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Mr_Snipe's first custom PC build.Tips, opinions, and assistance needed

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March 10, 2013 6:40:36 PM

So this past couple days, I have been collecting a list of Computer Parts for my Budget Gaming PC ($500 - $600). This is what I have so far, any opinions or advice will be appreciated:


-Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
-Graphics Card: EVGA SSC 01G-P4-3652-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
-PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
-CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K *NEED ALTERNATIVE*
-RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-Chasis: Sentey Extreme Division GS-6060 Plus Sandy Matte Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


The only concerns I have so far is whether the PSU can supply the necessary power, whether all the parts are compatible, and which parts I can replace with a better, preferably cheaper one. One the side note: I already bought the chasis and a Razer Naga Molten mouse ( Courtesy to Newegg's 72-hour sale). If further clarification or reasoning needed, feel free to leave a question.
March 10, 2013 7:38:58 PM

Not sure why you would need a alternative CPU you already picked a very good CPU as it is.
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March 10, 2013 7:42:43 PM

Well it's a little pricey ( since I am paying it with my own money ) and i was wondering whether there was a better option
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March 11, 2013 12:07:19 AM

Mr_Snipe said:
Well it's a little pricey ( since I am paying it with my own money ) and i was wondering whether there was a better option


If you live near a Micro Center, the 3570K can get as low as $180 there. (same price as Newegg's lowest i5, the 3350P).

As for the PSU: You're only pulling about 300W max with that configuration, so 500W is more than enough (and will let you upgrade that graphics card later).

My concern would be more with the brand than anything. Cooler Master PSUs aren't exactly the greatest. My old 460W Cooler Master PSU's wires were far too short to fit through any cable management routes, and I've heard about some that don't even put out close to their rated power. I currently have a 600W Thermaltake, but I hear Seasonics and Corsairs are also good.

Incompatibility:
ASRock's H77M only has 2 slots for RAM. The kit you chose is 4x2GB.
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March 11, 2013 12:36:36 AM

700 watts or more PSU, you don't want to be running at peak power, you need surplus power. When PC calculators work out requirements, they do not account for added devices or top speed performances, only idle times. Whatever your total power input, add 25% to that total for your PSU requirement.

500gb hdd is not going to go very far, you need to maintain 25% free space at all times so get a 1Tb hdd especially if you intend on playing lots of games. Some games take as much as 25gb of space.
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March 11, 2013 12:42:37 AM

Thanks for so many replays, but for the psu, what model, brand, and wattage i should get (please keep in mind about the pins required) ? And with the HDD, I'm planning to keep a lookout for a cheap SSD to put my OS in and upgrade my HDD later.
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March 11, 2013 1:06:04 AM

GET ANY ANTEC, corsair seasonic with 80+

the 650ti requires 500w so give yourself some headroom 600-650

one other thing..are you gonna overclock? if so get a k cpu and a z77 mobo..if not get a non k cpu and a h77 mobo
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March 11, 2013 1:21:00 AM

xomm said:
If you live near a Micro Center, the 3570K can get as low as $180 there. (same price as Newegg's lowest i5, the 3350P).

As for the PSU: You're only pulling about 300W max with that configuration, so 500W is more than enough (and will let you upgrade that graphics card later).

My concern would be more with the brand than anything. Cooler Master PSUs aren't exactly the greatest. My old 460W Cooler Master PSU's wires were far too short to fit through any cable management routes, and I've heard about some that don't even put out close to their rated power. I currently have a 600W Thermaltake, but I hear Seasonics and Corsairs are also good.

Incompatibility:
ASRock's H77M only has 2 slots for RAM. The kit you chose is 4x2GB.


My bad, thanks for pointing out the flaw about the RAM :D  . I got this instead : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
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March 11, 2013 1:24:43 AM

ARICH5 said:
GET ANY ANTEC, corsair seasonic with 80+

the 650ti requires 500w so give yourself some headroom 600-650

one other thing..are you gonna overclock? if so get a k cpu and a z77 mobo..if not get a non k cpu and a h77 mobo



I don't want to experiment with anything so expensive till i get more experience, so I'll probably not overclock till later. But just in case, which z77 mobo is good but at a reasonable price?
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March 11, 2013 1:31:06 AM

Mr_Snipe said:
I don't want to experiment with anything so expensive till i get more experience, so I'll probably not overclock till later. But just in case, which z77 mobo is good but at a reasonable price?


ASRock's own Z77 board should do fine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This board's major limitation is that it will only support one graphics card, since the second x16 slot runs at x4 speed, severely limiting bandwidth. Not much of an issue at this point in time, since the 650 can't do SLI, but still a limitation to keep in mind if you're planning to upgrade to a more powerful setup later.
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March 11, 2013 1:42:55 AM

xomm said:
ASRock's own Z77 board should do fine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This board's major limitation is that it will only support one graphics card, since the second x16 slot runs at x4 speed, severely limiting bandwidth. Not much of an issue at this point in time, since the 650 can't do SLI, but still a limitation to keep in mind if you're planning to upgrade to a more powerful setup later.


Thanks, that really nice to know. But when i do finally upgrade, i will most likely get another GPU, CPU, and mobo all together and have multiple monitors. :p 
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