is this a decent gaming / multitasking build?

This is my first build, I just bought a gopro that I'd like to be able to play and edit 1080p video, and my 4 year old desktop replacement has finally met its match so I'm now upgrading to a desktop. I'd like to be able to play w/e game comes my way and I'd like to be able to play with decent graphics settings. I also would like to be able to edit video, as well as watch 3D movies. I'd also like to be able to boot the mac OS X, will this be possible? I realize that sometimes i7 is considered 'overkill' (or so I've heard) so is it worth paying the extra $100 for the i7 or just stay with the i5? I'd also like to be able to burn blurays, or games that require 3x writable blurays. I picked the SSD memory because I've read that having the actual OS on that drive will significantly speed up the startup process and I grabbed the regular memory for my bulk items i.e. videos, pics, and music. Im trying to stay under $1500. Am I completely overdoing everything I need or do I need more? Like I said, this is my first build so ANY help would be greatly appreciated!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/beachdude21/saved/1vF9
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  1. I've been interested in computers many years (I guess my whole life from the first computer I had) and I've built 3 rigs which are in use and one at school as a practice. So I'm not a veteran on this area but I do know a decent amount of stuff regarding the parts :p

    So consider this as my personal opinion.

    Are you planning on overclocking? If not, then the stock cooler for the cpu will do just fine.

    I have the exact same SSD as my boot drive and it has worked perfectly. No problems and a significant difference to booting from normal HDD. If you're editing big videos and like to have Blu-ray movies on your hard drive, I'd consider at least 1TB of storage.

    If you want to play whatever games comes on your way with decent graphics then I'd go with GTX670. With such big budget after all a +$80 is not so much if you want to be sure that your rig can run everything with no problems.

    Here is one I was looking for: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675

    I have GTX670 myself but I don't play much. I have tested that GTA IV and Max Payne 3 run at full resolution and highest graphic settings smoothly. Sorry I didn't have BF3 to test the ultimate graphics :p but Max Payne 3 requires quite a lot as well.

    Power supply looks good to me as well as RAM. Also if there is nothing special in the Sabertooth you want/need you can save $100 by getting a "normal" motherboard.

    Check this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130665

    PLUS you get free 8GB RAM with that board I linked. Have no clue how reliable it is but you can always sell it in eBay :D

    I can't tell much about the processor since I haven't really got experience with Intel CPUs.
  2. About the same but some upgrade paths. If you have a Microcenter nearby, you can get the CPU for about $80 cheaper. The case is also a bit pricey, but if you like it, then that's all that matters.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1413.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 05:19 EDT-0400)
  3. Hi, welcome.

    Yes what you want is possible with a couple maybes. I watch Blurays on my computer and so I know the setup you will need.

    I read the build on the link you provided and I would like to offer a couple of different ideas for your evaluation:

    1. Stay with the I-5 3570K CPU, it is the best gaming CPU for the buck according to Tom's Hardware and a bunch of other people

    2. I would go to the Noctua NH-D14, it is a legendary cooler and is probably the top air cooler on the market or at least in the top 3.

    3. I am not a big fan of the Asus Sabertooth motherboards, they don't review as well as the other motherboards that Asus sells. I would check out the other boards from Asus and look at Asrock. Some people have had good luck with gigabyte. I would check the current reviews for the features that you want. Make sure you board can handle crossfire / SLI easily. The boards that cost more like the Asus republic of gamers are among the best gaming boards but they are expensive. Asrock probably offers the best value - but check the reviews.

    4. I have not done it but I know that Windows 7 allows you to boot from two different operating systems and so I am betting that you can run MAC OSX and Windows 7. I would definitely ask this question separately under the Windows 7 thread in Tom's or the Window's 8 thread.

    5. Newegg regularly puts the Asus bluray burner on sale for $80 and it is an excellent bluray player and burner. I have the Liteon bluray burner and I have not had any problems with it. I am pretty sure that both of them play 3D movies but the problem with 3D is usually finding a computer monitor that supports it.

    5. I am not aware of any highly rated 3D computer monitors - the reviews I have read got very poor marks for 3D - I would recommend that you put 3D aside for now or get a full HDTV for a second monitor to watch 3D on. Make sure both your bluray player and your video card support 3D playback.

    6. Yes get an SSD for your OS. The Samsung 840 PRO is the fastest on the market right now but go to Tom's Hardware's "top tier" SSDs on their Best SSD March article and see which one you can get on sale. The top tier SSDs are all fairly equal in speed. I am not a big fan of the Crucial M4 - it is a second tier SSD and it is slower than the top tier SSDs. The Tom's SSD article is here:

    7. The GTX 660 you have chosen is overpriced. You can get an ATI AMD 7950 for about the same price on Newegg and it is a faster card. There is a $269.99 7950 on Newegg (after rebate) right now.

    8. I would recommend that you either move up to the Corsair 650D or move down to the Corsair 300R. The Corsair 500R costs nearly twice as much as 300R and offers not much for that extra cost. The advantage of the 650D (I own the 650D) is that it has quick release sides and a hot swap drive on top of the case (which is really useful). They all cool about the same but the 650D is the quietest case and the 300R is the noisiest. Right now the 300R is $69.99 after rebate on Newegg.

    7. I would go with a Corsair TX 850 or Corsair HX 850 PSU, they are among the best and you can get good pricing if you wait for a sale.

    I will give you a example build in my next post
  4. A few things that I'd like to point out on flong777's post.

    #4. Windows 7 does not control what operating system to boot, the bootloader does.
    #7. The GTX 660 Ti wasn't overpriced. I did forget to mention one thing in my last post. If you require CUDA, then stick with nvidia. See specs below.
    #8. Cases are a personal choice. So if OP likes it, there's no reason to knock it. And the 650D isn't the quietest case. And it costs over 50% more.
    #9. Or should be #9. 850W is overkill.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1403.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  5. Here is an example build, all prices are from Newegg:

    1. PSU - Corsair HX 850 $159.99 after rebate - the TX 850 is being discontnued and is not much cheaper. The HX 850 is gold rated and has a 7 year warranty. It runs at nearly 92% efficiency. I own it and it is an amazing PSU

    2. Case - Corsair 650D $180 after rebate or Corsair 300R $70 after rebate right now

    3. CPU - Intel I-5 3570K $220

    4. Motherboard - look at Asus midlevel boards. Also look at the Asrock boards because they usually have some great values. Check the individual reviews of the boards on Newegg and Amazon to see if there are any quality issues.

    5. SSD - Samsung 840 PRO 128GB $145 - 20% = $116.00. This is the fastest 120 -128GB SSD on the market right now and Newegg has it on sale for 20% off. $128 GB is sufficient space for your OS and some games. I own a Vertex 4 128GB and I run my OS off of it. You can probably fit the MAC OSX on it too but check what the storage requirements are.

    6. HDD - Seagate Barracuda 3TB - $135 - this is a very fast HDD and if you are burning and storying bluray you will need a lot of space. It is also cheap per TB cost.

    7. Video Card - $270 after rebate SAPPHIRE 100352-4L Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI-Express Video Card with Boost . This comes with a free game.

    8. Cooler - $81 Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100i

    9. Optical - $60.00 LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back. (WH14NS40) - OEM. This drive is on sale right now and is super cheap and has 3D play back

    10. RAM - $130 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM

    Total = $1509.50

    This build includes a faster SSD, better cooling from the Noctua NH-D14, an upgraded case with more features, a gold rated PSU with a 7-year warranty and a faster video card. It is right at your $1500 budget. Note it does not include the operating system.


    If you go with the Corsair 300R the cost becomes $1399.50 and so you have a $100 to pay for Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    These are top rated components many of the the number one product in their field.

    Hopefully this helps you. Remember, these are just suggestions. You have to decide what best fits your needs.
  6. A Mini ITX board in a giant 650D / 300R case. Why? Other than it doesn't work.
  7. ksham said:
    A few things that I'd like to point out on flong777's post.

    #4. Windows 7 does not control what operating system to boot, the bootloader does.
    #7. The GTX 660 Ti wasn't overpriced. I did forget to mention one thing in my last post. If you require CUDA, then stick with nvidia. See specs below.
    #8. Cases are a personal choice. So if OP likes it, there's no reason to knock it. And the 650D isn't the quietest case. And it costs over 50% more.
    #9. Or should be #9. 850W is overkill.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1403.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    You make some good points. Remember I list these components as suggestions.

    Let me address your concerns:

    1. The OP may choose to go to crossfire because he is a gamer. If that is the case, the HX 850 is the perfect PSU. Actually it is anyway because it is covered by an ironclad warranty and is one of the best PSUs on the market. It is also one of the most stable PSUs on the market.

    I had a Corsair HX 750 with a single GPU and an I-7 920 and believe it or not this build pushed the HX 750 all the time and it ramped up to high fan which is irratating.

    Fast forward to my new build, I-7 2600K with a single ATI 6950 video card. I bought the Corsair HX 850 after reading that it gets nearly 93% efficiency when at 50% capacity. My computer runs approximately at 50% capacity of the PSU all of the time and so I am getting platinum efficiency.
    The HX 850 runs cool and I have never even heard the fan kick on - I am not sure that it does come on.

    So you are right, a 550W PSU will run a single GPU build like the OPs but it will not do it as well and it will not protect the expensive components as well. It will run hot and it will be noisy as it ramps up to high fan.

    2. You are right about the case. If the OP really likes the 500R he should get that case. However the 300R has nearly every feature the 500R has and it is $70 cheaper. I am just giving the OP some additional options.

    I own the 650D and there is a trick to help its cooling. If you remove the top HDD cage (it releases with thumb screws) you have a clear airflow for the front 200mm fan and this greatly improves the cooling and makes it one of the top cooling cases available. In addition it is quieter and has quick release sides. This case is a joy to build in and it is amazingly versatile. It has a hot swap drive on top of the case that I use all the time. I did not realize how useful it is to easily swap SSDs and HDDs.

    Again in the end the OP should choose the case he likes and so I agree with you.

    3. With the GPU, I am going with Tom's Hardware 's recommendation. The 660 the OP lists is $280 and it is not as fast as the ATI 7950 for gaming (if I understand TH ratings). The link for the TH article on GPUs is here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    From what I have read about Cuda, it has a limited use because not a lot of software takes advantage of it, however this changes all the time. If the OP likes GTX cards, they should go with the 660, it is a highly rated card.
  8. ksham said:
    A Mini ITX board in a giant 650D / 300R case. Why? Other than it doesn't work.


    ksham thank you for catching this and my apologies to the OP. ksham is a 100% right. I am a little tired and I did not see the miniATX on the motherboard I posted. I was poorly attempting to give the OP one of Asus's middle of the road motherboards.

    Thanks for a sharp eye ksham.
  9. #1. Why go for a HX instead of an AX? Same price and the AX is better. And your statement on the 550W PSU is simply not true.
    #2. It's not just the case someone likes. It has to be compatible. If you bought a Mini ITX motherboard and a case that you absolutely love, but the case doesn't support Mini ITX, what good is it?
    #3. OP wants to do video editing and so if OP needs CUDA, OP is better off with an nvidia model.
  10. ksham said:
    A few things that I'd like to point out on flong777's post.

    #4. Windows 7 does not control what operating system to boot, the bootloader does.
    #7. The GTX 660 Ti wasn't overpriced. I did forget to mention one thing in my last post. If you require CUDA, then stick with nvidia. See specs below.
    #8. Cases are a personal choice. So if OP likes it, there's no reason to knock it. And the 650D isn't the quietest case. And it costs over 50% more.
    #9. Or should be #9. 850W is overkill.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1403.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Hey I am curious, why to you like the I-7 3770 over the I-5 3570K for gaming? I love the 3770 CPU also but I have heard it does not offer a gamer any advantages. Truth be told though, I REALLY like the I-7 3770, you are right it is a great choice.
  11. Just to cover video editing. I don't know the extent to the video editing. OP has not replied. But best to cover it.
  12. ksham said:
    #1. Why go for a HX instead of an AX? Same price and the AX is better. And your statement on the 550W PSU is simply not true.
    #2. It's not just the case someone likes. It has to be compatible. If you bought a Mini ITX motherboard and a case that you absolutely love, but the case doesn't support Mini ITX, what good is it?
    #3. OP wants to do video editing and so if OP needs CUDA, OP is better off with an nvidia model.


    1. I think the AX 860i is overpriced because its efficiency is just barely better than the HX 850. Usually the AX 860i is a lot more expensive. For example, I paid $144.00 for the HX 850. Also there has been a lot of complaints about the software that comes with it. Still it is a Lexus PSU I agree. For this build, the HX 850 is the best bang for the buck IMHO - your 650W will also work.

    Right now on newegg, the AX 860i is $210 and the HX 850 is $160. I don't think the 860i is worth the extra $50 for this build. It just barely beats the HX 850 at the 75% - 100% capacity range and the HX 850 is actually more efficient at the 50% capacity.

    2. You're 100% correct and it is 4:00 AM right now in Arizona where I am and so I was a little tired when I looked up the motherboard. It was a dumb mistake I should not have listed a miniATX board. Again I apologize for this oversight.

    I fixed this and changed my suggestion.

    3. I did not know that CUDA helped video editing that much, I had heard that the onboard Intel editor is much faster. I have read quite a few negative reviews of Cuda's usefulness - some of them on Tom's Hardware. That being said, I don't have first hand knowledge and so I defer to you on this. I don't own a GTX card.

    BTW I really like your build
  13. ksham said:
    Just to cover video editing. I don't know the extent to the video editing. OP has not replied. But best to cover it.


    Op I agree with Ksham, the I-7 3770 is the better CPU if you are multitasking. I love the 3770 it is wicked fast and beats the $1000 I-7 3960 in some speed tests.
  14. ksham said:
    A few things that I'd like to point out on flong777's post.

    #4. Windows 7 does not control what operating system to boot, the bootloader does.
    #7. The GTX 660 Ti wasn't overpriced. I did forget to mention one thing in my last post. If you require CUDA, then stick with nvidia. See specs below.
    #8. Cases are a personal choice. So if OP likes it, there's no reason to knock it. And the 650D isn't the quietest case. And it costs over 50% more.
    #9. Or should be #9. 850W is overkill.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1403.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Hey Ksham, just a small point, the 500R is $100 after rebate right now on Newegg and I agree with you. For the $30 difference the OP should just get the 500R. It is a great case.
  15. @flong777 I don't want to flood this thread with our discussion. It tends to get very confusing for OP when you start contradicting what you're saying. There's no reason that OP has to spend hours deciding between the two PSUs. You're just looking into the PSU way too much. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum all mean very little. Choose one and get it from a reputed manufacturer. They'll work fine.

    And the i7-3960 requires a different socket. So that comparison is pointless. Give it a rest. Go to bed and come back to us with a clear mindset. Happy dreams.
  16. All that I think of when deciding a PSU is the wattage and who makes it. I have had Corsair's 500W for over a year and it has worked very well with GTX670. No big noises or heating up.

    I ordered a new power supply a couple days ago only because I'm doing a water cooling loop and I need modular cables. I chose Silverstone's 600W PSU.

    Only two graphics cards require more than 700W. You'll do fine with less wattage when only using one graphics card.
  17. jappe66 said:
    All that I think of when deciding a PSU is the wattage and who makes it. I have had Corsair's 500W for over a year and it has worked very well with GTX670. No big noises or heating up.

    I ordered a new power supply a couple days ago only because I'm doing a water cooling loop and I need modular cables. I chose Silverstone's 600W PSU.

    Only two graphics cards require more than 700W. You'll do fine with less wattage when only using one graphics card.


    You say "no big noises" and I'm curious, does it switch into high fan? I had that problem with the Corsair HX750 and it was obnoxiously loud. I was really disappointed because I was running a single GPU.
  18. flong777 said:


    You say "no big noises" and I'm curious, does it switch into high fan? I had that problem with the Corsair HX750 and it was obnoxiously loud. I was really disappointed because I was running a single GPU.


    What do you mean by "switch into high fan"? The only noise I can hear inside my PC comes from GPU and CPU cooler fans. Case fans are very silent as well and no problem with CX500.

    You can see the reviews at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Most of the people who gave 1 star had a broken PSU on arrival or it died after a while.
  19. jappe66 said:
    flong777 said:


    You say "no big noises" and I'm curious, does it switch into high fan? I had that problem with the Corsair HX750 and it was obnoxiously loud. I was really disappointed because I was running a single GPU.


    What do you mean by "switch into high fan"? The only noise I can hear inside my PC comes from GPU and CPU cooler fans. Case fans are very silent as well and no problem with CX500.

    You can see the reviews at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Most of the people who gave 1 star had a broken PSU on arrival or it died after a while.


    While I am not familiar with your particular PSU, most PSUs increase fan speed as the demand on the PSU increases. For a single GPU PSU the demand is usually somewhere around 300W, but it can go higher. As the amount of power starts to approach the 500W capacity, most PSUs start to heat up and become less efficient. The fan then goes to a higher RPM.

    The difference is that a Corsair HX 850 will be running at approximately 90%-91% efficiency (maybe higher) if the demand is 300W - 400W. It will not heat up and add extra heat inside the case and the fan won't ramp up. A smaller PSU might, that's why I asked.

    I agree that it is overkill and the OP won't use all the capcity of the HX 850. But nearly all PSUs run best when they are at 50% capcity. That is why I spent the extra money on my 2600K build with a single GPU - the HX 850 works beautifully with my build. At a high overclock the 3770 approaches a 175 W demand by itself. So if the OP overclocks or adds a second GPU, the HX 850 shifts into nearly 92% efficiency. A 500W PSU would not handle the extra demand you would have to buy bigger PSU.

    BTW I like Corsairs 500W - 600W PSUs, they have gotten good reviews.
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