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November 23, 2013 8:37:55 AM

I'm doing this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/275jP

What PSU would you guys suggest? I want modular to keep the inside looking good, and I might go with cable sleeves in the future too. It would be nice if it had room to support dual graphics cards, I might upgrade this in the future. Thanks! :D 

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November 23, 2013 8:44:38 AM

Do you really want to overclock ? You won't see a big difference it your games and it decreases the life span of your parts. It depends on how much you overclock, but I don't recommend you do. You could sue the money to buy a better GPU.

Here's a CX500M. Cheap and good. not the best, but not rubbish.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX44967

Here's a Seasonic M12 II 520 watt. Really high quality, but at a higher price
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/mr/neweggca/seasonic-power-s...
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November 23, 2013 8:45:23 AM

Holy thats cheap! I didn't think I'd be able to get a quality PSU for that price. Hopefully it works well, thanks!

Jesus so many fast responses, one sec :p 
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November 23, 2013 8:48:01 AM

@IRONBATMAN, I heard overclocking would increase gaming performance significantly, is that not the case?

Thanks everyone, I'll take a look at these all and try to choose the best for what I need :D 
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November 23, 2013 8:50:33 AM

For gaming its 80% GPU, so why not stick to a i5-3470 or FX-6300 and get a GTX 770 which comes with 3 free games ?
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November 23, 2013 8:53:18 AM

Ah ok. The free games dont really interest me, I already have the games I want to play. What would you reccomend for my GPU if I dropped the cooler?

Also I heard crossfire is really bad and unreliable, is that true?
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November 23, 2013 9:07:04 AM

Crossfire or SLI has its pros and cons , but I don't recommend you to do so. Not all games support it, and its cheaper to buy a single GPU. When you crossfire / SLI , you need a better PSU too.

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November 23, 2013 9:09:06 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.45 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $674.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-23 12:12 EST-0500)
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November 23, 2013 11:42:08 AM

get a 970 chipset motherboard, or ideally a 990fx. The 970 will only be a little bit more money though. I usually only recommend the Hive 650 or 750, haven't ever recommended the 550 so I don't know about it's build quality. A 120gb Samsung Evo SSD is only 95 too, so might be worth upgrading to that as well.
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