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Windows 7: Making a new Tower

15 Apr 2011   #11
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Looks OK from top to bottom. About the only things I might change is the motherboard and the PSU. Seeing as your getting a video card you don't need a board with the 880G on it, something like this with the 870 on it would do,

Newegg.com - ASUS M4A87T AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Only real difference between the two is the onboard video on the 880G, that and $25.00 cheaper. With that saving change the power supply for something a little bigger if for no other reason than possible upgrades down the line. Something like the earthwatts 500W would be a better choice,

Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Only other thing is possibly the monitor, might want to try and stretch to at least a 22" over the 19".


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15 Apr 2011   #12
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Zepher made a good recommendation on the cooler. It does a great job, but I haven't checked if it mounts OK on an AMD motherboard. If it does, go with it.
My brother is using that cooler on his AMD 1090T, works great. I'd use one as well but my case is too small (cube server case with hard drives and psu on one side and mobo on the other side)

Ya, I'd find a better deal on a monitor. We just bought my nephew a 22" 1920x1080 Samsung B2230 monitor for $125 shipped 2 weeks ago. It's much larger than the 19" he was using.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...1385&Tpk=b2230
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15 Apr 2011   #13
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Hi,

I am gonna stick with Seagate, I like them.

@Zepher Can you be more specific as to why exactly I should change my heatsink?

@stormy13 I would prefer to have 19" over 20+" btw, I don't like a monitor that is too big, 19" is perfect for me. Although the motherboard you suggested to me looks great, it doesn't have USB 3.0, HDMI, and its less easier to overclock with it than with the motherboard I specified. If you can find something a motherboard like the one you have chosen for me, just with USB 3.0, HDMI and easier OC ability I will take it. I will now get the PSU you recommended.
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15 Apr 2011   #14
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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15 Apr 2011   #15
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Can you be more detailed? I'm not persuaded (soz).

Btw, I don't think I am gonna use the display you suggested for me to use because:

1. No built-in speakers
2. No LED Backlight
3. My display: Contrast Ratio is 10,000,000:1 Your display: Contrast Ratio is 70,000:1
4. My display uses much less watts than your does (I am a green person)
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15 Apr 2011   #16
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

How is the Amazon price $10 less than on Newegg? Strange...

I'm still not persuaded, I need facts please
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15 Apr 2011   #17
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The heatsink Zepher recommended has 120 mm fans rather than 92mm and is bound to be quieter. It likely cools at least as well, probably better. And you save $15 or $20. It's very highly regarded.

I think that Cooler can accept TWO fans. Some people put a push fan on one side and a pull fan on the other if they really get into overclocking and are concerned with heat.
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15 Apr 2011   #18
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Oh, I wasn't suggesting that screen, just showing what we got for $125 and it's perfect for what we use it for.
Also, don't get too caught up in specs because those dynamic contrast ratio features can be annoying with the screen dimming and brightening up very noticeably.
I turn off DCR if I can.

The price of the cooler was at one time $25 at both places, and going to $30 occasionally.
My brothers machine ran 10* cooler at idle just swapping in the cooler and would stay lower than 60* overclocked running Prime95.
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15 Apr 2011   #19
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

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15 Apr 2011   #20
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

everything looks fine.
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