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Hello, Ive heard bout overclock.net, and i have decided to try it out. Its nice to meet you all.

So, Ive got some Finacial aid in the mail coming soon, im going to build a better gaming computer with it.

This is what im going to build so far.

Nzxt Phantom Full ATX
500 W powersupply
1TB harddrive.
H80 Radiator
Nvidia gtx 560ti

As for the Front bays, im looking to tech it out a little. The Phantom already has 5 fan controllers, which is awesome, so im not needing anything like this:

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/fan_control/sentry_lx

But i AM looking for something a little like this

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/aperture_m

So, right now im just wanting to find some bay expansions that are useful, showoffy, and a little cheap.

Any Ideas? What do you have? I would like to know, and what would you like to suggest?

Thank you,

Greg
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Originally Posted by Indiegreg View Post

Hello, Ive heard bout overclock.net, and i have decided to try it out. Its nice to meet you all.
So, Ive got some Finacial aid in the mail coming soon, im going to build a better gaming computer with it.
This is what im going to build so far.
Nzxt Phantom Full ATX
500 W powersupply
1TB harddrive.
H80 Radiator
Nvidia gtx 560ti
As for the Front bays, im looking to tech it out a little. The Phantom already has 5 fan controllers, which is awesome, so im not needing anything like this:
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/fan_control/sentry_lx
But i AM looking for something a little like this
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/aperture_m
So, right now im just wanting to find some bay expansions that are useful, showoffy, and a little cheap.
Any Ideas? What do you have? I would like to know, and what would you like to suggest?
Thank you,
Greg

Don't go with a 560ti, instead grab a 7850/7870/7950 or a GTX670.
Get a nice air cooler, or a H100 over that H80 maybe even grab a small custom loop kit?
Get a bigger PSU maybe, something like a quality 650W branded one?
2TB HDD's are only slightly more where I am, so I don't know about where you get your HDD's from smile.gif

As for the processor, I take it you were going with an i5 3570k/i7 3770k? You'll want a Z77 board, so either the Z77x-D3H, UD3H or UD5H are good, and for the RAM get some Samsung Eco, specifically 8-16GB of it. smile.gif
 
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Hi Greg,

Financial aid for a gaming computer? If only they knew smile.gif

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Are you in the states?

What's the budget?

Do you need an OS/keyboard/monitor/mouse or other accessories in that budget?
     
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Don't go with a 560ti, instead grab a 7850/7870/7950 or a GTX670.
Get a nice air cooler, or a H100 over that H80 maybe even grab a small custom loop kit?
Get a bigger PSU maybe, something like a quality 650W branded one?
2TB HDD's are only slightly more where I am, so I don't know about where you get your HDD's from smile.gif
As for the processor, I take it you were going with an i5 3570k/i7 3770k? You'll want a Z77 board, so either the Z77x-D3H, UD3H or UD5H are good, and for the RAM get some Samsung Eco, specifically 8-16GB of it. smile.gif

Those a little (alot) our of my budget. Its somewhat a budget gaming rig, and right now, i cant go intel until i get a job and i can buy it myself.

and do you have any expansions? Thats what i was going for here.
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Hi Greg,
Financial aid for a gaming computer? If only they knew smile.gif
----
Are you in the states?
What's the budget?
Do you need an OS/keyboard/monitor/mouse or other accessories in that budget?

Yep! im in California. hello from California. =D Its nice here, a little hot in the central valley.

My budget is about 1100, maybe 900 dollars after classes and books.

I have win 7 ulti, so i dont need that., i would like a good price to performance gaming keyboard and mouse.

And are there any expansions i could drop into my bays that you would suggest?
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I just put together an i5 2500k, P8P67 Pro, HD6970, 8GB RAM rig for about $550 for another user. He was missing a hard drive, monitor, keyboard and mouse...that's all EASILY obtainable with the rest of your budget, and I could likely find better deals for you considering the higher budget. No reason to go with lesser parts, just because your'e on a budget. Times like this is when you should look at used and refurbished equipment. wink.gif

Make note, my entire rig was less than $1500, including the 30" Dell monitor and 7970. It just takes some smart shopping. wink.gif
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You're so worried about having bling, that you are apt to ignore the best kind of advise you can get from this Forum. IE: How to make best use of available funds to improve the performance of the machine.

I'm not exactly sure what you have read that has convinced you that you can't afford an intel gaming machine. The truth is, at all price brackets, intel has a better gaming CPU right now. AMD competes well in highly threaded situations, where their high core count/$ starts to overtake the /$ performance of lower core count intels. At it turns out, gaming is not currently threaded enough on average, to take advantage of AMD builds very well. The significantly higher per core performance of equal price intel chips, makes them superior gaming chips.

Regards,
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You're so worried about having bling, that you are apt to ignore the best kind of advise you can get from this Forum. IE: How to make best use of available funds to improve the performance of the machine.
I'm not exactly sure what you have read that has convinced you that you can't afford an intel gaming machine. The truth is, at all price brackets, intel has a better gaming CPU right now. AMD competes well in highly threaded situations, where their high core count/$ starts to overtake the /$ performance of lower core count intels. At it turns out, gaming is not currently threaded enough on average, to take advantage of AMD builds very well. The significantly higher per core performance of equal price intel chips, makes them superior gaming chips.
Regards,
Eric

Ah, youre right. Im really wanting the Phantom Case though, and my brother is taking his gtx 460 when we move, so im needing a graphics card.
And my 5000 RPM 250 GB harddrive reeeeeally needs to be upgraded. So im sticking with that

Then i pulled a PSU from a very old but pretty high end computer, 450 watts, but the 550ti needs a little more kick, so im going with a 500 w case.

Then im looking to overclock the AMD processor, and ditch air cooling.

Should i drop the H80, and buy an intel processor and moboard?
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yes that 450 may not do depending on what cpu you get
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You're so worried about having bling, that you are apt to ignore the best kind of advise you can get from this Forum. IE: How to make best use of available funds to improve the performance of the machine.
I'm not exactly sure what you have read that has convinced you that you can't afford an intel gaming machine. The truth is, at all price brackets, intel has a better gaming CPU right now. AMD competes well in highly threaded situations, where their high core count/$ starts to overtake the /$ performance of lower core count intels. At it turns out, gaming is not currently threaded enough on average, to take advantage of AMD builds very well. The significantly higher per core performance of equal price intel chips, makes them superior gaming chips.
Regards,
Eric

Ah, youre right. Im really wanting the Phantom Case though, and my brother is taking his gtx 460 when we move, so im needing a graphics card.
And my 5000 RPM 250 GB harddrive reeeeeally needs to be upgraded. So im sticking with that

Then i pulled a PSU from a very old but pretty high end computer, 450 watts, but the 550ti needs a little more kick, so im going with a 500 w case.

Then im looking to overclock the AMD processor, and ditch air cooling.

Should i drop the H80, and buy an intel processor and moboard?

Dude, for $900 I could put together a machine that'll wipe the floor with what you have posted thus far. Monitor, keyboard, mouse included. You just need to accept that you have a budget, and work with that budget and find used and refurbished parts. There's no shame in it.
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