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    Default Dinky's Custom Build

    I'm looking at building a new PC for gaming!

    Here is what I am thinking for now:
    AMD Bulldozer FX-8130 CPU. It's not out yet, but it should be within the next 2 months. It looks like this particular beast is going to be retailed around $200 to $300 US. If it gets delayed then I will go with the i5-2400 Sandy Bridge.

    Ram and Motherboard are going to have to wait until we see just what works best with the Bulldozer CPU.

    Got a couple power supplies lined up, a Corsair from John Wayne for $60. If it's not in good condition I'll beat him up and get a Cooler Master SPG.

    And for the chassis, cyber linked me to this one. Looks good, good price, good size.

    My graphics card is going to be the Radeon HD 5850.

    So, most of what I have lined up has been what people have already sent me. I'm pretty comfortable with the actual building process, I just don't know much about the components themselves.

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    for a case. I also recommend this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...er%20haf%20922

    i have this case. badass case. shankers has the full tower ver of this and he loves it as well. BEWARE. its a massive case. so much room to work around with and even behind the motherboard tray.

    ram. ehh you can go with any ram you want really as long as its ddr3. I'd go with the 1333mhz so that you don't have to do any of the tweaking to hit anything higher than 1333mhz

    as for the motherboard. as long as the socket is AM3+ then you're good.

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    I've got a couple Hard Drives here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148725
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148727

    I obviously like the 1TB better, since higher performance is better than more space for a gaming tower. But the reviews for the larger one say it holds its own as far as performance goes. Maybe I want to get both and use the larger one as storage and auto-backup, since Internals are generally cheaper than externals of the same size. Thoughts or opinions?

    EDIT: I would probably get the larger Cooler Master chassis if I bought 2 drives, just because I know it has a lot more space.
    Last edited by Dinky; 05-11-2011 at 08:15 PM. Reason: Afterthought

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    I prefer cases with large side and top fans. They allow for better airflow. I'm looking to get a new case too, the one I've got now is kind of small for everything I have inside it. Here it is if you want more cases to consider:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133074

    I'll post some pics later of the PSU later. It was working fine when I took it out, but if you have a problem with it just send it back to me, and I'll send you the money back.

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    I was actually looking at that case when cyber showed me the other Thermaltake.

    The huge glaring issue with that one is that the fans are not quiet at all, easily warp, expensive to replace, and don't circulate very well at all. It seems everyone who gave feedback on it had a problem with air flow and the fans.

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    I've had the case since January of last year and have had no problems with fans or cooling. My other roommate has had the same case for about two years now, and he had a problem with the side fan rubbing against the case, but that was because the side panel was bent during shipping. Other than that, neither of us have had any problems. I can't imagine why people say the fans warp. The internal temperature of the case would have to be pretty damn high to make them severely warp. The fans in my case are not even that loud, I'd say they're below average and the cooling is fine. The major problems with this case are that its not very sturdy, and the clip-on connectors for your graphics card and drives are kind of shitty. Cable management is kind of poor too (which might be why some people complain about the fans rubbing). At $90, I would much rather go with the Coolermaster case that Cyanide posted. It's large, has good cooling, and Coolermaster has been known for making good cases. If I save up enough money I might buy the case he posted or this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119194
    Last edited by John Wayne; 05-14-2011 at 05:09 PM.

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    The sticker under the plug of PSU has a corner that doesn't stick (it shipped like that). You can see it in the top right corner of the sticker on the first picture. A small dab of glue would hold it down. Also the fan cover doesn't match what's on newegg. I think the one I have is a slightly older model. The model on newegg has indentations for the screws of the fan cover:



    and here's the box:


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    I've sent you a PM about the PSU, check yo messages.

    Also, the Bulldozer series comes out June 7th, so I will let you know how it goes

    Until then, I am going to order the case, hard drive(s), ram and monitor (I got a local place that sells what I suspect are stolen monitors). Let you know how it goes.

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    Not a bad set-up. I would recommend a full tower just because I have large hands and get the shit torn out of them lol

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    You have dainty little lady hands. Don't you lie.

    But yeah, I was checking out the 932, but surrounding space was becoming an issue. My desk isn't all that tall, and I would like some extra height to prop it up off the floor. Plus it can't really go on top of my desk because of my aquarium and my girlfriend's monitor.

    This looks like one of the larger mid towers so I shouldn't have too much of a problem.

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    yeah - I would recommend a full tower also -- with these hot ass gpu's lately, getting nice positive airflow in the small towers is hard!

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    Well now, two against one. What would you recommend then in a full tower? Like I said, I checked out the CM HAF 932. Good reviews for air flow, only like 20 square inches larger than the 922, and it looks hella sexy in blue. Any suggestions?

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    The CM HAF 932 is a good case. I personally use the Antec 1200 ( Click Here for the Version 3). Just look for good reviews and read some of the not so good reviews and see why.
    | ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Mobo |
    | AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban @ 2.8 Ghz |
    | SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB (2x) |
    | 12 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1333 |
    | 1 TB WD Caviar Black 7,2000 RPM HDD |
    | CORSAIR 750TX 750W SLI/CrossFire Ready PSU |
    | Antec 1200 Full Tower Case |
    | 22" Acer X223w (2x) |

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    nice system so far man, I kind of like how AMD is sticking to socket AM3, don't have to upgrade every time new CPU comes out. I noticed somebody suggested the Thermaltake V9 BlacX, my girlfriend lizbone1 actually just replaced her Antec 900 with this case and it is pretty cool. She has a 5870 with a quad amd in it and the temperatures idle around 20 with her zalman 9700. It has 2 top slots for sata hard drives and ssd's which I thought is kind of cool, but who likes hard drives sticking out of the top of their case lol. Good luck with the build I would suggest a better video card if you plan on going with bulldozer as I believe you will be severely bottlenecked by the video card. Something like a gtx 560/570 or maybe a 6870/6970. Anyways I like the pic's keep 'em coming, looks great so far!

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    AMD says the Bulldozer will be backwards compatible with any AM3 mobo, so I was going to grab one Crossfire ready and add another 5850 if one isn't cutting it. When I get back on my laptop I can try and recover my project notepad and see which one I was looking at. Or maybe a 6870, if I find a good deal on newegg.


 

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