Opinions on this cheap gaming build

Just trying to build a compact desktop for gaming. I already have an OS (Win7), an HDD (1TB Caviar Black), an optical drive, and a case.


Powercolor 6850 GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374

Antec Earthwatts 380w Green PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

G.Skill 1333 Value RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231423

ASRock H61M-DGS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315

Intel Pentium G630 CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116406


Cost+Shipping=$350


Will the power supply be enough? I'm not planning on maxing Skyrim or BF3. Not planning on overclocking or XFire/SLI anytime, either.
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  1. While the 6850 doesn't consume much power, I still wouldn't risk going with a 380 watt. This is $15 more after rebates.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
  2. It should run the 6850, but I am not entirely sure. Maybe try the 430W version to be safe.
  3. The 380w is more than adequate for that setup. I'm running a more power hungry HD5850 OC'd with basically the same setup.

    However, I would encourage you to go with a 500w now for future upgrades.

    You also want two sticks of ram so you can run in dual channel mode instead of single channel mode.
  4. I'll opt for this RAM instead, as it supports dual channel mode: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396


    And I'll go for this power supply instead, as the previously linked CX600 seems a bit overkill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027


    Also, will a quality power supply maintain the life of my compenents? I had a few prebuilts with a Bestec break after 5 months of minor use.
  5. The CX series is not particularly well made; as a result, they are about 50 watts less than advertised.
  6. The version 2 (V2) are better. But they are not as high quality as that 380w antec, it's bronze rated.
  7. So what would you recommend? I'd prefer not to go over 350 dollars.
  8. Get the CX500, it's decent, it has a 3yr warranty. Newegg page says 5yr warranty but that's wrong.
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