I'm trying to build a new system for my brother. I need to order parts by mid-week... short notice, I know. I've posted here before and am not new to building systems but I've been out of the loop for a bit.
It will mostly be used for surfing the web, word docs, some gaming (nothing graphics intense). I want this to last at least 4 years but on a budget, ~$500. I already have case, DVD, mouse, keyboard. This is what I'm thinking:
Now I'm not sure if I should just stick with internal graphics or get a GPU. If I were to set up for internal graphics that means I need a H55 mobo, correct? I'm considering just setting up internal graphics and some day upgrading it... would getting this mobo now mean I need to replace it later by adding a GPU?
Efficiency was very high (up to 85%) when we pulled up to 60% from its labeled capacity (i.e., 378 W). Above that efficiency dropped, but still above the 80% mark. Voltages were always inside the allowed range, the same thing happening with noise and ripple.
Due to its good cost/benefit ratio we are giving this power supply our “Golden Award”. Of course the price was the item that most helped with this decision.
This was when unit was selling at USD $70
The builder series of Corsair has upset lots of Corsair fans actually - the CX400 was 1st replaced by builder series 430 but the latter is not 80+ certified, less amps on the 12V and generally inferior build than the line it replaced
Thanks for the replies guys. I'll look at the PSU's again. I already have a case so that's not something I need to buy.
My main concern is the CPU/mobo combo from the 2nd half of my original post.
I'm not as knowledgeable on the current processors. I know I want the i5 but I'm not sure which/if they have internal graphics... if i were to use that for now, would it be a problem to add a GPU later (without changing mobo's)?