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February 27, 2012 1:18:40 AM

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?

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February 27, 2012 1:21:37 AM

Hello there. I think you forgot to give us the link. :) 
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February 27, 2012 1:45:38 AM

Change the motherboard to an asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3.
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February 27, 2012 1:52:51 AM

and change your psu to a more reputable brand, seasonic, antec, corsair, etc.
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February 27, 2012 1:55:49 AM

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.
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February 27, 2012 2:16:47 AM

I used the NewEgg power supply test, and it said I would need a max of 440 watts. I don't plan on overclocking, so shouldn't I be fine?
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February 27, 2012 2:18:34 AM

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.
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February 27, 2012 2:39:33 AM

Yeah change that PSU and get 600 or 650W. Price wise they are very similar if not the same. Another thing is that you don't want 500W PSU work at 90%...rather get 650W that would work at 70%

look at this one after $10off and rebate it is only $60
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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February 27, 2012 2:51:34 AM

amuffin said:
Change the motherboard to an asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3.


I think the mobo he has is fine. Not sure about ASRock still. They seem to just be cheaper Asus mobos.

maxinexus said:
Yeah change that PSU and get 600 or 650W. Price wise they are very similar if not the same. Another thing is that you don't want 500W PSU work at 90%...rather get 650W that would work at 70%

look at this one after $10off and rebate it is only $60
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


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.
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February 27, 2012 3:10:48 AM

v-lx is probably the most basic board that asus offers in their p8z68 series. A z68 extreme 3 gen 3 would be a much better choice. It supports sli and crossfire.
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February 27, 2012 3:14:18 AM

He could just go to the P8Z68-V Pro.

Still, I have to see return rates on ASRock at work and we just got the Extremes in recently.
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February 27, 2012 3:15:52 AM

i don't know if that fits in his budget though :p 
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February 27, 2012 3:55:43 AM

listen to everyone and change your psu to atleast 600w.
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February 27, 2012 11:50:16 AM

I will upgrade the psu, but I do like the mobo for the price. I noticed the ASrock didn't get good reviews, so that's why I didn't choose it, although I was considering it at first.
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February 27, 2012 12:03:46 PM

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.
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February 27, 2012 12:18:19 PM

Also, does the ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 come with SATA cables and all that jazz? I don't want to buy eextra cables for the bare drive if I don't need them.
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