write down what they want after having specially test any PSU, like testing it in cold temperatures so they can get the best numbers just for marketing.
- It has more Molex (4-pin) cables than SATA. Now that everything that is not low-end or obsolete is SATA (for HDD's and DVD's), why would they skimp on that?
- Does not state efficiency, and the only "500w" PSU on Ecos Website (the ones that handle out the 80 PLUS Rating) is a 550w PSU which barely clears the test (and their other units as well, they only seem to barely pass the tests), and i greatly doubt it can do on real world situations (Ecos tests with a 25c temp, and sometimes not even your ambients are that low, much less temps inside a computer case, which can get as hot as 40c or more. Plus the higher temps a PSU is at the lower the efficiency will be.)
- I'd check the warranty card. Lifetime warranty on a PSU seems way too good to be true (not even the top dogs have warranties that long) so there must be a catch. Almost always stuff that is too good to be true comes with a catch that usually outweights the benefits.
- A company that is good with fans and cases does not mean they're good with PSU's. The best example is Cooler Master.

In the end it's up to you. Is the "ooh shiny" and modular attributes more important than saving your PC from disaster? I'm not anyone to tell you what to do with your money, but just a guy giving out advice.

About the mobo, i'll be quoting a couple things about the VRM thread:
Quote:
All motherboards are ratified in TDP capability, with processors at stock speed and with the stock cooler installed
Quote:
AMD Platforms on high TDP (~125W) processor (includes unlocked CPUs):
Remember, you can refer to the AMD Motherboard VRM info article/table for info about specific motherboards
  • Look for a minimum quality 4+1 phase on the board for use with high TDP processor. Higher is better though.
  • Be SURE it is of quality; if so,
    • Preferably low RDS (on) transistors
    • A proper transistor design and proper transistor amperage rating
    • On a brand that is not known for VRM failures.
    • If you are overclocking with a high TDP processor and a 4+1, consider MOSFET/VRM cooling a MUST. Some boards may already have this. Fewer phases will overheat much easier and be more prone to failure.
  • If you have enough budget to get a board with a better, larger VRM system (i.e. 8+2 phasing or similar) and/or room for larger board size (mATX boards are typically fitted with inferior VRM designs due to limited space), there is not much need to worry.
    • Cooling is no longer as big an issue because the larger amount of (smaller) transistors can run cooler over a larger area as they have no need to handle as much current.
Also, there are plenty of cases (even with stock cooler) where a too-budget motherboard has burned up with a 125w CPU (like yours) even at stock speeds. So, don't think you'll be safe only because you're not going to overclock it.

Also, one of the reasons you have not heard about failures with our PSU is because i have never seen anyone seriouly used it. Hell, it is the first time i heard about that brand, and i have had my fair share of experiences with cheapo PSU's, and Foxconn mobos,though decent enough for budget, are not truly used unless you get conned at a local store (like in my country).
Edited by Starbomba - 10/13/11 at 6:22am
   
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Core 2 Extreme X6800 AsRock 775i65G R2.0 ATI Radeon X1950 XT OCZ EL DDR Gold Edition GX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung MMBRE64GHDXP-MVBD1 Samsung SH-222 Thermalright Ultima-90 Windows 98 SE 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows XP Professional 32 bit Dell SP2309W Genius SlimStar 8000 Generic 500w PSU 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Extreme X6800 AsRock 775i65G R2.0 ATI Radeon X1950 XT OCZ EL DDR Gold Edition GX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung MMBRE64GHDXP-MVBD1 Samsung SH-222 Thermalright Ultima-90 Windows 98 SE 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows XP Professional 32 bit Dell SP2309W Genius SlimStar 8000 Generic 500w PSU 
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