New Build, Please Critique


Nov 4, 2008
Thanks for any feedback anyone can give me.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD4500HLHX 450GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A2000C9

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM

Total: $1,374
the $199 for the 450 GB Velociraptor is silly and pointless.

I'd get teh $60 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB drive and a 60 GB SSD.

the 750W Power Supply is overkill for a single 570. If you plan to SLI later, it's still probably a little high, but should be OK.

With bulldozer due in about a month, I wouldn't bother with a 1090t now. Get a 955, or even an Athlon II with the expectation you'll replace the CPU soon.
If this is for gaming i definitely wouldn't go with the 1090T, an i3-2100 should outperform that in games and it's almost half the price. At this budget i would:

CPU - Change to an i5-2500k, similar price but absolutely smashes the 1090T in games. Will beat it in pretty much anything else too.

RAM - Corsair XMS3 is good but 2000Mhz isn't really worth the price premium over 1600Mhz, even 1600Mhz will only really be faster when you overclock.

Graphics - GTX 570 is excellent, i'd stick with that.

Motherboard - I would get a Z68 board with x8/x8 dual SLI capability, that way you can get another 570 when you come to upgrade.

Power Supply - The Corsair TX series is good but if youre planning to SLI in future i think youre going to want 850W.

Hard Drive - I think you would be better off going with a ~120GB SSD such as the Crucial M4 and a 1TB storage drive or something, the SSD would be much faster than a veliciraptor.

Case - The Antec 900 is good but have a look at the 902, its an improved version.

Cooler - I think the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is better and pretty much the same price or not much more.
I actually purchased the case you are thinking about (actually, the newer improved 900 two V3) and had to sell it because it wouldn't fit motherboards with the SATA ports located on the front the board , which is pretty common now, especially on Z68 boards.
I ended up getting a Cooler Master case that I am thrilled with, as it is so much easier to work in, and is tooless with regard to drive installation. Here is the case I ended up getting:

Newegg has an unboxing video of the case on their site. I suggest you take a look at it.
Yeah i have the Antec 902 myself and i have to admit it is a bit short in features, you have to have the PSU facing up for example. Also the cable management isn't great and theres no tooless stuff. That middle fan that is meant to go inside the case between the drive bays and your GPU is pointless as well, even if it does fit with your motherboard your GPU is bound to be too long. Lastly, you have to remove 16 thumbscrews and remove the HDD cages just to clean the front fan filters, bit of a pain.

There are some good points though, the cooling and build quality are really nice. Also having the dust filters and fan controller as standard is nice, the fan controller makes for a quiet case as far as 'gaming' cases go. The inside is painted black too, which i like.


Nov 4, 2008
Thanks everyone. Got some things to mull over before pulling the trigger. I haven't hadto build anything for a few years and figured I would get adviceon the SSD.

If anyone else has any advice I would really appreciate it.

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EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $129.99
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Doesn't the 2500k beat it/match it even in that stuff as well as thrashing it in games? Costs a touch more but so worth it.