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Are all of my build's components compatible and is the PSU good enough?

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March 31, 2013 1:51:37 PM

I've been thinking about building a new gaming desktop. This is my first time creating a build, but I do know certain things about hardware. I'm not a complete newbie.

Anyway, I've compiled a list of parts that I want to use, and I'm wondering if they're compatible with each other. Will the setup below work?

Also, I have a small question about the PSU, and I don't want to create another thread for it so I'll ask it here. With all of the below components put together, how much power would I need. I've put it all into a calculator I found online, and it recommends 555 watts. I won't be overclocking my CPU or GPU. To be safe I've chosen to use 600 W PSU. Will this be too much or too little? Should I choose a different amount?

Here's my parts list:

EDIT: I just found this useful website.

Motherboard
Graphics Card
HDD
RAM(8 gb. Two sticks)
Processor (Quad-core)
DVD/CD Reader

All of these parts go into this case.

Thanks, and forgive me if I'm annoyingly noobish. This is my first post, and I'm looking forward to being an active member of this community. :) 
March 31, 2013 2:13:40 PM

This website here says that I only require about 309 W. Is that correct?
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March 31, 2013 2:27:20 PM

No!

Coolmaster makes a lot of good computer parts but power supplies is not one of them.

What is your budget and is this for gaming?
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March 31, 2013 2:30:03 PM

My budget is about 400$-600$. I'm willing to go a little bit over, and yes, this is mostly for gaming, but I'd still like it to be cheap. ALso, what do you recommend I use for a power supply?
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March 31, 2013 2:30:33 PM

Yes everything seems to be compatable, But there are some things i would suggest.
Get faster clocked RAM
Do not by a Coolermaster PSU, buy one from a reputable brand such as Corsair, seasonic, XFX, Antec. with 80 plus efficency rating. for that system you would be fine with a CX430

you may want to think about getting a slightly better graphics card if you are going to do moderate gaming.
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March 31, 2013 2:33:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($175.38 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $573.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 17:33 EDT-0400)
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March 31, 2013 2:35:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it. Also, will 500 W be enough?
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March 31, 2013 2:36:14 PM

Yes, as long as it is from a decent brand. 500 watts is plenty, unless you are planning on adding a second gpu downt he road, then you will have to upgrade. But most people do not add a second gpu.
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March 31, 2013 2:38:36 PM

Do you have a suggestion for a cheap (around 100$) but better graphics card for moderate gaming? Keep in mind that I haven't factored in the monitor.
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March 31, 2013 2:39:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $587.12 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 17:38 EDT-0400)
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March 31, 2013 2:42:55 PM

I would take a look at my 573 dollar build. the 650 ti boost was just released. And exchanges blows with the 7850, although for a little cheaper, the 7850 is still a good choice. If you absolutely do not want to spend that much for a graphics card the lowest i would suggest is the 7770. But crippling your "gaming" computer with a old graphics card is just going to disappoint you.
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March 31, 2013 2:44:09 PM

tenaciousk said:
I would take a look at my 573 dollar build. the 650 ti boost was just released. And exchanges blows with the 7850, although for a little cheaper, the 7850 is still a good choice. If you absolutely do not want to spend that much for a graphics card the lowest i would suggest is the 7770. But crippling your "gaming" computer with a old graphics card is just going to disappoint you.


My friend has the same graphics card, and he can run most of the games I want to play on medium to high settings with around 60 FPS.
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March 31, 2013 2:51:30 PM

Quick question: for moderate gaming should I have 1 gb of VRAM or 2 gb?
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March 31, 2013 2:55:13 PM

hermeh said:
Quick question: for moderate gaming should I have 1 gb of VRAM or 2 gb?


More is better but that is what makes this card so cheap. If you can afford one with 2Gb go for it.
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