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    New Build Blueprint

    Here is my blueprint for my new computer. Ideas are welcome, however some items won't change, as this is a strict AMD build. But here we go!
    Also, every is from, I don't shop anywhere else.


    Windows 8 / Windows 7


    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz




    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)

    Graphics Card

    HIS IceQ H697QM2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB

    Sound Card

    HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channel

    Monitor Displays

    • Acer S231HLbid Black 23" x2
    • Acer T231H bmid Black 23" Touch Screen Monitor

    Hard Drives

    • Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB
    • Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX3200ENC-NRSN 320GB 7200 RPM
    • Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN 1TB 7200 RPM
    • WDC WD10EARS - Western Digital 1TB [External] [Out Of Service Currently] [Repair With: Thermaltake ST0021U Max 5 External Enclosure]

    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W

    NZXT Phantom


    • AeroCool Shark 140mm Black Edition Fan
    • NZXT 200mm Silent Blue LED Fan
    • COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 92mm Dual Fan CPU Cooler

    Logitech 920 Wired Keyboard

    Logitech Performance Mouse MX Wireless

    Other Info

    • Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250
    • Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers
    • Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business
    • CyberPower CP1350PFCLCD UPS 810W x2
    • HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner 1270i x2
    • SAMSUNG Blu-ray Player SH-B123L/RSBP

    Grand Total: $3632.72


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    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    Nice build. A bit expensive. For a CPU you may want to look at an Fx option - e.g. this one: - AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) 4 x 1MB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
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    Thank you whs, I'll consider that. But why is the FX chip cheaper than the Phenom X4 chip?
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    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    Quote Originally Posted by adntech View Post
    Thank you whs, I'll consider that. But why is the FX chip cheaper than the Phenom X4 chip?
    Pricing is very often disconnected from the techical capabilities. It is a matter of competitiveness. There are some more Fx (Bulldozer) CPUs on Newegg that you might want to explore. Just search for AMD Bulldozer in Newegg.

    You may also look at some of the performance comparisons on the web. I would have linked some but here I get mainly German sites.
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    I did I'm looking at the 6 core.
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    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    From what I read, the Intels seem to be faster. But maybe you are like me - I am an AMD fan.
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    AMD all the way!

    I love my western digital too!
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    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Posts : 4,115
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

    If you really want, you can go with the new 8-core Zambezi (linked below). It doesn't look half bad and it's the top of the range AMD chip but be warned it performs the same as an i5-2500k if not slightly worse. AMD themselves say that the make processors particularly the new Bulldozer chips to sell, not perform. - AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz 8MB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Desktop Processor

    16GB RAM is completely and utterly pointless. Unless you're planning on playing 6 different games at the same time, while video editing and using virtual machines, 8GB is more than enough. Rather than getting 16GB 1333Mhz RAM, get 8GB 1600Mhz. You can save some money and get a bit more speed while you're at it. If 8GB turns out to be not enough, you can always buy some more. I would recommend something like this. Not only is it 1600Mhz, it also has very low timings in case you want to overclock.

    Rather than the NZXT case, I would go for something like the CoolerMaster HAF X. It has very good airflow providing for excellent cooling. The HAF X is one of the best cases you can get cooling wise and it's quite big too so you shouldn't have to worry about not being able to fit the components.

    Lastly, I would definitely look at getting a Noctua fan over CM, NZXT or AeroCool. They make undisputed the best case fans once you can get over the horrible colour they use.

    Well, that's my two cents.
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    I have looked at the 8 core chips, I might make more adjustments.

    As for my NZXT case, I'm keeping it, I've had much luck with my old NZXT case that I had since 03 and its still going strong even after I gave it away.

    As for cooling fans. A fan is a fan. Detailing is what I'm after. I've heard good things about all companies you have listed. However, while AeroCool make great fans, their performance line is much to be desired in my books, when on a fan controller the bearings expired quickly.

    Also, I have a thing for LEDs, Lights, ect. ect. The more the better. I also have looked at the CM X and that case just doesn't stand out to me.

    I for some reason also have an obsession with clear / transparent fans.
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    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Posts : 4,115
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

    Sure thing.

    But don't be afraid to try out new brands and models. You might overlook one brand to find out later that it trumps your product both performance and quality-wise.

    But I'd have to disagree on the 'fan is a fan' comment. They are more or less the 'same' sort of thing, but then there's so many more factors that influence a fan's performance. I mean, there's the size, rotational speed, airflow etc. On top of that, you should (when possible) go with the most reputable brand. For instance, take a look at my PSU. It's a SHAW 1500w. They make just about the worst power supplies on the market and yet I know people who would still buy it over a Corsair 850w simply because of the higher wattage. More reputable brand means in most cases, a better product.
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