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February 17, 2013 11:22:17 AM

Hi I was just wondering if this build is worth the dough

Motherboard: BIO STAR Z77XE3 $80
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K $220
GPU: EVGA Ge Force GTX 650 Ti $ 120
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB) $53
HDD: Toshiba HDKPC03 DT01ACA100 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 RPM, SATA, 3.5" $60
PSU: Cooler Master RS650-ACAAE3-US GX Series 650W Power Supply $60

Thanks a ton!

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February 17, 2013 11:25:22 AM

Forgot about the case
ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $40

These are all after mail in rebates. Total is $633.
Not in a rush so if anything is a bad deal let me know.
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February 17, 2013 11:57:04 AM

C12Friedman said:
Welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums,
All looks good to me but the PSU doesn't seem to compliment the rest of the build judging strictly by this review of that PSU by HardOCP (linked to conclusion page) http://hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master_gx_...
Just my take here


Whoa, didn't know it was so half baked. Thanks alot for the feedback. :D 
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February 17, 2013 12:46:14 PM

PSU's aren't always what they appear to be. To paraphrase something I read, "they would claim their product cures cancer if it weren't illegal to do so" which seems to be applicable in a lot of computer marketing, notably PSU's.
To cut through the marketing in PSUland, I pretty much rely on the expertise of the reviewers found through this link http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm
If you want to minimize your reading and research, I would recommend looking at PSU's from such brands as SeaSonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec, FSP then read the review for that model (or model closest in the series) that will give you an idea of the quality of the PSU (you can even jump to the conclusion page to minimize reading but it is good stuff IMO)
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February 17, 2013 5:46:05 PM

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Motherboard: BIO STAR Z77XE3 $80


Run far, far away from Biostar. I had one in my first build and I NEVER stopped having problems. If I can impart an wisdom, it is this. Spend some extra $$ for a good motherboard. It doesn't seem important until it is too late, especially if you plan to OC.

I recommend:

ASRock Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My rule of thumb is, you can't go wrong with Gigabyte and ASUS. I was surprised the ASRock is a solid as it turned out to be (and it is a little cheaper).

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GPU: EVGA Ge Force GTX 650 Ti $ 120


Good CPU. If you want increase in performance, step it up to the HD 7850 (~$180). If you are happy running everything a notch below max then the 650 Ti is a great deal.

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ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


I have no experience with Zalman so I can't speak to it's quality.
Might take a look at this (I have built 3 rigs with Antec and never been disappointed):

Antec 300 Illusion (3x 120mm fans, 1x 140mm, top fan)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master 690 II (1x 120mm, 2x 140mm, top fan)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-692A-KKN5-Advanc...
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February 18, 2013 6:54:04 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I ended up putting the order through already so I guess I'll just have to see how my components work haha.
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