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 Post subject: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:40 am 
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I just finished building this - Dual boots XP and Win 7 (both 32bit)

All parts except 200 gig drive from New Egg.

AMD AthlonII X4 635 2.9 ghz 2MB cache AM3 quad core.

4gb Patriot gamer series ddr3 1600 (pc3 12800) (2X2 gb) memory.

MSI 79x - g45 am3 AMD 790x chipset w/2 pci express x16 slots mobo.

OCZ ModxStream Pro 600w modular cable power supply.

PowerColor AX5770 1gb ddr5 pci-e 2.1 x16 DX11 HDMI Radeon 5770 Vid card.

Lite-On SATA cd/dvd burner

Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 320 gb SATA 3.0 gb/s HDD

Seagate 7200 rpm 200 gb ATA/133 HDD

Rosewill Challenger black gaming ATX mid tower case w/3 fans.

Win 7 Index (7.9 max)
CPU - 7.2, RAM - 7.2, Aero graphics - 7.4, Gaming graphics - 7.4

Doom 3 timedemo - 179 fps.


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:52 pm 
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Nice! Where's the pics?


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:16 am 
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yah mang! pics!!

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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:41 am 
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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:45 am 
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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:38 pm 
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Sweet, looks real nice. Is it just me though, or is it kind of weird that the PSU is on the bottom of the case?

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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:16 pm 
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yaknow the first time I saw the PSU at the bottom was just recently also. I inherited a "just get it out of here I don't care what you do with it" bigass blue Dell XPS. (2006-ish era, 3.4, AGP) the power supply is on the bottom. Proprietary too, different shape and size than normal power supplies...


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:03 pm 
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Looks real nice Spyder, isnt it a pity that the 4 pin lead for the mobo isnt longer???? i mean they go to all that trouble and dont make this longer, so you can route it better and neater ..........


But nice anyhow matey :) GJ


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:33 pm 
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There are a few advantages to bottom mounted power supplies, and some of the case manufacturers are doing it that way now.

1. With the larger wattage requirements of processors and the use of multiple video cards, the weight of the power supplies is now exceeding the weight of the bare cases (mine is that way, even though it is a steel case, it has many perforations in it for better airflow, which makes it pretty light.) This makes the PC top heavy if the power supply is mounted up top.

2. My case has a bottom mounted filtered air intake that can be used by the power supply to draw air in from the bottom, but this is optional. If the PC is resting on carpet, like mine will be, you just turn the power supply over and let it draw air in from the inside of the case.

3. The power supply is resting on four rubber pads that are on the bottom of the case to provide fan noise isolation.

4. It has gotten to the point now with CPU, Video card (or cards), Memory (with integrated heatsinks), and the voltage regulators on the motherboards, that most of the heat is in this area, rather than the power supplies. So it makes sense to have the hottest components higher up in the case, and to have a front, rear, and top fan in the case to provide better airflow.

5. My CPU is rated at 95 watts. That means that it produces almost as much heat as a 100 watt light bulb. If you have ever grabbed a hot light bulb, you know that is a lot of heat. With no overclocking, and the stock fan, my CPU idles at 29C/84F, and my system temp is 33C/91F, so I am really happy with the airflow provided with this case.


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:46 pm 
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Hi DeaD 0n3:

Yes, that kinda bugged me too, especially since this power supply is not an OEM "el cheapo" by any means.

But, I could also blame it on MSI for their board design, too.

And, if the case had the power supply at the top ------


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:49 pm 
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One more thing.

I am surprised that no one has mentioned anything yet about the hard drives.


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:17 pm 
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SPYDER wrote:
One more thing.

I am surprised that no one has mentioned anything yet about the hard drives.


as in ???

sorry but they aint the best you can get, but people will use what they will use, its their prefernce .....


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:23 am 
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No, as in the way they are mounted in the case.


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:46 am 
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I see Spyder, but ive had a few cases where the drives are mounted that way, and sometimes in caddies too, so they can be taken in and out without a lot of fuss (not hotswap though)


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 Post subject: Re: My new gaming PC
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:52 am 
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ah yes spyder, I love the sideways mounted hdd's. it makes life so much easier!

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