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post #1 of 13
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Hey

I'm looking to build a new PC and would like some help to see if the parts I've chosen are all okay with eachother and if there's anything that can be changed around.

I'm planning to use these parts:

-Intel i5 3570k
-Gigabyte GA-z77 D3H Motherboard
-Corsair Vengeance 8Gb 1600MHZ RAM
-Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case
-Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA-III 7200RPM HDD
-OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD
-Gigabyte GeForce 580 GTX
-Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU
-Asus Xonar DG 5.1 Sound Card
-Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 CPU Cooler

The main reason I'm looking for help is because I originally planned to build this PC with an Asus Geforce 660 (£180) but I have a very good condition Gigabyte 580 gtx available to me for £150 off of a friend. I've read that a good 500/550 watt power supply can run this card but is that the case with the one I've chosen? I'm not really considering overclocking any parts since this will be the first PC I've built but for the sake of £15 I've decided to get an i5 3570k rather than a locked one.

So yeah, will these parts suffice in building a solid computer or are there things I can improve on?

Thanks!
post #2 of 13

Allot of people on OCN will say the OCZ ssd has very low reliability. I have never encountered any probs with mine but I just thought it's worth mentioning. If I were you I wouldn't get a seagate drive since they are very unreliable (I've had issues with them). Go WD Black or HGST (Hitachi) 7.3000 series.

 

Also, will you be overclocking? If so you will need to buy vrm heatsinks since those vrms are for some reason not heatsinked.

post #3 of 13

You're right about the power consumption:

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_580_review,7.html

 

With one GTX 580 under full load in their system, their power supply pulled 447W from the wall outlet.  Their CPU was idling, so let's add about 150W for an overclocked 3570K (figuring about 4.7 GHz), making the PSU pull 597W from the wall outlet.  So, if the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 597W from the wall outlet, then that would mean the system is pulling about 507W from the PSU.  This means that any quality-made 550W power supply that is designed to be able to continuously deliver 550W would be plenty.

 

However, our new "PSUCalc" is recommending PSUs ranging from 450W to 600W, and it says the power consumption being pulled from the PSU could get up to approximately 480W.

 

Where are you ordering from?  I'm interested in seeing if there's a possibility of getting a higher-quality PSU than the CX600 V2, and hopefully one that is modular!

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Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Where are you ordering from?  I'm interested in seeing if there's a possibility of getting a higher-quality PSU than the CX600 V2, and hopefully one that is modular!

I will be ordering from http://www.ebuyer.com but I understand there may be a lack of items on that website so if it's completely necessary then http://www.overclockers.co.uk/ is also a possibility.

Thanks for the replies by the way, I'll look into the SSD/HDD thing as well!
post #5 of 13

Can you also order from Scan.co.uk?

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
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Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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post #6 of 13
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Yeah, that's also alright.
post #7 of 13

Ok, cool.  I will try to find better PSUs at about the same price as the CX600 V2, or less if possible.


Edited by TwoCables - 11/23/12 at 1:40pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Ok, cool.  I will try to find better PSUs at about the same price as the CX600 V2, or less if possible.

Cheers. By the way do you think that it's even worth it for me to buy an unlocked processor or even a CPU cooler if I don't plan to overclock? It could save me a little bit of money as it appears I need to get a £100 hard drive instead of a £70 one now, totally understandable if it's still recommended to get them though.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by zomgzzz View Post


Cheers. By the way do you think that it's even worth it for me to buy an unlocked processor or even a CPU cooler if I don't plan to overclock? It could save me a little bit of money as it appears I need to get a £100 hard drive instead of a £70 one now, totally understandable if it's still recommended to get them though.

 

If you know without even a shadow of a doubt that you'll never overclock, then there's no reason to get a "K" series Intel CPU or an aftermarket CPU cooler.  Although, I would have one reason to get some kind of an aftermarket CPU cooler:  many of them are significantly easier to install than Intel's stock cooler!  lol  :)

 

I'm still looking at PSUs.  :)  Although, if you never ever ever overclock, then the CX600 V2 should be more than good enough.  It's just that when overclocking is a consideration, even later on down the road, a higher quality PSU would be nice.  Even still, the CX600 V2 is not really bad, it's just that I know there are higher quality PSUs out there for roughly the same price.


Edited by TwoCables - 11/23/12 at 1:53pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #10 of 13

So far, I've only come up with two, but I do know that they are higher quality and should last longer than the CX600 V2 due to using higher quality internals.

 

 

My reason for picking these is that they have a very similar price to the CX600 V2, but internally they are higher quality which means they would provide power that's cleaner and more stable than the CX600 V2.  That's not to say that the CX600 V2 delivers dirty and unstable power, but it's just that these PSUs are just better.  :)

 

I wanted to find modular PSUs at this price that have enough power, but that seems impossible.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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