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You're going to go from a 620W continuous-rated, 80+ bronze PSU to a 500W max-rated, 80+ PSU to save $15? I wouldn't do it.
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post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by adamkatt View Post

Buy the new Alienware X51 I think its called. Pretty nice rig for the price
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No, it's completely not. The machines I've spec'd blow the doors off of them.
Edited by aeassa - 1/29/12 at 7:24pm
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post #13 of 27
I think that a good 500 watt psu would do fine for almost any single graphic card solution. I know this sounds crazy, but what if he kept the 600 watt psu and got 2 radeon 5830's. I got 1 on ebay in very nice condition for 83 bucks. I bet he might be able to get 2 of them for 180 pretty easy since some of the bitcoin miner are pullin out. Just a suggestion.
post #14 of 27
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Wouldn't the 620w be a little too overkill?

Yes, anyone who tells you otherwise for a build with a 550ti and an i3 is either an idiot or they're anticipating your friend upgrading everything in his PC at some point, 620W is overkill for an i3 and 550tis in SLI if you're not going to be overvolting the cards too much.
With a 116W card and a 65W processor, you could probably get by on a properly rated 200-250W PSU if you weren't overclocking.
I'd get something like an antec VP350 so there's room to overclock the GPU, you don't need more if you're getting the 550ti.
In fact, even a GTX470 should be fine on a VP350 if you aren't overclocking. That said, I'd get a 450-500W unit if you were going for a more power-hungry card.

Edit: But don't get a 200W unit, might as well have room for some upgrading. Just you don't need a 600W unit at all with an i3 and a single card.

As an example, I just ran a PSU test in OCCT and pulled 465W from the wall with one of my cards not in my rig.
My PSU is probably 85% efficient at most so call it 395W of DC power from the PSU.
That's a 4.4GHz i3 with a decent overvolt and a GTX 470 at 800MHz core and it wouldn't need more than a 450W PSU unless I went much further with the overclock on my card.

Going to 900MHz pulls 575W at the wall or about 490W in DC power.
Edited by Mike-IRL - 1/29/12 at 7:49pm
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post #15 of 27
500w and a used GTX480 will sit you nice. The platform can be winged buying used. I'd also go AMD. You can push a phenom far enough to where it won't bottleneck a 480. Thus you come out hopefully pushing high on all ends. This way to you have some kind of defense upon upgrading as the current parts would have sufficient value.
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post #16 of 27
You could go for a Phenom II x4 960T build.
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post #17 of 27
If you have a microcenter near by. You could go with a z68 board and i5 2500k bundle. Their i5 is 179.99 and they have z68 boards for 120 bucks. The bundle also knocks 50 bucks off the board. Can't really beat that. I configured a system with that and came to exactly $650. $580 after rebates smile.gif the system would get you about 40 fps average in bf3 most settings on ultra at 1920x1080 resolution.
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post #18 of 27
Maybe this:
i5 2400 + 8GB Ram
Asus P8P67 (refurbished)
Rosewill 630w PSU
500GB HDD
Sapphire 6870
Total=~$615 shipped or $585 after rebates.

You could also go with a used 5870 which will give you more performance and be cheaper than the 6870.
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post #20 of 27
If you really want a cheap/decent CPU/Mobo bundle go for the one at Microcenter at the moment..
Buy a FX 8120 and get a Gigabyte 970 board free! So $129 for a board + CPU i think it was.

Leaves you with room for the TB hdd, good PSU and decent GFX card.

To be honest for this build you're looking at a 955BE/960T build, Intel's low end is just too slow for games (They aren't quadcores).

Anyway, using newegg..

Phenom 960t $125
Gigabyte 970 board $90
8GB G skills kit $40 - Change it to whatever you want, but i can assure you, you won't get better ram, especially for the cost!
Seagate Barracuda 1TB $135 - Compare that to the price of a 500GB on cost per GB...
6850 Cyclone $177 - Best card to overclock, get a cheaper one if wanted.
As for the power supply i'd spend a bit and get something decent, see if you can get your friend to raise the budget $50 to get a better power supply, something decent.
You guys have really bad deals on newegg for power supplies.. $90 for a 500W that's only bronze certified? It's $109 here for a 600W that's bronze.. and i'm yet to see a name brand non bronze PSU..

EDIT: Also go for a used 480 or 570 at the same pricepoint, possibly snatch up some 5830's/5850's that were used for mining. Keep in mind i'd clean these out and reapply thermal paste.

Also someone beat me to the 970 + 960t combo, i'd still grab the 1TB HDD though, or 500GB if you want to save a few $$$
If you can fit in a Hyper 212+ i'd grab that too, also look for deals on a case + psu? thumb.gif

EDIT2: Also a GTX 460 is a better deal then the 6850. Go for it!
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