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First time builder, am I doing ok?

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June 7, 2014 7:27:50 PM

I'm picking out the parts for my first PC, and I'm nervous about picking out out the wrong parts or taking too many shortcuts to keep to my budget of ~$800. Is this a stable, well balanced build that will give me good performance for the price point?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $790.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 21:59 EDT-0400)

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June 7, 2014 7:34:50 PM

If you plug it in and it doesn't burst into flames, then ur fine.
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June 7, 2014 7:35:06 PM

get this power supply instead http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb... but other than that, its not too bad. low-end mobo, but it should be ok for you aslong as you dont try to overclock.
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June 7, 2014 7:47:37 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
get this power supply instead http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb... but other than that, its not too bad. low-end mobo, but it should be ok for you aslong as you dont try to overclock.


I have no plans to overclock at this point. Maybe once I get some more experience under my belt. That PSU is 50W under the minimum recommended by my graphics card. That's not going to be enough, is it?
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June 7, 2014 8:02:15 PM

the video card recommendation is for the whole system, not just the card, and it is inflated. 550 watts is just fine for this build.
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June 8, 2014 10:14:49 AM

That XFX does look like it is better quality than the one I picked out, so I'll more than likely be getting it, but I could use help understanding something. I read that PSUs are more efficient at lower loads, so logically speaking, wouldn't a PSU that's above the recommended wattage be more efficient than something under? The higher the total wattage, the more it can do before becoming inefficient, right? Or am I understanding that wrong?
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June 8, 2014 12:05:50 PM

psu's are most efficient at 50% load, so 550-700 watts is perfect for you.
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