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$500 build, anything else i can do?

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July 15, 2012 2:35:22 AM

Processor: i3-2120 Sandy bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BD1339 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current price its being build for is about 500, possibly anything to change on this build or anything within $100-$200 more to make preformance drastically better
Not needed: Moniter, Mouse, Keyboard

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July 15, 2012 4:26:35 AM

You could bump yourself up to the next tier of graphics cards.
Which one you choose all depends on the exact amount of money you feel comfortable with.

I also think batuchka is right, it isn't going to hurt you to upgrade your PSU. 500W should do, but you're pushing it with 430. Just to be safe and to somewhat future-proof your machine.
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July 15, 2012 4:37:43 AM

ForYourHealth said:
I also think batuchka is right, it isn't going to hurt you to upgrade your PSU. 500W should do, but you're pushing it with 430. Just to be safe and to somewhat future-proof your machine.


I don't agree with that at all. 430 watts will be more than sufficient to power his proposed rig, which will probably pull ~300 watts max from the wall. 500 watts is not necessary. But I do agree with batuchka, something 80-plus certified is always better.

I would put the extra money into a 7850, at which point the CX 430 would still be enough for the build.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

In this ^ build, they used a much more power hungry setup and the Antec 430 watt handled it easily.
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