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What do you think of this build/what PSU does it need?

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July 23, 2013 6:36:26 AM

So, I'm looking to buy all these components and it's my first build, so please let me know what you think. I have four main questions;

  1. What PSU does it need? I'm thinking a 600W Modular Corsair?
  2. Is it worth upgrading the CPU from a 6300 to a 8320? I can overclock if it is easy to do and safe; there just doesn't seem much difference between the two? I'll be doing light-medium gaming with occasional video editing 'sessions' (I'd rather not waste £30 on something that will barely be any better).
  3. Will a 120GB SSD be enough? I plan on installing Windows 8 along with some games such as BF3, Metro 2033, possibly Crysis, Far Cry... I worked out that they don't use much more than about 6GB each?
  4. How much power will I need *without* overclocking, and how much will I need for *with* overclocking (overclocking CPU and GPU)

  • I have underlined the components below that relate to those questions.

    The build;

    • Case CiT Vantage Black (£35)
    • Motherboard Gigabyte 970A-D3 (£67)
    • GPU MSI 7870 2 GB (£159.93)
    • HDD Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM (£50)
    • SSD Kingston HyperX 120GB (£83)
    • CPU 6300 Black Edition OR 8320 Black Edition (£90/£120)
    • PSU Corsair Builder Series 600W Modular (£59)
    • Crucial 2X4GB = 8GB RAM (Ballistix) (£50)
    • Asus Optical Drive (£18)
    • Windows 8 Pro

  • All are SATA 3 compatible.

    Thanks alot in advance :D 
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    a b À AMD
    July 23, 2013 6:44:10 AM

    Good solid build you will only need 550w minimum however b futureproof and go for a 650w so that if you want to upgrade and maybe install a second graphics card your PSU is powerful enough to do so. My top three PSU makes are XFX, Corsiar and Seasonic. If you are willing to spend a bit more money go for the 8320 CPU.
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    July 23, 2013 8:16:13 AM

    Azrael47 said:
    Good solid build you will only need 550w minimum however b futureproof and go for a 650w so that if you want to upgrade and maybe install a second graphics card your PSU is powerful enough to do so. My top three PSU makes are XFX, Corsiar and Seasonic. If you are willing to spend a bit more money go for the 8320 CPU.

    Thanks, I'm now going for the Corsair 750W Modular.

    Any more input/answers to questions? I'd really really appreciate it.
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    a b À AMD
    July 23, 2013 8:17:13 AM

    yes that is a good PSU.
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    a b À AMD
    July 23, 2013 8:30:35 AM

    This system will be able to play games such as Skyrim or Borderlands at high settings at a stable FPS. The HDD is a good choice and you have plenty of room to store games, documents and other data. I recommend your partition your HDD. Do you really want Windows 8 (I personally don't like it and you could save money getting windows 7) and you could have money left over to invest on a CPU cooler (Hyper Evo 212).

    The 6300 is a fantastic CPU for gaming and overclocking I would go for the 6300. Have a look at this to see the difference between the two CPU's http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1637430/differen...

    Yes a 120GB SSD is enough to store your OS, games and popular programs, everything else you can store on your HDD.

    When idling a system is around 130w, when in game it is usually 240w+
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    July 23, 2013 8:34:37 AM

    Azrael47 said:
    This system will be able to play games such as Skyrim or Borderlands at high settings at a stable FPS. The HDD is a good choice and you have plenty of room to store games, documents and other data. I recommend your partition your HDD. Do you really want Windows 8 (I personally don't like it and you could save money getting windows 7) and you could have money left over to invest on a CPU cooler (Hyper Evo 212).

    The 6300 is a fantastic CPU for gaming and overclocking I would go for the 6300. Have a look at this to see the difference between the two CPU's http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1637430/differen...

    Yes a 120GB SSD is enough to store your OS, games and popular programs, everything else you can store on your HDD.

    When idling a system is around 130w, when in game it is usually 240w+

    As promised ;) 

    And I'm still open to more input :) 
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