Hi, here is the link to the spreadsheet. I want to use this as an HTPC and a gaming rig to play games like BF3. I'm hooking up to a 60' HDTV and want to use a PC Xbox controller. I know, I know, don't bother. Are they all compatible, and are there any better parts for the same price or better?
I agree with austinwillis. Also, I would increase that PSU to a 600 watt minimum, with plenty of amps on the 12+ rail for that 560 Ti. My 500 Watt PSU just didn't have the amps to run my 560 Ti... then again mine is the 448 core version, but I imagine the power requirements are close enough.
No, because that power supply is very crappy it can actually only output 430w. It depends on the amperages on the 12v rails. I recommend a corsair tx650w because it has much more than you need and when the time comes you can sli a 560ti.
This much is true. Its never a bad thing to over power your system and honestly, CM PSUs are pretty bad. We switched to all Corsair at work and haven't had nearly as many problems as we did with the CM PSUs we used to use.
You can get a 600W Corsair CX, not the best of theirs but still much better than CM. I would honestly suggest a Corsair TX series at the minimum, the professional series. I have a 850X TX and love it, well wish it was the HX for modular but i can live with it.
Antec though has left a bad taste in my mouth with their current cases. The 902 still uses bad HDD setups and the cable management sucks. Their PSUs as well have not been that great recently. Not sure why but maybe they switched OEMs. I know Corsair still uses mainly Seasonic.
I'll change the mobo, but if it backfires I hate you all! Anyway, I'll have a look at a PSU over 600w, and for those asking my budget, I'd like to keep it hovering around 1100-1300. I'm building this for my basement, so I'm spending a lot of money as it is.