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November 21, 2013 12:04:09 PM

Hello everybody. I was hoping to get some advice on building a gaming pc. I'm considering these parts from http://pcpartpicker.com/user/SlyR/saved/2Sab.

Games that I usually play are RPG's (Dragon Age and the like) and FPS's (CoD & BF).

Will the graphics card be sufficient and/or is there anything cheaping that I could go with that will still give me great performance?
Also I'm not sure about the PSU that comes with the case. Will 500psu be ok with the 760? I'm aiming to be under $1500.

Thanks all!

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November 21, 2013 12:45:49 PM
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Hi,

Your build looks good apart from a few things that might be of benefit to change. First of all, I think you shouldn't spend $75 on an air cooler and it looks like yours is quite big so not sure if a mini itx case can accommodate. Instead, for an i5, go for a closed loop liquid cooling system such as the corsair h70 which has a single 120mm radiator. Having a liquid cooled system will be quieter, much much cooler and in your case, much cheaper too. Therefore, reconsider your choice of cooler.

Secondly, I don't think that the built in 500W psu will be enough for your 760. Even if it is enough, you won't have much capacity for any upgrades in the future. Instead, I would suggest going for a 80 bronze (at least) 650W PSU from a reliable manufacturer such as corsair or seasonic and then getting another, maybe cheaper case that doesn't have a built in PSU, so that you save some money. You can check the exact wattage of PSU you need using an online calculator such as this one: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...


hope this helps!

November 21, 2013 3:18:47 PM

tambeshakunt said:
Hi,

Your build looks good apart from a few things that might be of benefit to change. First of all, I think you shouldn't spend $75 on an air cooler and it looks like yours is quite big so not sure if a mini itx case can accommodate. Instead, for an i5, go for a closed loop liquid cooling system such as the corsair h70 which has a single 120mm radiator. Having a liquid cooled system will be quieter, much much cooler and in your case, much cheaper too. Therefore, reconsider your choice of cooler.

Secondly, I don't think that the built in 500W psu will be enough for your 760. Even if it is enough, you won't have much capacity for any upgrades in the future. Instead, I would suggest going for a 80 bronze (at least) 650W PSU from a reliable manufacturer such as corsair or seasonic and then getting another, maybe cheaper case that doesn't have a built in PSU, so that you save some money. You can check the exact wattage of PSU you need using an online calculator such as this one: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...


hope this helps!


















Thanks for the input! I wasn't quite sure what to go with when it came to air and liquid cooling. Reason why I went with Phanteks was that I heard nothing but good reviews especially with this particular item. But like you mentioned, it probably won't fit in the case. So, I'll be considering the liquid options.

Oh the case...I chose it mainly because the aesthetic hah. But, I see your point. Too small and limited power. I'll browse around for something that could give me more options.

Thanks again Tambeshakunt! I appreciate the help!
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November 22, 2013 12:20:29 PM

You're welcome!
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