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Need advice on 2 new builds.

Would like feedback on parts chosen. Case manufacturer recommends a non-modular PSU 140mm in length or less due to HDD clearance. Possibly a PSU with not so long of cables.Been researching all parts for a month, cannot decide on a decent PSU (wattage, manufacturer)in the range of$65.00- $85.00. Will use onboard graphics, no video card.

HTPC
Mobo Gigabyte H55m-S2H
CPU Core i3 540
( already had cpu and mobo parts)
Ram 4GB DDR3 1600mhz Corsair xms
PSU ?
HDD Seagate 1TB 7200 Barracuda
ODD DVD combo
Case Aerocool M40 120mm fan included
OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
T.V. card Haupauge
Case fans 3x80mm Zalman ZM-F1
CPU fan stock

Keyboard IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel


SFF PC

MOBO Asus Maximus IV Gene-z
CPU Core i5 2500k
RAM 4GB DDR3 1600mhz Corsair Vengence
PSU ?
HDD Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 rpm
ODD DVD combo drive
Case Aerocool QX-2000 120mm fan included
Monitor Asus VH238H LED
OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Case fans 1x60mm Y.S. Tech / 3x80mm Zalman ZM-F1
CPU fan COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RI 80mm
( if there is room)
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  1. curios about the choice of motherboard for the second build. Why get a gaming motherboard for a PC that will only be using onboard video??
  2. PSU requirements are almost entirely determined by the graphics card/s. In this case, since you will use onboard graphics, a psu of 150w to 300w would be fine.
    The trick is to find one that is 140mm long or less.

    The Antec 380w green should fit the bill at $45.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033
    the length is exactly 140mm:
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjIxMg==

    The 430w unit is $65 with the same dimensions.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034
  3. 1| your getting a gaming grade mobo with tonnes of OC'ing potential and your going to run it off of a low wattage psu?

    2| for that htpc build i would go with a seasonic x-460W fanless model or a silverstone nightjar 450W psu.

    3| for the gaming rig - bro i'd advise getting something around 650W or more as you will definitely find the itch to go crossfire or sli mode. when you'll run that machine off of a 400~450W psu - you'lll wish you had higher wattage on a PSU when you'll want to run some serious gaming sessions on high details off of a high end GPU.

    * Check out this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3XnObllr8 for htpc
    ** and this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqUWCb-MV0I for gaming rig (but i think it might not fit)

    thas my opinion :)
  4. iam2thecrowe said:
    curios about the choice of motherboard for the second build. Why get a gaming motherboard for a PC that will only be using onboard video??
    Thanks for your response, I know it sounds like a bit of over kill right now, but I thought I might add a video card at a later date , for the money it is not that much more than a basic board, and with all it's features it sounded like a pretty good board to learn on for overclocking, not to mention I like the looks of the board.
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    aambumann said:
    Thanks for your response, I know it sounds like a bit of over kill right now, but I thought I might add a video card at a later date , for the money it is not that much more than a basic board, and with all it's features it sounded like a pretty good board to learn on for overclocking, not to mention I like the looks of the board.


    In that case, here are the psu requirements for different graphics cards:
    GTX560 needs 450w with 24a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.

    GTX560Ti needs 500w with 30a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.

    GTX570 needs 550w with 38a on the 12v rails plus two 6-pin PCI-E power leads.

    GTX580 needs 600w with 42a on the 12v rails plus one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI-E power lead.

    GTX590 needs 700w with 50a on the 12v rails plus two 8-pin PCI-E power leads or 4 6-pin power leads.

    A psu with a top mounted fan will usually be 150mm or larger.
    Look for a psu with a smaller end mounted fan like the Antec 500D green:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035
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