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Hey guys, long time reader, first time poster.

Well in short I am attending GMU soon and I would like to update my computer before I go off. My current build is ageing (not well) and I would like to start fresh. My budget is $1200 for a badass computer that will last me the four year I am there. Naturally I will go with AMD and ATI. As of right now I stand on getting this build and I would like some constructive criticism.

All of Newegg
LG DVD Burner
Antec Nine Hundred
WD 1TB 7200 RPM
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 790GX ATX AMD
HIS Redeon HD 5870 1GB 256 Bit GDDR5
Antec Earthwatts EA500 500W
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core

Total: (inc shipping) $1,177.37
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post #2 of 28
If this is for college, an Antec 300 would be a great case, it is well built, roomy, and a lot less heavy than the Nine Hundred.
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Oh, I forgot to mention... Because I did the windows 7 training i received a copy of windows 7 Ult, and that is what ill use for the OS
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Thats what i thought, but my friend said he ordered two antec 300's and one broke and he sold the other one because he was so dissatisfied with it.
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EDIT:

My suggested build attached.

I stuck with the stock cooler simply because unless you plan to overclock, it'd still cool your processor enough. Definitely not to the point of the TRUE or even Dark Knight (which can't fit anyways), but your processor shouldn't burn up.

Also, I added in three 80mm Panaflos that I think balance noise and air flow well to be added to the two optional fan slots as well as replace the stock Silverstone 80mm fan. The PCI fan is to improve airflow, hopefully. The power supply also follows this mindset: modular to improve airflow.

I used this case for my girlfriend in her mATX e6400-based build with a fanless 8500GT, and even under an hour of the Intel Burn Test everything is still under tolerable temperatures.

Anyways, this is just my take on the case. If you're still worried about heat, consider downgrading to a lower TDP processor? I think your graphics card is fine, in all honesty; it's just your processor you need to worry about.

Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/12/10 at 5:45pm
post #6 of 28
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Hahaha, are you reading my mind? I really wanted to make a toaster, but i was worried the the Phenom II and the 5870 would create alot of heat...
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post #7 of 28
Try this for a HDD. 1.5 TB Samsung Ecogreen for $99.99 shipped.
Cheaper and better than the 1TB WD 7200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-NA-_-NA-_-NA
w/ promo code: EMCLMMN53

I would throw the Antec 900 out and put a coolmaster 690 or the new 690II if you can afford it. They had the 690 II today on amazon for 90 shipped while its at 100+shipping on newegg.
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post #8 of 28
Are you going to splash out on WC or use some air aftermarket coolers? As you'll need some aftermarket stuff if you plan to overclock/it's within your budget so worth it.

I'd personally choose a gigabyte 790FXT, but with your budget maybe a Crosshair III or Rampage could be a good investment.
post #9 of 28
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Thank you so much for your input, i will upgrade to the 1.5tb hd because it is the same price with the promo code as the 1tb

As for the case im personaly thinking of the Antec Mini P180 because its ia microatx (size matters in a dorm). however that throws my full ATX board out the door... also there is the cooling issue again bc of the hot running parts.

Ether way im going with a single video card solution so i dont mind. any advice on a good microatx am3 ddr3 mo-board with pci-16 2.0, i found some but idk about the new boards (still using an old am2 asus board)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129041
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post #10 of 28
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fassasome to answer your question about cooling...

i would like to go with wc however the price and maintance can be abit much when college bills are around the cornor, so that said ill use a master cooler fan and heat sink i already own for an am2/am3 (from the 6000+ build)
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