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November 7, 2012 6:30:32 AM

Hi, Tom's! After some 7 years of service, I'm about to almost completely scrap my old rig. In its place, I will build a new system with the following specs:

Intel Core i5-3570k 6mb
Asus P8B75-M LE Mobo
Kingston Hyper X BLU DDR3 (2x4)
500 gb Western Digital Green 64 mb SATA3
Thermaltake V2S 450w Lite Power Casing (PSU included)
Palit GT 440 GDDR5 (Carried over from old build)

I could sure appreciate your thoughts on the build, especially on the 450w PSU. Would the PSU be enough to power my system when I eventually go for nVidia's 600-series cards? What about if I go SLI with the same series

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November 7, 2012 6:35:21 AM

Unlocked CPU is wasted on a B75 board. I also won't get mATX unless you just have to.
If you're gonna OC, get a z77 board instead.
If not, drop the 3570k and get a 3450 or 3470 instead.

Hyper X Blue; most of them run @ 1.65v. If that's the case with the one you picked, drop it since it's gonna put a lot of strain on your Intel CPU and not to mention void the warranty.

Can you give me a link to the HDD you're getting? I won't get a green since your HDD will be your primary drive.

I would get at least 500-550w for a single GPU; be it the lates nVidia or AMD.
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November 7, 2012 7:06:57 AM

I agree with excella, don't get a green for a primary drive.. You will regret it.

And yeh your psu will struggle a bit for the latest cards.. I would say 550w and up is recommended.

Overall, this won't be a super fast pc, assuming your not doing anything to intensive it will do you well

The motherboard isn't all that upgradable.. Your maxing your ram and Gpu slots already..
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November 7, 2012 9:48:21 AM

excella1221 said:
Unlocked CPU is wasted on a B75 board. I also won't get mATX unless you just have to.
If you're gonna OC, get a z77 board instead.
If not, drop the 3570k and get a 3450 or 3470 instead.

Hyper X Blue; most of them run @ 1.65v. If that's the case with the one you picked, drop it since it's gonna put a lot of strain on your Intel CPU and not to mention void the warranty.

Can you give me a link to the HDD you're getting? I won't get a green since your HDD will be your primary drive.

I would get at least 500-550w for a single GPU; be it the lates nVidia or AMD.


Hey, thanks, excella.
How about this for a board? http://pcx.com.ph/components/motherboards-1/asus-p8z77-...
Also, mind if I ask what's wrong with going for Green?
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November 7, 2012 10:23:40 AM

Greens are designed to be only for storage purposes only. Hence they use less power and are relatively slower than other drives.

Also, I've helped a lot of people in the Philippines and have found that PCX overprices everything.
This store has the cheapest prices so far, and apparently they match prices if other stores have it lower. http://dynaquestpc.com

I assume you're not going to SLI/Crossfire? If so, get this instead
http://dynaquestpc.com/index.php/components-2/motherboa...

Also, generic PSUs that come free with casings are usually cheap quality and can/will fry your other component if it fails.
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November 7, 2012 10:55:15 AM

excella1221 said:
Greens are designed to be only for storage purposes only. Hence they use less power and are relatively slower than other drives.

Also, I've helped a lot of people in the Philippines and have found that PCX overprices everything.
This store has the cheapest prices so far, and apparently they match prices if other stores have it lower. http://dynaquestpc.com

I assume you're not going to SLI/Crossfire? If so, get this instead
http://dynaquestpc.com/index.php/components-2/motherboa...

Also, generic PSUs that come free with casings are usually cheap quality and can/will fry your other component if it fails.


Oh, wow. Thanks, man. Your insight about our computing market is really great, I'll be sure to check DynaQuest more often.

Thanks for the mobo suggestion, but I was actually planning to go SLI in the future? Would the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro do the job? And thanks for the HDD advice, so that means I get anything but WD Greens? Blues and Black?
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November 7, 2012 9:50:01 PM

No, that ASUS board can't. It only has 1 PCI-E 3.0 x16; the other one is PCI-E 2.0 @ x4. If it was x8, it would be okay.

Get the ASRock z77 Extreme4 if you want SLI/CF.
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November 9, 2012 1:33:35 PM

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November 9, 2012 1:37:18 PM

Forgot to address your question about the Caviar Blue and Black; yes, you can get either of the two. The Black shows a slightly faster speed on benchmarks, but I doubt it's noticeable in real life performance.

What the extra cost really is for is the 5-year warranty on the Black.
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