Low Power Consumption build for Diablo 3

Approximate Purchase Date: By May 14

Budget Range: 600-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Ivy bride due to lower power consumption

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need a case which provides the best defense against dust. I live in Tucson, AZ and dust can become an issue. Also, I am thinking about CF 2x HD 7750 just because of lower power consumption as opposed to picking up a higher end GPU. Let me know what you think.

Lastly, power consumption is most important since this PC will most likely run 24/7 so I will sacrifice paying more upfront for a lower power PC. Thanks.
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  1. Could you give us a limit on the power? Is 500W too high? Also, overclocking uses more power but you don't have to do it ALL the time... Anyway, here's what I would go with (overclockable):

    CPU: i5-3570k (IB because of less power usage)
    GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II OC 7850 (this will use more power, but I think that's fine because it's worth it performance wise). It's unavailable atm, so an ASUS would be next, followed by a Gigabyte.
    Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    RAM: 2x4GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill CAS9 1.5v Ripjaws
    HDD: Any 7200rpm. Stay away from "green" drives, though.

    Total, that would all use about 415W (allowing for 25% capacitor aging). This is WITH a 4.2GHz 1.35vcore overclock. Without, it would use about 380W (meaning max... at 25% aging with max load). I'm recommending a gold rated PSU that won't break the bank. It's also modular. It's here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104097

    Some alternatives:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151098
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194085
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104098


    So you need speakers, keyboard, and mouse?
  2. Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-550 550W -$110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371055

    Is what I am thinking about.


    What are your thoughts on a crossfire setup with 2x HD 7770 or HD 7750? They seem to perform equal to or better than a GTX 570 ti at 1920x1080.

    Also, I am curious about the i5 3570T. Hopefully there are reviews on the CPU within the next couple weeks.
  3. That PSU seems fine, although pricey, but remember that it doesn't come with a power cord. Read the fine print on it.. you have to either reuse a power cord or buy your own. They're only like $3, though.

    I generally try to stay away from dual-GPU setups... especially for single monitors. Single GPU setups usually have less bugs. You'd have to ask someone else about that... however, I do know that the heat generated by them will be larger, causing more cooling, causing more energy to be spent.

    There are quite a few reviews on the IB CPUs already... just google it and make sure the posts are from the 23rd.
  4. I should have mentioned that I run 2 screens. I tend to play full screen windowed mode and have a smaller 19 inch screen (which I will eventually upgrade) on the side running at 1440X900 for internet browsing and the such.

    Also, I have plenty of power cords laying around and platinum rated PSUs do tend to cost a few extra bucks.
  5. Ah. Well... I don't really know about the Crossfire vs single GPU thing. I mean, the 7850 is great as-is, but how it compares to dual-7770s I don't know. Meaning... I don't know any more than what I could google, but that's not really contributing my own "expertise" to the conversation, is it?
  6. Would you recommend a case? I like the Antec 900 that I have currently but too much dust builds up in it. I need to find a case that has good circulation but also does not collect dust so quickly.
  7. I know Corsair cases have dust filters. Make sure you have a postitive-pressure system
  8. Also, just find a case that you like and buy some dust filters.
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