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February 16, 2014 10:16:58 PM

Hello, i just sold my xbox and ps3 and moving to pc! I have around 500-575 dollars to spend. So i'm deciding to use an i3 and buy the i5 4670k/New mobo by summer. I'm going to list the parts and i just want to know if everything looks good to all of you! :) 

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82-N 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $569.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 16, 2014 10:18:52 PM

get two sticks of 4GB RAM and you're good.
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February 16, 2014 10:23:20 PM

Mciahel said:
get two sticks of 4GB RAM and you're good.

I'm getting 1x8gb stick to upgrade to 16gb later.
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February 17, 2014 9:04:19 PM

zayzo said:
Mciahel said:
get two sticks of 4GB RAM and you're good.

I'm getting 1x8gb stick to upgrade to 16gb later.


Un-paired RAM is a bad idea they don't work well together. Either get the two 8GB or two 4GB. Don't mix and match RAM sitcks.
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February 25, 2014 6:07:08 AM

Your build looks great, just get another 1x8 RAM module, like above. The I3 and 7870 should work beautifully together :) 
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February 25, 2014 6:10:13 AM

The PSU is not the best. Replace it with an Antec, XFX, Corsair (not CX), Seasonic unit.

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February 25, 2014 6:14:14 AM

tiny voices said:
The PSU is not the best. Replace it with an Antec, XFX, Corsair (not CX), Seasonic unit.



The NZXT Hale is not the best, I agree, and it should put out a steady 500W instead of 550W.
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February 25, 2014 6:15:36 AM

Wattage output is not what matters. Quality is what matters. A low quality unit is many times more likely to fail and fry the entire computer. You can get a better PSU for the same price from the brands I listed. Do that for sure.
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February 25, 2014 6:26:39 AM

Tier 1 Brands - The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market.

Antec Signature
Antec High Current Pro -1200w
Antec HCP Platinum 1kW
Cooler Master V series 700, 850, 1kW
Corsair AX
Enermax Galaxy
Enermax Revolution
EVGA SuperNova G2 1000W and 1300W
Kingwin Lazer Platinum
PCP&C TurboCool
PCP&C Silencer Greater than 610 watt
Sapphire Pure
Seasonic X-Series
Seasonic S12D/M12D
Silverstone ZF (Etasis 85/75/56)
Seventeam ST Greater than 600w (SSI, V2.91)
Silverstone OP/DA Greater than 700 watt
Silverstone ZM
Ultra X3 Greater than 1000 watt
XFX Black Edition
XFX XXX Edition
Zippy/Emacs SSL
Zippy/Emacs GSM
Zippy/Emacs PSL
Zippy/Emacs HG2
Zippy/Emacs HP2

Tier 2 Brands - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1

Antec Neo HE
Antec High Current Gamer Series
Antec EarthWatts greater than 700 watt
Antec TruePower Trio
Antec TruePower Quattro
Antec TruePower New -- 750w
Akasa PowerGreen 80+
CoolMax CTG-750 watt/850 watt/1000 watt
Cooler Master Ultimate/UCP
Cooltek CT
Corsair GS600 / GS800
Corsair HX
Corsair RM 550
Corsair TX
Corsair VX
Cougar SX700 and GX700
Enermax Liberty
Enermax Infiniti
Enermax MaxRevo 1350
Enermax MODU82+
Enermax Platimax (600, 750, 850, 1.2K)
Enermax PRO82+
Enermax PRO87+ (500w + 700w)
Enermax Triathlor (550, 650, 700)
Enhance ENP-GH
Fortron (FSP) GLN
Hale82-m 650-750w
iStarUSA PD2
iStarUSA PD3
LEPA G500
OCZ EliteXStream
OCZ Fatal1ty
OCZ GameXStream less than 1000 watt (only if manufactured in December 2007 or later)
OCZ StealthXStream 400 watt
OCZ StealthXStream 2 greater than 700 watt
OCZ Modstream (only if manufactured in December 2007 or later)
OCZ EvoStream
OCZ ProXStream
OCZ Z(t)(s) Series Less than 1000W
OCZ ZX 850w
PC P&C Silencer less than 610 watt
PC P&C Silencer MkII
Rosewill Capstone (450, 750)
Rosewill Fortress
Rosewill Hive (550, 650)
Seasonic G series
Seasonic S12
Seasonic M12
Seasonic Energy Plus
Sentey Golden Steel Power 850w
SevenTeam ST less than 600 watt
Silverstone OP/DA 700 watt or less
Supermicro/AbleCom
Thermaltake Toughpower greater than 600 watt
Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 800w
Topower Powerbird 900w
Xclio StablePower
XFX Core Edition
Xigmatek MC
Xigmatek HC
Ultra X3
Ultra X-Pro
Zalman ZM less than 1000 watt

Tier 2b - Tier 2 units which have either lower longevity or slightly lower quality output. Still well within spec, and are good units.

ABS-Tagan ITZ/BZ less than 1000 watt
Antec VP (350, 450)
BFG 800 watt
Cooler Master GX 80 Plus 450W
Cooler Master Real Power Pro >greater than 800 watt
Corsair CS
Cougar S700
Enermax NAXN-82 550w - 750w
Hiper Type-M >greater than 650 watt
Hiper Type-R >greater than 650 watt
Huntkey Jumper
Kingwin Lazer Gold
LEPA B650, B850
Mushkin Enhanced
NZXT HALE
OCZ PowerStream
OCZ StealthXStream <less than 700 watt (only if manufactured in December 2007 or later)
Rosewill Green 630w
Silverstone EF
Tagan U95
Tagan U25
Tagan U15
Tagan U22
Topower Powerbird 1100w
Xclio GreatPower

Tier 3 Brands - Power supplies fully able to meet ATX specs, although closer to the edges of the limits than higher tier units. Still solid units.

Acbel Polycom
Akasa PaxPower
Akasa PowerPlus (>greater than 500 watt Models)
AMS Mercury
Antec Earthwatts >greater than 700 watt
Antec Basiq
Antec Phantom
Antec TruePower III
Antec TruePower II
Antec TrueControl II
Antec NeoPower 480 watt (Old Model)
Athena Power Space Shuttle Series
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
BFG ES
BFG LS
Channel Well
Cooler Master Real Power Pro <less than 800 watt
Cooler Master iGreen
Cooler Master Silent (and gold) Pro
Corsair CX Series
Corsair RM750, RM850
Enermax Maximum Plus
Enermax Noistaker II
Enermax Noisetaker
Enermax Whisper II
Enermax CoolerGiant
Enhance ENS-G
Epower Xscale
EVGA SuperNova NEX B 500
EVGA SuperNova NEX G 750
EVGA SuperNova NEX 1500 Classified
Fortron (FSP) GLC
Fortron (FSP) THN
Fortron AX
Fortron HLN
Fortron PFN/PN/PA
Fractal Design Integra R2 750 W
Kingwin Lazer
Kingwin Mach 1 (the negative 12v rail may go slightly outside of spec in some loading conditions)
LEPA G900
NorthQ
OCZ ModXStream (rated for 40° C)
OCZ Z Series 1000W
Rosewill RP 2 (temperature sensitive)
Rosewill Xtreme/RX
Seasonic Super Versatile
Sigma SP
Silverstone F
Sparkle FSP
Spire Rocketeer V/VI
Sunbeam Nuuo
Thermaltake Litepower
Thermaltake Purepower RX
Thermaltake Toughpower <less than 600 watt
Topower 1000w Gold
XG Magnum
X-Spice Kira
Zalman ZM 1000 watt



Tier 4 - Not Recommend for stressful situations. May not be able to put out full rated power above room temperature, and may slightly fail to meet ATX specs.

Aerocool
Asus Atlas
BFG 1000 watt
Cooler Master eXtreme (only use 75% of labeled wattage)
Cooler Master GX (except 450w)
E-Power
Futurepower
Hale82n 650w
Hiper Type-M
HIPRO
Masscool
MGE XG
Mushkin HP
NorthQ 4775-500S/BU
OCZ Modstream (if manufactured before December 2007)
OCZ GameXStream <1000 watt (if manufactured before December 2007)
OCZ StealthXStream (if manufactured before December 2007)
OCZ GameXStream 1010 watt (essentially a 850watt power supply)
Scythe Kamariki
Sigma Shark
Sintek
TTGI/Superflower
Ultra Xfinity
Ultra X2 <less than 700 watt
Ultra XVS
Xion Real Power PowerReal

Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED. Replace ASAP if you have one.

A-TOP Technology
Apevia
APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
Aspire(Turbo Case)
ATADC
Athena Power
ATRIX
Broadway Com Corp
Coolmax
Deer
Diablotek
Dynapower USA
Dynex
EagleTech
FOXCONN
FSP Everest
HEC Orion
Hiper Type-R
Huntkey
I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
In Win
JPAC COMPUTER
Just PC
Kingwin Inc.
Linkworld Electronics
Logisys Computer
MGE
MSI
NMEDIAPC
Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
NorthQ
NZXT
Okia
Powmax
Q-Tec
Raidmax
Rocketfish
Rosewill
SFC
Shuttle
Skyhawk
Spire Coolers
Star Micro
STARTECH
Thermaltake Purepower NP
Thermaltake Purepower RU
Thermaltake TR2 (and TR2-RX)
TOPOWER TOP
Ultra X-Connect
Ultra X2 >greater than 700 watt
Ultra LSP
Wintech
XION
YoungYear
Zebronics
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February 25, 2014 7:04:12 AM

You are a bit confused. On that list is the old NZXT HALE unit. The new units are the HALE-N series and they use a different OEM which is MUCH lower quality. Don't but that unit.
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February 25, 2014 8:40:59 AM

XFX Core 550W is a great PSU that should fit your needs. Manufactured by Seasonic. A very reputable PSU manufacturer.
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February 25, 2014 10:53:40 AM

tiny voices said:
You are a bit confused. On that list is the old NZXT HALE unit. The new units are the HALE-N series and they use a different OEM which is MUCH lower quality. Don't but that unit.


Ah, ok, I was a bit confused there, thanks for clearing that up. :) 
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February 25, 2014 11:03:28 AM

Spencer993 said:
tiny voices said:
You are a bit confused. On that list is the old NZXT HALE unit. The new units are the HALE-N series and they use a different OEM which is MUCH lower quality. Don't but that unit.


Ah, ok, I was a bit confused there, thanks for clearing that up. :) 


EDIT: Replied to wrong person, thought he was the OP :/  Apologies
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