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Please critique what I think is the best possible build for $700

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November 21, 2010 11:57:30 PM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I have spent a long time looking up parts and benchmarks. The graphics card is easily overclockable to perform close to a gtx 470. I am thinking of trying to scrap together the money around christmas for this. I am new to the forums and am really pulling for a great response from you guys :)  Let me know what you think or maybe where i can cut costs. Thanks!

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November 22, 2010 12:59:48 AM

Switch the PSU, that PSU seems to cheap to be a 575W.
Switch to a Samsung Spinpoint F3
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November 22, 2010 1:08:18 AM

Samsung spinpoint is a HD....
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November 22, 2010 1:48:49 AM

Awesome, thanks for a heads up on the PSU. Now the build has been changed.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Its a little more expensive than I had hope... Any idea where I can cut costs? Think I could save some cash on black friday? Or do they generally not have deals on this kind of stuff.
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November 22, 2010 2:07:16 AM

Same price better case. Includes 3 x 120mm and 1 x 140mm 3 speed fans.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That GTX460 has an extra $25 mail in rebate making it super cheap.

I still recommend the Corsair PSU over the OCZ. it is cheaper as well.
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November 22, 2010 2:10:59 AM

Forgot to say that Spinpoint F3 I linked to was only $2 more for the faster 1TB model. Seriously worth it in my opinion.
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November 22, 2010 2:47:57 AM

Samsung Spinpoint F3 is always the best choice for HDDs.

Get the Corsair PSU.

Antec 300 is good.
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November 22, 2010 3:12:09 AM

I thought about getting a case with better ventilation, but i decided against it just because what i have inside of it wont be that incredibly powerful. I am mainly getting the case because during winter and summer break I am bouncing back and forth between friends houses would like to bring it around to game with. If you dont mind me asking, why go with the corsair? I am hesitant because it has 1 review and 4 eggs, while the OZ have 500 some odd reviews and 5 eggs.
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November 22, 2010 3:18:47 AM

Corsair is a higher quality brand. It is a brand new line of power supplies so thats why there are no reviews. Look at the HX or TX line reviews and you will see how good they are.

I have done close to 20 builds with that 300Illusion and it is one of the best cases in it's price range.
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November 22, 2010 3:23:00 AM

Awesome, Corsair it is.

When it comes to the case, will it make that noticeable of a difference in performance for me to switch? It may take the temperature down 2 or 3 degrees, but other than that are there any other advantages? I was really pumped for the handle and its portability ;) 

Oh, and the rest of the machine? Will it run everything out right now? Last me a long time? Easily upgradeable? Easily overclockable? Best choice for price with the GPU? Best choice for price with the CPU?

Sorry about all the questions, im a poor college student and this is the first PC I have built by myself, want to get it right the first time!
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November 22, 2010 3:31:32 AM

I'm not sure I'd get that Corsair 500 CX. Note that it's not 80+ certified, and says "up to 80% efficiency".

Consider this Silverstone ST50F-ES instead. It's a little more, but not as expensive as the OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W.
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November 22, 2010 4:04:29 AM

^ Is right about the PSU. Get the Silverstone. Corsair are among the best but so are Silverstone. If you want to overclock add this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case is up to you. The NZXT has decent cooling as well. It is likely not as "solid" a case though.
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November 22, 2010 4:10:01 AM

Alright ill get the silverstone. Is the cooler absolutely necessary if i am thinking about overclocking? What about if i just overclock the graphics card?
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November 22, 2010 4:17:45 AM

An i5 750 with that cooler will run all day just fine at 4ghz or better. I would get the cooler lol.
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November 22, 2010 4:21:43 AM

If you don't plan on overclocking the CPU, you don't need the cooler. If you're just planning on overclocking the graphics card, you shouldn't need anything additional.
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November 22, 2010 4:46:16 AM

Best answer selected by abrown221.
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November 22, 2010 4:46:41 AM

Thanks guys. Looks like this system is ready to go. I appreciate all the help
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November 22, 2010 4:54:10 AM

Dunno where you are in your build after all the advice, but as far as psus are concerned, this is the highest-quality 500W+ psu at the lowest price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since you are not using a dual core cpu with integrated graphics, you should use the P55 chip set. Since you want a microATX, here's one:

Gigabyte mATX http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-P55M-Ultra-Durable-Mo... (It's out of stock at Newegg)

If you aren't overclocking, you can drop to Mushkin or G.Skill 1333 cl9 memory and not notice the difference, though the savings is only $13.

I guess you are partial to MSI, but you should compare the 460 you chose to this one:

Gigabyte GTX 460 $180 after MIR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(I personally like the little Vulcan case!)

In any case, enjoy the build!
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November 22, 2010 5:11:06 AM

Twoboxer, why do i want the p55 chipset vs the h55 chipset? What are the differences? benefits of one over the other?
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November 22, 2010 5:16:46 AM

also, can that gigabyte motherboard overclock easily?
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November 22, 2010 5:30:11 AM

First, I guess the main benefit of the P55 chipset (can run x8-x8 PCIe slots) doesn't really apply to this board nor for your application. The subtraction of graphics support probably doesn't save much power either lol.

Sorry again, but I don't know of any reviews OCing either the Giga or the MSI board.

Just a little more comfortable with either Asus or Giga, and a board I've used (stock) before.
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