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"Low" power consumption general use and gaming build - $800

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May 5, 2012 2:36:07 AM

I'm looking to build a general use computer (photo editing, surfing the web, and some gaming). My concerns are longevity of the system as well as overall power consumption. I'm also interested in gaming and would like to be able to play future games, at least at low setting. Here is more detail:

Approximate Purchase Date: this summer

Budget Range: 700 - 900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photo editing, movies, gaming, web design, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: see list below, reliable manufacturers

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Here is the wish list
http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?...

CPU - i3450 ivy bridge 3.1 Ghz
MOBO - Biostar TZ77B
RAM - G-Skill Sniper low voltage 2x4gb
GPU - HD 7770
PSU - Rosewill Green Series 530w
SSD - OCX 60Gb SATA3
CASE - HAF 912


Again my concern are in power to performance ratio. I'm very new at this. Is there a better way to build this? Do I have any bottle necks? Could this system last me over 7 years with some upgrades? I have a few external HDD but will be adding a couple hard drives in raid 0 latter on.

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May 5, 2012 2:45:12 AM

no there's no bottle necks, but the 7770 is the weakest link when it comes to this build
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May 5, 2012 2:58:50 AM

If its in your budget then go with a quad core .

Probaly the asrock gen 3 motherboard rather than the biostar ....but thats mostly because I trust asrock more
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May 5, 2012 3:04:49 AM

Outlander_04 said:
If its in your budget then go with a quad core .

Probaly the asrock gen 3 motherboard rather than the biostar ....but thats mostly because I trust asrock more


the i5-3450 is a quad core. op jusst missed a 5. ivy bridge i3s dont exist yet.
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May 5, 2012 1:50:12 PM

Thats right I meant to write i5-3450.

Asrock gen 3 might be a good way to go. it is a bit cheaper too.

In terms of power consumption, does an micro ATX consume more power. Because as I said I want as little power consumption as possible. Are there other means to reduce power consumptions (eg passive heat sinks)
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