I'm a to-be-freshman in college who is looking for something sturdy and powerful to bring to my dorm. However, I don't know that much about computers or their components, other than how to use them, so my list of things may need some work.
Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-August
Budget Range: $400-$500 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: reliability, replaceability, actual work, gaming
Parts Not Required: Operating system
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, frys.com, amazon.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: I've heard AMD in general is a better deal performance-to-price wise.
Overclocking: I'm not sure of the purpose of this.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter
Additional Comments: A quiet PC would be great, and energy-efficiency would be a good bonus. I still need to figure out what to do for the monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. I'm aiming to keep the entire set-up (including the aforementioned) $600 or below.
Would leave about $50 for mouse and speakers, which is not a lot but selecting a mouse is a bit personal preference so leaving that up to you.
And the speakers on the monitor would put out some sound at least, maybe get a headset or better speakers later.
I suppose I could throw that in. Would the 100W difference affect performance much and is it enough to support the system?
yes, the PSU is enough to support your system.
If you read the Data plate on the CM eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-P, you will see that the combined power will not exceed 431.5 W. The 500w label is the theory that individually the max wattage of each of the voltage rails adds up to over 500, but in reality the PSU can't do it all (combined) at the same time.
The XIGMATEK rates their's at the max combine Power output of 400W. individually the voltage rails would add up to 521.5W
look at the failure rate on both these PSU's (usually the one or two egg ratings) the CM 500 is 21% the XIGMATEK is 2%
Thank you all for your help. This is probably the final edit to the system (I will most likely try to buy things this weekend to take advantage of some of the good deals going on). Any final objections?