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August 9, 2013 7:38:40 PM

I'm wondering if my old Corsair 600watts Gaming Series PSU would be able to power this new rig I'm building. And if not, how many watts would I need? Also, does my configuration look good? I'm mainly going to be playing Arma 3 and Battle Field 3.

(Newegg)

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXM
$74.99

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$209.99 -$10.00 Instant $199.99

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water Cooler
$114.99 -$5.00 Instant $109.99

EVGA SuperClocked 03G-P4-2783-KR GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
$669.99

Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570
$214.99

Subtotal: $1,329.94

I haven't decided on the ssd drive yet. Also, i'm not going to be overclocking the cpu so I hope the Thermaltake water cooler is over doing it. I'd like to know any ones thoughts on this configuration please. Thank you!
August 9, 2013 7:45:20 PM

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJ4KALE/?tag=pcpapi-20

Yes it would, but my question would be, why would you buy a 680 for 650$ when you can get a 7990 for 30 more dollars and it'll come with 8 free games.

Not to mention the huge difference in performance, the games alone make it worth it. You can also brag to your friends that you own the fastest GPU on the planet right now, as well as a 1000$ GPU
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August 9, 2013 8:40:03 PM

The Corsair 600 should be fine.
But...
Why in the world are you spending $110 for a water cooler for a cpu that can't be overclocked?
The main reason for liquid cooling is to be able to have a higher overclock.
At stock, the intel supplied cooler will do the job but might be noisy.
And, use an expensive motherboard at half the price.
Put some of that towards a 3570K, a more modestly priced motherboard, and a decent air cooler like a cm hyper212.
Or, use a Noctua NH-D14 or phanteks and get equal cooling, quieter operation, and better reliability for about $75.
Even if you do not plan on overclocking, you might change your mind once you find out how easy and safe it is.
At resale time, a "K" will fetch you more than the price differential.
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August 9, 2013 9:27:49 PM

opponentmule2 said:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJ4KALE/?tag=pcpapi-20

Yes it would, but my question would be, why would you buy a 680 for 650$ when you can get a 7990 for 30 more dollars and it'll come with 8 free games.

Not to mention the huge difference in performance, the games alone make it worth it. You can also brag to your friends that you own the fastest GPU on the planet right now, as well as a 1000$ GPU


My my mouth watered when i clicked that link. I read up on it, and supposedly they might discontinue that card because people aren't buying it. People aren't buying it because the card was having problems with frame latency. I dont know what to think of that card now. =(
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August 9, 2013 10:22:59 PM

geofelt said:
The Corsair 600 should be fine.
But...
Why in the world are you spending $110 for a water cooler for a cpu that can't be overclocked?
The main reason for liquid cooling is to be able to have a higher overclock.
At stock, the intel supplied cooler will do the job but might be noisy.
And, use an expensive motherboard at half the price.
Put some of that towards a 3570K, a more modestly priced motherboard, and a decent air cooler like a cm hyper212.
Or, use a Noctua NH-D14 or phanteks and get equal cooling, quieter operation, and better reliability for about $75.
Even if you do not plan on overclocking, you might change your mind once you find out how easy and safe it is.
At resale time, a "K" will fetch you more than the price differential.


Good question. Typo? Naw, I just didn't know any better and wanted to make darn sure it didn't over heat in that small case. You're right. I'm going with the 3570K. It's not too much price difference. I shall read more on Overclocking. I'm also going with the (CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler) for $99. As for the motherboard, I'm still searching. Thanks for your input. Helped me BIG time.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2013 11:01:16 AM

I am not much in favor of using all in one liquid coolers in a normal sized case.
They are expensive, noisy, less reliable, and do not cool any better than a good air cooler.
Plus, I have read too many tales of woe when such a cooler leaked and destroyed everything.
Look at the Noctua NH-D14 for less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some 800+ reviewers can't be far wrong.
I use one, and it is virtually silent if quiet means anything to you.
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August 10, 2013 11:07:31 AM

geofelt said:
I am not much in favor of using all in one liquid coolers in a normal sized case.
They are expensive, noisy, less reliable, and do not cool any better than a good air cooler.
Plus, I have read too many tales of woe when such a cooler leaked and destroyed everything.
Look at the Noctua NH-D14 for less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some 800+ reviewers can't be far wrong.
I use one, and it is virtually silent if quiet means anything to you.


Agreed 100%. The fad of closed loop coolers needs to die quickly. A friend of mine lost a PC to a corsair h80i when it leaked. They are only for 'showing off' which doesn't make much sense because anyone with computer knowledge will be more impressed by a nice air cooling set-up. The Noctua is an AMAZING cooler and well worth it over ANY liquid cooler.
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August 10, 2013 1:13:40 PM

geofelt said:
I am not much in favor of using all in one liquid coolers in a normal sized case.
They are expensive, noisy, less reliable, and do not cool any better than a good air cooler.
Plus, I have read too many tales of woe when such a cooler leaked and destroyed everything.
Look at the Noctua NH-D14 for less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some 800+ reviewers can't be far wrong.
I use one, and it is virtually silent if quiet means anything to you.


You're saving me money. I appreciate that. I'm scrapping that PC destroyer and going with those beautiful Noctuas. I usually use headphones for gaming, but quiet fans are definitely a plus. I also found a cheaper motherboard.

This is the updated list.

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
$99.99 -$18.00 Instant $81.99

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$124.99 $124.99

EVGA SuperClocked 03G-P4-2783-KR GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
$669.99 $669.99

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$219.99 $219.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXM
$74.99 $74.99

Subtotal: $1,231.94

Cheaper and sensible.
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August 10, 2013 1:20:41 PM

tiny voices said:
geofelt said:
I am not much in favor of using all in one liquid coolers in a normal sized case.
They are expensive, noisy, less reliable, and do not cool any better than a good air cooler.
Plus, I have read too many tales of woe when such a cooler leaked and destroyed everything.
Look at the Noctua NH-D14 for less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some 800+ reviewers can't be far wrong.
I use one, and it is virtually silent if quiet means anything to you.


Agreed 100%. The fad of closed loop coolers needs to die quickly. A friend of mine lost a PC to a corsair h80i when it leaked. They are only for 'showing off' which doesn't make much sense because anyone with computer knowledge will be more impressed by a nice air cooling set-up. The Noctua is an AMAZING cooler and well worth it over ANY liquid cooler.


My non gamer friends will not be impressed either way. lol. But at least I feel confident about getting the Noctua air cooler. Thanks for the input.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2013 1:42:29 PM

Looks good.
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August 10, 2013 2:32:46 PM

I'm naming my son (My PC) "Geoface McMelfelt" after geofelt. Thanks again!
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