fractal design

And the build continues….

I picked a case finally! I went with Fractal Design’s Define R4, and it is such a nice solid case.  very minimal in design, yet it stands out.  I was very pleased with the quality, and the like, and just the overall attention to detail on the case.  I have photos I will post up soon, as well as nice little write up.  I also purchased PC Power and Cooling’s Silencer MK III.  It matches up perfectly with the interior of the case, w/ it’s white paint scheme, going well with the Defines white drive cages, and slot covers.  It also helps that the case was on sale at Microcenter, which I was able to pick up, and the PSU was also on sale.  Saved a good $60.00 or so.

And lastly, I picked out a video card.  My new rig will be visually powered by an HIS H785F2G2M Radeon 7850, with 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM.  It has a perfect 5 eggs in it’s user ratings, and for under $200.00, it’s a great value.  I cannot wait to get it all fully up and running.  I will list down my full specs on this rig, as well as thoughts on performance.  Maybe some benchmarks.

 

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My new video card!

 

 

My PC build continues…

So I may have mentioned before, I just recently built a new PC. I went from an Intel Core2Quad Processor to a 3rd generation i5, and at the core, it’s plenty quick. I had to upgrade my motherboard for obvious reasons, and doubled up my RAM. (from 8 to 16GB, although, the guy at Microcenter gave me PC1333, I can live with it for now) For financial reasons, I held out on a new case, and video card. I think I have narrowed my case to either the Fractal Design  Define R4, and the Antec P280.

Fractal Design Define R4

Fractal Design Define R4

Both have very minimalistic design, and it’s more geared toward’s quietness.  Tom’s Hardware recently had a quite case round up, and the Define came up on top.  I just can’t forget Antec though, as I had an SX1030B in the past, and I absolutely loved it.  I had to let it go since I received a Thermaltake Xaser III courtesy of    Thermaltake.  I looked at some of their (Thermaltake) offering’s and it was too loud in style.

Antec P280

Antec P280

In any ‘case’, I hope to pick up either one of the above listed cased on my short list, and then move on to picking out a video card.

My current case - Thermaltake Xaser III

My current case – Thermaltake Xaser III

My old favorite - Antec SX1030B

My old favorite – Antec SX1030B

 

 

Links –

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/antec-p280-azza-silentium-920-cooler-master-silencio-650,3325.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-obsidian-550d-fractal-design-define-r4-gigabyte-luxo-m10,3356.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lian-li-pc-b12-nanoxia-deep-silence-1-silverstone-ft-02s-usb3,3378.html