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post #1 of 22
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All right, I'm building a computer for a friend for under 1000$ monitor included. He's not into overclocking so I'm going with a i5 2500 cpu.

Suggestions and comments appreciated.

Here's the newegg cart;


Only thing I'm kinda worried about is the power supply, It's included with the case and is 430W. According to PSU calculators, it should be enough, but yeah looking for some suggestions.

Went with 8Gb of 7-7-7-21 Ram. (Perhaps I could downgrade?)

Making a Raid 0 with the two 500Gb hdds.

If there's any improvements I can make, don't hesitate to comment.
Thanks.
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post #2 of 22
I really wouldn't trust an "included" PSU. It might not blow up, but you'd definitely want to put its specific details in the PSU thread section and get it ok'ed by the gurus. More often than not, those low-end PSUs are "rated" for a certain wattage but end up performing to a much lower standard. Lower than 430w for that GPU might end up being problematic.
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post #3 of 22
DO NOT pay that much for a 6gb/s mechanical drive

Its been proven time and again they're no faster on a 6gb/s sata as on a 3gb/s sata


And the Samsung F3 1TB is faster and double the storage for close to half the price

Only get sata6 if you're getting a SSD, and only if it needs the bandwidth
post #4 of 22
The included PSU isn't horrible. Its an antec and it probably puts out what it is rated for. The OEM manufacturer for it is delta. If you want to save money then I would say you would be fine leaving it. If not get an Antec Trupower New if you want to get something with excellent price vs performance
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post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, for the Hdds, its actually 2x 500Gb. Also, their SATA2 counterparts are 5$ more expensive on newegg.

As for the PSU, It's an ANTEC BP430 430W.
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post #6 of 22
I have that monitor, I like it alot, Swap the HDD with a 1tb Spinpoint F3
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post #7 of 22
Def downgrade the rams to 4gb.
8gb is overkill in that build imo.

For PSU, go with either Antec Earthwatts 500w or Corsair CX500.
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post #8 of 22
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You think a Raid 0 array of 2x 500Gb WD isn't worth it compared to a 1Tb Spinpoint F3?
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2x WD Black Caviar 500Gb Raid0 Corsair F120 2x WD Black Caviar 1Tb Raid0 EK DCP 4.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC7970 EK Supreme LT XSPC 360 Rad Windows 7 Pro 
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post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Qcgold View Post
You think a Raid 0 array of 2x 500Gb WD isn't worth it compared to a 1Tb Spinpoint F3?
I woud never put raid in a build for a friend. Too much can go wrong with it.
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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 Windows 10 Home 64Bit  Dell S2716DG 2K 144hz G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum Seasonic Flagship PRIME TITANIUM 650W Fractal Design Define R5 W/ 3 Phanteks PH-F140S... Logitech G Pro 
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post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Here's the updated list:



Thoughts?
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2x WD Black Caviar 500Gb Raid0 Corsair F120 2x WD Black Caviar 1Tb Raid0 EK DCP 4.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC7970 EK Supreme LT XSPC 360 Rad Windows 7 Pro 
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Razer Mamba 
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Core i7 930 @ 4.2Ghz Gigabyte X58A-UD3R MSI 7970 6Gb DDR3 Kingston HyperX 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
2x WD Black Caviar 500Gb Raid0 Corsair F120 2x WD Black Caviar 1Tb Raid0 EK DCP 4.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC7970 EK Supreme LT XSPC 360 Rad Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U3011 Saitek Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775W Custom 
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Razer Mamba 
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