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Need help with PSU and MoBo in a $1000 Gaming PC

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March 9, 2011 5:44:00 PM

Hi all, ive nearly completed my full build but im having problems with the MoBo and the PSU

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: Around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, OS. While i do need a case, i live in South America and a Friend is getting the parts for me in the USA so i think making him bring me a case would be a bit excessive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.amazon.com or www.newegg.com but willing to use others if i can find a good offer

Country of Origin: Peru but will be shipping everything to the USA

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Budget is too low for it i think

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (i think)

Additional Comments: Retail is not an option since i have to ship everything to a friends house (free shipping would be awesome)

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Currently this is the build im looking at


CPU: Core i5-2500k - $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $255
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 -$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ???

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3HD103SJ - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: Asus Black 24X - $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: ???

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This comes to a total of $683 which leaves me $317 for a MoBo and a PSU. I would also like to have some wiggle room so i can buy a Case in my country so the lower the cost, the better

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For the PSU i was looking at

XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-CAB9) 650W ATX12V v2.2 & ESP12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ive heard that they are all good PSUs but i was wondering if the $90 ones would be good enough for my PC or if i had to buy the other more expensive options.

I will be overclocking my CPU but dont plan on doing CrossFire in the near future (although it would be nice to know which of those options would be able to handle CrossFire)

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For the MoBo i was thinking of a

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $180

but newegg just run out of stock =(

would like a similar one that i could start ordering soon (cant wait 2-3 weeks for them to come out) since it needs to arrive to Miami by the end of the month

Anyway thank you for your help and all recommendations are welcome since its the first time im building my own PC

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March 9, 2011 6:07:47 PM

I'm making a similar build so I can shed some light on your mobo/psu situation.

MoBo: the type of mobo you want is a P67. Specifically: Asrock extreme4, Asus P67 Pro, Gigabyte UD4 (Not available yet due to the recall - some should be getting to newegg within the next couple weeks so I would just keep checking whenever you can)

newegg also had an MSI P67 board for $180 that sold out. Anyway from what I've been told, the best deal would be the Asrock one which should be around $150.

Oh yeah, to make sure it's the right mobo for your i5 2500k just look for the "B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker"

PSU: I think you should get that XFX black edition one that you linked from your current build. Seems like it has great quality. Or to save $30 you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= .

The 750W will grant you some safety room for when you're upgrading/SLi/OC'ing in the future.
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March 9, 2011 6:47:47 PM

sdvz said:
I'm making a similar build so I can shed some light on your mobo/psu situation.

MoBo: the type of mobo you want is a P67. Specifically: Asrock extreme4, Asus P67 Pro, Gigabyte UD4 (Not available yet due to the recall - some should be getting to newegg within the next couple weeks so I would just keep checking whenever you can)

newegg also had an MSI P67 board for $180 that sold out. Anyway from what I've been told, the best deal would be the Asrock one which should be around $150.

Oh yeah, to make sure it's the right mobo for your i5 2500k just look for the "B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker"

PSU: I think you should get that XFX black edition one that you linked from your current build. Seems like it has great quality. Or to save $30 you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= .

The 750W will grant you some safety room for when you're upgrading/SLi/OC'ing in the future.


Thanks for the reply, i know that i want a P67, was going for the MSI but, as you said, it already sold out. While i would really like an Asrock, i dont think i can wait that much to get it, i have to ship everything by friday. Do you have any recommendations on MoBos that are available right now?

And thanks on the PSU, while the XFX black seems (and ive read that it is) great quality, $130 is just too much for my budget. Your $100 PSU seems great and i think that is what i will be going with

Thank You!

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