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April 20, 2013 10:11:24 AM

Hi all
I'm buying my first PC in 5 years so I'm really off about what should I be looking, comparability and the problems I might face.
My budget was more limited but it seems that the best value for your money is in the 800 range, I cannot expend more but I don't believe I can get value for less.
I need a quiet, cold experience, so no overclocking no extra cooling systems. Power consumption in the other hand is not a problem.
I will connect it directly to the TV by HDMI (No monitor at all), and we will watch movies and series from internet from the sofa and play games in a closer station.
I'm almost decided about the kind of hardware I'm getting.
But I have 3 questions:
1 - Am I buying incompatible hardware? (something won't work or will be a bottleneck)
2 - Am I missing hardware? (Coolers, wires, ??? )
3 - I'm worried about the cooling, would I need any special cooling or everything I have here is enough?

I have a Win7 ultimate license.

Basically it is a lot of money I will be investing and I want to be sure I'm not making a terrible mistake.

Here the hardware:

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR - EVGA
$199.99

AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 PRO3 - ASRock
$94.99

XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - XFX
$91.75

NZXT M59 Classic Series ATX Mid Tower interior chassis M59-001BK (Black) - iBuyPower
$49.99
(It won't be visible so I don't care if it is ugly. It should be effective)

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - Corsair
$59.98
(It is the standard thing right?, I guess compatible)

Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core Processor 3.2 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53470 - Intel
$188.79
(supposedly the most computing power for your money)

I have a Caviar Green 2TB I use to store family pictures and videos. Then I'll buy a SSD for the operative system and games:
Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW - Samsung
$99.79

I won't have ethernet wire there so I'll need a wireless solution:
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter,2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n,WEP, WPA/WPA2 - TP-Link
$44.99

I will buy a bluetooth keyboard and mouse so I'll need bluetooth capabilities:
Asus Mini Bluetooth Dongle (USB-BT211) - Asus
$12.99

Thanks so much in advance!

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April 20, 2013 10:29:42 AM

Hi pogacha!

I commend you on your build. However, there are a few problems I can see.

First, the power supply. I would not recommend on getting a Cooler Master power supply. On most models, their wattage is not reliable. Take a look at this review. I would suggest getting a psu by a reliable manufacturer like SeaSonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair.

Next, you listed two motherboards. The MSI Z77A-G41 and the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H. Maybe you inadvertently put the two as a choice? Here's a good review about Z77 motherboards.

The i5-3470 is a good cpu choice. However, if you can allocate more to your budget, the i5-3570K has the best bang for your buck.
April 20, 2013 10:42:20 AM

No TV tuner? As for your statement of power consumption not being an issue, Power consumption and cooling requirements go hand in hand, so for something that might get tucked away in a home entertainment center and need to be quiet, you're best sticking with low-power consuming devices, but all your major hardware choices are already okay for that, i7-3000 series, 28nm gpu, etc.
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April 20, 2013 11:03:20 AM

scragnoff said:
Hi pogacha!

I commend you on your build. However, there are a few problems I can see.

First, the power supply. I would not recommend on getting a Cooler Master power supply. On most models, their wattage is not reliable. Take a look at this review. I would suggest getting a psu by a reliable manufacturer like SeaSonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair.

Next, you listed two motherboards. The MSI Z77A-G41 and the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H. Maybe you inadvertently put the two as a choice? Here's a good review about Z77 motherboards.

The i5-3470 is a good cpu choice. However, if you can allocate more to your budget, the i5-3570K has the best bang for your buck.

Wow, you just saved me 100 bucks!
Yeah I was choosing between them and couldn't decide :( 

Changed Motherboard and PSU for:

AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 PRO3 - ASRock
$94.99

XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - XFX
$91.75

I have the mouse pointer over the buy button, if this is ok I will click.
April 20, 2013 11:08:38 AM

zyky said:
No TV tuner? As for your statement of power consumption not being an issue, Power consumption and cooling requirements go hand in hand, so for something that might get tucked away in a home entertainment center and need to be quiet, you're best sticking with low-power consuming devices, but all your major hardware choices are already okay for that, i7-3000 series, 28nm gpu, etc.

We don't look TV really so it is not needed by the moment.
Thanks.

April 20, 2013 11:17:52 AM

"and we will watch TV from the sofa" threw me off.
April 20, 2013 11:35:56 AM

zyky said:
"and we will watch TV from the sofa" threw me off.

Hehe, I'm really sorry, my English is not very good, I tried to say we will watch movies and series from internet but not TV.
Your comment was really valuable so, unfortunately I didn't express my problem correctly. I'm sorry.

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April 20, 2013 12:26:42 PM
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pogacha said:
scragnoff said:
Hi pogacha!

I commend you on your build. However, there are a few problems I can see.

First, the power supply. I would not recommend on getting a Cooler Master power supply. On most models, their wattage is not reliable. Take a look at this review. I would suggest getting a psu by a reliable manufacturer like SeaSonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair.

Next, you listed two motherboards. The MSI Z77A-G41 and the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H. Maybe you inadvertently put the two as a choice? Here's a good review about Z77 motherboards.

The i5-3470 is a good cpu choice. However, if you can allocate more to your budget, the i5-3570K has the best bang for your buck.

Wow, you just saved me 100 bucks!
Yeah I was choosing between them and couldn't decide :( 

Changed Motherboard and PSU for:

AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 PRO3 - ASRock
$94.99

XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - XFX
$91.75

I have the mouse pointer over the buy button, if this is ok I will click.


Yes, that's perfect! :) 
April 20, 2013 12:44:12 PM

scragnoff said:
pogacha said:
scragnoff said:
Hi pogacha!

I commend you on your build. However, there are a few problems I can see.

First, the power supply. I would not recommend on getting a Cooler Master power supply. On most models, their wattage is not reliable. Take a look at this review. I would suggest getting a psu by a reliable manufacturer like SeaSonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair.

Next, you listed two motherboards. The MSI Z77A-G41 and the Gigabyte Z77-DS3H. Maybe you inadvertently put the two as a choice? Here's a good review about Z77 motherboards.

The i5-3470 is a good cpu choice. However, if you can allocate more to your budget, the i5-3570K has the best bang for your buck.

Wow, you just saved me 100 bucks!
Yeah I was choosing between them and couldn't decide :( 

Changed Motherboard and PSU for:

AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 PRO3 - ASRock
$94.99

XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - XFX
$91.75

I have the mouse pointer over the buy button, if this is ok I will click.


Yes, that's perfect! :) 


Thanks!
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