First build

Hi guys,

So I've decided to build my first computer, any tips/suggestions/criticisms on my selected hardware would be much appreciated.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (
Asus P8Z68-V Intel Z68 (
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 2 x 2GB (
Galaxy GeForce GTX 550 Ti (
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200 (
Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 (

in a Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower case.

Still a bit iffy on the video card and the PSU. Not a huge PC gamer (due to the fact I haven't had a decent PC to play on). Are there better options around the same price range? Will the PSU power all this?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. A silver rating PSU, , at almost half the price.
    The CM silent pro is only bronze certified.
    Get a better graphics card if you want to game, at least a HD6870 or 560ti
  2. Nice build.

    I would get a Corsair/Antec/Seasonic equivalent PSU. They are better than Cooler Master.

    Perhaps get a GTX560Ti.
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    The Corsair CX series only has an 80Plus standard certification. So the Cooler Master Silent Pro (which is very well reviewed btw) is more efficient and generally better than the CX series.

    Here is a link to the ecos page which lists all 80Plus certified Corsair PSUs:
    As you will notice the CMPSU-600CXV2 only has the standard certification.

    Reviews for the SPM600:

    So as you can see the generalisation against CM is unjustified in this case.

    You may say, and I would probably agree that it is quite expensive for a 600W unit, but with a maximum fan speed of 1000RPM it is definitely going to be quite quiet, and if that is what shinybond wants then it is a good choice unless he can afford something from the Seasonic X series.

    If low noise is not a primary concern then there are better choices than the CX600V2 for a cheaper ~600W PSU.
    These are some of them:
    XFX Pro 650W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze $90 ($6 shipping)
    This would be the best choices if you wanted the option to add another graphics for SLI in the future as it has four PCIe connectors.

    OCZ ZS series 650W 80Plus Bronze $90 ($25 rebate)

    Rosewill Hive 650W 80Plus Bronze Modular $80

    Corsair 650TXV2 80Plus Bronze $95 ($25 rebate)

    Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W 80Plus $60

    Antec Earthwatts Green EA-650 80Plus Bronze $70
    Doesn't come with a power cord.
  4. Thanks for the feedback guys.

    I did read a lot of good reviews for the M600, plus it's modular (apart from the mobo power).
    Been looking at the Seasonic X series, mainly

    It is a bit more expensive though... although living in New Zealand means everything seems to be expensive hardware wise.

    Any thoughts on this video card?
  5. a good GTX560, like an ASUS, PNY, or EVGA will OC easily to a GTX560Ti. Do not spend extra money for something you can easily do yourself.
  6. Best answer selected by Shinybond.
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