Power Supply for first time build

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  1. It might do it, but I would look at a 750w psu myself to push two of those cards.

    Here's a build that's in your budget that I posted on here earlier today that you might want to look at.

    This build down below gives you a decent mobo, decent case w/3.0 usb ports, after market h/s (thermal paste included, Windows 7, and a chance to add another one of those factory o/c gtx 560's later on for SLI.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-SGC-1000-KWN1/dp/B004WK3KKQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1309650281&sr=1-6 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $99.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-68A3HB3&title=GIGABYTE-GA-Z68A-D3H-B3-Socket-1155-Intel-Z68-DDR3-ATI-CrossFireX-nVidia-SLI-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard $124.99 Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Socket 1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ ATI CrossFireX & nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662487 $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226176 $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996946

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1309660529&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    Total: $1,005.42 - $955.42 after mail in rebates

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1 <------ MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review / Benchmarks

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=19&product_id=3038 <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502 <---- That's the same mobo as up above with pics, specs, and reviews

    That case comes with the option to add another 200mm fan to it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4-LUS-07AR-GP/dp/B002LE8BJA/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP Red LED 200mm Case Fan
  2. Its almost as if I am seeing double!


    I will be making a VERY similar build to the one he posted... One differnce is I will be using G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $75 for the ram giving me twice as much ram for only $35 more. Games are starting to need more and more ram... Unless you want to upgrade soon I would just get the 8gig kit instead of 4gig.
  3. +1 for Why_Me's build.

    if your just a die hard AMD fan then there is nothing wrong with your build. I would bump the PSU to a 750w to be on the safe side. though a that 650w will work. see the power draw of 6950 in 2-way CF
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way-scaling,2865-11.html

    I would however go with a 2GB version of the HD 6950 and try to unlock it to a 6970, then you will need a 750w PSU.

    The i5-2500k is a far superior processor to the current AMD lineup. Bulldozer is an unknown at this time and no one is even sure these AM3+ boards will run it when it does come out... its all just theory.
  4. So should I go intel over Amd for the cpu/mobo ? Also, I heard the 6950 can get really hot, would it be cool enough in the Antec 300?
  5. Blasko1223 said:
    So should I go intel over Amd for the cpu/mobo ? Also, I heard the 6950 can get really hot, would it be cool enough in the Antec 300?

    That antec 300 is a decent single card case, but it's small for dual cards and a decent size h/s. That case was never made for large cpu h/s imo.

    Also check that build out I posted up above. The mobo is also available at amazon...and I'm guessing your shopping there for the tax breaks...good idea also imo.

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-GA-Z68A-D3H-B3/dp/B00518M77U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1309679789&sr=1-1 $128.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
  6. Blasko1223 said:
    So should I go intel over Amd for the cpu/mobo ? Also, I heard the 6950 can get really hot, would it be cool enough in the Antec 300?



    I would definitely go with the Sandy Bridge Intel platform over the AMD at this point in time.
  7. Blasko1223 said:
    So should I go intel over Amd for the cpu/mobo ? Also, I heard the 6950 can get really hot, would it be cool enough in the Antec 300?


    The CM Storm Enforcer is a way better case. I'd strongly suggest that you get it over the Antec 300.

    As for the PSU, a 750W model from Corsair, XFX, Thermaltake, Seasonic will done the job.
  8. K thanks for the help guys I think I'm gonna go with the i5 2500k. I antec a good brand for PSU's? Or should I go with Corsair?
  9. Blasko1223 said:
    K thanks for the help guys I think I'm gonna go with the i5 2500k. I antec a good brand for PSU's? Or should I go with Corsair?

    The brands of psu to go for are (in no particular order): Seasonic, XFX, Corsiar, PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, Antec, and Silverstone.
  10. Blasko1223 said:
    K thanks for the help guys I think I'm gonna go with the i5 2500k. I antec a good brand for PSU's? Or should I go with Corsair?


    I'd go with Corsair, though Antec's PSU's aren't bad, just a bit overrated.
  11. This is my build so far :
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER CD drive $25

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DHGMK0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Windows 7 home premium $190

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&cm_re=antec_750-_-17-371-049-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=m9hn3n74aee PSU $70

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039GVOAM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Wireless Adapter $28

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521 Gpu $175

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309138456&sr=8-1 1TB HDD $60

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233173&cm_re=corsair_vengeance-_-20-233-173-_-Product RAM $44

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660242&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=xtmgx41m6lqv Mobo plus Cpu Combo $ 305

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309022017&sr=8-1&tag=vglnk-c1001-20 CPU Cooler $30

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product Case $55

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RQSGYO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Speakers $22.54

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Desktop-MK320-Keyboard/dp/B003VAGXZC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1309985722&sr=1-2 Mouse and Keyboard $30

    Total: $1035

    Are factory overclocks reliable? If they are I might go with an overclocked version of the 6870:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150520&cm_re=xfx_6870-_-14-150-520-_-Product
  12. Why_Me said:


    Isn't that an OEM version? Ive been told not to get the OEM version because it attaches itself to your motherboard, requiring you to buy windows 7 again if your mobo dies or you buy a new mobo.
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