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kk, I'll do calculations and see what else I can get to go with it.
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Ok, so as of now it is a $755 with the parts from the first page. The XM and H100 are basically out of the question when changing, I have my heart set on them. Anything else I should look deeper into? I was wondering if the PSU wattage was a little overkill, but at the same time I'm looking to really push my CPU (ie why I want the H100) and it's a fully modular seasonic (hard to go wrong). Is there a cheaper comparable one I should look at? Like one that maybe isn't fully modular (still modular though) that maybe only has attached ports that I'll have to use?
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Ok, so as of now it is a $755 with the parts from the first page. The XM and H100 are basically out of the question when changing, I have my heart set on them. Anything else I should look deeper into? I was wondering if the PSU wattage was a little overkill, but at the same time I'm looking to really push my CPU (ie why I want the H100) and it's a fully modular seasonic (hard to go wrong). Is there a cheaper comparable one I should look at? Like one that maybe isn't fully modular (still modular though) that maybe only has attached ports that I'll have to use?

If you would be spending about $135 on that psu like I am seeing, there are better options look at:
THIS

Still an excellent PSU but significantly cheaper
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I'd at least go with a gt 540, even a gt 240, gt 430 would cost about the same as the gt520 but twice the performance.
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After going through this again, you do not even need a 400w psu for this build, I would suggest just getting some cheap(price, not quality) 400w psu and spending the extra cash elsewhere.

And really, spending that much on the cpu cooler is a waste. The money saved by going with a cheap air cooler like the hyper 212 could give you enough to go Intel, and Intel is so far ahead currently that even a fully overclocked AMD probably will not be as good as a stock intel in most situations
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After going through this again, you do not even need a 400w psu for this build, I would suggest just getting some cheap(price, not quality) 400w psu and spending the extra cash elsewhere.
And really, spending that much on the cpu cooler is a waste. The money saved by going with a cheap air cooler like the hyper 212 could give you enough to go Intel, and Intel is so far ahead currently that even a fully overclocked AMD probably will not be as good as a stock intel in most situations

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I'd at least go with a gt 540, even a gt 240, gt 430 would cost about the same as the gt520 but twice the performance.

Well the cheapest modular one is a 530W from Raidmax for $40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

And I need to shave off money for the GPU, and I just don't like the look of most OC-ready CPU fans. I'm really into low profile stuff when it comes to insides. Like I know the performance on the 212 series is immaculate, but I just don't think that look good IMO. Like the horizontal fans maybe, like Zalman CNSP8900.
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Well the cheapest modular one is a 530W from Raidmax for $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028
And I need to shave off money for the GPU, and I just don't like the look of most OC-ready CPU fans. I'm really into low profile stuff when it comes to insides. Like I know the performance on the 212 series is immaculate, but I just don't think that look good IMO. Like the horizontal fans maybe, like Zalman CNSP8900.

I was saying a non-modular. I understand the reasoning for wanting a modular psu, but with a low wattage psu like a 430w corsair/antec, you will likely be using all of the cables so it doesn't matter.

Raidmax is a brand to stay away from psu wise
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I was saying a non-modular. I understand the reasoning for wanting a modular psu, but with a low wattage psu like a 430w corsair/antec, you will likely be using all of the cables so it doesn't matter.
Raidmax is a brand to stay away from psu wise

Yeah, heard of high failure rates for various reasons, just looking at costs. How's OCZ's PSU line? I know that their SSDs are high quality, but I don't really have much to go on with their PSUs. And I will probably need more, seeing as this is going to be my constant updater for the next 4 years. Basically I need to find a way to drop a enough money to afford (or nearly afford) a gtx 550ti or, say, a 6770, although I do like EVGA and trust NVidia (pleasant experience with my last two cards)
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Ok, so I dug in for a bit, changing it around, and this is the new idea, mostly because I want to actually have a substantial GPU.

Phenom ii x4 960T (doing everything that everybody knows to it)
ASUS Crosshairs V Formula
EVGA Superclocked GTX 550 Ti
8 Gb Ripjawz X Ram (same)
OCZ 600W Modular PSU
NZXT Tempest (cause I ditched the H100)
Enzotech Extreme X Rev A (Still Semi-Low)
Western Digital 500gb HDD (7200 rpm SATA 6)
That same ASUS drive
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Ok, so I dug in for a bit, changing it around, and this is the new idea, mostly because I want to actually have a substantial GPU.
Phenom ii x4 960T (doing everything that everybody knows to it)
ASUS Crosshairs V Formula
EVGA Superclocked GTX 550 Ti
8 Gb Ripjawz X Ram (same)
OCZ 600W Modular PSU
NZXT Tempest (cause I ditched the H100)
Enzotech Extreme X Rev A (Still Semi-Low)
Western Digital 500gb HDD (7200 rpm SATA 6)
That same ASUS drive

I have had that psu running an i3 at 4.2GHz and an overclocked GTX460 for almost 2 years now with no issues

I think it is a bit ridiculous to get a $220 motherboard on a budget build. It would be a much much better idea to get a cheap intel board with an i5, but thats your call. I spent $110 on my board and I regret it, I wish I would have gotten a cheaper one and used the difference to get a 1GB GTX460 instead of my 768MB card.

The 550ti is not a good buy at $133 after rebate with shipping(newegg)
This performs much better as you can see if you follow this link
The 550ti hits a price point that is just too high in my opinion. The 7770 also outperforms it and you can get those for less than the cost of that superclocked, and it will save you money on electricity. nVidia wise the best cards are the 460/560(same) and you can often get a great deal on a used 460

Not trying to say your choices are bad, just trying to help where I can and don't want you to have the same regrets as I do.
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