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Would an i5 3570k be a good fit for my build?

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November 4, 2013 7:00:43 AM

Hello! I am ready for an upgrade in my build. I think the first thing I want to do is upgrade my CPU. As of now I am running a Pentium G860 on an Asrock Z75 Pro 3 board. I want to upgrade to an i5 3570k because I want to be able to render out videos faster and play games better. Would this be a good fit for me? My budget is around $200. Also, will I have enough power for the i5? Right now I have a corsair cx430 psu. Thanks!

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November 4, 2013 7:08:17 AM

your psu will handle the i5 3570k. but if you plan to add higher end graphics cards you may want to consider a larger psu.
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November 4, 2013 7:11:00 AM

spyrizzle said:
your psu will handle the i5 3570k. but if you plan to add higher end graphics cards you may want to consider a larger psu.


Great! Now with me getting the 3570k, I plan on overclocking. Would I be able to overclock with my PSU?
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November 4, 2013 7:18:03 AM

you should be able to over clock with it. but i cannot suggest enough that you upgrade that psu just to be safe.
over stressing a psu could cause damage to your components or worse, start a fire.
if you plan to add graphics cards, large ram amounts and overclock as well as multiple hard drives and fans running not to mention drives for burning dvd/bluray discs please get a stronger psu to avoid damage to components, property or worst of all, someones life.


also, the h100i is a very acceptable option to keep your i5 nice and cool, even under over clocking..
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November 4, 2013 7:24:43 AM

If you plan to overclock you should be looking at a higher quality PSU with more power. Stable voltage is key when overclocking. The CX 430 is a budget series PSU that was not manufactured to handle overclocking. You should look at a 5-600w Corsair TX/HX, XFX, Seasonic, or Antec unit.

Here is a good one: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&m...

This PSU should handle overclocking and any single GPU available without issue. The unit is manufactured by Seasonic and badged as a XFX power supply.
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November 4, 2013 7:26:12 AM

I too would recommend Corsair for their power supplies.
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November 4, 2013 8:03:16 AM

sincreator said:
If you plan to overclock you should be looking at a higher quality PSU with more power. Stable voltage is key when overclocking. The CX 430 is a budget series PSU that was not manufactured to handle overclocking. You should look at a 5-600w Corsair TX/HX, XFX, Seasonic, or Antec unit.

Here is a good one: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&m...

This PSU should handle overclocking and any single GPU available without issue. The unit is manufactured by Seasonic and badged as a XFX power supply.


I appreciate the feedback. Even though a 430w psu is pushing it, I've found many instances where it has worked. I think first I will just keep my psu and when the time comes that I need a new video card and plan to start over locking, I will get a new psu. I guess my new question is even with the 3570k, will I have enough power for 8 more gb of memory? Thanks
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November 5, 2013 12:45:59 PM

you'll be fine with running that.
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