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Rate my ~$850 PC build before purchase please

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April 28, 2012 2:26:52 AM

So far I have everything but the PSU chosen. Is there a good standard PSU which will work for builds similar to this and is reliable and quiet? There are so many and there is hate and love on both sides of every one of them it seems.

Are there any bottlenecks in this build? Anything I could downgrade without sacrificing performance? Anything I need to upgrade or risk losing performance?

I'm considering getting a boot ssd later on, how many Watts would my PSU need if I did that?

Here's my build


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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $729.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-27 22:25 EDT-0400)


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April 28, 2012 2:42:22 AM

Unless you plan on seriously overclocking, I would wait until Sunday and pick up a i5 3570K.
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April 28, 2012 2:49:45 AM

Agreed. Wait until the i5 3570K releases, certainly worth the extra little as you can overclock, slight performance boost over the i5 2500K and lower tdp and higher efficiency.

As for $850 check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Gives you SLI/CF @ 8x/8x on the motherboard, you get a PSU that would be plenty for Crossfire and SLI and the 7850 which is a great card. I'd just switch the i5 2500K with the i5 3570K when it releases.
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April 28, 2012 2:51:44 AM

slomo4sho said:
Unless you plan on seriously overclocking, I would wait until Sunday and pick up a i5 3570K.


Unless he waited until Sunday so he could get a 2500 for less...

Also: Unless the massive case is necessary, you could get the haf 912.
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April 28, 2012 2:54:18 AM

Don't expect Intel to lower any prices on the chips. The 1st gen i7's and i5's are still the same price. Short and simple, even with newer releases, Intel doesn't drop down prices. The reason is probably that they don't want buyers to deviate from their newer line.
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April 28, 2012 3:02:55 AM

Well in that case, simply wait and see what happens.
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April 28, 2012 3:37:55 AM

I don't plan on overclocking

Is the i5 3750k still relevant?
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April 28, 2012 4:39:19 AM

Do you plan on using SLI/CF?

I'd drop down to the i5 3570 no K and switch the motherboard to the Asrock H61M/U3S3 if you don't plan to SLI/CF.
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April 28, 2012 5:25:23 AM

A build like that with a 6870 graphics card needs a 500 watt psu . Its total draw will be under 300 watts .

Select an 80+ bronze [ or better] rated unit .

Whether this is a good value computer depends on what you are using it for . For gaming I'd spend less on the processor and case , install 2 x2 gig of RAM

and spend the money you save on abetter graphics card .

Possibly the RADEON 7850

and then you'd still only need a 500 watt psu
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April 28, 2012 5:38:07 AM

Don't think I'd get the 212+ if you are doing zero OCing. The stock cooler will suffice.

And, depending on your motherboard layout, the 212's fan may interfere with the large heatsinks on that ram (there is a low profile version).

If you go with a 3570 CPU, grab a Z77 mobo at that same price point from Asus, ASrock, Gigabyte.
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May 30, 2012 11:47:14 PM

Best answer selected by zeffolia.
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