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March 22, 2012 2:59:18 PM


I'm working on a computer build for my brother and was hoping somebody here could take a look at my current plan just in case I overlooked something! Its more of a budget build and will be used for some gaming (think diablo 3, dota2, portal 2, etc). Some of my previous builds have been pretty loud and hot, so that was another concern I had when selecting these parts. Also, the Case/DVD and GPU/Ram were combo deals which is why they both don't have a price. The target price was 750 without a monitor/mouse/keyboard and we're looking to order it sometime next week.

189.99 - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

69.99 - GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s

41.99 - Thermaltake TR2 430W ATX12V V2.2

84.99 - Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB

70.98 - COOLER MASTER Silencio 450

LG 22X DVD Burner

193.98 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition

99.99 - Windows 7
15.29 - Shipping
767.20 - Total

Any thoughts?

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March 22, 2012 3:57:06 PM

As long as you're sure 430 psu will run all that it looks good.
March 22, 2012 5:17:35 PM

Hmm Yeah I did a little more searching and decided to upgrade to a 500w one. Also the one I had listed before only has 2 SATA connectors which is kind of low. Gonna go with this one I think:

Rosewill Stallion Series 500W ATX12V Power Supply

Adds a bout $10 but seems like a better decision. If my brother wants to upgrade the video card a while down the line then he wouldn't be constrained by the 430w either.
March 22, 2012 6:14:57 PM

Also after doing some more reading, I'm thinking the Radeon 7770 doesn't make much sense; only real benefit is a little less power requirements. The 6850 is $25 cheaper and a little faster, and the 6870 is only $10 more and even faster yet.