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June 12, 2012 2:50:14 AM

Hello fellow forumiteers, I was wondering and hoping one someone could tell me if these components (listed below) are compatible. I will be using this as an gaming PC, nothing too high-end but like low-medium settings. Trying to build a semi- budget PC


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Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha Black Mid ATX | http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...

Mother/Main Board: ASRock Z77 Pro3 Socket |http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.phpcPath=26...

CPU/Processor: i5-3570k | http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Ram/Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB DDR3 1333MHz | http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

PSU: DiabloTek PSUL775 UL Series ATX Power Supply - 775W, 140mm Fan, Single +12V Rail | http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD: OCZ (AGT3-25SAT3-60G) Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive, Read: 525MB/s, Write: 475MB/s

Video/Graphics Card: Not sure any suggestions of the best under 150 card

(No internal HDD maybe in the future, probably just use a WD Element external 1TB usb 2.0 HDD for games and whatever)
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June 12, 2012 4:22:45 AM

Avoid Diablotek like the plague - truly awful power supplies, you don't want to skimp in this area.

You'll want an internal HD since a 60GB SSD will be completely useless without a secondary storage solution.

What's your budget? I can configure a better system knowing that.
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June 12, 2012 12:53:55 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Avoid Diablotek like the plague - truly awful power supplies, you don't want to skimp in this area.

You'll want an internal HD since a 60GB SSD will be completely useless without a secondary storage solution.

What's your budget? I can configure a better system knowing that.

My budget is about $590 CAN, can you recommand me a $60-70 700W+ PSU? I don't need a video/graphic card and Windows. By this configuration how may watts will I need ( I'm not overclocking), becuase I was looking at the eXtreme Power Plus 600W: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item.... I know Cooler Master is a good company.

When you say "without a secondary storage solution" do you mean internal secondary storage solution? I will be using a external WD 1TB for games and programs.



PS: Sorry for so many questions, this is my first PC build.
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June 12, 2012 5:21:47 PM

iBrown said:
My budget is about $590 CAN, can you recommand me a $60-70 700W+ PSU? I don't need a video/graphic card and Windows. By this configuration how may watts will I need ( I'm not overclocking), becuase I was looking at the eXtreme Power Plus 600W: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item.... I know Cooler Master is a good company.

When you say "without a secondary storage solution" do you mean internal secondary storage solution? I will be using a external WD 1TB for games and programs.



PS: Sorry for so many questions, this is my first PC build.


No problem.

You can use an external HD that's fine. I'm personally more of a fan of using internal HD - less likely to have something go wrong and you get a lot more breathing room for storage. On a 60GB SSD after formatting and Windows install you're left with about 25GB for storage - that's not that much when you consider most games take anywhere from 8GB to 25GB.

Cooler Master makes some good cases and heat sinks but other sites (Johnnyguru, Anandtech, etc) will tell you that their PSUs are horrible - they slap a lot of fake labels and false certifications on them.

Here's a build I recommend around ~$600 range:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $69.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $79.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB - $119.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $79.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 640 - $109.99

Total: $629.91 - $20.00 MIR = $600.91

The video card isn't available yet so run off the on board GPU until you're able to get it. But the 640 is definitely better than entry level Radeons at that price range.
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June 13, 2012 1:01:18 AM

g-unit1111 said:
No problem.

You can use an external HD that's fine. I'm personally more of a fan of using internal HD - less likely to have something go wrong and you get a lot more breathing room for storage. On a 60GB SSD after formatting and Windows install you're left with about 25GB for storage - that's not that much when you consider most games take anywhere from 8GB to 25GB.

Cooler Master makes some good cases and heat sinks but other sites (Johnnyguru, Anandtech, etc) will tell you that their PSUs are horrible - they slap a lot of fake labels and false certifications on them.

Here's a build I recommend around ~$600 range:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $69.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $79.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB - $119.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $79.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 640 - $109.99

Total: $629.91 - $20.00 MIR = $600.91

The video card isn't available yet so run off the on board GPU until you're able to get it. But the 640 is definitely better than entry level Radeons at that price range.
Thanks for your help
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