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Looking for better PSU and advice on build on a budget.

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August 7, 2013 7:14:00 AM

This is my first time building a pc and my friends have been telling me which part to get and not get and im not sure if its all gonna work, especially that PSU. My Budget is $1200 US max. Here is my current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1pa0G

I should mention I am using this as mostly a gaming computer but also for watching videos, reading, and lots of websurfing. Also a lot of those usb ports are going to be in use atleast half.

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August 7, 2013 7:29:23 AM

For gaming the i5 is an ideal choice since you are just gaming. Unless you are doing task that requires or takes advantage of multiple cores or HT, which in your case you wont since your just gaming. So I replaced that i7 with the i5 and replace the GPU with the GTX 770. As for the power supply I replaced it with the 650W seasonic trust me its more than enough. It fits the budget and it will handle all these components without it breaking a sweat. Did I not mention its a HQ PSU? Not only that its rated GOLD and its Semi Modular too. I mean its made by the best Seasonic, can't go wrong with them.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($200.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($150.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1199.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-07 10:23 EDT-0400)
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August 7, 2013 7:31:16 AM

IMO, your PSU is fine. 750W is plenty, and Corsair is a good brand. If you want better, get a Seasonic (Corsair is Seasonic but with a 3 year warranty, where Seasonic direct is 5 year).

For a better gaming computer in your budget, you don't need the I7 CPU. Recommend the I5-3570K. You can overclock that for even better performance. Reference Tom's Best CPU's for the money showing that the I7 is diminishing returns for gaming.

With the money saved, recommend either:

1. Get an SSD - will have a much more impact on your system performance than I7 vs I5
or
2. Get a GTX 770 GPU
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August 7, 2013 7:37:00 AM

Not all Corsiar PSU are made by Seasonic. Look below for the HX-750 and where it lands.

Corsair
AX-650 – Seasonic
AX-750 – Seasonic
AX-850 – Seasonic
AX-1200 – Flextronics

CX-400 – Seasonic
CX-430 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-430 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 – Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 v2 – Channel Well(CWT)

Gaming Series GS600 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS700 – Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS800 – Channel Well(CWT)

HX-450 – Seasonic
HX-520 – Seasonic
HX-620 – Seasonic
HX-650 – Seasonic
HX-750 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-850 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-1000 – Channel Well (CWT)
HX-1050 – Channel Well (CWT)

TX-550M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-650 – Seasonic
TX-650 v2 – Seasonic
TX-650M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-750 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-750 v2 – Seasonic
TX-750M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-850 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-850 v2 – Seasonic
TX-850M – Channel Well (CWT)
TX-950 – Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)

VX-450 – Seasonic
VX-550 – Channel Well (CWT) (PSH platform)
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