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June 23, 2012 3:21:24 PM

CPU: i5-2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z75 Pro3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MONITOR: Acer S231HLbid Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Already bought, but 6950 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Was originally going with an i3-2120 build, but decided to upgrade. Just need a final compatibility check and see if there are any ways I can squeeze a few more dollars out of this build. Fast replies, ordering soon.

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June 23, 2012 3:47:25 PM

If there's no convincing you to pay $20 more for an i5-3450, then yeah, that's a solid build. The Corsair PSU you've picked is actually a 500W unit, not a 600W (as they advertise it). Also you don't have an optical drive.
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June 23, 2012 3:51:14 PM

If OP got a 3rd Gen intel processor they would need an upgraded z77 motherboard also.
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June 23, 2012 3:56:44 PM

So the motherboard isn't compatible?
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June 23, 2012 4:06:52 PM

No, it is. The Z75 chipset is in the same series and generation as Z77; it just lacks a few silly technologies that Z77 has (I think it's Intel Smart Response and something else).

If you're looking for an affordable, reliable PSU, then the CX600 and that Antec are both good choices (and I'd stick with the CX600). If you'd like something a bit more, then this power supply is a solid, rebranded Seasonic. Alternatively, there's this other Corsair which is also a rebranded Seasonic (and reaches its advertised wattage). Don't be put off by its poor reviews, either - checking other retailers shows it's just as reliable as the rest of the TX series.
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June 23, 2012 4:08:43 PM

If I got the Antec 520w PSU, would this build be able to OC? Thank you for your guys' help. I really appreciate it, because I really don't want to spend all this money and something not be compatible.
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June 23, 2012 4:11:43 PM

zuyah said:
So the motherboard isn't compatible?


no no no.... the motherboard IS perfectly compatible, but i suggest you get atleast a i5 3450 like mousseng said and this motherboard will be much better for you http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... its a bit more expensive but it will alow you to do a future crossfire or SLI, id say you grab a GTX 680 in a couple of years when your pc starts to get slow, and you can get a i5 3570k and a CPU cooler to do a bit of overclock
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June 23, 2012 4:17:30 PM

zuyah said:
If I got the Antec 520w PSU, would this build be able to OC? Thank you for your guys' help. I really appreciate it, because I really don't want to spend all this money and something not be compatible.


This PSU has enough power to oc your CPU and keep it running 24/7 for a long long time http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 23, 2012 4:17:50 PM

Oh im sorry, I didn't realise the z75 was compatible too, I was under the impression only z77 was able to use ivy bridge? Anyway I have the motherboard aqualipt mentioned and the cpu and they are both fantastic!
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June 23, 2012 4:22:57 PM

LukeD1357 said:
Oh im sorry, I didn't realise the z75 was compatible too, I was under the impression only z77 was able to use ivy bridge? Anyway I have the motherboard aqualipt mentioned and the cpu and they are both fantastic!

Even H77 is "compatible". Typically for unlocked processors (3570k, etc.) you use Z77/Z75 boards, and for locked ones like the 3450, you use H77 boards.
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June 23, 2012 4:36:30 PM

Also combo you missed:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

bundled with:

1x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner ... - OEM....5 bucks for a DVD drive... :bounce: 
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June 23, 2012 4:43:53 PM

mousseng said:
I don't know a whole lot about Rosewill's PSUs, but HWSecrets knows their stuff. If they're recommending it, then I've no reason to object - this is a fantastic deal right here.



Yep. I have to link that PSU w/ HS review to get a chance. It comes down to 47 bucks (after combo and code) for a good 650 psu.
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June 23, 2012 4:50:30 PM

loops said:
Also combo you missed:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

bundled with:

1x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner ... - OEM....5 bucks for a DVD drive... :bounce: 


i tough we were trying to make the OP buy newer hardware :/  that combo is crap
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June 23, 2012 4:51:20 PM

Rosewill PSU sucks.
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June 23, 2012 4:59:31 PM

aqualipt said:
i tough we were trying to make the OP buy newer hardware :/  that combo is crap

Thanks for the constructive criticism, mate. For the record, we're not "trying to make the OP" do anything - we're trying to help him choose reliable parts that serve his needs and wants. Also, "that combo is crap"? I don't know if you check the combos on Newegg at all, but 99% of them save you between $10 and $20 - usually no more than $12. He's getting a DVD burner out of that combo for $5.

aqualipt said:
Rosewill PSU sucks.

That's quite a wild generalization. A well-respected, highly-knowledgeable review site gave that particular Rosewill PSU an in-depth look, and determined that it was a great power supply. Where are you getting that Rosewill PSUs are bad?
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June 23, 2012 5:02:49 PM

My budget is limited here so I can't go with the 2500k. I can't spend any more on a CPU than I already am. Is the i5-2400 better than my original i3-2120 CPU for my build, or should I even bother spending the extra money?
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June 23, 2012 5:19:13 PM

The i5-2400 is a great choice to go with the 6950; plus, with the 2400, you've got a very strong CPU to last you several years. The i3-2120 is also a strong processor, but it's not going to age as well as the 2400.
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June 23, 2012 5:47:48 PM

mousseng said:
Thanks for the constructive criticism, mate. For the record, we're not "trying to make the OP" do anything - we're trying to help him choose reliable parts that serve his needs and wants. Also, "that combo is crap"? I don't know if you check the combos on Newegg at all, but 99% of them save you between $10 and $20 - usually no more than $12. He's getting a DVD burner out of that combo for $5.


That's quite a wild generalization. A well-respected, highly-knowledgeable review site gave that particular Rosewill PSU an in-depth look, and determined that it was a great power supply. Where are you getting that Rosewill PSUs are bad?



i said the deal was bad because of the crappy i5 2400, it will be better if he spends a little bit more and get a more decent CPU like 3570k

i say Roswill PSU are bad because i have had 3 and they all have failed in less than 6 months
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June 23, 2012 5:48:43 PM

What exactly is your budget?
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June 23, 2012 5:51:07 PM

Around $750 including monitor. I have already bought the GPU though, so don't include that.
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June 23, 2012 6:05:05 PM

I think I am going to go with the i5-3550 and the ASRock H77 Pro4-M.
Should I go for the Rosewill case and PSU combo or not? Everyone is giving mixed thoughts on that.
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June 23, 2012 6:08:21 PM

zuyah said:
I think I am going to go with the i5-3550 and the ASRock H77 Pro4-M.
Should I go for the Rosewill case and PSU combo or not? Everyone is giving mixed thoughts on that.

I would go for it.
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June 23, 2012 7:04:05 PM

zuyah said:
I think I am going to go with the i5-3550 and the ASRock H77 Pro4-M.
Should I go for the Rosewill case and PSU combo or not? Everyone is giving mixed thoughts on that.


i wouldnt, feel free to choose any psu from this brands: Corsair, Thermaltake, XFX, Silverstone, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, Antec and some OCZ PSU´s
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June 23, 2012 7:10:17 PM

^ Your obviously failed to read some reviews. I definitely would get the Rosewill PSU.
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June 23, 2012 7:26:18 PM

aqualipt said:
i said the deal was bad because of the crappy i5 2400, it will be better if he spends a little bit more and get a more decent CPU like 3570k

That still doesn't make it a crappy deal. Just because the 2400 isn't brand new doesn't mean it's not still a stellar processor - hell, people are still running solidly on Athlon IIs.

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i say Roswill PSU are bad because i have had 3 and they all have failed in less than 6 months

Okay, so all that tells me is you bought 3 low-quality Rosewill PSUs. Most PSU "manufacturers" don't actually manufacture PSUs at all - they're mostly rebranded CWT or Seasonic units (for the good ones). You may have bought 3 Rosewill models that were made cheaply and poorly, but the Rosewill Hive550 is not one of those.

To the OP, the Challenger/Hive550 is not only a great deal, but it's a reliable one as well. Also, the 3550/H77 is another great combination, especially considering the most overclocking you could've gotten out of the 2400/3550 is about 100MHz regardless of chipset.
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June 23, 2012 9:04:02 PM

mousseng said:
That still doesn't make it a crappy deal. Just because the 2400 isn't brand new doesn't mean it's not still a stellar processor - hell, people are still running solidly on Athlon IIs.

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i say Roswill PSU are bad because i have had 3 and they all have failed in less than 6 months

Okay, so all that tells me is you bought 3 low-quality Rosewill PSUs. Most PSU "manufacturers" don't actually manufacture PSUs at all - they're mostly rebranded CWT or Seasonic units (for the good ones). You may have bought 3 Rosewill models that were made cheaply and poorly, but the Rosewill Hive550 is not one of those.

To the OP, the Challenger/Hive550 is not only a great deal, but it's a reliable one as well. Also, the 3550/H77 is another great combination, especially considering the most overclocking you could've gotten out of the 2400/3550 is about 100MHz regardless of chipset.



Whatever....keep your Roswill psu, i will stick with my Thermaltake PSU
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June 24, 2012 1:32:19 AM

aqualipt said:
Whatever....keep your Roswill psu, i will stick with my Thermaltake PSU

And Thermaltake is reliable just because YOU haven't had problems with it? Your preferences don't deviate from the truth.
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June 24, 2012 1:40:53 AM

zuyah said:
I think I am going to go with the i5-3550 and the ASRock H77 Pro4-M.
Should I go for the Rosewill case and PSU combo or not? Everyone is giving mixed thoughts on that.



Only one person is giving you negative feed back on the combo. It is obvious that you want the best bang for your buck and that combo is a good call. The PSU is basically an OCZ 650 and it has high marks. 47 bucks for that amount of watts and positive review is a no brainier.

I have a PC Power and Cooling 910: and if you read a review you will find out that it is the M12D platform....Seasonic's.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

What is inside that PSU in the combo, its OCZ. Much like this one it would seem: http://www.guru3d.com/article/ocz-zs-series-650w-power-...


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June 24, 2012 4:07:54 AM

The ONLY Thermaltake PSU that is reliable is the Lazer Platinum.
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June 24, 2012 4:38:08 AM

azeem40 said:
And Thermaltake is reliable just because YOU haven't had problems with it? Your preferences don't deviate from the truth.


no, Thermaltake is realiable because i ve seen their internal components, everything they use is top quality, at least in my TP-1500M
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