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post #21 of 33
If you already have that case and you like it, then it doesn't matter if someone else thinks it's junk. I don't see specs on the 480W unit, but since you have it, you could get the other hardware and try it with that case and PSU. If you'd rather have something new I usually just browse for high rated stuff in my price range. A quick look on Newegg showed a Rosewill Challenger-U3 case for $49 that says it is "Tom's Hardware enthusiast PC building picked case" (If that really means anything). As I mentioned before, any quality PSU of 450W to 500W that's in your price range should be sufficient.
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post #22 of 33
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After doing some more research I'm just going to splurge on a semi-decent case and PSU. I just found:

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- looks nice and is 15% off right now. Glad I didn't get the cheap Raidmax unit.

On newegg I also just found a COOLER MASTER GX 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
- $25 after all rebates and promocodes.

Are these legit? It almost seems to good to be true.

I realize that I don't know anything about Cases or PSUs, can someone tell me if theses would work together? I appreciate it!
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post #23 of 33
Yeah NZXT is a good brand for cases and the PSU is a standard size and will fit in it just fine, you will have to do some cable management though since it isn't modular. The only limit I see on the PSU is there's only 1 PCIE power connector but I don't think you'll be able to upgrade the GPU much anyways because it'll bottleneck.
post #24 of 33
Power supply should be good, as for the case that it really up to your personal preferences.
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post #25 of 33
The Gamma is a very nice case. The power supply, however is not a good power supply.


I'm on my phone right now or I would find you the link, but I'm pretty sure that I saw an offer on the Corsair CX 430W V2 which would be more than enough for a single GPU under a 6850 (which yours is) and would cost about $10 more after rebate?

There are a lot of reviews in our PSU section (again, if I weren't on my phone I would get them for you. They're in pinned topics) and you will see that the V2 (not the original CX 430W) is a quality unit.

Edit:

Found some more time while at work. You should take a look at the PSU FAQ and recommended list here:
www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

It will explain why it is important to have a quality unit better than I can in this short time.
Edited by Korlus - 1/25/12 at 12:46am
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post #26 of 33

The GX 450W does not even compete with the CX 430 V2, it competes with the CX 500 V2 and might still be better than the CX 500 V2 for less than half the price.  Look at the 12V rail voltage and compare.  Going with the CX 430 V2 is paying $10 more for 2/3 the power capability.  Apart from that the GX 450W has a 5 year warranty vs Corsair's 3 years.


At the moment I can't recommend any Corsair PSUs, there are so many competitors up with better solutions for the price and Corsair is just not getting there in price-performance.

post #27 of 33
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The GX 450W does not even compete with the CX 430 V2, it competes with the CX 500 V2 and might still be better than the CX 500 V2 for less than half the price.  Look at the 12V rail voltage and compare.  Going with the CX 430 V2 is paying $10 more for 2/3 the power capability.  Apart from that the GX 450W has a 5 year warranty vs Corsair's 3 years.


At the moment I can't recommend any Corsair PSUs, there are so many competitors up with better solutions for the price and Corsair is just not getting there in price-performance.

Yes, you're right. Somehow I got it confused with the Elite 460W instead. My mistake.

Also; I should probably note when giving US price recommendations that I'm not a local, and you might be able to find a better price than I did. I used to do that...

Ignore most of my previous post then. Still, the FAQ is worth a read as to why you need to get a good power supply. The chance of a bad one frying your system may be low, but even if that worst case scenario doesn't happen, it'll shorten the life of the rest of your parts quite noticeably.
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post #28 of 33
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I just got done ordering almost everything. Should I get a good fan for my Llano 3870K? Also, I'm guessing I need some sort of cross fire connection for the XFX Radeon HD 6670. Will this work?

XFX CrossFire Bridge Model MA-AP01-CF1K

I'll keep you guys updated when I start to build. Thanks for the help!
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post #29 of 33
I've not used an APU, but crossfire bridges are for multiple cards. I'm pretty sure you just plug it into the motherboard, and the PCIe bus will magically do the rest smile.gif
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post #30 of 33
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I just finished putting all the computers together, but when I tried to start mine the monitor didn't respond. I checked all the wires again and still no luck. I tried swapping out the ram and up it went. It must have been when I dropped a stick on the hardwood floors frown.gif Anyway, it looks like I'm upgrading that as well. Any suggestions for some decent ram (not too expensive) for my current setup?
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