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My Gaming Build - Need Suggestions

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July 3, 2012 7:48:27 PM

I have finished my build and as of right now looks like this: http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?... . I need suggestions for using parts with cheaper prices in order to save around $100 from the build I have right now.

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of today for sure

Budget Range: 1,100 - 1,150 before shipping charges, etc

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse , OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Overclocking: No (Chose the i5 3570)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I have chose all of the parts, but need to replace parts with others in order to save around another $100.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2012 8:04:14 PM

To save the $100 I would look toward the case and power supply. Both items you have choosen are great, but you can save money without sacraficing quality. Case is more of a personal choice so I'll let you look at options there... For a PSU look at the the XFX Core Edition (currently has rebates), Seasonic or Antec. Don't put too much stock in a modular PSU unless you have a micro case (which you don't).

The Biostar motherboard may be fine, but I always go with ASUS, Gigabyte and ASRock (and in that order).

On the memory front, up that to DDR3-1600 1.5v CL9. Should be the same price as DDR3-1333.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2012 8:06:50 PM

That's quite easy to fix, and you can probably get better performance while you are at it.

You have NOT chosen all the parts though. You still need an optical drive and operating system and mouse.
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July 3, 2012 9:15:56 PM

We try to stay away from the tall RAM heatsinks these days because they interfere with after market CPU coolers and don't add any value.

I linked the Spinpoint drive because they are the same price after shipping and I think the spinpoint might be the better drive... but it's just a guess and they are both OK.
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July 3, 2012 9:41:03 PM

I'm not going to be over clocking so I'm going to use the stock heat sink with the i5. Also, can you help me find a good PSU that is 550w + and is modular, I want a clean build ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 4, 2012 12:14:47 AM

I linked the 520W modular Seasonic. It's able to deliver 40 amps of 12V power. That's better than any other you will find, unless you want to pay a lot more. Take for instance the 600W OCZ modxstream Pro... 42 amps, $80, and made by Sirtec.

The Corsair 550M is $100. It does deliver 45 amps.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Rosewill 550-m is a really excellent Superflower made PSU at $120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This Seasonic X560 is probably better than the Superflower unit just because it's Seasonic... but it's a close call. I think the warranty and support are better though.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
So that's the finest PSU you can buy at that wattage.


Review of an overclocked 7850:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-hd-7850-power-...

Quote:
Our test system is based on a power hungry Core i7 965 / X58 system. This setup is overclocked to 3.75 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). On average we are using roughly 50W to 100 Watts more than a standard PC due to higher CPU clock settings, water-cooling, additional cold cathode lights etc.

We'll be calculating the GPU power consumption here, not the total PC power consumption.

Measured power consumption R7850 power Edition OC

System in IDLE = 158W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 254W
Difference (GPU load) = 96W
Add average IDLE wattage ~10W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 106 Watts


And from my favorite reference for video card draws:
http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

You can see that that PSU will handle anything up to a 7950 very easily.


To sum up, I gave you a reasonable budget choice for the system. If you want to spend more, then you should consider one of the three linked as upgrades, each being worth the price.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 4, 2012 1:08:53 AM

You will never draw 350W from the wall with that build as-is. I tried to say that with the references but there is is straight up.
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July 4, 2012 1:19:51 AM

Proximon said:
You will never draw 350W from the wall with that build as-is. I tried to say that with the references but there is is straight up.


Thank you about to order the parts! :) 
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