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Helping out my cousin on his first computer build.

Stuff to get out of the way...

-Budget of $1,000 (maybe an extra $100-200 if worth it)
-Game resolution on 1680x1050 at high to max settings (Starcraft II, Dragon Age, Battlefield 3*, Elders Scrolls V Skyrim*)
-Web surfing, email, homework, etc.
-Wants to avoid overclocking if possible (but I'll still continue to persuade him)

*unsure of requirements

MOB: Asus P8P67 (REV 3.0) ~$164.99
CPU: Intel i5 2500k ~$224.99
RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) ~$79.99
PSU: Corsair AX750 ~$169.99
GPU: Evga GTX560 Ti ~$249.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB ~69.99x3

Total: ~$1,100

He wants to try and spend as little money as possible so every little bit helps. Feel free to state your opinion on a different brand that's priced lowered as I'm just picking those specific brands by experience. Still deciding on what case to get but I'm sure he wants to go with a mid tower or smaller. I'm curious if you guys would agree on him taking both of my GTX275 GPUs for the same or lower price instead of the GTX560 Ti. I know he'll be missing out on DX11 with that decision but I'm sure the performance difference would make up more than enough (plus he'll still be able to go through me for RMA). To push him towards overclocking...I'm thinking about hooking him up with a Thermalright Archon CPU cooler (are 1156 CPU coolers compatible with 1155 CPUs?)
Edited by pvp309rcp - 4/3/11 at 2:31am
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The first thing I'm noticing is the AX750: it's major overkill. Not only is it major overkill on power capacity, but it's also major overkill on quality too.

To power this system, even a good 450-500W would be enough. So since he wants to spend as little as possible, I can save him $117 by recommending the 530W Rosewill Green Series power supply. Don't worry: it's actually a quality unit that even I would be very happy to power my system with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182199

It's $54.99 + $1.99 shipping, exactly $117.00 less than the AX750 after its shipping cost ($169.99 + $3.99 shipping).
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Does he really need 3Tb of hdd space? Get a 90gb ssd and keep one f3 spinpoint.
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Thanks for the PSU suggestion...I'll look into that. Question now would be if it could run two GTX275 GPUs as well as how their warranty/service is like. I told him about SSDs but it seems that the storage it provides as well as the cost is still too much especially since he wants to setup his main as a RAID-1 after some RAID explanations.
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Originally Posted by pvp309rcp View Post
Thanks for the PSU suggestion...I'll look into that. Question now would be if it could run two GTX275 GPUs as well as how their warranty/service is like. I told him about SSDs but it seems that the storage it provides as well as the cost is still too much especially since he wants to setup his main as a RAID-1 after some RAID explanations.
To power a system with two GTX 275s in SLI, I would go with a quality 650-750W. However, the stability and performance may be superior with a single GTX 560.
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do not buy a rosewill PSU. stick with a brand that is well known for making good PSU's.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blackspirerider View Post
do not buy a rosewill PSU. stick with a brand that is well known for making good PSU's.
The Rosewill Green Series is actually SeaSonic S12II internally. That's why it has "S12" in the model name: RG530-S12

I will never recommend a PSU unless I am 100% confident in it.

It's also on the famous "Recommended Power Suppies" list:

http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html

Besides: do you really think I would recommend a PSU if it were junk? That would be a waste of everyone's time.

Also, here's the 630W version:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881


Besides, it's not about the brand name: it's about the specific PSUs from each brand, which I guess is obvious since the rest of Rosewill's PSUs should be avoided (except for maybe their new Lightning series - I'm not sure yet).

So, you can't just say "Get a Corsair PSU". You have to know which ones to recommend, and which ones to avoid recommending. Yeah, there are even Corsair PSUs that I wouldn't recommend these days.
Edited by TwoCables - 4/3/11 at 11:12am
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If he can get by with the 560 Ti on high-maximum on current-upcoming games then I guess that will be the decision we'll make. Saving ~$100 will be good for him so I think we'll check up on that Rosewill Green PSU.

I've noticed there's a 700W version as well. Any word on that one?
Edited by pvp309rcp - 4/3/11 at 11:23am
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If by some chance he has doubts about the Rosewill Green Series, then have him talk to Phaedrus2129 about it.

However, I don't know yet how a single GTX 560 compares to two GTX 275s in SLI. However, I've been told that the performance of a GTX 560 is about the same as a GTX 470.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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