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Haven't upgraded in 5 years, looking for advice on this build.

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September 15, 2012 8:28:01 PM

I haven't upgraded for five years... So, I want to clear out my Cosmos case and upgrade this thing. My budget is in the $1200 range. Here are the parts I'm looking at, despite the total on this wish list, with the combo special on the motherboard, RAM and processor, it comes out to $1209, plus they thrown in a $15 gift card and a copy of Borderlands 2. I have to check out my power supply because I may have to upgrade that as well, any advice on brand/wattage would be helpful. I have to take some measurements because I'm a little concerned about the size of the cooler and the RAM. The original Cosmos is pretty huge so I think I should be ok on room there.

I primarily use my computer for gaming and photo editing and I am running a resolution of 1920x1200...


Wish List:
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http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Items:
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Proc, Mobo, RAM combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 15, 2012 8:29:57 PM

Photo editing won't really make full use of an i7. The Sabertooth is overpriced for its features.
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September 15, 2012 8:34:20 PM

I mainly swapped up to the Sabertooth because the combo knocks $60 off the price, which dropped it down to the price of the motherboard I was looking at
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September 15, 2012 8:35:22 PM

Where is the PSU?
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September 15, 2012 8:36:57 PM

I was looking for advice on that. I may stick with that I have, but I have to check the specs on it and see if I need to upgrade. What wattage do you think I should shoot for?
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September 15, 2012 8:37:56 PM

If I were you I would drop down to an i5 and get an ssd.
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September 15, 2012 8:39:50 PM

I've got the SSD covered outside of the budget, the HDD on there is mainly for storage...
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September 15, 2012 8:41:34 PM

520W if not CF/SLIng and 750W if you are.
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September 15, 2012 8:44:52 PM

Yeah, I don't think I plan on SLIing.. by the time I ever get around to going SLI it ends up being cheaper to just buy a whole new card :) 

When I get home I'll see what my PSU situation looks like. Any PSU brand recommendations?
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September 15, 2012 8:53:23 PM

It depends on both the brand and series, but most importantly on the reviews by jonnyguru, hardocp, etc.

For general recommendations:
Corsair HX/AX/CX (maybe)/TX (AX/HX is not needed as the difference between Gold and Bronze certification isn't too big)
Antec TP/Earthwatts/NEO ECO/HCG
all Seasonic
all XFX
Rosewill Green (maybe)/HIVE/CAPSTONE
OCZ ModXStream 600W (or 500W)/ZT/ZX/ZS (although a bit loud the last 3)
LSP Gold Aurum
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September 15, 2012 9:16:51 PM

I think I'll definitely need to add a PSU in there. I'm pretty sure I have an old 400w PC Power and Cooling silencer PSU in there now.
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