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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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. "and we will watch TV from the sofa" threw me off.
  6. 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.
  7. Best answer
    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! :)
  8. 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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