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I am building my first computer and need some help picking out a power supply. Here is what I am putting together:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Samsung 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case

Blu Ray Burner

A couple 1TB hard drives

I plan on overclocking the chip and maybe the memory. I may get a budget video card down the line, but for now I am just using the onboard card.

I having been going back an forth about what PSU to get. I was thinking the CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W due to the price, but is that going to be enough? Should I step up to a 650?

Thank you for all your help!
post #2 of 8
If you're not running a dedicated GPU, then a 500w is pretty overkill. Having said this, if you do have a GPU, then go with a Seasonic x560.
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Originally Posted by bgratigny View Post

I am building my first computer and need some help picking out a power supply. Here is what I am putting together:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Samsung 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case
Blu Ray Burner
A couple 1TB hard drives
I plan on overclocking the chip and maybe the memory. I may get a budget video card down the line, but for now I am just using the onboard card.
I having been going back an forth about what PSU to get. I was thinking the CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W due to the price, but is that going to be enough? Should I step up to a 650?
Thank you for all your help!
Welcome to the forum, that's a nice build, maybe add an SSD?.. anyway, that's a ~100W system at full load, where are you buying from and what is your PSU budget?
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Have not thought about an SSD. Will have to do some research.

I plan on buying the PSU at MicroCenter or Newegg. I am all about saving some money, but I know the PSU is not an area to skimp on. That said, under a $100 would be great.
post #5 of 8
No need to spend that much, here you go, an excellent choice at a very good price, it will also allow you to add (pretty much) any single GPU VGA you can think of.

My suggestion would be to drop half the RAM (it cam be bough later on at minimal costs) and use the difference from there and what remains from the PSU budget, to get an SSD and a proper CPU cooler (since overclocking is on the agenda).
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Went with Rosewill Capstone 450W.

Thank you for all your help!
post #7 of 8
Good choice thumb.gif
post #8 of 8
YW!
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