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post #21 of 33
Seasonic for the PSU, and I've had no problems with my Coolermaster PSU ever.

Try not to skimp on the cpu cooler, although I can't help much as I don't know anything about AMD so don't know what cools the chips better that side.

I'd say go with a HD5850 or HD5870 too, for reasons already mentioned
post #22 of 33
Everyone has been giving great advice so far, unlike other times when a few knuckle heads come in and just blow smoke out of their bum.

OP: If you can't find the Mugen 2 under that name, a new Revision B came out that goes under the name of "Scythe SCMG-2100".

If you still can't find it, the Xigmatek Dark Knight is almost as good as the Mugen 2 and a little bit better than the CM 212 Plus.
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Great feedback guys, and you're starting to sway me to upgrade my case too!! I just need to decide which one I prefer the look of. I'll take a look on newegg.

LAF - thanks mate. I'll go for the 500GB if thats going to be faster. I shouldn't need the space. Unless games have gotten huge the 3 years I haven't played them

The ATI is definitely in now, but I'll ask questions about drivers etc in a different thread.

And whats the deal with cables. Do I need a HDMI or DVI to connect the monitor?

Oh and what do we think about this monitor?

Cheers.
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I've always heard awesome things about Samsung monitors, so you should be right with it
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post #25 of 33
A DVI cable is probably bundled with the display, if not, anywhere will stock them.
And it is hard to recommend a CM Psu, because there are so many poor ones and so few good ones now. Yes there are some good ones, but you have to pick very carefully to avoid the terrible ones.
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post #26 of 33
If you thought Antec 300 was nice, you'll love the CM 690 II.
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post #27 of 33
Love my samsung monitor, had it more than a year and a half and I haven't got a dead pixel, which is unusal for me

And I'd say go with the 500Gb too, if you need the extra space later, you could always just add another

Teh monitor should come with a cable to connect up with, check the description
post #28 of 33
There's no real reason to upgrade the case, unless you want the bells and whistles of something as simple as a window and some red LEDs (CM Storm Scout) or something you could put a Mini Cooper in (anything by Lian Li). The Antec 300 is a fine case -- I built my first PC in a little while in it myself, and with a VenomousX cooler and adding the front fans, I was able to keep my temps in check and get myself a nice solid overclock.

In terms of the Video Card market, the 5850 cards are performing quite well. The 5830 is essentially the middle of the 5770 and 5850; the only real differences are that the 5830 goes down to a 128 bit memory bus, and has ~1100 shaders (5850 is around 1400, 5770 is around 800). The 5850 is pretty much the sweet spot for Radeon at the moment - 256 bit 1gb DDR5, DirectX11, supports 3-way Eyefinity, etc.

In terms of needing cables for OEM drives, a regular SATA cable is all you'll need (as the PSU will provide the power cord).

In terms of the CPU cooling, while an aftermarket cooler is a fine investment, you dont have to go nuts with it if you're not overclocking. I saw someone suggested the TRUE (Thermalright Ultra Rev C) cooler; I prefer the Thermalright VenomousX of the two, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to get for a comparable price. There was a suggestion of a Corsair H50 - literally a self-contained water loop, just about as easy to install (some would say easier) than some air coolers.

Finally, in terms of the actual power supply, this is one of the few areas you really should never be thrifty. Saving $20-$30 on a power supply is great - until it blows up and takes out some random parts with it. Antec is a step up from where you were; I personally use Corsair and have never had issues with any of the ones I've owned.

Good luck! Let us know how it turns out and when you're done, be sure to fill out your system specs in your signature so we can see what you went with
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post #29 of 33
Most motherboards come with 1 or 2 sata cables bundled, so you should be OK for a single HDD and single optical build right there. But you may want to buy new ones anyway, if the bundled ones are not the right length or colour for your build (if you're that picky )
    
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post #30 of 33
I always see people new to building skimp on cases and psu's. Anyone who has built multiple systems will tell you why it is smart to invest heavily in these 2 parts. I'll just list my 2 primary reasons:

1) will keep temps down (PSU with efficiency & Case with Air flow). My 80+ Gold PSU rarely even kicks in the fan. So not only is it quiet, it generates virtually NO heat. And due to the high efficiency rating, I actually save money on my electric bill.

2) Most importantly, these 2 parts will be viable for multiple builds. So even though it seems like a big up front investment, it will actually save you money in the long run because a GOOD PSU and case will last you 2+ builds. When was the last time the ATX form factor changed? My modular PSU has more than enough cable options for me to last atlest 2 more builds.

Just food for thought. But this is a nice thread with great advice.

Also, when considering your vid card, factor in the resolution at which you will play your games. I use a LCD tv as my computer monitor, so the 4850 is plenty for me to max out settings at the low native resolution. When buying a monitor, you have to consider the native resolution as the resolution at which you will play your games. So if you are running higher resolution like 2560x1600, you may will need to beef up your card more than say if you were running at 1440 or 1366 horizontal lines. But the monitors you are looking at, i'd go with the 5850. It's by far the best bang for the buck at the midrange level. It's what I would get if i was trying to run 1920x1280.

Good luck. I'm sure you will be back when you are ready to overclock.
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