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New Build - Need Cooling + PSU advice, please!

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March 25, 2013 12:37:53 AM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Need advice - plan to overclock eventually
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
Video Card: MSI N660TI TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: Need advice - plan to overclock eventually
Optical Drive: N/A

I have an old PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure if that's sufficient/compatible/my best option.

Also, I do plan on eventually attempting to overclock the CPU and am not sure what type of cooling apparatus I should get. Suggestions?

Does everything else look okay/compatible?

Thank you so much!

- Jennifer
March 25, 2013 12:40:43 AM

what do you plan on doing with this computer? programming and compiling?
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March 25, 2013 12:48:58 AM

Video editing/encoding and maybe some SC2 gaming. Mainly video editing though. Specifically Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6.
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March 25, 2013 1:06:53 AM

Everything looks ok.

For overclocking, you'll need a good cooler. The widely recommended entry level cooler is the Hyper 212 Evo, and you can get a solid overclock from it. If you want to be pushing it to really high levels, check out the Noctua NH-D14 and Phanteks PH-TC14.

In wattage, the current PSU is fine. It really depends how old it is, and how hard a life it has had though, they don't last forever. It only has 480W max 12V ouptut so it's a bit on the feable side for a "600W" PSU. In the long term you should probably think about replacing it regardless, and look at something in the similar wattage range but with more modern components. If you wanted to keep modular cables, and give yourself plenty of headroom for overclocking, then consider the XFX P1-650X-XXB9 or Seasonic M12II 650W, effectively the same PSU. Without overclocking, any solid ~500W PSU will see you fine.
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March 25, 2013 1:14:16 AM

Rammy said:
Everything looks ok.

For overclocking, you'll need a good cooler. The widely recommended entry level cooler is the Hyper 212 Evo, and you can get a solid overclock from it. If you want to be pushing it to really high levels, check out the Noctua NH-D14 and Phanteks PH-TC14.

In wattage, the current PSU is fine. It really depends how old it is, and how hard a life it has had though, they don't last forever. It only has 480W max 12V ouptut so it's a bit on the feable side for a "600W" PSU. In the long term you should probably think about replacing it regardless, and look at something in the similar wattage range but with more modern components. If you wanted to keep modular cables, and give yourself plenty of headroom for overclocking, then consider the XFX P1-650X-XXB9 or Seasonic M12II 650W, effectively the same PSU. Without overclocking, any solid ~500W PSU will see you fine.


Thank you for the response!

What would be the difference between modular and non-modular PSUs? I have never heard this terminology before...
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March 25, 2013 1:16:36 AM

jennifer2010 said:

Thank you for the response!

What would be the difference between modular and non-modular PSUs? I have never heard this terminology before...


It just means that cables are removable. On a cheaper PSU they are all hard-wired in, you just have a bunch of cables. Then there are semi-modular systems which have the basics (CPU/motherboard power etc) hardwired but everything else can be detached to minimise clutter. Fully modular is the same but basically everything has a plug.

Also, I own an Antec 900 (pre upgraded version) and it was a really solid case, but frankly I think case design has moved on. There's a lot of stuff that the 900 just doesn't have, like cable management systems, good PSU orientation (the PSU sucks in hot air from graphics cards) or support for modern stuff like 2.5 drives. It's all a bit basic. For $100, I'd expect better these days. Antec themselves have the 1100 (which is the same price on Newegg) and has quite a few advancements (though it is pretty huge). There's a lot of options if you just want a simple black box, definitely have a look at Fractal Design.
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March 26, 2013 8:53:17 AM

yup...1 guy here his name is fractal design......great cases
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