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$800~budget pc

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May 30, 2012 8:15:14 PM

So this is my build that I am currently.

Motherboard: Gigabyte z77-DS3H LGA Z77 ATX Intel motherboard
CPU: Intel i5 3570k processor
GPU: EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 550Ti 1024mb GDDR5 Pcie 2.0x16 video card
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600
SSD: Agility 3 AGT 120GB SATA 6gb/s
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (OEM)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600Watt Atx 12v Power Supply

Approximate Purchase Date: Purchased the Motherboard, CPU, and SSD on May 29,2012. Everything else i'm planning on getting May 30,2012

Budget Range: rand 500-800~850/no rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: casual gaming-bf3, lol, etc. Movies, browsing, photoshop.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, other than that just good brands.

Overclocking: For now no, but later on yes.

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want all parts to come from Microcenter if possible so that i can pick them up on May 30, 2012(today)

Please leave feedback, and if i need to change anything.
Thank You

More about : 800 budget

May 30, 2012 8:16:48 PM

Spend the $ and get a Radeon 6850.
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May 30, 2012 8:37:58 PM

Thanks for the link, just in a hurry right now. :p 
May 30, 2012 8:42:05 PM

If you didn't want to OC, why did you get an i5-3570k instead of the i5-3450?
May 30, 2012 8:45:47 PM

because of the higher performance. Was I wrong to get the higher end one?
May 30, 2012 8:47:40 PM

For $50 more than the i5-3450, yes. Only OCed does the i5-3570k beat the i5-3450's performance.
May 30, 2012 8:59:03 PM

well then, I can overclock later on right? just use the clocked setting then when im ready overclock it.
May 30, 2012 9:00:05 PM

Yes, but I based my reply on this:
"Overclocking: Maybe, but looking like a no"
May 30, 2012 9:02:23 PM

haha, looks like i'm gonna need to change that.
yeah when i was making this build i did not consider overclocking but now since i've already purchased the cpu might as well overclock when i'm ready.
May 30, 2012 9:03:51 PM

I am stable at 4.4 GHz on my i5-2500k. Temps rarely exceed 65C.
May 30, 2012 9:03:54 PM

but other than that, is my build good? like is my power supply sufficent for my gpu,cpu etc?
May 30, 2012 9:04:57 PM

PSU is more than enough, actually. A 6850 would have been fine on a 500W PSU. :) 
May 30, 2012 9:08:27 PM

So if i downgrade to a 500W PSU and up my GPU to a 6850 that would have been better? because i can get the difference from the psu price and put it into the gpu and spend it a little bit more for the 6850. I'm worried because the gtx 550ti alone took 400watt and the cpu need atleast 77watt so i'm thinking the 6850 would require a larger psu to consolidate the difference.
May 30, 2012 9:28:08 PM

It wouldn't be "better", but it would be more reasonable.
Also, the 6850 uses less power than the 550ti.
May 30, 2012 9:49:47 PM

its true that the 6850 lets you use a 550watt psu but isn't there a rule of thumb when looking at wattage to add 20%more to it? so technically it would be about 580watt? might as well stick with the 600psu then.
May 30, 2012 10:23:33 PM

No, that is not the wattage it actually uses. It uses less than 200W under full load, 300W with an i5-2500k and 20W more with HDD, case fans, etc. 30% of 300 is 90, so 390W is the max you will need. I just put 500W cuz some of the lower PSUs are low quality.
May 30, 2012 11:46:30 PM

but lets say i get the nvidia 550ti, will 500w psu suffice with all my parts also?
May 31, 2012 6:23:31 AM

A good 500W PSU is fine for most video cards out there, except a few high end ones. The various brands like to add wattage to the reqs because they have no idea what kind of PSU is being used.

If you read the PSU guide linked in my sig, it will explain everything. The 500W Corsair will easily handle a 6870, 560ti, 570, 6950 2GB... Would I recommend it if you wanted an overclocked GTX 580? Probably not, but if you already had the PSU I would not insist you upgrade either.
May 31, 2012 7:25:34 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. Yeah I bought everything last night and got the 550Ti and the Corsair 500W PSU and is running, how do you say, very niicceee :) 
My friends were telling me to purchase the higher PSU for lower cost and kept pestering me about how I got the wrong one... tsk tsk haha
May 31, 2012 7:35:58 PM

Lol, they are mistaken. :)