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Is this PC build good for a 550$ budget?

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June 20, 2013 9:51:20 AM

These are pretty much all the components:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Are there any compatibility or bottlenecking issues? I have searched a lot and this looks like a really nice deal. I am on a very slim budget, 500-550. I just want to know if this is near the best possible build for my price range, and no, I am not willing to switch to an AMD build, as intel builds are usually a bit higher quality, if pricier. This is a 1st attempt at a cheap gaming build, also I would like a high potential for upgradability which is why i like the above Mobo in the link.

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June 20, 2013 10:04:32 AM

No. First of all, no graphics card is included. If this is not for gaming, that's ok, but overpriced. If it is for games, you'll need at least another $100 for a HD7770, and most people will tell you that $200 is more realistic for a good gaming card.
Second, the PSU is fecal, AND they lie about it. The pictured Thermaltake has a little voltage switch on it, indicating an obsolete, inefficient design with no Active PFC, yet the text claims the PSU has Active PFC. Likely good for a fraction of its claimed wattage, it will run this system just fine with no graphics card, then choke and possible croak if you add a decent card like a HD7870.
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June 20, 2013 10:13:15 AM

Will you buy a kit from TigerDirect.ca and the video card from TigerDirect.com? I presume that Customs, shipping and taxes are excluded from your $550 budget. Why do you consider that motherboard has a high potential for upgradability?
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June 20, 2013 10:20:26 AM

hmmm, I may be misinformed, but mainly because it is a recent part and it will support future cpu gens. Am I incorrect here? I did research the PSU further after Onus' comment, and reviews are mixed. Im not sure where to go, as I am on a slim budget and this is one of the better deals for my price range.
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June 20, 2013 12:42:39 PM

The motherboard will support socket 1150 processors, but it may not be best if you ever want to use a K processor and overclock it. Select a motherboard for your current requirements because you'll probably buy a new one when upgrading.

Onus is correct about the PSU. Stay away from any PSU that has a 115-230V switch because their design is old and inefficient. A good PSU with active PFC should not require a voltage selection switch.
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June 20, 2013 12:48:13 PM

There is an exception, maybe two. The Antec VP-450 lacks active PFC, but was found by HardwareSecrets to be otherwise modern and efficient. IIrc, there are some Enermax NAXN units that are also decent, but have voltage switches.
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