Rate and tag my first build

December 13, 2010 at 15:59:31
Specs: Windows Vista
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 40 3.4GHz 45nm, AM3, 8.7MB Total Cache (Can be considered as Phenom II X4 940)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus with Cooler Master 77 CFM 120mm Fan x1

Motherboard: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 Chipset

RAM: 10GB DDR3 1333MHz Total Memory(G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2x4GB) PC10666 DDR3 1333MHz Dual-Channel Mode, Avexir Standard Series (1x2GB) PC10700 DDR3 1333MHz Single-Channel Mode)

Video card: Asus GTX 460 768MB

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Drive x1

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc DVD/CD-ROM 2MB Cache

Audio: 7.1 CH Realtek HD Audio

Network Cards: Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s (on-board), Rosewill IEEE 802.11b/g 54Mbps Wifi Card with dipole antenna

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430

Case Fans: Rosewill 74 CFM 120mm Blue LED Fan x1, Cooler Master 40 CFM 120mm Blue LED Fan x1, Scythe 133 CFM 120mm Fan x1

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU ATX12V Ver.2.2

Keyboard: GIGABYTE Glossy Black 117 Key Professional Multimedia Keyboard

Mouse: Wintech Z2 7-Button Gaming Mouse

Mouse Pad: GIGABYTE Extreme Accuracy Gaming Mouse Pad

Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

System Features: eSATAIII Connector x1, SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connector x5, USB 3.0 Port x2, USB 2.0 port x6, IEEE 1394 Firewire Port x1, Front Speaker HD Audio Jack x2, Microphone Jack x2, Side Speaker Jack, Rear Speaker Jack, Central/Bass Speaker Jack, Line In Jack.

(CPU unlocked and overclocked from Phenom II X3 740 BE Heka 3.0GHz)

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December 13, 2010 at 17:02:52
1. cases with bottom mounted power supplies have poor cooling characteristics. The heat from the PSU rises & adds even more heat to the video card above it. Not only that but the PSU cooling fan will suck in any dirt, dust, lint, hair, crumbs, etc that get's near the bottom of the case. It's a very poor design that should have been avoided.

2. all you needed was one exhaust fan at the top/rear of the case. Intake fans are generally unnecessary. I hope you have a fan controller because that Scythe 133CFM is gonna scream like a jet engine.

3. why run a small, slow HDD with 8MB cache? That's the major weak spot in your system.

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December 13, 2010 at 17:39:22
1. I believe my PSU has an intake fan blowing air in the PSU so my video card above is helping blow air in the PSU.
Even if the fan is blowing air through the bottom and up into the inside of the case my GPU stays cool and filters beneath the case help maintain clean airflow.

2. My CPU temps, when idle, are at 24c with the Scythe fan doing 2.1k RPM and others lowered by 300-700 RPM. When playing games like GTA 4 they go up to about 34C with fans at max speeds. This is in 60F temperature room. With my Sennheiser headset I can barely hear the Scythe fan when playing games so it's not a bother to me.

3. Was on a budget but sadly the very next day there was an F3 Spinpoint 500gb HD for just 39.99, 5 dollars more than the 250 which is half the size *sadface*

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December 13, 2010 at 18:01:48
Where is the PSU cooling fan located - inside the tower or underneath the tower? My guess is underneath. With a top mount design, the cooling fan is inside the tower & acts as an exhaust fan for the entire tower. When it's on the bottom, it becomes an intake fan for the power supply only & sucks in air from underneath the tower. It's basically exposed to the "elements" & is just an accident waiting to happen.

Read this : The Problem of Bottom-Mounted Power

If you hadn't "wasted" your money on extra cooling fans, you could have gotten a decent HDD.

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