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Trying to build a gaming computer, did I do okay?

So I just ordered the parts for a Gaming PC the other day. Finally decided to ditch console gaming entirely.

Check it:
-MSI H87-G43 Motherboard
-ASUS 770 GTX
-4570 I5
-16 GB ADATA RAM (Two sticks of 8 GB )
-NZXT Source 220 Case
-XFX Power Source 550W
-128 SanDisk SSD
-1 TB Seagate HD

Did I do okay?

My main concern at this point is the power supply. While I have several people telling me it will be sufficient, there are others telling me it might be too small. Can anyone shed some light on this?


Total cost was 900$ not including peripheral devices through PC Parts Picker.
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  1. I woulda suggested:

    -An MSI G45 w/ 4670k for overclocking before investing in that 2nd 8GB of RAM

    -XFX Core Edition makes for a great PSU on a budget but can';t say I am familiar with "Power Source" models. The 500 watts is adequate however if you are not overclocking anything.

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_770_review,5.html

    - The Asus 770 (1058) is clocked significantly lower than the MSI and Gigabyte models (1137 MHz) .... however, that's one of the reasons its selling at a substantial discount of late.
  2. Just fine. Everything is greatly balanced, and you only need 8 gb of ram for most applications. Great job, solid build.
    What psu exactly, the xfx 550w, I have this also and it works perfectly, especially for your build. You have a lot of headroom, and it is great.
  3. Also what are you doing for your os.
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    The 550w XFX is a good psu and will be sufficient for your build. That said, I personally prefer even more head room on my power supplies so I would go for a 620-650w. Note that power supplies do degrade over time but most good ones have a 5 year warranty so you can expect them to be good for at least that long.

    At absolute peak loads (not attainable unless you are trying to max your cpu/gpu) the Gpu consumes around 250w and the CPU around 160w. The actual usage values will be lower than this. You want to run your power supply at around 80% or under for longevity and efficiency which would be at 440w. So with a 550w you would run your system at less than 80% usage (other items contribute but are very low usage in comparison to the cpu and gpu).

    Sources:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2013/06/12/intel-core-i5-4670k-haswell-cpu-review/6
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk104-review,3519-25.html
  5. What you are building is a vert good 'all around' build that will easily handle anything you throw at it excepting the highest demanding games and 3d rendering stuff, and those it will do a decent job on. Don't feel that I'm slighting your build though, a few of those games pull low-teen fps with sli 780ti's on a 4k monitor, and that's a setup closer to $8 Grand. Way out of my budget too lol.
  6. Your system maxed out, running all fans, HDD, CPU etc is only going to pull @200w or so. Add 75w for PCIe slot, and 225w for the gpu.Total you could extensibly pull from the psu then will be around 500w. The XFX Core Edition (the cheap 550w) has a 12v+ rated max of 528w.

    In other words, you have plenty, because unless you are running furmark and prime95 at the same time and all fans etc at 100%, your pc will never see 100% everything maxed out
  7. Thanks everyone for the input, I definitely feel better about my purchase. Cant wait to start living in the future.


    schau314 said:
    Also what are you doing for your os.

    I havent decided yet. Im still finishing my research on that matter. I can recieve either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 for free from my university, so price is obviously not a factor. I have been living with Linux for so long I really am out of the loop with regards to Windows OS.
  8. Windows 8.1 will run games >5% better than W7, so you're looking at 2-3 fps at best, which is negligible really, its also a totally new OS, unlike W7, which was designed off the xp/vista platforms. Considering that W7 will be supported until 2020? It's safe to choose either. So it will all boil down to what you think you will be more comfortable using. If you plan on touchscreen or major cloud usage, W8.1 will be the better choice.
  9. Karadjgne said:
    Windows 8.1 will run games >5% better than W7, so you're looking at 2-3 fps at best, which is negligible really, its also a totally new OS, unlike W7, which was designed off the xp/vista platforms. Considering that W7 will be supported until 2020? It's safe to choose either. So it will all boil down to what you think you will be more comfortable using. If you plan on touchscreen or major cloud usage, W8.1 will be the better choice.


    Cool! Well I will fool around with 8.1 a bit and see if I like it.
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