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October 14, 2012 1:22:21 AM

So, I am attempting to do what everyone says not to. I am trying to go cheap on my PSU!!!!!

Here is the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kd70

and this is the PSU I want to get: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.88 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1271.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The reviews for it are all very positive. However, everyone says to get a Corsair or a Seagate PSU. Lastly, will 700W be enough for this build if I ever want to add a second video card?

The only reason I want to cut down on the PSU price is:

1. It is a boring, albeit crucial component.
2. I am already at my budget.

Thanks!

P.S. if you see any other flaws in my build please let me know!

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October 14, 2012 1:26:20 AM

Carbide or Seagate? Lol that doesnt exist. :lol:  Carbide is a case series and Seagate for Hard Drive.

Will you plan to Crossfire that 7970 in the future? If so, you need 750W. Otherwise, 550W will be fine. Get the PSU from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX, PC Power & Cooling. I never really trusted OCZ PSUs. :kaola: 
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October 14, 2012 1:39:25 AM

Heh, yeah it looks like you confused your brands/products there. I think you meant Corsair or Seasonic.

Both are solid PSUs. Seasonic manufactures Corsair PSUs actually.

Yeah, as Nw333 above said, 750W minimum if you want to CFX that 7970. And don't trust OCZ's power supplies. They have some ridiculous prices, but have really poor QC.

Here's a list of PSUs from the 750-850W range from Seasonic, Corsair and XFX. You can choose one based on the price.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/power-supply/#m=11,71,39&...

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October 14, 2012 1:47:28 AM

evilqueens said:
Heh, yeah it looks like you confused your brands/products there. I think you meant Corsair or Seasonic.

Both are solid PSUs. Seasonic manufactures Corsair PSUs actually.

Yeah, as Nw333 above said, 750W minimum if you want to CFX that 7970. And don't trust OCZ's power supplies. They have some ridiculous prices, but have really poor QC.

Here's a list of PSUs from the 750-850W range from Seasonic, Corsair and XFX. You can choose one based on the price.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/power-supply/#m=11,71,39&...



Lol whoops I did mean Corsair, I have carbide in my head from the case I chose. Thanks!
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October 14, 2012 1:50:36 AM

beegeepee said:
Lol whoops I did mean Corsair, I have carbide in my head from the case I chose. Thanks!


Yes, the Corsair 500R is a good case from that series. I personally have a 600T White and I think it's great. I was debating between those two and I just liked the look of the 600T more. :D 
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October 14, 2012 1:58:01 AM

evilqueens said:
Yes, the Corsair 500R is a good case from that series. I personally have a 600T White and I think it's great. I was debating between those two and I just liked the look of the 600T more. :D 


yea, I originally planned to skimp on the case, but when I saw the 600T I like it too much. I figured I'm spending all this money I mine as well have a case I really like. But, I cannot decide between the black and the white. I normally like black, but the white for that specific case is awesome too. Too bad it cost more than the black :pt1cable: 
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October 14, 2012 2:09:13 AM

beegeepee said:
yea, I originally planned to skimp on the case, but when I saw the 600T I like it too much. I figured I'm spending all this money I mine as well have a case I really like. But, I cannot decide between the black and the white. I normally like black, but the white for that specific case is awesome too. Too bad it cost more than the black :pt1cable: 


Oh? That's some bad luck. I bought mine when there was a good sale, and it ended up being cheaper than the black case! The white version has the benefit of coming with a replaceable acrylic side window as well as the grate. Something to consider :) 
They both look good, but the white just strikes out at me, and I love the contrast with the black grates.
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October 14, 2012 2:33:10 AM

Its actually a good idea to buy an awesome case from the start since its going to be a way for "future-proofing" a build. That way, you can re-use the case over and over again. (Same goes for PSU, RAM, HDD)
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October 14, 2012 2:52:11 AM

Nw333 said:
Its actually a good idea to buy an awesome case from the start since its going to be a way for "future-proofing" a build. That way, you can re-use the case over and over again. (Same goes for PSU, RAM, HDD)



buys top of the line case right now 10 years later - imma reuse my old case with USB 3.0 instead of all the newer stuff available same thing goes for ram and such when they will use higher speeds for ram and HDD. maybe the only thing being able to reuse is PSU
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October 14, 2012 2:56:45 AM

boulbox said:
buys top of the line case right now 10 years later - imma reuse my old case with USB 3.0 instead of all the newer stuff available same thing goes for ram and such when they will use higher speeds for ram and HDD. maybe the only thing being able to reuse is PSU


Considering the fact that USB 3.0 is a feature of the motherboard, and not the case, what you said doesn't really prove your point. Big deal if you can't use the faster data transfer method in the future - I doubt they would have gotten rid of USB support altogether...

RAM is pretty cheap - upgrading it is not too big of a deal. As for HDDs, seeing as they are shifting more towards storage disks and not primary disks (due to SSDs), there's nothing wrong with getting a good HDD and keeping it for future builds. I've reused my HDDs for over 10 years and they are working fine as secondary drives.

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October 14, 2012 3:02:14 AM

i would do this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1256.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

compared to your build it has a step higher GPU(7970 Ghz)
comes in a lower end case
and has a better PSU brand
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October 14, 2012 3:17:32 AM

boulbox said:
i would do this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1256.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

compared to your build it has a step higher GPU(7970 Ghz)
comes in a lower end case
and has a better PSU brand


Erm.. that is a really cheap case. Why go through the effort of putting together a great build and skimp out on the thing that houses it all and the thing that you will end up seeing ALL the time?

No way, stick with the original case choice or the 500R. Or, look into other cases (so I don't come across as a Corsair fanboy).
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October 14, 2012 3:32:20 AM

if anything then i would take the 7970 Ghz down to a 670, change the 850W into a 650-750W(670 is really power efficient)

change case into 500R, c70, CM HAF XM
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October 14, 2012 3:37:16 AM

boulbox said:
if anything then i would take the 7970 Ghz down to a 670, change the 850W into a 650-750W(670 is really power efficient)

change case into 500R, c70, CM HAF XM


OP was already looking at a 750W PSU and the 500R, and the 7970 > 670 at the moment, so why go for the 670 given that the 7970 is cheaper?
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October 14, 2012 3:48:36 AM

Nw333 said:
Carbide or Seagate? Lol that doesnt exist. :lol:  Carbide is a case series and Seagate for Hard Drive.

Will you plan to Crossfire that 7970 in the future? If so, you need 750W. Otherwise, 550W will be fine. Get the PSU from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX, PC Power & Cooling. I never really trusted OCZ PSUs. :kaola: 


I have personally had great experience with OCZ PSU's (3 of them). But preference is preference, and I understand! SeaSonic is ALWAYS a safe choice too!

Here's the one I just got for my upcoming build. When I got it last week it was $129.99 with a -$40 promo code though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I agree that if you plan on Crossfire in the future, you're looking at 750W from a quality PSU maker like one that the person I quoted listed.
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October 14, 2012 5:18:14 AM

Guys, dont forget the Carbide series has other cases... The 300R was never a bad case, same goes for the 400R. NZXT makes great cases too, like the Phantom.
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October 14, 2012 6:44:04 AM

evilqueens said:
Erm.. that is a really cheap case. Why go through the effort of putting together a great build and skimp out on the thing that houses it all and the thing that you will end up seeing ALL the time?

No way, stick with the original case choice or the 500R. Or, look into other cases (so I don't come across as a Corsair fanboy).


agreed. The case for me is 400R or 600T. Unless something within the same tier strikes me as a good option. But I want a nice case If I am spending this much time picking the components.
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October 14, 2012 6:46:46 AM

Nw333 said:
Guys, dont forget the Carbide series has other cases... The 300R was never a bad case, same goes for the 400R. NZXT makes great cases too, like the Phantom.


I originally stumbled upon the 300R case and liked it. Then the 400r, liked it even more. Finally the 600T, and it just stood out as a case I wanted. But, I could easily see me getting either of those. I also thought about the Cooler Master HAF 912 and 922. But, something about the 600T i like. I feel it is worth the money.
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October 14, 2012 7:09:22 AM

boulbox said:
buys top of the line case right now 10 years later - imma reuse my old case with USB 3.0 instead of all the newer stuff available same thing goes for ram and such when they will use higher speeds for ram and HDD. maybe the only thing being able to reuse is PSU

Thats not practical. Chances are, you would want to buy a whole new build after a few years because everything will be outdated in your current build. Thats why we consider "future-proof" as impossible.
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October 14, 2012 7:10:32 AM

The 600T is a sexy case. :D  Easy to do cable management on and looks nice too.
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October 15, 2012 12:05:23 AM

Nw333 said:
The 600T is a sexy case. :D  Easy to do cable management on and looks nice too.


It really is :D  The inside of my case is so nice (I have the white version that comes with the clear window), and staring at the build is so great without seeing an ugly mess of cables.

I also find the smooth, slightly curved edges to be a refreshing change from the typical straight-edge cases on the market. The NZXT Phantom is another strikingly good-looking case, but I just like the build quality and interior of the 600T a little more.

The Cooler Master Storm Stryker is another good-looking case - again its a matter of preference. But one thing I wouldn't do is skimp out and buy a cheap $40 case to house an expensive $1200 build.
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October 15, 2012 9:52:40 AM

I believe there are quite a few builds in the 600T over at the Toms Hardware Members Gallery in the Homebuilt section too. @OP, check those out so you get an idea of where cables should go and stuff like that. :D 

Corsair makes dem cases good. :D 
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October 15, 2012 12:16:45 PM

Nw333 said:
I believe there are quite a few builds in the 600T over at the Toms Hardware Members Gallery in the Homebuilt section too. @OP, check those out so you get an idea of where cables should go and stuff like that. :D 

Corsair makes dem cases good. :D 


I will definitely check those out and use them as a reference
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October 15, 2012 7:28:11 PM

evilqueens said:
It really is :D  The inside of my case is so nice (I have the white version that comes with the clear window), and staring at the build is so great without seeing an ugly mess of cables.

I also find the smooth, slightly curved edges to be a refreshing change from the typical straight-edge cases on the market. The NZXT Phantom is another strikingly good-looking case, but I just like the build quality and interior of the 600T a little more.

The Cooler Master Storm Stryker is another good-looking case - again its a matter of preference. But one thing I wouldn't do is skimp out and buy a cheap $40 case to house an expensive $1200 build.



got the 410 didnt like it at all since i burn a few CD's for my friend and use a sound card that comes with an I/O drive and it did not fit in the bracket with the tool less mount.

the CD drive broke since it would keep jamming into the pop out door and such and you would need to keep the door open since i like to use the I/O drive from my sound card which made it look pretty dumb. would just spend extra money on a c70, CM storm stryker, CM scout 2, or 600T if i had knew i would have these problems
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