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This is my first ever PC build. I am on a budget of around $600, I plan to do some gaming, movie watching and some multimedia for my school work.

I've done a lot of research and this is what I got. Please tell me what you think!

Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX case - $40
Power supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W ATX12V - $60
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P - $85
Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition - $119
Memory: A-Data 4 GB DDR3 1600 - $90
Video: HIS Radeon HD 4670 1 GB - $70
HDD: Western Digital Cavier Black 750 GB - $70
DVD burner: Sony Optiarc 24x CD/DVD - $30
Network adapter: TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless N PCI - $20
Cooling: Kingwin 120mm case fans (x2) - $10

Total - $594

I pretty much have all my parts, except for the PCI card which is coming via Fedex tomorrow, and the RAM which I will be picking up from Fry's in the morning. I know I should also get a CPU cooler, but I think I'll see how the stock cooler works out for now. I'm quite nervous and excited to stick that RAM in there tomorrow, hopefully everything will work or I will be devastated lol.

I will snap some pictures later if anyone wants to see it.

-David
post #2 of 9
Already bought it? Ah, well. Not terrible, but you could do a lot better.

That PSU could use a switch with something better, at the same price. Your GPU is a little on the weaker end, but if you're only doing VERY light gaming it will do fine. :
    
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Thanks for the reply.

I had the most trouble on deciding what PSU to get, originally I wanted a cheaper option but I kept reading horror stories on Newegg. Finally I settled on the Thermaltake because it was a reputable brand, 500W with two 12V rails. I wanted a modular one but those costs more. I know there are probably better choices out there, but as long as it runs reliably I am okay with my choice.

I got the GPU because my friend has the same one and games look pretty good on it, plus it came at a good deal on Black Friday. I do most of my gaming on the console now, but with the new PC maybe it will change. I will probably upgrade to a nicer card in 6 months or so, this is the thing I love about custom PCs!

Just for curiosity sake and future reference, what kind of PSU and GPU would you have gotten that would fit my budget?

-David
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Sorry to say, despite all your worrying you still made the wrong PSU choice. Thermaltake is not always good. Thermaltake makes two different lines of PSUs: Thermaltake Toughpower and Thermaltake Pure Power/TR2. The Toughpower series is made by CWT and is comparable to the Corsair TX and some HX series PSUs. When people say "Thermaltake makes good PSUs", these are the PSUs they are referring to.

The PurePower or TR2 units are completely different. Most of the lower-wattage ones are low-end HEC units. They're pretty shoddy. For instance, the TR2-430 is actually a relabeled 350W. The folks at Hardwaresecrets could barely coax 360W out of it before it shut down. So much for a 430W PSU.

I'd say you made a poor PSU choice. Has it arrived yet? Maybe you could cancel the order and pick a decent unit. A SeaSonic 500W unit would probably be a better choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-080-_-Product
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hmmm, thanks for letting me know. I will take a look at Fry's tomorrow for an alternate power supply. The Thermaltake PSU has already arrived but it's not a big hassle to just return it.

What other PSUs would you recommend if I can't find the SeaSonic one? I'd prefer to stay within my budget of ~$60.

Thanks for your help.
post #6 of 9
This is a very good PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Corsair%20450W
But it's only $60 after rebate.


It's hard to find good 500W power supplies for under $60. Any reason not to buy from newegg?
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hmmm, thanks for letting me know. I will take a look at Fry's tomorrow for an alternate power supply. The Thermaltake PSU has already arrived but it's not a big hassle to just return it.

What other PSUs would you recommend if I can't find the SeaSonic one? I'd prefer to stay within my budget of ~$60.

Thanks for your help.
If you don't mind an MIR:

http://www.frys.com/product/4976901?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

$60 after MIR, 650W ToughPower, if you want to stick with that brand but a better PSU.
    
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This is a very good PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Corsair%20450W
But it's only $60 after rebate.


It's hard to find good 500W power supplies for under $60. Any reason not to buy from newegg?
No, nothing wrong with Newegg at all. I just kind of want to start using my PC now rather than wait until next week for the package to arrive.

edit: Tainok, that looks perfect, I see if they have it in stock tomorrow.

Thank you both for your help.
post #9 of 9
PSU Corsair is way to go, and I would advise you to visit Corsair website, there you will find a PSU calculator; I discovered it after having mine.
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