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Dell Vostro 260 mini tower desktop pc (2...
January 4, 2015 at 07:32:43
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Fx-8350
Now, I'm finally going to build the computer I was talking about. I have a few questions though.

1. Is this decent enough? I know some of you might say I should use 1866Mhz RAM, but I've read that it does not make much of a difference, and since 1600Mhz RAM is cheaper, I'll buy it instead.

AMD FX-8350
Corsair Venegeance 1600Mhz 8 GB RAM (2x4GB)
Asus M5A97 R 2.0
EVGA White 500w
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
MSI Radeon R9 280x
Zalman Z5 case
(The HDD is a 500GB SATA I already have lying around. I'm not going to use a DVD-drive.)

2. Will the Cooler Master 212 Evo fit inside the Zalman Z5 case?

Compaq Armada 1700
Mobile Intel Pentium II @266MHz
160 MB RAM
Windows 2000
Chips & Technologies 65555
graphics
ES 1869 audio
Designed for Windows NT, Windows 95


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#1
January 4, 2015 at 08:26:46
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If you're not concerned about long term upgrade-ability (socket AM3+ has reached it's EOL), then it's OK. Why the Hyper 212 EVO, doesn't the CPU come with a HSF? From what I've read, the stock AMD cooler is quite capable. You can always upgrade later if you're not happy with it.

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/aTsZ1UBJR9c/h...

Also, you can get the FX-8320 for a lot cheaper but the sale ends today:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#2
January 4, 2015 at 08:44:52
Thanks riider! I won't buy the 212 evo then, but will the Zalman Z5 fit it (just in case I'm not happy with the stock cooler?)

Compaq Armada 1700
Mobile Intel Pentium II @266MHz
160 MB RAM
Windows 2000
Chips & Technologies 65555
graphics
ES 1869 audio
Designed for Windows NT, Windows 95


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#3
January 4, 2015 at 16:03:15
That case is over 8" wide, I have a Thermaltake V3 that is about 7.5" wide and I have a 212 evo installed on an A10 7700K. I tried the stock cooler and was really disappointed. The idle APU temp was 64c. After installing the 212 the idle temp is 35c.

The A10 is a 95w chip. You are getting a 125w chip. You may need that cooler. I suggest you get it while it is on sale.


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#4
January 4, 2015 at 17:56:28
Your case, read the customer reviews under the Review Tab, there are those who have that and similar coolers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Look also at the complaints.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
January 4, 2015 at 19:08:46
@ OtheHill - does the stock cooler for the A10 7700K have a copper base & heatpipes? Just curious because I believe the one for the FX-8350 & FX-8320 (& possible others) does. Check the 1st link in my other response, I just fixed it.

EDIT: just did some digging & found that AMD has 2 different stock HSFs.

Type 1: Aluminum non-heat pipe cooler made by AVC (Asia Vital Components) - for CPUs up to 95W
Type 2: Aluminum with copper base & heat pipes, also made by AVC - for CPUs over 95W

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#6
January 4, 2015 at 19:35:41
@riider - The retail cooler that came with my 7700k is all aluminum with a 70MM fan. Same as the stock cooler for AM3 linked below. Second link is for a stock FX-8350 cooler. You are correct about the heatpipes on it. Shame on AMD for providing such a crappy cooler on the A10 7700K, which is an unlocked chip.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-CPU-Coo...

Your link in #1 is evidently the stock cooler on the 125w FX chips.

The ebay link cooler looks just like the stock 7700k cooler.

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