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August 30, 2013 11:23:04 AM

Hey all, long-time lurker, first time poster here. So I'm building a new Haswell gaming rig (non-OC, single GPU only), as follows:

Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.2 GHZ 6MB Cache
Motherboard: MSI H87M-G43
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9
Graphics Card: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC
SSD: Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini
Power Supply: SilverStone Strider 500W, 80 PLUS, Active PFC Power Supply ST50F-ES
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
DVD Burner: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST

For some context, I live in the Philippines where part selection isn't all that great (note that I only posted Amazon links for reference, as I'll be getting all my hardware from brick-and-mortar stores; online vendors aren't really an option for me due to steep customs fees and taxes for electronics over here). That said, I think the above build is pretty good, but I do have some concerns regarding the case and PSU:

1) I studied the dimensions to the best of my ability and I think everything should fit in the Fractal Design Arc Mini, but I could really use a second opinion here as this is my first build. I wouldn't mind switching to a mid tower if necessary, though smaller cases are better for me as my apartment isn't that roomy.

2) My more pressing concern is the PSU; namely, is the PSU above enough for my system? I realize the GTX 670 at minimum requires 30A on the 12V rail, and the PSU above supplies 34A. However, I'm uncertain if this is enough for the MSI 670 PE; I only ask because I heard the EVGA FTW 670 requires 38A, so it occurred to me that the MSI 670 PE may also require more amps.

3) As a follow-up to item 2--I do have a short list of alternate PSUs to use, though I want to get one that is "Haswell compatible". Topping my list would be the Antec VP550P; however, only the VP550P V2 is fully compatible, whilst the vanilla VP550P is "to be confirmed." Is there any way to determine whether a particular unit is V2 or not?

Thanks all! I'll check in again in six hours :D 

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August 30, 2013 11:57:29 AM

Get a PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic. 550-600w is plenty

You cannot overclock that CPU so drop the CPU cooler.