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March 3, 2013 5:23:52 AM

Hi!
I am planning to build a pc later in the month.
Here is the components so far:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/23/buildcz.png/

Just looking for advice on a few things:

1. Is the PSU high enough wattage?

2. I don't know much about fans/cooling. What would you recommend?

3. Same thing goes as above for cords/cables/whatnot.

3. Any tips on keeping it quiet (My partner hates loud PC's)

4. Anything else that I have missed or parts I should really invest in?

Thanks for any advice that you can give!

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March 3, 2013 5:39:53 AM

1. The PSU is enough but I would go a different brand

2. you can stick with stock if you're not going to OC

3.again you can just use what comes with the parts

4. tune the fans down, that'll keep things quiet and only have them spin higher when the parts start to get out of hand, you can adjust it all in bios

5. I have some suggestions, brb :p 

Okay here it is
this build is meant for ultra 900p or high/ultra 1080p

i5 3470, can OC to 4ghz on the z75 chipset, added in cheap cooler since this is a small OC and even not OC, will help keep thigns quiet
7850 2GB
Nice silverstone case with USB 3 front panel (can shave a bit off here if usb2 is fine and grab a better cooler for cpu)
USB2 network adapter, higher latency by a bit but speed is still limited by wireless N regardless, so USB 2 is fast enough
Also means it is easily movable to any computer/device
WD caviar blue, slightly cheaper than seagate but just as fast
8gb of quality ram
(price is after $50 of rebates so budget about $710 to buy)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RI 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN727N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $659.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 02:51 EST-0500)
March 3, 2013 6:05:25 AM

Wow thanks for the fast & detailed response!

That looks great!
The only thing I'm wondering about is that I read earlier today 430W may not be enough. Then again, Corsair is pretty top-notch in my experience.

Also I should have mentioned I am in Australia sorry, so some of those places don't ship here. Though I'm having a look at the prices on alternative sites.

Thanks again, it's a huge help!
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March 3, 2013 6:12:16 AM

AHA! Not to worry there is an Australian version of pcpartpicker :p 
The 430W will provide enough wattage, not to worry
What resolution and games will you be playing?

brb

I would get something like this unless your games are really CPU heavy
Use your silverstone case in this build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.00 @ Foxcomp)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $586.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 19:23 EST+1100)
March 3, 2013 6:21:33 AM

Hahaha sorry about that, I should have specified!
Thanks!
Resolution is 1680x1050 and probably games like arma3, Skyrim, Bf3 if it's possible.
Thanks :) 

That looks really good, though I have the budget to get a better CPU.
You've been a real help this far, so any suggestions on a CPU?

Also, my budget is around 700-ish :) 
March 3, 2013 6:31:06 AM

^ hmm for those games you need a pretty balanced system to play
I would stick with what you already have but grab my corsair ram, the PSU (or some other corsair, antec, seasonic, silverstone, xfx, ocz model), and the usb 2 network card but network card swap is optional IMO

The OC on the 7770 is sorta worth it I guess, its gives an 8% boost in perf but you pay over 10% more over this sapphire one
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

The 650ti are not options due to price

This is at ultra, 7770 should do a lot better if you turn off AA and have it at high, same with skyrim


March 3, 2013 6:34:32 AM

Ah, you already answered my question while I typed it haha, thank you heaps :) 
March 3, 2013 6:40:45 AM

With a full $700 budget get something like this
You can cut the price a bit by getting $2 cheaper ram, but those have bulkier heatsinks
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m...
You can also get an 500gb HDD to save about $16
http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-d...


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.00 @ Foxcomp)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $662.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 19:40 EST+1100)
March 3, 2013 7:03:33 AM

That build looks perfect for me I think.
I don't mind going over budget a little, so the HDD and ram is fine.
Well, I think I'm pretty much sorted now!
Feel free to offer anything else, but otherwise I'm very happy with this :) 
Thanks for all the help!
March 3, 2013 7:05:48 AM

Have fun with it then :) 
March 3, 2013 8:17:53 AM

Thanks, yeah I had a bit of a look and decided the 1gb OC is probably the best choice for my situation.
Again, thanks heaps!
!