Phenom II 1055 - Crosshair 890fx- what else to get

By sethbest · 54 replies
Sep 25, 2010
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  1. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    That comes out to the same cost as the Azza, so I will probably go with the coolmaster based on your suggestions. I'm looking for something large enough for this system and airy enough for cooling. The cooler i listed before seems awfully big so I'm just worried that a mid tower case might be too small.

    Also I read one review that said that a bottom mounted PSU will not fit well with the crosshair, but they didn't go on to explain the statement. Is that something I should be concerned about?
    memory- suggested here were these ripjaws

    I don't know anything about memory timing, is this the timing I should be aiming for on this setup? 7-8-7-24-2N also for memory latency do i want a higher number or lower?

    I notice Red with his setup is using these corsairs which use 9-9-9-24 with 9 latency instead of 7 would that be better?
  2. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Well heck, if we're talking price:size ratio, and also high quality, it doesn't get much better than the HAF 932 from Coolermaster. It's a full tower with excellent air flow (hence the name HAF - High Air Flow). It will accomodate anything you can throw in it, including an internal liquid cooling setup if one desires. $129.99 w/ free shipping right now at the egg. In my opinion, and obviously red1776's as well since he just purchased one, it is one of the most beautiful cases on the market in that price range.

    Edit: At the price of that Tuniq cooler, you should also consider the Coolermaster V8, or Zalman CNPS9900 NT . I own both. Both are very quiet and have excellent cooling properties. The Tuniq also looks like a great cooler, I'm just throwing out a couple more options. Hope this helps you out.
  3. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    I am getting the Tuniq simply because it has a $30 discount when you buy it with the 1055. So the cost really ends up around $35, which is pretty decent for that cooler i think.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    That makes sense. I would do the same :grinthumb
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Ripjaws are good.

    Well that depends on what you value right?
    Value wise, cheapest is best, they're all the same chip anyway. ± 15% difference max.
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Lower latency is better (7 beats 9) I run mine at lowered timings than stock. The ripjaw series is very good memory.
    The vast majority of ram modules are made by a handful of manufacturers and its all good stuff. pick a brand that is compatible with your motherboard, look for the speed you want, and look for the sale. OCZ,G-skill, Corsair,Mushkin, are the more popular brands.
    .....or do like Captain Cranky....and but the stuff with the pretty blue heatspreaders :)
  7. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    K here is my final decision, I'll press buy in 40 minutes, so if anyone has any alternate suggestions b4 then wouldn't mind hearing them.

    Coolmaster storm sniper-
    Asus crosshair IV Formula-
    HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850-
    Corshair 750w-
    And fan cpu combo-
    Gskills ripjaws 2x2 4gb ram-
    went over my budget, after rebates and promo codes = Grand Total: $1,009.70
    Oh in regards to the case, when I looked at the actual dimensions of the two cases the sniper was actually a little wider and almost as big otherwise, so I think it will be fine.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Looks good, but 40 minutes might not cut it for everyone.
  9. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Looks good :grinthumb I'm not sure if you had the promo code for the Sniper case or not, I don't feel like going back to read through everything again. If not, here it is. $30 off w/ promo code EMCYXNP25
  10. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Yup I had the promo. I am rushing it because the mail in rebate said it ended the 27th, and I don't know if they mean on or after the 27th, so I figure to play it safe I'll just submit on the 26th.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    They probably mean that the mail in rebate must be received by the 27th.
    Or that's what they'll tell you to avoid paying.

    Anyway, I wouldn't count on mail in rebates.
  12. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I would go with the Cooler Master HAF 932 over the Storm Sniper.
  13. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    They both looked good, I went with the sniper though because the reviews for my cpu cooler said it stuck out far so make sure u had a wide case, and sniper was wider. $30 cheaper to boot was a bonus as well.

    Thanks to everyone for putting up with my endless questions, and being so helpful. I will be sure to post some pics of the end product when it all gets in.

    I plan on running just a regular 7200 rpm sata drive for now, maybe windows 7 or screw around with a linux version, but direct x emulation probably a hassle. Down the road I'll likely get a SSD drive, hopefully when the prices drop a bit. After just sending a $1k purchase out I dont' really want to think about buying anything big for a while.

    In regards to the rebate, i read all the fine print, just needs a reciept showing before the 27th. Being as aggressively cheap as I am I pursue them pretty adamantly. I once did one of those "click here to get a free xbox 360" things, and by signing up for offers and canceling them after a few weeks I actually got the 360, at a total cost of about $40... then I sold it. It was my crowning achievement in bureaucratic paperwork filling out, though I doubt I would go through the trouble again.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    Actually, I think the "Storm Sniper" looks fiercer, and in the end that sort of matters. Besides, you're comparing apples to oranges, mid tower to full tower. Since the case is already 60 dollars over projection, I think you should stand ready to kick in the extra 20, if you really want him to have it. Be a mensch!

    Other than that, it seems that other manufacturers have keyed into Antec's success with the original 900, and perhaps gone them one better, in honing the aesthetics of that particular design.

    Beyond all that, I think you'll be proud of you new machine, and the case you've picked out, will highlight that. >>>Buy<<<
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    GSkill has refined their original chromium/aqua blue to a darker and more muted shade, lacking any tendency toward aquamarine. These are way prettier than the originals;
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Really, the new aquamarine ones look more mature, modern, modest, and sleek. Less flashy than the dazzling blue, which I'd like more. I like the red PI series too...even more flashy. When RAM only takes up a small portion of your case, it's nice to have it stand out.
  17. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I would pass on any psu's from tuniq, there are mass reports of them not honoring rebates. Their customer support is terrible. I own a 1200 tuniq and have also been skimped out of a 100usd rebate.
  18. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    He's talking about a cpu fan/heatsink though, not a psu :)

    The psu he's getting is from Corsair
  19. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    The combo sale is not dependent on a rebate luckily, just instant savings from newegg.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    Gigabyte has toned down the sockets and such in their boards. I have an older P45-UD3R that you need sunglasses to look at. The RAM sockets are bright red and yellow. It's impossible get memory to match or even look good with those colors. The new H55 board has gray and blue RAM sockets, much less raucous.

    I've been considering putting my H55 rig into my Antec 900, and putting the P45 rig into a case without a Window because of it. It's sort of ironic, because of the Core i3-530 vs an E7300 C2D, the Matx 530 rig jumps all over the P45, but draws about half the power.
  21. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Well its official now, credit card charged through, and I put it in my techspot system info.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    So we'll be expecting great tales of triumph and happiness from you? Say, perhaps by this weekend? :)
  23. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    The god of computers willing (I call him CompuThor). 3 days ups shipping, I'm sure Ill be staring out the window for the next few days hoping.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    Newegg will probably boot your stuff out the door tomorrow. Tentatively, that makes Thursday the worst case delivery scenario. I don't know how much you've ordered from them in the past, but they have 3 warehouses, (in the US, I think). CA, Tennessee, and Northern NJ. I always seem to get boards from Tennessee. I live in Philly, and the NY/ North Jersey to Phila shipping corridor is guaranteed overnight, with UPS ground. Needless to say I'm ecstatic when they have my parts in NJ. Not to worry though, Newegg is the best.
  25. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 79

    I've ordered parts before, never this many, this high end. I have had a few large orders of server parts, and everything worked through them. The invoice states that all of my parts will be shipping from NJ, and I live in Florida, so that's not too far a hike.

    I'm sure I will be back on here by thursday or friday asking for help with overclocking or something of the sort.

    The only way I could convince my cheap self to make this purchase, since I haven't bought a PC in over five years, was to sell some of the electronics I had to clear out clutter and absorb some of the cost.
    Giant dell laserphoto printer sold to a client for $200, and a hp dv6000 that I'm going to kick out to ebay as soon as I replace it's motherboard (god i hate dv6000's, except I get a fair amount of work fixing them). An extra psp, and maybe my modded 360, since I don't ever use them any more.

    All in all that means I'm looking at $450-600 when I finish clearing it out, so from that perspective my net cost for this PC is only 500-600. I can live with that, just for once to not be constantly bodging pc's together from abandoned parts every few months.

    I'm quite proud of all my McGuivere'd creations, but if I'm going to keep working in this business I guess I should become more acquainted with the newer hardware, and operating systems.

    Thank you again everyone for your patience and help, I'm sure you saved me a few blunders and likely a few hundred dollars.

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