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Case: SilverStone FT02
CPU: AMD Phenomâ„¢II X4 970 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
Cooling Fan: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD EVO AMD 870 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3 ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Kingston HyperX)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe
Power Supply: 1,000 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus P
Hard Drive: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

This is mostly for gaming.. the 970 BE was barely an FPS off when compared to the hex cores.. so I'm sticking with this.

I know the CoolerMaster is OVERKILL.. but for the deal, it can hang out in my box all day long.

I am starting to like the way the Silver Stone is setup, but the way my desk is configured it will sit on the left side so this way I can have the window facing the room. Maybe I'll throw in a neon light or two I've got laying around for show.

The one thing I'm worried about is.. I'm selling my old sig rig and will format the HD.. can I use the copy of Windows 7 on this new build.. or will I need to purchase another.

It's been a LONG time since I've paid attention to what's going on in the computer world, so this was put together with only a few hours or comparing parts.

What do you think?
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post #2 of 17
Bold the categories and shorten the names; anything beyond "chipset" in the mobo description is just clutter.

I can't really speak for AMD parts, not my area of expertise.

Get rid of the V8, go for the NH-D14, or the like; it was a nifty looking cooler, but now it's just a waste.

The PSU, as you said, is definitely overkill. I haven't heard the CM PSU's held in high regard, you might want to check with Phaedrus on the quality of the unit. You can save yourself a good chunk of change by dropping to a lower wattage.

Which HDD are you buying? The 1TB Spinpoint F3 is highly regarded round these parts. Fit in an SSD into that build if you can; worlds of difference in general use.

If that copy of W7 was OEM, you might have some troubles. If it was retail, you'll be aight.
post #3 of 17
I would go Sandy Bridge with that budget. 2500k build should come to a similar price point, and if this is a gaming build, considering you're going "green" you might want to consider SLI capability. I'm not familiar with the SLI hack on AMD motherboards, but an Intel build will be easier if you're sold on the GTX570.

If you stick with AMD, then the 970 is a waste. the 955/965 are significantly cheaper, are C3 stepping and will hit about the same speeds. And if doing so, consider purchasing a 6950/6970 instead, so crossfire is an easy upgrade option down the line.

CPU cooler is meh these days, especially for the price, and its pretty ugly. If it's a bargain/combo, then yeah, it'll cover all ur needs.

PSU is WAY overkill.

Gskill 1600 CL7 RAM is on sale @ newegg today, 2x2gb for $50 (though it might not be SB compatible).

2nd the Samsung F3 1tb notion - wonderful HDD's. Very fast.

It's not a BAD build, by any means, but could definitely be improved.
Edited by willibj - 3/10/11 at 11:26pm
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post #4 of 17
Not bad at all. You have good taste in cases, I guarantee you will love the FT02.

A couple suggestions:

You can do a lot better than the CM V8 for a heatsink. For about the same price, look into a Corsair H50, or Promlimatech Megahalems, or anything by Noctua.

You are right that the CM PSU is wicked overkill. If you want to stick with 80 Gold PSUs, I highly recommend the Seasonic X-650. Or anything in the 600-700 watt range from Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, or Enermax.

And if you can afford it, go with 2x4 GB instead of 2x2 GB for your ram. 4 GB is adequate but its shrinking more and more everyday. G.Skill Ripjaws are my brand of choice for RAM.

Good luck with your build!
post #5 of 17
Why get that PSU again? It is more than twice what you need...


A X4 955 is much cheaper as well.

Get a SSD and a cheaper HDD.


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4 GB is adequate but its shrinking more and more everyday.
No, it's not.... not in 5+ years and going.
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I would trade the power supply for a better processor. AMD's X6's are pretty awesome from most benchmarks I have seen, compared to the X4's. Those extra two cores will probably make a big difference from every day use, and will likely help future-proof you a bit more from a gaming standpoint as they begin to take advantage of multi-threading.
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Yeah take an X6 Phenom or make it a Sandy Bridge build instead I'd say too.
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I'm happy to do a Sandy Bridge.. but having a hard time finding a mobo on Newegg.
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Originally Posted by jhaze84 View Post
And if you can afford it, go with 2x4 GB instead of 2x2 GB for your ram. 4 GB is adequate but its shrinking more and more everyday.
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No, it's not.... not in 5+ years and going.
Hmmmm ... I'm gonna start calling this out.

YES, IT IS!! lol. I just did a build for a mate with 2x4gb 1333 CL9.

The difference is astonishing, even though my 2x2gb is technically 1600 CL7 (IMC won't handle it now).

I'm going to conclusively state that I WISH for 8gb of RAM every time I use my PC now.

4gb can R.I.P.

8gb is now the official standard for me.

Load up on tabs in a browser, with a media player in the b/g, antivirus kicks in and transferring files/downloading, my PC craps it, purely for the RAM.

If you're building anew, go with 8gb.
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You could build a much faster Sandy Bridge rig for that price. Phenom II architecture is practically outdated now in 2011.

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