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August 22, 2010 5:45:49 PM

Hello, I want to build a good budget gaming pc. At the moment i'm only playing Starcraft 2, so I dont it'll need to be too extreme or anything.

I have a Radeon 4650 ready and waiting (which I will upgrade later) so I wont need a graphics card yet. Here's the current list of components I have (excluding OS; (Which will be Windows 7))
*edit, here's a pic to make it easier to look at

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
  • Mobo: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
  • HardDrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Media: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM *edit
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Other Notes: Through newegg combos I shave off about 90$ so it brings it down to $520 with shipping. I'm open to any opinions and suggestions. (also if anyone could double check compatibility since this is my first build) Thank you in advance!
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    August 22, 2010 6:10:28 PM

    OZC Power Supplies seem to have an alarmingly high failure rate on this forum lately. If possible, I'd swap that out for a Corsair or something more reliable. Not saying that it will fail, just saying I wouldn't be willing to take the risk personally. Otherwise it looks great.
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    August 22, 2010 6:54:22 PM

    Thank you for your fast response!


    Update:
    I switched out the the power supply to this:



  • Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC



    would this be a more reliable brand?
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    August 22, 2010 8:11:10 PM

    I'd spend a bit more on something like this:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

    Rosewill products are hit and miss; they're essentially the "no-name brand" of computer parts; most of their stuff is good, but I'm not sure I'd trust running a high caliber system like this on one of their PSU's. This corsair unit is only a bit more, and is well worth the extra cost.
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    August 22, 2010 8:22:05 PM

    I see. Seeing as I'm using a low profile video card, would the 450 watt version suffice ,or would that be pushing it?
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    August 22, 2010 8:23:36 PM

    Pyroflea said:
    OZC Power Supplies seem to have an alarmingly high failure rate on this forum lately. If possible, I'd swap that out for a Corsair or something more reliable. Not saying that it will fail, just saying I wouldn't be willing to take the risk personally. Otherwise it looks great.

    Im not sure i can agree with that statement , as OCZ power supplys are very reliable...in my opinion ive had a 500W OCZ for 2 years now...

    Its powered by HD4870
    Core 2 Quad Q9300 3.6Ghz
    4gb ram
    2 HDDs

    Id say go for a OCZ if its cheaper than the corsair.
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    August 22, 2010 8:51:32 PM

    I thought the OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W was a good choice for a low-mid budget build.
    (it has the same 8% 1 & 2 poor/bad NewEgg customer ratings as the Corsair 650TX)

    The Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W is an OK choice. At least it got a decent review @ Hardware Secrets. But it only has a 2yr warranty while the OCZ has a 3yr warranty.

    The Corsair 450VX is plenty of power for your system, with the HD 4650, and with an upgraded video card like a HD 5770 or HD 5850.

    For an excellent $60 ($15 less than 450VX) PSU look at the SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
    Seasonic S12 II Bronze 520W review @ JonnyGuru
    Seasonic S12II Bronze 520 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
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    August 22, 2010 9:14:45 PM

    I have the OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W listed because it comes as a combo with the hard-drive shaving off $20 (this is without the $20 mail in rebate), but I wouldn't wanna risk the whole system over it because I'm being cheap ^.^ I looked at the reviews for the OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W on newegg and they don't seem to have the failure rate mentioned by Pyroflea but I'm still open on the matter.

    I also looked at the Seasonic Bronze 520W, it looks like a very solid PSU, but buying it separate with the hard drive adds a little extra $ to the total, but not too much as to be overlooked if I get more negative feedback from the OCZ Fatality PSU.

    As far as the rest of the build goes, everything is okay compatibility wise?
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    August 22, 2010 9:59:51 PM

    I didn't mean to say that OCZ Supplies were low quality by any means; I use OCZ products quite often, and have had great luck with them. I have seen many failures of the Fatal1ty series of supplies lately however, which means nothing as obviously all products have some defected units. I was just pointing out that I'm paranoid and would not personally go with this unit. If you're getting a deal on it in a combo, then by all means get it; it will serve you well.
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    August 22, 2010 10:40:31 PM

    I'm a new as far as knowing what brand is good with what product so I'm still open to opinions . Hopefully the PSU will work with the combo. I'm still looking for other combos that can give more bang for my buck.

    As far as cooling and the motherboard go, I won't be overclocking (very minimal if at all) so will the motherboard suffice or should I get some kind of heat-sink / fan?
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    August 22, 2010 10:46:50 PM

    This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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    August 23, 2010 12:47:21 AM

    OCZ isn't a bad product. It just isn't in the same league as Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic. Given that your system would not stress a good 450W PSU, I would not worry about the OCZ not being good enough.
    If you're trying to make budget, although AMD's recent price cuts don't make it much, you could lower the CPU to a 955 or 945.
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    August 23, 2010 5:07:17 AM

    Okay, tweaked the build a little. I downgraded the CPU to the 955, the ram to DDR3 1333, and the CPU to 430W.

    What do you guys think? If im running Starcraft 2 on medium settings at stock cpu speed, will the 430W be more than enough?
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    August 23, 2010 12:19:04 PM

    The 430W PSU will handle a HD5770 without problems, so you'd be good to go. That's a decent build for $500.
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    August 23, 2010 6:47:34 PM

    The grand total (including shipping) comes out to $502 for the last build I posted. So I think I'll go with that. Thank you everyone for your feed back :) 
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