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July 31, 2014 8:00:36 AM

I'm on a 600$ budget
Here are the specs I'm planning:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Help
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Help

I need help finding a good 750 watt PSU (I'm going to crossfire eventually, so I need a good psu)
Will a 750 watt psu even fit in a medium case?
Will an Intel i5 4460 require additional cooling?
Will the fans on the 280x be enough for itself?
I also need a motherboard that is great for the price. It recommended me some mini board but I want one that is compatible with crossfire, because eventually I am going to buy another 280x.
Keep in mind I am a newbie to building PC's.
Thanks in advance.

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July 31, 2014 9:00:22 AM

1)I'm not the most expert person in PSUs but i think PSU sizes are all the same so i guess any PSU will fit in your system.

2)Unless you're planning to over-clock your CPU won't need additional cooling, the stock cooler will do just fine.

3)Fans on graphics cards are designed by the manufacturers so that they won't overheat. There is usually such a good level on engineering on those cards that you shouldn't even be worrying about it. What you should be worrying about is putting enough fans on your case so that your system can "breathe".

4)As for the motherboard i would suggest a "Gigabyte GA-P85-D3" its $83 and it has the 1150 socket, which means that its compatible with your i5 4460. Also, this motherboard is crossfire ready and to be honest you won't easily find something this good for that price.
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July 31, 2014 2:01:41 PM

Peskyleo said:
1)I'm not the most expert person in PSUs but i think PSU sizes are all the same so i guess any PSU will fit in your system.

2)Unless you're planning to over-clock your CPU won't need additional cooling, the stock cooler will do just fine.

3)Fans on graphics cards are designed by the manufacturers so that they won't overheat. There is usually such a good level on engineering on those cards that you shouldn't even be worrying about it. What you should be worrying about is putting enough fans on your case so that your system can "breathe".

4)As for the motherboard i would suggest a "Gigabyte GA-P85-D3" its $83 and it has the 1150 socket, which means that its compatible with your i5 4460. Also, this motherboard is crossfire ready and to be honest you won't easily find something this good for that price.


Thanks man! This is the case I was going with

It looks to me like 2 fans can fit in the front, though I'm not sure. Do you buy fans separately for the case? How do I know what size fans to use?
EDIT: On further inspection it looks like there are 2 fan ports on the back and side. Still need answers though.
EDIT 2: I just read it says it has 2 front facing fans (optional) does it just come with them to install?
Shah! I just found out, it has a rear and a top fan preinstalled with the option for 4 more fans. Does anyone think that an i5 4460 and a 280x will need more than 2 fans in the case?
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July 31, 2014 2:20:34 PM

Please help I just need to know how many fans I should have in my case if I am using a medium case with an i5 4460, r9 280x, and a 750 watt PSU? Just assuming those are the main heat generators. I can have 2 - 6 fans.
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July 31, 2014 2:41:18 PM

Qazfdsa said:
Peskyleo said:
1)I'm not the most expert person in PSUs but i think PSU sizes are all the same so i guess any PSU will fit in your system.

2)Unless you're planning to over-clock your CPU won't need additional cooling, the stock cooler will do just fine.

3)Fans on graphics cards are designed by the manufacturers so that they won't overheat. There is usually such a good level on engineering on those cards that you shouldn't even be worrying about it. What you should be worrying about is putting enough fans on your case so that your system can "breathe".

4)As for the motherboard i would suggest a "Gigabyte GA-P85-D3" its $83 and it has the 1150 socket, which means that its compatible with your i5 4460. Also, this motherboard is crossfire ready and to be honest you won't easily find something this good for that price.


Thanks man! This is the case I was going with

It looks to me like 2 fans can fit in the front, though I'm not sure. Do you buy fans separately for the case? How do I know what size fans to use?
EDIT: On further inspection it looks like there are 2 fan ports on the back and side. Still need answers though.
EDIT 2: I just read it says it has 2 front facing fans (optional) does it just come with them to install?
Shah! I just found out, it has a rear and a top fan preinstalled with the option for 4 more fans. Does anyone think that an i5 4460 and a 280x will need more than 2 fans in the case?


You are not going to need more than 2 fans attached to your case, it would just be overkill, especially for your machine. Since you said the case comes with 2 fans (1 on the back, one on the top) i would suggest moving the one on the top to the front, and keeping the back one where it is. Doing this will make the air come in from the front, cool down the system and exit from the back, or viceversa. You don't need more than 2 fans on your case because the graphics card has its own, the cpu has its own and the PSU should have its own as well. The only reason why you need those 2 extra fans is to keep the overall temperature cool enough.
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July 31, 2014 2:50:16 PM

Peskyleo said:
Qazfdsa said:
Peskyleo said:
1)I'm not the most expert person in PSUs but i think PSU sizes are all the same so i guess any PSU will fit in your system.

2)Unless you're planning to over-clock your CPU won't need additional cooling, the stock cooler will do just fine.

3)Fans on graphics cards are designed by the manufacturers so that they won't overheat. There is usually such a good level on engineering on those cards that you shouldn't even be worrying about it. What you should be worrying about is putting enough fans on your case so that your system can "breathe".

4)As for the motherboard i would suggest a "Gigabyte GA-P85-D3" its $83 and it has the 1150 socket, which means that its compatible with your i5 4460. Also, this motherboard is crossfire ready and to be honest you won't easily find something this good for that price.


Thanks man! This is the case I was going with

It looks to me like 2 fans can fit in the front, though I'm not sure. Do you buy fans separately for the case? How do I know what size fans to use?
EDIT: On further inspection it looks like there are 2 fan ports on the back and side. Still need answers though.
EDIT 2: I just read it says it has 2 front facing fans (optional) does it just come with them to install?
Shah! I just found out, it has a rear and a top fan preinstalled with the option for 4 more fans. Does anyone think that an i5 4460 and a 280x will need more than 2 fans in the case?


You are not going to need more than 2 fans attached to your case, it would just be overkill, especially for your machine. Since you said the case comes with 2 fans (1 on the back, one on the top) i would suggest moving the one on the top to the front, and keeping the back one where it is. Doing this will make the air come in from the front, cool down the system and exit from the back, or viceversa. You don't need more than 2 fans on your case because the graphics card has its own, the cpu has its own and the PSU should have its own as well. The only reason why you need those 2 extra fans is to keep the overall temperature cool enough.

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