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post #11 of 25
Well he told me via steam he is NOT going to be overclocking it..
So the i3 is out,, and the 560 BE is out. ( involves unlocking , and crossing fingers )
He wants out of the box works, and on the low low in price. The Microcenter AMD bundle on the x4 640 is PERFECT..
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Good choices for the most part. Most people would not want a recertified HDD but since it is strictly for games, will probably be okay. Just keep backups of your game profiles.

That graphics card should not disappoint.

Review comparing Athlon II X4 640 versus Core i3 530

Note that the Core i3 was a touch faster in games even though it was a slightly lower MHz and merely a dual core compared to the Athlon II. The Core i3 550 would be even faster, plus Core i3 chips will probably hit higher overclocks and use less power. Their TDP is 73W versus 95W of the Athlon II, plus some of that 73W is the graphics core which will remain unused.

On the flip side, no denying that the Micro Center bundle is very inexpensive. Here are a couple suggestions:

Consider the Asus M4N68T-M V2 instead of the M4A78LT-M LE. The reasons are that it supports core unlocking and 125W CPUs. The M4A78LT-M LE only supports 95W CPUs, meaning the CPU VRMs aren't as robust. It also costs $10 less.

Now, core unlocking doesn't do anything with your Athlon II choice, but for $4 more you can get a Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition. Black Edition means multiplier unlocked, plus it is a dual core that can be unlocked up to 4 cores. Note that this is luck of the draw - some have had great success while others have not. Even if it doesn't unlock, it has 6MB L3 cache plus 300MHz higher than the Athlon II. Additionally as a dual core it has a TDP of 80W (note this goes up when you unlock cores).
excellent advice, much appreciated. the system is built and up and running! i am stoked to see how it handles bc2.

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Well he told me via steam he is NOT going to be overclocking it..
So the i3 is out,, and the 560 BE is out. ( involves unlocking , and crossing fingers )
He wants out of the box works, and on the low low in price. The Microcenter AMD bundle on the x4 640 is PERFECT..
thanks again for the help matt, i am loving the build!
post #13 of 25
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these aren't the best pics, and i am sure my cable management could be slightly better. the psu completely dominates the top of the case. there isn't really any place to put all the excess cables other than where i have them. i am really digging the size of the case.



post #14 of 25
I was just going to inquire about pictures, too

Looks good, I hope you enjoy it
    
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I was just going to inquire about pictures, too

Looks good, I hope you enjoy it
thanks, i am enjoying it quite a bit.

i've only played bc2 for about 45 minutes, but everything runs smooth from what i can tell. i have all the detail settings maxed out, aa off, af off, and hbao off. i will be experimenting with turning up the eye candy over the next few days. this msi gtx 560 runs really quiet compared to my gtx 580.
post #16 of 25
Given your setup and resolution, you should be able to run the game @ high settings with 2-4x AA/AF and HBAO enabled, I would think. You'll see gains from overclocking the graphics card, too.

And yes, the Twin Frozr II design is awesome.
    
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Nice build. Hope you enjoy it!
You can probably use some twist ties and clean up the psu wires a little bit if you wanted.
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Given your setup and resolution, you should be able to run the game @ high settings with 2-4x AA/AF and HBAO enabled, I would think. You'll see gains from overclocking the graphics card, too.

And yes, the Twin Frozr II design is awesome.
the default video settings in bc2 had pretty much what you said. 4x aa and 2x af as well as detail levels maxed out.

unfortunately, i do not plan on overclocking this system. i want default settings 24/7 for this build.

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Nice build. Hope you enjoy it!
You can probably use some twist ties and clean up the psu wires a little bit if you wanted.
will do, the psu came with several zip ties. i am going to attempt to clean up the psu cables some, but it will be in a few days after i test everything out. i'd hate to zip tie everything in place just to have to undo it for some reason later on.

i've also thought about adding at least one case fan. i don't really have any way to monitor temps in the case (at least not for the cpu since it was unlocked), and i don't think the 560 is going to get too hot any time soon. the back of the case has a 120mm fan blowing air out of the case. there are two 120mm slots on the side panel, and a 120mm slot in the bottom front of the case. i was thinking a single 120mm fan in the bottom front, blowing air into the case might do some good. or possibly one fan on the side panel blowing on to the cpu. i mean, since the system will be running stock clocks 24/7, i'm not even sure i need the extra cooling.
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took about an hour last night and did some cable management with the zip ties that came with my psu. personally, i think it looks pro. i tried multiple arrangements, and this one came up looking the best. feel free to critique. i tried bundling the cables that are showing under the video card, but doing so crimped the gray cables further down the line, making it look weird. so i left them alone. i also couldn't get the mobo power cables to run behind the hd because of the tight fit.

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