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What PSU do I really need? What is the best budget cooler for OC i5 4670k to 4GHz?

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April 9, 2014 7:25:58 AM

Right, so first post here...
I'm building a Gaming PC, with a budget of around £600, although I'm willing to go slightly over. (NOTE: The £600 doesn't include the OS or peripherals)

So here are the specs:
i5 4670k
MSI GTX 760 2GB OC Gaming Edition (TWIN FROZR)
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming MoBo
No optical drives
Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
Kingston HyperX Beast 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB, I know RAM takes hardly any power, but just for general heat in the system for the latter question)
Aerocool X-Predator X1 Evil Midi Tower

Will a Corsair CX430 cut the cheese?

Thanks in advance :) 
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April 9, 2014 7:32:24 AM

XFX 550
fortunately, xfx is cheap in UK :) 
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April 9, 2014 7:41:35 AM

From Nvidia's site the GTX 760 alone uses 170W max and their recommended minimum for PSU is 500W. That being said the 500W is a guess based on an average system but it's a pretty good rule to follow. The CX430 is a good PSU and might be enough for what you have listed. Personally I prefer to have a little headroom though just to be safe and for expandability/upgradeability in the future. I'm using a PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 that I've had for about 6yrs and in that time I've rebuilt the rest of my system probably 3 or 4 times. A good PSU will last a long time.
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April 9, 2014 7:42:26 AM

500watts recommended http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm The 760 needs 2 PCIe power connectors and I believe your card 6pin and 8 pin.
Budget unit http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b1...
Quality unit http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...
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April 9, 2014 8:15:35 AM

pretty good, but i do have a few suggestions. 1. i would use the stock cooler if you dont plan on OC'ing, and if you dont mind only having 64gb ssd, then you can put that money and the money from the cooler to get the r9 280. also, you can save a little on the ram too.
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April 9, 2014 8:41:37 AM

Ok thanks :)  What build would you suggest?
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April 9, 2014 8:56:59 AM

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Danbuscus250/saved/4jId
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core £104.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £25.45
Motherboard Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ £61.99
Memory GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 £36.99
Storage Sandisk 64GB 2.5" SSD £35.51
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £42.98
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB £199.99
Case Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower £33.86
Power Supply XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V £46.98
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £11.69
Total: £599.44

actually, i think you can get a little more performance going with amd for the cpu and a r9 280x and the evos cooler cuz i heard the fx stock fan is loud. however, this doesnt leave much room for upgrading. i can go do another with the intel 4670k if you would rather.
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April 9, 2014 9:09:12 AM

IMO, that's a great build for the money. I might go for it :)  what I might do is get rid of the optical drive, because I probably won't use it, and re-invest into a nicer case :)  thank you so much
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April 9, 2014 9:32:05 AM

ok, no problem :D 
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April 9, 2014 12:04:14 PM

Just out of interest though, what is the best i5 rig I could get?
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April 9, 2014 12:23:35 PM

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Danbuscus250/saved/4jPE
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £161.99
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 £63.82
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £63.25
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £42.98
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB £193.92
Case Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower £33.86
Power Supply XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V £46.98
Total: £606.80

nice build here, you may consider this one depending on what you do with your computer. you game, so it depends on the games. usually, mmorpg's are more cpu intensive, in that case go for this build. however, bf4, crysis 3, titanfall are more gpu intensive, so if you play those games then the other build with the 770 will be better.
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April 9, 2014 1:56:03 PM

I might swap that up a bit, but keep the basics :)  I'll probably change the EVGA to an MSI, cause' it has a higher clock speed, and it is apparently a better overclocker
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April 9, 2014 1:59:29 PM

ok :D  glad to help
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April 9, 2014 2:06:14 PM

Thanks for the help :D 
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