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Opinions on this gaming build. CPU cooler and PSU advice needed...

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  • Intel i5
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November 25, 2013 5:09:39 PM

My son and I will be building a system for him to start PC gaming (Skyrim, Minecraft, BF4, Far Cry 3 etc...). We have gathered several of the components required an will be completing the purchases over the holidays. I am planning on using a Core I5 3570K and ASrock Extreme 4 motherboard. We have Microcenter near and we will use their combo deals. They had the CPU priced at 149.99 a week ago but I missed hat deal I am hoping for a repeat for Black Friday.

I would appreciate opinions on the build and any suggestions on the PSU. We purchased CX 500M when we found a good sale on them but have since increased demands on the system by selecting a more powerful video card. Also a recommendation for an air CPU cooler that would allow moderate overclocking and is 150MM tall or less because he has a 200mm LED fan in the HAF XB..

What are your opinions of the CX 500M for this build? We are not in a hurry to OC but we may decide start with a more powerful PSU (prefer semi modular) yo prevent needed to replace later. Your input is appreciated.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power (Purchased )
LG optical Drive: ($15.99 @ Microcenter)

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November 25, 2013 9:25:07 PM

The build looks very nice, however i would change the Power Supply. Either get one with a higher wattage (eg: 650-700), or if you want a 500W one make sure it is GOLD certified not Bronze to ensure maximum efficiency and no random voltage drops.

The best CPU cooler (most commonly used as well) is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. So when you do decide to OC, this would still be perfectly fine.
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