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Old 03-28-10, 02:36 PM Thread Starter   #1
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I know someone who will be needing a new computer soon. I would like to build a better one, so I might sell this system and do so. I am planning to use both Crossfire and RAID0. Here is my blueprint:

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GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS 802.11B/G
XFX Radeon HD 5770
WD Caviar Black 640GB

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Things I would like to add later on:
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I would like to know if I forgot something or if anyone has any recommended changes.

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Old 03-28-10, 04:18 PM   #2
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not a fan of valueram cause you get what you pay for, but otherwise it looks like you got everything.. did you think about aftermarket cooling

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Old 03-28-10, 07:06 PM   #3
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Kingston's value RAM is very good. I've done quite a few upgrades on many systems that didn't need performance/gaming RAM. The quality in value RAM is there but it isn't designed for overclocking. It is a good, basic functioning memory.

If you are going to be gaming, high end system, etc. consider a high performance memory like Kingston's HyperX, GSkill's Ripjaws, or Corsair's high end to name a few.

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Old 03-29-10, 09:09 AM Thread Starter   #4
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I changed the memory to the Patriot G Series. Is that good?
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did you think about aftermarket cooling
Aftermarket cooling is really unnecessary, at least for me. I do not plan to overclock.
I've torture-tested my Athlon II in prime95 and have never seen it go above 53C, with a maximum tempterature of 71C; an 18-degree difference.
The Phenom II does use more power, but includes an improved heatsink over the Athlon II. That along with the many fans will be more than enough.

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Old 03-29-10, 02:08 PM   #5
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Their "Sector 5" series seems to be getting good reviews for both their DDR3 1600 and 1333 offerings.

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Old 03-29-10, 08:04 PM   #6
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Have you considered getting a SATA III capable motherboard? Only asking because I found a website with WD 640GB 6gbps drives priced 12 or so dollars cheaper then Newegg.

Also, I've found the Sunbeam PSU's are getting high ratings and are significantly cheaper (and modular FTW).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709024
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Old 03-29-10, 09:36 PM   #7
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Also, I've found the Sunbeam PSU's are getting high ratings and are significantly cheaper (and modular FTW).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709024
Scratch that. The Sunbeam equipment is getting okay reviews, but upon further research, there are a lot of complaints from people who never received their rebate checks.

Check this out: 700w modular with 6 SATA power ports, highly rated, and OCZ IMO makes good stuff, plus $7 more gets you an HP DVD-RW with Lightscribe.
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Old 03-30-10, 01:02 AM Thread Starter   #8
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The OCZ 700W ones don't seem the have the necessary amperage I need (55a).

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Old 03-30-10, 07:35 AM   #9
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@nihil2010 - hopefully you are not referencing newegg reviews as your end all be all for information. There are TONS of just plain junk for reviews on there. Stick with jonnyguru.com for finding some good articles on psus and other equipment. Also troll around our boards power supply section.. or this article in particular in which some of the best are teased out into an easy to read list!
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Corsair are some of the most reliable out there, sunbeam has its good/bad just as everyone else does.. OCZ also has its good ones.. read the list above for what you want.. for the rig you're posting about i'd stick with 700+ just because you want to crossfirex etc

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Old 03-30-10, 08:03 AM   #10
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That case is sick dude and at that price! kingston hyperx makes GREAT ram and thats what I use. I swear by it You should definitely consider that although sector 5 is some badass ram too
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Thank you for your recommendation, but hyperX seems to be extreme overkill for me as I will not be overclocking. Patriot's Sector 5 appears to more than match my needs as it is.

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that case is sick
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Old 04-02-10, 12:47 PM Thread Starter   #13
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How similar do hard drives need to be for RAID to work?
I was thinking about getting this one to save $5 but I don't know if they need to have the same cache.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

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Old 04-02-10, 05:09 PM   #14
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They need to be the exactly the same.

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I just picked up this case from NewEgg and it's quiet and heavy. But has enough room to park a car in it. But I got it for $89.99 and $12.99 shipping 2 weeks ago.
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