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Old 10-10-2009, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

This is a continuation of an older post
Cheap Gaming Computer Build?
I wanted to build my first Gaming desktop for around $700 and asked for suggestions. based on what i learned, i realized that i needed to do more research and so i spent the last week looking at different builds and parts. this is what i came up with on newegg

Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM $79.99
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $30.99
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.99
Newegg.com - Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $79.99
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $144.99
Newegg.com - XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $79.99
Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail $169.99
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail $71.99
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Desktop Memory

So I just wanted to make sure that this build would work
i am also looking for any alternatives that might make this build more awesome but keep the price the same
i especially want to keep the Phenom II processor (need phenom II and quad core for future upgrades), the Video Card (saw that it was 16th on graphic performance list) and the 1 TB hard drive (have lots of crap)
anything else is just chosen because it looks/sounds good and has free shipping
any and all ideas are welcome

Thanks for your help
Vrman
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hec X-power pro is cr@p

I'd say go with
Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $49.99

but I don't want to get yelled at,

"are you insane?! that's not enough power!! you noob "

so maybe this one
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply $69.99 -$25.00 rebate - $10 promo
10% off w/ promo code cz10, ends 10/18
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hey Fat.Clown
thanks for the reply
how do you know that hec x-power pro is cr@p?
newegg gave it 4 eggs and thats a good review.
can you give me some more info?
thanks
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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generally hec's PSU aren't so great, from reviews I've read in the past
and noted in this sticky http://www.techist.com/forums/f76/re...-guide-137927/ under "brands to avoid list"

maybe they have improved, but I don't know, and I don't want to spend the money to find out
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cool so i checked out the psus based on fat.clown's suggestions and decided to change from the hec to a safe and secure ocz
this is probably going to be my final build and i plan to buy it on mon.
if anyone can find any better parts or combos then i am all ears
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one thing, the optical drive ( dvd ) you chose is an IDE drive

those are ones with big fat cables, you should change that to a SATA one

easier for cable management

(costs the same, so why not?)

and you sure you want a 5900 RPM drive and not a 7200 RPM one?
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Old 10-11-2009, 01:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow muffin man's combo deals looks to be an even more awesome build than mine
thanks a lot for finding such a great mix. i haven't even been looking into the combos.
all the parts are looking awesome and i was even able to upgrade to am3 without paying over for DDR3 memory that the other mobos require. also love the graphics upgrade. can't go wrong with 4870 --> 4890

my only concern is the PSU. one of my friends already suggested that FSP Epsilon PSU is crap
i googled FSP Epsilon and saw a lot of post about any FSP Epsilon over 500W being a waste
So this is this PSU an FSP epsilon. and if so is it still safe

also its 500W. will it still support the new build that muffin man posted?

edit:
found a good psu & case combo for about 40 buck more
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

more power = safer power (in my opinion) so this should be helpful and antec earthwatts is supposed to be one of the more reliable brands
only problem is that the case has no external 3.5" drive bays
but that is only useful for floppy drive rite? since i don't use floppys then there should be no problem rite?

will prbly get the combo build with this PSU tonite
any other ideas or suggestions or warnings are welcome before i commit
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yep, that combo has some good picks also.
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