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Hey guys,

Been reading several of the other new build threads posted around here and have tried to make educated purchases based off of what people in other threads have said, but I still have a few questions. Building this PC primarily for gaming but might do some video editing in the future (nothing too serious).

I was wondering if one, is more than 8 GB of ram necessary? Two, do I really even need an optical drive these days? I can't remember the last time I used the one I've got on my PC now. Three, are SSDs really that awesome? I was thinking of buying one big enough to at least put Windows and a couple other programs I use often on it. Finally, how much wattage do I need? The suggested wattage according to PC part picker so far is only 356W, but I've got a 650W PSU in the PC I've got now and I like to be as safe as possible.

This is the build I've come up with so far. Pretty similar to what I've seen posted around here so far.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZKO

Thanks.
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if one, is more than 8 GB of ram necessary? Two, do I really even need an optical drive these days? I can't remember the last time I used the one I've got on my PC now. Three, are SSDs really that awesome? I was thinking of buying one big enough to at least put Windows and a couple other programs I use often on it. Finally, how much wattage do I need?

1. if for gaming, no. but video editing maybe. the real-time preview takes up a lot of ram. just buy 8 gigs now. and if you feel it's inadequate, just buy another 8 gigs and pop it in. ram is really easy to upgrade.

2. I haven't used an optical drive in 2 years. but everyone's needs are different.

3. in my humble opinion, SSDs are pretty darn awesome. yeah, you just need one for windows and couple frequently used programs. media files like music and videos don't need the speed boost from SSDs.

4. your TX650 is totally fine.
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8GB of RAM is plenty for most people unless you run specialized applications that are RAM heavy.

For the optical drive question, it depends on whether or not you will need it. Some people like their CD collections or DVDs, some people watch blu-ray. But if you don't generally use an optical drive you can get away with out one pretty easily. Install Windows via USB flash drive and that's pretty much it. If I didn't already have a spare Blu-ray burner from my old system I would have built my tiny computer without it but I like to be ready since I'm college-bound and I'll never know if I'll need one.

The difference between an SSD and HDD are night and day differences. They are as awesome as people say, maybe more because it's hard to state the difference you can feel.

I'm not 100% on the power supply question so maybe someone more knowledgeable can chime in on that, but I think it's enough barring future upgrades and heavy overclocking. I run a Corsair AX750 with my 4770k at 4.2 and 660 Ti.
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4. your TX650 is totally fine.

My TX650 is four years old. Think that's a problem? It's been running beautifully all this time but I just didn't know what kind of life expectancy it has.

Edit: The Corsair page says that the PSU is rated for 100,000 hours. If I left in on 24/7 for the past 4 years that's only about 35,000 hours. Think I'm ok still using that PSU?

Also wondering if I shouldn't use my PSU savings to upgrade the 760 to a 770 in my build.
Edited by brome09 - 7/23/13 at 8:41pm
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Anyone have any other thoughts?
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Two, do I really even need an optical drive these days? I can't remember the last time I used the one I've got on my PC now.

That's up to you based on how much use you have for one.
Personally, i have always had an optical drive in my main system, though i don't use it as much these days it still comes in handy.

I fail to understand why people are skipping over having a DVD Burner in a brand new desktop these days, they're only like $20 new and at some point you might need it. I prefer to install Windows from a disc drive than a USB stick, still buy a retail PC game every now and then, and i'm sure MP3 discs are still cool, right?
Anyway..that's just my opinion. tongue.gif
Edited by PoisonousRakija - 7/25/13 at 3:44pm
   
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That's up to you based on how much use you have for one.
Personally, i have always had an optical drive in my main system, though i don't use it as much these days it still comes in handy.

I fail to understand why people are skipping over having a DVD Burner in a brand new desktop these days, they're only like $20 new and at some point you might need it. I prefer to install Windows from a disc drive than a USB stick, still buy a retail PC game every now and then, and i'm sure MP3 discs are still cool, right?
Anyway..that's just my opinion. tongue.gif

Yeah, I realized that my copy of Windows Ultimate 7 that I got for free is on a DVD so I've gone ahead and updated the build to this. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1k0kO

Just wondering now if it's smart to use my 4 year old PSU and upgrade to a GTX 770 or whether to stick with the GTX 760 and buy a new PSU.
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First thing I want to say : Nice selection of parts.
2nd thing and it's about the optical drive. Get the Windows7 USB/DVD Download Tool and a Windows7 Ultimate ISO (32/64bits whatever you need) and a 4GB Flash Drive.
http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/604187-legal-download-digitalriver-windows-7-sp1-13-languages.html
When it asks for product key use your serial number smile.gif

The Download Tool makes the flash drive bootable and you can install it from the Flash Drive next time.

As for the PSU I wouldn't worry to much. Get the GTX and game on !
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