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~$950 Gaming PC Build, Any Suggestions

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November 25, 2012 6:35:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a few weeks

Budget Range: $800-$1000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, School Work, Listening to Music, Watching Movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse, OS (Windows 8 Pro), and Wireless Adapter

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer AMD graphics cards to Nvidia graphics cards and I prefer Intel CPUs.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Here is the build I have so far:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/piRB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/piRB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/piRB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $972.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-25 15:34 EST-0500)

I'm just about ready to order with this build, but I wanted some more experienced people to look it over and give me suggestions and tell me if there are any problems with it. Thanks in advance!
November 25, 2012 7:28:49 PM

That Corsair PSU will not be able to handle that setup. I'd say drop the expensive keyboard and upgrade to the TX-650. I've said it before and I will say it again - the people who are advocating cheaper power supplies are flat out WRONG. Having a power supply with more watts than you need doesn't hurt at all. However having a PSU with too few watts or the bare minimum will cause instability and system failure. I've seen this with my own eyes on more than one build so I am not exaggerating this.

Otherwise the rest of that build looks good.
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November 25, 2012 10:23:06 PM

N3xdominus said:
Any suggestions on keyboards then? Also, Is a 600w PSU really necessary?
EDIT: Is this one good for the job? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yes. Seasonic makes excellent power supplies. 600W is plenty, the 500W will struggle with a 3570K.

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Sorry for the double post, But is this Rosewill PSU good? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=


Green power supplies are OK. They're no more energy efficient than something that's rated 80+ platinum.
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November 25, 2012 10:30:36 PM

For $20 cheaper is it worth getting the Rosewill?
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November 26, 2012 1:56:53 AM

Bump, Any other ideas or suggestions?
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November 26, 2012 2:51:01 AM

N3xdominus said:
For $20 cheaper is it worth getting the Rosewill?


No get the Seasonic. Or get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can't emphasize this enough: cheaper power supplies ARE NOT WORTH IT. This is one area where you need to heavily research - make sure you know the supply you're getting.
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November 26, 2012 3:19:43 AM

It got a good review, but I guess it would be worth it to get the Seasonic. Even if it's just for the peace of mind. The rest of the build is ready to go though?
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November 26, 2012 4:57:16 AM

N3xdominus said:
It got a good review, but I guess it would be worth it to get the Seasonic. Even if it's just for the peace of mind. The rest of the build is ready to go though?


Yes the rest of the build looks good. I'd heavily suggest reading jonnyguru.com - they are *THE* authority on power supplies.

I couldn't find the Rosewill one reviewed but here's the 520W model of the Seasonic one: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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November 26, 2012 4:12:53 PM

Thanks, I appreciate the responses!
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November 26, 2012 4:13:07 PM

Best answer selected by N3xdominus.
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