My 4 yrs old mobo just died on me so i think it's time to build a new pc. As a student, my budget is limited and im going to reuse my old antec 900, radeon 6870 and my dvd drivers. After spending few hours on newegg and reading all the reviews, i finally manage to come up with this
If possible, i would like to reduce the total cost by about $50-$70 . Any suggestion on another good quality but cheaper mobo and psu? The psu must be modular through since cable management is PITA with the antec 900. Thanks
SInce the processor isn't a K series, you can't overclock anyways, so stick with a stock cooler. The PSU is rather expensive as well. Do you REALLY need a modular design? A CX500 should be able to easily power a machine like that and it is around $30 after rebate.
A much cheaper PSU and getting rid of the cooler (won't be overclocking) will bring you down to the point you want to be.
you should go with the hyper 212. it will give better temps and make the cpu last longer
if you dont want to spend that much money on the mobo, get a mirco-atx board
a cheaper psu is a pc and power cooling mk3 500w. although the seasonic one is beast. just to tell you, there is a non-modular version of the m12II, its the S12II.
Without overclocking how hot will the Ivy Bridge i5 really get though? I would be willing to bet most people upgrade long before a CPU in their PC dies. Chances are he will be upgrading in a few years.
Thx for replies guys. I currently have a thermaltalk psu on my antec 900 and cable management and cleaning is a pain with the big cpu cooler and gpu. A modular psu would make my life so much easier . One alt is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but it has so many bad reviews
Btw, I do a quick psu calculating and was told that i need at least 420w. A 600w would give me some room for upgrade in the future.
I agree the mobo is quite expensive...any suggestion on a cheaper but still good quality alternative ? Cant find any decent one that doesnt have many bad reviews.
Lastly, i read on newegg that this ivy bridge cpu can run pretty hot with stock cooler (80C+)....since im gonna do lot of gaming, better be safe than sorry? The only worry is that i may have troubleb fit it on my case