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May 20, 2013 12:22:42 PM

I feel like my build, which is my first, is just about ready to be ordered barring any incompatibilities. Since I'm planning on overclocking this, I'm not sure what I should expect in terms of power consumption. I will be looking for local deals to try and cut down on costs too.

My close to final build

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Graphics: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card

Case : NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case

DVD/CD Drive : Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer


And the PSU I chose is:

PSU Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply


Also if there are other suggestions for components that I could swap out feel free but the cost can only increase for a better PSU if needed other than that thanks.

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May 20, 2013 12:34:17 PM

From a advertised wattage point of view, 530W is fine.
But raidmax is a tier 5 (not recommended, replace asap)unit on this list of quality:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
You can do better for no difference in price.
A Cheap psu is an expensive way to economize.

The other change I would recommend is to use a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb so you can get faster dual channel operation.
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May 20, 2013 12:38:02 PM

Would this psu be fine then? Also since I've never built a pc and plan on overclocking is my build good?

Also i was thinking the same I'll see if I can squeeze an extra $5 for the two sticks of ram instead
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May 20, 2013 12:47:52 PM

The Corsair VX 550 will be very good.
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May 20, 2013 12:50:17 PM

geofelt said:
The Corsair VX 550 will be very good.


Thanks a lot! Going to do about a week of extra research before I order my parts but everything seems good now.
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May 20, 2013 12:57:12 PM

I know you are on a budget, but haswell will launch in a couple of weeks.
You might find that a 4670K and a z87 motherboard might be worth the rumored $10 more.
You could drop the aftermarket cooler and still be able to oc conservatively with the intel stock cooler.

Also, you can buy a 120gb ssd for <$100. It will hold the os and a handful of games. A ssd really makes everything you do feel so much quicker. Consider starting with a ssd only and deferring on the hard drive until you need more space.
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May 20, 2013 1:01:56 PM

geofelt said:
I know you are on a budget, but haswell will launch in a couple of weeks.
You might find that a 4670K and a z87 motherboard might be worth the rumored $10 more.
You could drop the aftermarket cooler and still be able to oc conservatively with the intel stock cooler.

Also, you can buy a 120gb ssd for <$100. It will hold the os and a handful of games. A ssd really makes everything you do feel so much quicker. Consider starting with a ssd only and deferring on the hard drive until you need more space.


I was considering waiting until the Haswell chips but finally having the chance to actually build my own pc and everything is making me want to actually get it sooner. I'm not paying for the cooler since it will be a gift from a friend.

In terms of storage I already use 200+ Gb of storage on this laptop which will be going to my mother so I definitely need more than just the 120 Gb an SSD will give. I know the advantages of having an SSD but I am already making such a large jump that I am fine to make the "sacrifice" of not going with an SSD.
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