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Low Power Consumption build for Diablo 3

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April 24, 2012 12:49:19 AM

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.
April 24, 2012 1:40:13 AM

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=N82E168...

Some alternatives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


So you need speakers, keyboard, and mouse?

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April 24, 2012 3:45:55 AM

Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-550 550W -$110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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April 24, 2012 3:53:09 AM

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.
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April 24, 2012 3:57:31 AM

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.
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April 24, 2012 4:00:01 AM

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?
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April 24, 2012 4:05:18 AM

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.
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April 24, 2012 10:55:21 AM

I know Corsair cases have dust filters. Make sure you have a postitive-pressure system
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April 24, 2012 10:56:16 AM

Also, just find a case that you like and buy some dust filters.
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