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June 19, 2012 5:12:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Gradually over the next few weeks.

Budget Range: Cheap as possible to meet my requirements below

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching 1080p (e.g. mkv in VLC) video locally, streaming HD video online, web surfing, gaming at 1920x1080 max settings (Diablo 3), productivity apps (e.g. Microsoft Office). This build should last 4-5 years.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, Windows 7, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Don't know enough for preference.

Overclocking: Maybe leaning towards no

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here is what I have:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.36 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Canada Computers)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: OCZ 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $601.78 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Thanks FinneousPJ who recommended some of the parts to me.

For the mobo, I went with the B75 chipset for USB 3.0 support. For PSU, should I get one with more juice? The calculator I used showed 422W for the parts I picked. This one is for 430W. I don't know much about PSUs and I just went with one from the recommendation thread.

So what do you guys think about this build? Is it sufficient for my needs? I'm not familiar with cases either, will everything fit into the case that I've selected, will my USB internal connector reach the front port of the case? Is there money to be saved somewhere?

Thanks everyone! This forum has been so helpful to me. :) 

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June 19, 2012 5:22:46 PM

I think you need at minimum 500W for a 6870 - a 430W is fine but I'd get a far different brand - something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then I wouldn't get an mATX board - get a full sized one - on an mATX board - especially a B75 - your expansion options will be quite limited and I never encourage that. But other than
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June 19, 2012 5:58:32 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I think you need at minimum 500W for a 6870 - a 430W is fine but I'd get a far different brand - something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then I wouldn't get an mATX board - get a full sized one - on an mATX board - especially a B75 - your expansion options will be quite limited and I never encourage that. But other than


Thanks, good catch on the PSU.

I know this may be hard to answer but when upgrading 4-5 years down the road, won't it generally be replacing parts and not adding more parts? I'm guessing that a full sized board just has more slots? I just picked the cheapest mobo with USB 3.0.
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June 19, 2012 6:00:37 PM

Cobra27 said:
Thanks, good catch on the PSU.

I know this may be hard to answer but when upgrading 4-5 years down the road, won't it generally be replacing parts and not adding more parts? I'm guessing that a full sized board just has more slots? I just picked the cheapest mobo with USB 3.0.


A full size board will have more SATA ports for adding HDs, RAM slots, and a bit higher end boards you'll be able to unlock the multiplier. It would be useless with an i5-2310 but should you replace the CPU later on you don't want to forfeit that option.
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June 19, 2012 11:22:29 PM

Cobra27 said:
How about these changes:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX)

I upgraded mobo to H77 chipset for roughly $10 more, it's still mATX but has 2 more RAM slots and extra SATA 6GB/s slot with RAID support.

For power supply, it's now 700W for same price as the original Rosewill 430W one. Is OCZ good for PSU?


Get this instead for your motherboard - it's a full size ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This way you do not limit your expansion options.

As far as OCZ goes - they're decent PSUs but 700W for that price I'd really question the reliability of it. Maybe go with something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 20, 2012 1:50:08 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Get this instead for your motherboard - it's a full size ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This way you do not limit your expansion options.

As far as OCZ goes - they're decent PSUs but 700W for that price I'd really question the reliability of it. Maybe go with something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hmm, it's an extra $20 for an extra PCIe x1 slot and PCI slot. I don't think I'll be needing that.

If you're basing the PSU on the price, would you feel better knowing that the OCZ retails for $99.99 regular price with a sale ending tomorrow for $74.99 plus a $30 MIR?
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June 20, 2012 3:48:48 AM

I don't know what's the motivation behind these fear-mongers but as my graph clearly shows, a 430W PSU is more than enough for the system you're planning.
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June 20, 2012 3:57:28 AM

FinneousPJ said:
I don't know what's the motivation behind these fear-mongers but as my graph clearly shows, a 430W PSU is more than enough for the system you're planning.


I don't know but I guess reading elsewhere it does say to buy more than needed. Would you agree though that the OCZ 700W is better than the Rosewill 430W for the same price?

Also, what do you think if I knocked the card down a notch to HD 6790 (PowerColor AX6790 1GBD5-DH @ $119.91) to squeeze another $40 of savings or so? According to benchmarks, it's running Diablo 3 pretty smoothly at 1920x1080. I don't really do that much gaming anyways. You think it would still last me 4-5 years?
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June 20, 2012 4:05:15 AM

For the same price I guess it's fine. I haven't had good experiences with OCZ PSUs though.

For D3 I'm sure it's great but for 4-5 years of max settings even the GTX680 isn't guaranteed to work...
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June 20, 2012 6:12:09 AM

FinneousPJ said:
For the same price I guess it's fine. I haven't had good experiences with OCZ PSUs though.

For D3 I'm sure it's great but for 4-5 years of max settings even the GTX680 isn't guaranteed to work...


I have the PC Power & Cooling Silencer and the company is partly owned by OCZ and that PSU has been great so far.
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June 20, 2012 6:27:58 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Get this instead for your motherboard - it's a full size ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This way you do not limit your expansion options.

As far as OCZ goes - they're decent PSUs but 700W for that price I'd really question the reliability of it. Maybe go with something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/11/12/ocz_700w_modx...
It is not a good PSU. Your PSU suggestion is better, but still not worth its lesser quality compared to other PSUs.
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June 22, 2012 9:01:00 PM

I went with the OCZ ZS 650W instead. This one seems to have more favourable reviews. Also, I'm now going with the MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition for a video card.
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June 28, 2012 11:58:55 PM

Best answer selected by Cobra27.
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