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Looking for insight on my components!

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November 17, 2012 10:59:25 PM

Hello all just created an account here after finding a lot of useful info!
Anyways, I'm building my own rig (which i might add is probably considered low budget, staying within the 700 dollar range) and maybe re-using some of my old parts from my previous comp.
Here are the parts I'm currently looking at buying:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz - $184.99
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - $87.55
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - $28.99
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $69.99
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card - $139.99
Power supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply - $31.64

I'm just looking for some insight on these products; questions of quality, bang-for-the-buck, compatibility, overkill etc.
Thanks in advance guys!

Edit: This comp will mostly be used for gaming and some video editting.

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November 17, 2012 11:11:25 PM

Everything looks good if you are going to be playing games on mid-low. If you plan on playing very graphically intense games on 1080p, You may want to get a Radeon HD 7850 instead.
November 17, 2012 11:34:40 PM

CPU looks great. Those 2nd and 3rd generation i5s are fantastic.
Motherboard, memory, and storage all look good.
Video card is ok. I'd just repeat what BreadWhistle said, if you are wanting to game at 1080p having some more graphics muscle will be nice.

Antec is a good power supply brand, but I get worried when the budget for the power supply is so small. If you could, let us know which Antec power supply you are thinking of.
While the power supply (usually) does not affect the performance of your computer, it is one of the most important parts. I'm not trying to scare you, but If a bad/cheap power supply fails it can sometimes take the rest of your computer with it.
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November 18, 2012 1:48:39 AM

Thanks for the insight guys! Much appreciated! The Antec Power supply I was looking at can be found here:

Do you guys think it would be a better option to drop down my CPU to an i5-3330 and bump up my video card to the Radeon HD 7870? If so would that power supply be suffcient or would I need something with more power?
November 18, 2012 1:59:48 AM

That power supply is probably not enough for this system. Just to be sure I'd get a 500 or 550 watt Power Supply.

And probably, the 7870 wll give a good more amount of FPS over the 650ti. But arent the 3470 and the 3330 only like $10 apart? If they are (Where you are buying them) I'd just get both. Though you might only see a 1-2 FPS difference between the two CPU's.
November 19, 2012 1:08:13 AM

Alright, thanks everyone for the advice. I decided on my components and ultimately went with the i5 3470 and the amd hd 7870. Now, my next question.. I decided to get a new case and basically narrowed it down between two.
The Xclio case I thought was nice most of the reviews say its got plenty of room etc.
Then I looked at the Rosewill and realized it comes with fans. I suppose my question is how important is it to have case fans, and how neccesary is it for ME to have them for my setup? Any insight as to which case I should go with, or recommendations?
November 19, 2012 2:33:36 AM

It's VERY important to have case fans, as it lowers your ambient case temperature, keeping all of your components inside cooler.
November 19, 2012 9:34:25 AM

nah. case fans do nothing in my case