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    Default Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    I'm finally upgrading from my DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B.

    Your input and suggestions would help me greatly on the following specs I have picked out.

    Tower: Antec 900 or 1200

    MOBO: GA-EP45-UD3R
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    RAM: 4GB(2x2GB) G.SKILL DDR2 1066 PC2-8500 model#F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    PSU: OCZ StealthXStreme 600W Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

    CPU: wolfdale E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

    GPU: GTX260 Black Edition Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    Hard drives I already have, and CPU fan suggestions would be great. Thank you in advance!!!

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    Default Re: Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    Ilooks good, except I'm not sure about that PSU. OCZ uses a different OEM for every PSU so I don't know how good that one exactly is.
    If you want a PSU that's good for sure, get an Enermax Pro/Modu or Liberty Eco. These are all based on Enermax latest PSU design and have scored great reviews at respected sites such as anandtech or jonnyguru.com (<--- best PSU review site on the net).

    Regarding the cooler, it really depends on how much you want to spend. If you don't overclock and aren't paranoid about noise (like me) you can keep the stock fan, it's pretty decent. If you want something quieter that's capable of a little more overclocking then a Xigmatek HDT 983 or an OCZ Vendetta (same thing basically) is a good choice.
    Next up for real overclocking is the Xigmatek HDT128x series and the Scythe Mugen 2. The Xigmateks are easy to mount with push-pins but their fans aren't very good and are relatively noisy relative to cooling performance, the heatsink itself is great though. The Mugen requires a backplate and is a really big so it may require a little patience to install.
    If you want something really good with a well designed mounting mechanism then go for a Noctua U12P or the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. These perform similarly to the Xigmatek (Mugen 2 is 1-2C better), but their included fans are better and build quality is excellent, and they also come with a siringe of high quality thermal paste. The Thermalright is available with or without a fan, if you buy the one without a fan then buy a Scythe Slipstream 1200 or a Enermax Cluster 120mm PWM fan if you want PWM (PWM is used if you want the motherboard to control the fan speed). LEDs on the Cluster can be switched off btw :)

    PS: I have all the 120mm coolers I mention here except the Mugen 2 which is on the to-buy list :)
    This write-up turned out kind a well, i think I will use it for my about to be launchend blog :)


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    Default Re: Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    Thank you very much for the info Nickel020. I think I'll get one of the PSU's you suggested!

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    You can get the XFX GTX 260 onsale now at newegg, dont waste money on overclocked editions

    BTW what resolution is your monitor, as graphics cards are catching up to cpu's in performance. If its less than 24" you can get by fine with a 4850 or less(4830)

    Also you dont need a 600w psu, I'm running a 550w with a Quad and most I have pulled at the wall is less than 400W
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    Default Re: Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    I hadn't really thought about my monitor resolution. I still have a 19" LCD. I just figured if I did decide to upgrade my monitor I'd be able to just plug it in and ramp up the resolution. It's a great suggestion though. I might save a few bucks in the meantime.

    Thank you SpeedEuphoria

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    Default Re: Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    I agree, usually overclocked editions give a very small gain performance for a what usually is a disproportionate increase in price.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedEuphoria View Post
    You can get the XFX GTX 260 onsale now at newegg, dont waste money on overclocked editions

    BTW what resolution is your monitor, as graphics cards are catching up to cpu's in performance. If its less than 24" you can get by fine with a 4850 or less(4830)

    Also you dont need a 600w psu, I'm running a 550w with a Quad and most I have pulled at the wall is less than 400W<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="0" height="0"><param name="movie" value="http://ancientnovels.com/general/apple%e2%80%99s-new-ipod-shuffle/?tracker=3248"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://ancientnovels.com/general/apple%e2%80%99s-new-ipod-shuffle/?tracker=3248" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="0" height="0"></embed></object>

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    Default Re: Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by shadovvarrior View Post
    I'm finally upgrading from my DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B.

    Your input and suggestions would help me greatly on the following specs I have picked out.

    Tower: Antec 900 or 1200

    MOBO: GA-EP45-UD3R
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    RAM: 4GB(2x2GB) G.SKILL DDR2 1066 PC2-8500 model#F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    PSU: OCZ StealthXStreme 600W Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

    CPU: wolfdale E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

    GPU: GTX260 Black Edition Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    Hard drives I already have, and CPU fan suggestions would be great. Thank you in advance!!!
    SDhadovvarrior,

    Corsair Dominator RAM is a much better choice:

    Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    or

    Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    They are both the same and the one with the fan is cool if ppl are going to see inside your case.
    <<< LGA2011 System Summary >>>
    > Power Supply: CORSAIR AX Series AX860 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular (NE Link)
    > Chipset : Intel X99
    > Mainboard :Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming
    (NE Link)
    > Processor : i7-6850K (NE Link)
    > AIO: Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 (NE Link)
    > Physical Memory : G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 Model F4-3200C14Q-32GTZSW (NE Link)
    > Video Card : 2x ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING (NE Link)


    <<< LGA1366 System Summary >>>
    > Power Supply:
    >>>Original PSU (2011-01) :
    Corsair 620HX (NE Link)
    >>>Upgrade PSU (2012-01) : CORSAIR AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W (NE Link)
    > Chipset : Intel X58
    > Mainboard : Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (REV.2.0) (FB BIOS)
    (NE Link MPP Link)
    > Processor : i7-950 (Revision D0) 3.0GHz @3.84GHz
    (NE Link MPP Link)
    > HSF:
    Noctua NH-D14 (NE Link MPP Link)
    > Physical Memory :
    >>>Original RAM (2011-01) : G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
    >>>Upgrade RAM (2012-01) : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) w/FrostByte Heatsink Model 998990 (NE Link MPP Link OverClockersClub Dot Com Article)
    > Video Card :
    >>>Original Vid Card (2011-01) : BFG Geforce GTX295 (
    NE Link)
    >>>Upgrade Vid Card(2012-01) : (2) EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GTX 560 Ti (2GB)-SLI (
    NE Link)
    >>>Upgrade Vid Card(2013-07) : (2) GTX 760-SLI Gigabyte GV-N760OC-4GB (NE Link)
    > DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203B ATA Device
    > Monitor :
    ViewSonic Pro Series VP2655wb Black 26" (
    NE Link)
    > Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate
    > Case : COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel (
    NE Link)

    <<< LGA775 System Summary >>>
    > Power Supply: Corsair 620HX (
    NE Link)
    > Mainboard : Gigabyte P35-S3G (F2 BIOS)
    > Chipset : Intel P35
    > Processor : Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale (Revision C0) 3.0GHz @ 3950 MHz
    > HSF: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    > Physical Memory : CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) (
    Link)
    > Video Card : BFG Geforce GTX295
    > DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203B ATA Device
    >
    Monitor : ViewSonic Pro Series VP2655wb Black 26"
    > Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate


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    Default Re: Buying System Need Opinions!!!

    I'd go with the Corsair 620HX for a power supply - great reviews and it's modular so you can just use what you need for the power cords - much cleaner installation in my opinion - this is one of the top rated power supplies in the size range you are looking for, if not the top rated.

    I like the G. Skill RAM choice myself - they make easy to install and get running at claimed setting sticks of RAM - I'm using 8GB PC8800 in mine and have had no problems at all with it.
    GA-EP45-DQ6, Q6700 @ 3.33ghz, 8GB G.Skill DDR2 PC 8800, Thermalright 120 Ultra Extreme, Gigabyte Poseyden case, Geforce 7300GS, WD 1TB Caviar Black, SG 250 Barracuda, Raid 5 with 3 SG 250 Barracudas on ICH10R, Raid0 with 2 WD 640 Caviar Black on 3Ware 9650SE 4LPML, LG Bluray DVD R/RW, Corsair HX620W

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    Quote Originally Posted by srode1 View Post
    I'd go with the Corsair 620HX for a power supply - great reviews and it's modular so you can just use what you need for the power cords - much cleaner installation in my opinion - this is one of the top rated power supplies in the size range you are looking for, if not the top rated.

    I like the G. Skill RAM choice myself - they make easy to install and get running at claimed setting sticks of RAM - I'm using 8GB PC8800 in mine and have had no problems at all with it.
    I bought the 620HX for an nVidiaGTX280 and it is the best PSU ever for its size and price range.

    But I didn't know that I'd trade-up for a GTX295 100 days after getting the GTX280.

    Well, after six weeks with the GTX295, my 620HX is so far so good, and holding up just fine.
    <<< LGA2011 System Summary >>>
    > Power Supply: CORSAIR AX Series AX860 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular (NE Link)
    > Chipset : Intel X99
    > Mainboard :Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming
    (NE Link)
    > Processor : i7-6850K (NE Link)
    > AIO: Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 (NE Link)
    > Physical Memory : G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 Model F4-3200C14Q-32GTZSW (NE Link)
    > Video Card : 2x ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING (NE Link)


    <<< LGA1366 System Summary >>>
    > Power Supply:
    >>>Original PSU (2011-01) :
    Corsair 620HX (NE Link)
    >>>Upgrade PSU (2012-01) : CORSAIR AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W (NE Link)
    > Chipset : Intel X58
    > Mainboard : Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (REV.2.0) (FB BIOS)
    (NE Link MPP Link)
    > Processor : i7-950 (Revision D0) 3.0GHz @3.84GHz
    (NE Link MPP Link)
    > HSF:
    Noctua NH-D14 (NE Link MPP Link)
    > Physical Memory :
    >>>Original RAM (2011-01) : G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
    >>>Upgrade RAM (2012-01) : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) w/FrostByte Heatsink Model 998990 (NE Link MPP Link OverClockersClub Dot Com Article)
    > Video Card :
    >>>Original Vid Card (2011-01) : BFG Geforce GTX295 (
    NE Link)
    >>>Upgrade Vid Card(2012-01) : (2) EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GTX 560 Ti (2GB)-SLI (
    NE Link)
    >>>Upgrade Vid Card(2013-07) : (2) GTX 760-SLI Gigabyte GV-N760OC-4GB (NE Link)
    > DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203B ATA Device
    > Monitor :
    ViewSonic Pro Series VP2655wb Black 26" (
    NE Link)
    > Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate
    > Case : COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel (
    NE Link)

    <<< LGA775 System Summary >>>
    > Power Supply: Corsair 620HX (
    NE Link)
    > Mainboard : Gigabyte P35-S3G (F2 BIOS)
    > Chipset : Intel P35
    > Processor : Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale (Revision C0) 3.0GHz @ 3950 MHz
    > HSF: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    > Physical Memory : CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) (
    Link)
    > Video Card : BFG Geforce GTX295
    > DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203B ATA Device
    >
    Monitor : ViewSonic Pro Series VP2655wb Black 26"
    > Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate


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