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#1 CalusBlade

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:17 PM

I made this post a while back but forgot to save it. Can you guys give me a list of brand names that are really good for custom building? This is for future reference for upgrading and buying computers in the future.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:36 PM

It depends on the component.

Motherboard: Asus or Gigabyte, if you're on a budget, ASRock can be decent.
GPU: Most are identical, especially if they are reference designs. For AMD cards, XFX, HIS, or Asus. For Nvidia, EVGA or Galaxy.
PSU: PC Power, Sparkle Computer, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX, or Enermax.
RAM: Get whatever is cheapest and compatible, I usually advise against tall heatsinks. If the RAM can hold up under a memory diagnostic for eight hours, it will most likely never fail.
SSD: I usually get Intel, but Samsung and Corsair are good.
Case: It is mostly a style thing, but, past that, most aluminum cases are of higher quality and I like Silverstone and Lian Li cases.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:56 PM

What about CPU and also do all brand new computers run super cool? and after a week or 2 they start running at normal temperatures?

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:20 AM

For motherboards, I like ASUS or Gigabyte,
For video cards, AMD chipsets I prefer Saphire or ASUS, NVIDIA EVGA or PNY,
PSU I usually use Coolermaster, Antec, or OCZ supplies,
HD drives, if you can afford a good SSD Corsair or intel, if you cant, Western Digital,
CPUs, I prefer AMD because of the cost to performance ration, intels while being good CPUs are far overpriced for what you actually get.
Case, theres a lot of personal preference, but you want one that is solid and supplies good airflow, the ones I use the most are coolermasters

How cool the computer runs depends on how its built, and the case, cooling, airflow etc. A good case will have solid airflow moving from the front/bottom of the case to the rear/top of the case, preferably with at least two fans-I prefer 120mm fans. If you go aftermarket CPU cooling, I tend to like Coolermaster and Zalman CPU coolers, but make sure you case has enough room for a aftermarket cooler if you do.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:54 AM

Motherboards: Asus
Graphics: XFX, Sapphire, EVGA
PSU: XFX, Seasonic
HDD: Western Digital, Hitachi,
SSD: Crucial, Intel, Samsung (They maybe more expensive than brands such as OCZ, but its worth it)
CPU: I've had both AMD and Intel systems and i find Intel the better of the two
Case: Coolermaster, Antec - for price vs airflow/quality




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