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5 years ago I tried to upgrade an Antec Sonata to a gaming rig. I added fans to the door and a higher flow fan to the back - it ended up being really loud when I was web browsing, etc. But I admit I want a quiet computer.

I am a tinkerer so the idea of fixing something does appeal, some things are just harder to fix.

If you could get a mobo that does sli or xfire and give yourself dual gpu options down the road I'd give your system an 8/10. +6 for components, +1 for potential and +1 for accepting thatmodding iss necessary (and fun in my mind).
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I bought that same motherboard a few weeks ago, and I really like it. However, I got mine for on sale for $45, so it was a great buy. The BIOS can be a bit confusing (duplicated voltage settings for CPU, NB, etc), but overall it's a great board. I like mine a lot.

If you decide to get that board, get a 2x4GB DDR3-1600 kit. The motherboard supports DDR3-1600 with no problems.

I also love my OCZ power supply, stick with it!

Lastly, the heatsink that comes with the Black Edition CPUs is a great cooler, it's just super LOUD. It's not like reference AMD coolers... it uses copper heatpipes with a larger aluminum heatsink and fan.
Edited by Tobuk - 10/23/11 at 11:20am
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Keep in mind that I have all these parts already. I am not really asking for suggestions on what to buy. I think I made that clear in the first post. In the future I will be upgrading the motherboard, RAM and chassis but that is it. Right now I think this build will run fine without any issues.
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A haf series case will have the fan on the psu facing down, so it will pull air from under the case.
Up top it will serve as a second case fan. I never noticed this as a problem with my Sonata - it was the gpu intake being a 1/2 from the bottom of the case causing it to run 15 degrees hotter than the top one and subsequently having its fans always at full roar.

Post some pics or temp results of your build. It will be cool to see how you tweak it.
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A haf series case will have the fan on the psu facing down, so it will pull air from under the case.
Up top it will serve as a second case fan. I never noticed this as a problem with my Sonata - it was the gpu intake being a 1/2 from the bottom of the case causing it to run 15 degrees hotter than the top one and subsequently having its fans always at full roar.

Post some pics or temp results of your build. It will be cool to see how you tweak it.
Well. I am not made of money right now so I plan on putting all of the components into the Centurion 5 for now. I don't plan on overclocking so I really don't think I have to worry about TOO MUCH heat. Eventually I will upgrade the case, motherboard and RAM to 1600.

What I like to do is sell my older parts while I am buying new parts so I don't feel like I'm shelling out so much money. The 1600 RAM will be bought and shortly after my current RAM (1333) will be sold and so on with all the other components. So I at least make up or some of the cost (it's an OCD thing).
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Its a solid build in my view of it not the best but really now do you need the best unless you want an e-peen contest. I don't really see a need to upgrade the case unless that video card starts turning into a space heater....actually i loved my 9800gt for that. Any way keep it classy oh and when you do upgrade personal preference 400r is roomy and good air flow. Room for water cooling just wish it had modular Hdd racks but a buget case so you get what ya pay for.
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Its a solid build in my view of it not the best but really now do you need the best unless you want an e-peen contest. I don't really see a need to upgrade the case unless that video card starts turning into a space heater....actually i loved my 9800gt for that. Any way keep it classy oh and when you do upgrade personal preference 400r is roomy and good air flow. Room for water cooling just wish it had modular Hdd racks but a buget case so you get what ya pay for.
That's what I'm saying. I'm not building this to see how far I can push it. I am building it to enjoy the hunt and the final product. I don't plan on overclocking, getting water cooling or anything like that.

Some people have raised some good points though. The BIOSTAR can handle 1600 RAM so I will eventually grab some of that (at least 6GB). I don't feel like I need to SLI (although I'd like to eventually) right now because I don't have a huge monitor and I am perfectly fine with "high" settings as opposed to "ultra" or "extreme". If heat becomes a problem (I doubt it will), I will grab a new chassis. As far as the motherboard goes, I plan on using this one for a while since I will not be SLI. Should I ever decide to SLI (not overclocked SLI), I will grab this board (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ED&PageSize=20) which JUST dropped in price today, after I bought the other one 2 days ago (***). I like BIOSTAR and no one can tell me otherwise. I stand by my choice.
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The people who leave bad reviews for things are such idiots. "I have emailed Biostart about this but have not recevied approval for RMA to them".

"This motherboard caught fire on start-up and filled my room with smoke. I'm Hoping it didn't ruin everything else...". I don't even remotely believe that one.

This is why I always disregard DOA and bad reviews because chances are, the people leaving the bad reviews are morons and did something wrong.

I think it's pretty cool that BIOSTAR (not the only company that does it, obviously) looks over bad reviews and offers help. It shows initiative.
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I don't know how an 890 mobo oc's, but on P67 systems ram speed doesn't seem to matter for gaming anymore. I would not change mobo, cpu or ram until you move to an entirely different socket (Bulldozer, Intel, etc).
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I don't know how an 890 mobo oc's, but on P67 systems ram speed doesn't seem to matter for gaming anymore. I would not change mobo, cpu or ram until you move to an entirely different socket (Bulldozer, Intel, etc).
Yeah, I was doing a little reading on that just now. I am going to stick with the 1333 that I already have.

Everyone automatically assumes I will be overclocking, even though I stated in the first post that I will not be overclocking (if I do, it will be light overclocking). Everything I will be running will be at stock.
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