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August 30, 2012 8:30:31 AM

Hi guys, im just signed up here and i am just starting to learn about hardwares (brands and whatnots). I want to build a new PC and went around PC Stores to ask for quotations with only some parts that i want and the rest are filled up by them. Here is the "best" i got

Core i5 3550
4gb ram ddr3 (planning to get 8,no brand yet)
500gb hdd (no brand yet)
GTX550Ti 1g DDR5
Asus P8H61
ATX Casing

Here is what i have from my last PC:
Huntkey green power 500w
Hyper TX3 Evo

I want a dual monitor pc which will be used mostly for gaming,programming and i do a lot of multitasking. Im not planning YET to OC my cpu but i will in the near future. So can i ask for suggestions on what to change on my list? my budget is about 800$ (including 2nd monitor)

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August 30, 2012 9:22:00 AM

Looks good to me but you may find the 500w PSU is a little under powered if you put anything more in to the build.
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August 30, 2012 10:00:13 AM

but is 500w enough for that setup atm? and can my cooler do its job without going above average temp (i dont know what the average temp is)
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August 30, 2012 10:18:44 AM

First you can absolutely NOT resuse that crappy power supply.
You MUST buy a new one.
This is what i recommend you.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also your motherboard doesnt support ivy bridge processors so you would need a sandy bridge one.
i suggest a Intel Core i5 2310
Dont worry it's just as fast as the i5 3550.

If you're getting a processor that powerfull and you're going to multitask i suggest you buy 8GB RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's not really that expensive.

You should also get a better graphics card.
I suggest a HD 6770 or HD 7750 if you want to get better performance for less money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or HD 7770 if you want even better performance for the same money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you need CUDA, upgrade to a GTX 560.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also make sure to buy a proper case with good cooling.
One of the best cases below 50$ is the Xigmatek Asgard Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should also buy a good 1TB hard drive.They really arent that expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For example this is one of the fastest 1TB hard drives on the market and it costs only 70$
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August 30, 2012 10:35:27 AM

I originally planned to buy 8gb and 1TB, but im clueless as hell as to what to buy on the important parts

is 450w enough? i can spend more money on PSU cause i can dump the new monitor atm since i still have my old one.

Ill try to look around for the vid cards you suggested, those parts are good for dual monitor setup right? is 1GB all i need for vid card? i dont need a 2GB one?

The casing is on the air as of now but i would prefer at least 2 usb ports on the front, i guess that's also another requirement of the motherboard
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August 30, 2012 11:38:06 AM

If you are planning to overclock in the future as you suggest you will need a K model CPU. All other CPUS have their multiplier locked so can only be tweaked with base clock adjustments. you'll also need a motherboard with a chipset that supports overclocking. The Z77 is the modern choice.

So you will need a 3570k and maybe an ASRock Z77 Extreme4. I'd question your choice of GPU, the GTX560 is where serious nvidia cards start. For the record I think Radeon cards have appalling drivers that I've wasted far too many hours trying to work around.

For RAM Corsair or G.Skill are nice, again with overclocking in mind you want to look at those rated beyond 1600MHz.
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August 30, 2012 11:58:46 AM

Okay so just the core is probably like 125w maximum consumption, and i now the gtx 550ti takes almost 300 your mobo's good, and your monitors are gonna take a heck a lot of power if you use you max resolution, so just sell the old power supply and buy an.....at least 600watt power supply 645 id say.


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August 30, 2012 12:13:46 PM

Ive got a 550ti (Zotac AMP edition). I wouldn't recommend it. Save your cash and buy a 660ti.
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August 30, 2012 12:23:00 PM

Any Psu that costs less than 10 cents per watt is just an expensive paperweight waiting to turn all your other components into paperweights at best and smoking piles of rubble at the worst. Also, the number and size of your monitors has NO effect on what size PSU you need, as they are not connected to the PSU. I always recommend getting a known good brand of PSU ( Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, PCP&C, Enermax some OCZ's). 650 watts will power any single video card system and 850 for a SLI or Crossfire system.
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August 30, 2012 3:46:11 PM

Someone told me to buy this PSU
Seasonic M12II 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093&Tpk=Seasonic%20M12II%20520W
Worth it or i need a better one?

For the GPU:
Do i really need 2gb? its quite costly for me since i need the pc asap and i only have ~800$
i think HD 7770 will do
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

Im not planning to SLI or crossfire, im just planning a mid-range rig since i also need the pc quite urgent. I can skip OCing too, but i would prefer if i can get a 2nd monitor with a build that supports it ( i think almost every rig can now support dual monitors) since 80% of the time im multitasking

Another concern i have is the cooler, is it good enough? or will it give me above average temps? (i dont know what the average is)

Also since win8 is coming soon, will it be able to maximize 8gb ram and i7?
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August 30, 2012 3:59:31 PM

zilentworld said:
Someone told me to buy this PSU
Seasonic M12II 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093&Tpk=Seasonic%20M12II%20520W
Worth it or i need a better one?

For the GPU:
Do i really need 2gb? its quite costly for me since i need the pc asap and i only have ~800$
i think HD 7770 will do
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

Im not planning to SLI or crossfire, im just planning a mid-range rig since i also need the pc quite urgent. I can skip OCing too, but i would prefer if i can get a 2nd monitor with a build that supports it ( i think almost every rig can now support dual monitors) since 80% of the time im multitasking

Another concern i have is the cooler, is it good enough? or will it give me above average temps? (i dont know what the average is)

Also since win8 is coming soon, will it be able to maximize 8gb ram and i7?

The M12II is a very highly liked PSU and should be enough to handle a midrange system that won't be overclocked. As for the Vid card, the amount of ram only begins to matter at the higher resolutions in gaming situations, so no (or Light )gaming at 1920x1080P should only require 1 Gb. Your cooler should be fine as you won't be overclocking. You could even use the cooler included with the processor without problems. In order to maximixe the 8Gb of ram, all you need to do is make sure that you get a 64-bit version of the operating system, regardless of which one(Win7, Win8, Linux, etc) the 32-bit versions will only let you access 4GB of RAM at the most.
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August 30, 2012 4:54:01 PM

Thanks clarkjd

so here's what i got now after reading the replies:

Processor : i5 2310 or 3550
Mobo : get a sandy bridge one? dunno what to get
RAM : 8GB (will kingstone do? or get a higher one?)
HDD : 1tb (no brand yet)
Cooler : Hyper Tx3 Evo (from old pc)
PSU: M12II
GPU: 1GB, i need help on this one. will 550ti do? or should i get a different 1gb brand? Powercolor HD 6670 or 6790?
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August 30, 2012 5:49:01 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 31, 2012 4:55:56 AM

An update on what i decided:

PSU: Seasonic S12II 620w
RAM: GSkill 133 ddr3 8gb
PROCESSOR: i5 3450/3570
MOBO: Asrock H77M
GPU: Powercolor HD 6750/6790
CASE: NZXT Source 220
HDD: 1TB no brand yet

Am i ready to go? are this parts compatible? which processor and gpu should i get?
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August 31, 2012 9:18:05 AM

on the other hand, i think ill go HD7770. but what brand? powercolor,asus or msi?
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August 31, 2012 9:58:08 AM

uh bgp0231, why did you post that on my thread? O_O
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September 11, 2012 1:48:27 AM

Best answer selected by zilentworld.
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