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#1 gostumpy

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 01:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week if bank comes through, failing that, Christmas time with gift-cards :thumbsup:

Budget Range: $400 or less after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online Poker multi-tabling, with a database program running... encoding / burning video... watching movies while playing poker...

Parts Not Required: Monitors, keyboard, mouse, hard-drive (have 1tb WD Green), Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Dual Monitors 1440x900 on each preferably

This is what I came up with, please don't hesitate to recommend something different! (Intel based maybe?)
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Case: Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio $60

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *2 Year Warranty* $40

Motherboard: ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 SB710 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI IDE 6SATA Sound GBLAN Motherboard $68

Processor: AMD Athlon II x4 635 Quad Core Processor AM3 2.9GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box C3 Stepping $112

Ram: OCZ OCZ3G1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 9-9-9-20 Dual Channel Memory Kit $65

Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 4650 600MHZ 1GB 1GHZ DDR2 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP TV Out Video Card $60

DVD Burner: Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM $25

Total $430 CDN (Prices are after rebate)
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Thanks for any help!
Tyler

Edited by gostumpy, 25 October 2010 - 08:56 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2010 - 03:54 PM

Power supply: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54842&vpn=CMPSU-430CX&manufacture=Corsair

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:30 PM

Thanks for the tip!

Any particular reason? Better PSU in your experience? $5 less I noticed, and a lot of wattage less, so I'm assuming its a higher quality lower wattage unit.

I was browsing NCIX and found a Tower/PSU combo that has a 480w PSU included... I know it won't be near the quality but should be good enough for a budget build, right? Buying that combo saves me $43 which I put towards a quad-core processor... Good trade-off?

I also notice my Graphics card is a low power consumption model, and I have a WD Green 1tb HDD which is also low power consumtion.

Anything else ?

Edited by gostumpy, 24 October 2010 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:20 AM

Corsair makes pretty good power supply according to others who has used it. Can you please send me the combo deal and i will have a look at it. In my opinion i think the other parts should be fine.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:57 AM

Corsair makes pretty good power supply according to others who has used it. Can you please send me the combo deal and i will have a look at it. In my opinion i think the other parts should be fine.


Updated the original post to include it:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=14109&vpn=CS-51WBK&manufacture=Logisys%20Computer


Not great for sure, but aesthetically the case is nice, and the PSU will *work*, just not forever? lol

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 01:20 AM


Corsair makes pretty good power supply according to others who has used it. Can you please send me the combo deal and i will have a look at it. In my opinion i think the other parts should be fine.


Updated the original post to include it:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=14109&vpn=CS-51WBK&manufacture=Logisys%20Computer


Not great for sure, but aesthetically the case is nice, and the PSU will *work*, just not forever? lol

I found a few sites about the power supply and it is pretty much a random brand. This person bought it and the later the power supply died out.
http://forums.ncix.com/forums/index.php?mode=showthread&msg_id=1293354&threadid=1293354&forum=100&product_id=14109&msgcount=2&overclockid=0#msg1293354
Scroll down to the last comment.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 09:11 AM

Thank you very much for the input. It has seemed to be a general consensus that buying the PSU/Case combo with no-name PSU is a baad idea, and not a great place to skimp... Why skimp! I've been swayed to agree completely :thumbsup:


Case: Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio $60

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *2 Year Warranty* $40

That's what I've chosen so far, thank you again for the recommendation for the Power Supply.

What do you think of the Video Card? It is the most inexpensive dual-monitor capable one I found..

(Again, I updated the original post to include new parts)

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 03:37 PM

The video card should be fine for what you are going to do.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 10:40 PM

One more thing, I'm pondering how many case fans to buy at the same time... I realized I do plan to overclock slightly (very slightly at first) but either way, a cool case is a happy case, especially because I dont have A/C in my computer room in the summer, and ambient temps indoors reach 32C+...

Case diagram:

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How many fans should I get?

2 x 120mm top fans

120mm rear fan

120mm front fan

2 x 120mm side fans



That's 6 fans, overkill? How about a 4-pack of fans? I don't see anything like that on NCIX........

Thanks!

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:25 AM

I'm pretty sure that they already give you a rear fan. But you should get a front fan to it can take in air. You can place a bottom fan which will cool down the graphics card. Are you gonna overclock your processor or graphics card?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 October 2010 - 08:38 AM

Processor.

I suppose the top fans aren't needed (yet) since the PSU is on the bottom the rear fan is essentially a top fan... Good call.

I'll just get a fan for the front for now, maybe more later down the road :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 03:32 PM

Processor.

I suppose the top fans aren't needed (yet) since the PSU is on the bottom the rear fan is essentially a top fan... Good call.

I'll just get a fan for the front for now, maybe more later down the road :thumbsup:

Do you still plan to overclock it?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 October 2010 - 11:06 PM

Yes I do.

Perhaps while I'm building I should get an aftermarket cooler? Or is 3.2GHZ pretty easy on stock HSF?

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:07 AM

Yes I do.

Perhaps while I'm building I should get an aftermarket cooler? Or is 3.2GHZ pretty easy on stock HSF?

I haven't overclocked before and my Pentium 4 is 3.20GHZ(not overclocked). If you do successfully overclock it, you should definitely get a aftermarket cooler like this one. Read the positive comments!

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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