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February 27, 2013 6:38:58 PM

Hello everyone, I am in the planning stages of building a gaming computer. I am pretty sure that all of the components will work together, but because the community is so knowledgeable and I am less-than-novice I think asking you guys is wise. Here are all of the internal parts that I plan on using in the build:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R ATX Mid Tower
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core (I don't know if this is overkill or not, but for the price of 130USD it looks pretty good to me.)
Graphics card: EVGA SuperClocked+ 03G-P4-3663-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
Hard drive: Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0011 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Extra fans: x2 140mm COUGAR CF-V14H Vortex

Note: I know that the 850w PSU may be overkill, but I have read that let's say a 850w PSU using 500w can more effectively reduce the heat than a 550w PSU using the same amount of power. I may be totally wrong, so please correct me if I am. The other reason I chose this specific power supply is because it bundles with the case, so I save 40USD.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate the feedback! :hello: 

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February 27, 2013 7:02:17 PM

My oh my
I suggest get fx-6300 and usual 550W psu of 80+ bronze quality
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February 27, 2013 7:17:00 PM

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Note: I know that the 850w PSU may be overkill, but I have read that let's say a 850w PSU using 500w can more effectively reduce the heat than a 550w PSU using the same amount of power. I may be totally wrong, so please correct me if I am. The other reason I chose this specific power supply is because it bundles with the case, so I save 40USD.


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I've never read that anywhere, what is your source on this?

I agree, I'd drop the power supply and invest more in the CPU. The FX-4170 is not good. Get an i5-3350P instead.

You also don't need the extra case fans. What is your budget? I can suggest a better build if I knew that.
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February 27, 2013 7:38:40 PM

Ideally I would like to stay at or under $1000 for all of the internal components. Right now everything minus the monitor, keyboard, and mouse comes to $992.92 on Newegg. I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse lying around which I can use to test the system while I save up for new ones.

As to the source on that statement, I apologize, hah, I definitely misread it:

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stress - if the PSU is rated at 1200W and you're only pulling 780W across it, it's not going to work as hard, produce as much heat, and most important...stress the components as if you were constantly pulling 780W across a 1000W 80% PSU

from this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/268738-28-overkill-bu...

Would a 550w PSU be enough? Also I have been trying to decide between two graphic cards - the EVGA 660 3GBs "Superclocked" version and the 660 2GBs version. Excuse my novice terms, there are probably a zillion differences between the two. I figured that for $40 more I could get more bang with the 3GB.

Thank you for the quick responses!
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February 27, 2013 7:49:06 PM

ev2013 said:
Ideally I would like to stay at or under $1000 for all of the internal components. Right now everything minus the monitor, keyboard, and mouse comes to $992.92 on Newegg. I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse lying around which I can use to test the system while I save up for new ones.

As to the source on that statement, I apologize, hah, I definitely misread it:

Quote:
stress - if the PSU is rated at 1200W and you're only pulling 780W across it, it's not going to work as hard, produce as much heat, and most important...stress the components as if you were constantly pulling 780W across a 1000W 80% PSU

from this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/268738-28-overkill-bu...

Would a 550w PSU be enough? Also I have been trying to decide between two graphic cards - the EVGA 660 3GBs "Superclocked" version and the 660 2GBs version. Excuse my novice terms, there are probably a zillion differences between the two. I figured that for $40 more I could get more bang with the 3GB.

Thank you for the quick responses!


Now that is true to a certain extent. When you have a system that just barely meets the bare minimum (say it theoretically produces 531W and you have a 550W PSU) then it will run way hotter than it would if you would have a 750W PSU on that setup. Having more wattage than you need will not in any way harm your system. But having too few watts or having the bare minimum will have serious consequences for your system. I've fried a CX430 by trying to use an older Radeon video card with one.

On a $1K budget here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $977.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 16:47 EST-0500)

This will be a far more balanced build than the original. I cut down on the case but put more money into the CPU and motherboard, and the Radeon 7950 is an excellent GPU around the same price as the GTX 660TI.
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February 27, 2013 8:04:55 PM

Sweet! Also thank you for the PCPartPicker website, it looks extremely useful!

Very helpful, thank you both again for your help! :wahoo: 
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February 27, 2013 8:05:15 PM

Best answer selected by ev2013.
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