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Opinions about this gaming pc build?

Last response: in Systems
February 20, 2013 6:17:51 PM


My friend wants to build a new gaming system on a not super high budget. He will use it mainly for gaming and running heavy programs for school work. What are your opinions about the rig he put together? Is it maybe better to go for a slightly better GPU at the expense of a somewhat cheaper CPU? He is looking to purchase this quite soon as he has been thinking about it for a while. He is not planning on overclocking any time in the future. Also he does not need to buy an OS license.

GPU: XFX HD7850 Double Dissipation
CPU: Intel i5 3570K
Power supply: Sharkoon WPM500
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
Optical drive: LG GH24NS70
SSD: Crucial CT128M4SSD2
MB: MSI Z77A-G43
Hard disk: Western Digital WD1002FAEX
Memory: Corsair 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit

Thanks in advance,

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a c 435 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 6:20:46 PM

Get a PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, or Seasonic. That one is junk.
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a c 435 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 6:24:10 PM

Any good 500w CPU will run this system. 650w is very overkill.
February 20, 2013 6:28:19 PM

he should get the 550 then sho when he decides to upgrade the cpu he will not have to change the psu aswell and as i read this mobo has Anti surge mode which does not use the full psu full power if not needed and prevents damage caused by psu. i have done the same with my i3 and r 7850 build. and to the gpu thats a great gpu will play any game with about 30fps minimum with the i5 so in about 2 years he will just need to change the gpu
a c 287 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 8:51:48 PM

tiny voices said:
New CPU's use less watts. He won't need to upgrade the PSU for any new CPU. All motherboard monitor and regulate the power intake.

Get this PSU:
It is a re-branded Seasonic, which is as good as it gets.

That depends on the video card being used. A single will be 550W. If the OP plans to Crossfire or SLI, then more wattage will be needed.