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Windows 7: Is this PC a good build?

28 Feb 2015   #31
ignatzatsonic

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Here's a review of that XFX XTR 550:

XFX XTR 550-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review - Test Results and Final Thoughts

The review gives it a good rating. It's made by Seasonic and based on the Seasonic G series PSU, which is a bit more expensive.


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28 Feb 2015   #32
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

So i should upgrade my PSU?
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28 Feb 2015   #33
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laith View Post
So i should upgrade my PSU?
No, not unless you have some intention of using two powerful video cards (SLI).

550 watts is OK for any one card. 450 would be fine for many video cards.

Without a video card, your PC isn't going to use over 150 watts or so at max load. It would be under 100 watts most of the time. My PC has no video card and idles around 70 watts.

The only reason I've got a 560 watt PSU is that at the time I built this machine, this PSU I have was the lowest wattage, high quality, modular unit I could find. If I was building today, I'd probably use a Seasonic G 450.

The XFX XTR series is well-regarded.
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28 Feb 2015   #34
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Okay i guess ill use it, so should i upgrade more or is this enough?
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28 Feb 2015   #35
Devlin1888

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

well for gaming, Neither integrated nor the 630 will cut, will certainly not run advanced warfare.
4-5 Years is a bit steep...within 6 months even the newest rig is outdated.
In terms of GPU, Budget wise, I would go for a AMD 280x/290 for some good solid performace, or if you not fussed wait for the 300 series. If budget isnt an issue(Which i think it is) I'd go for a GTX 970 or something around that ballpart.
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28 Feb 2015   #36
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Those are pretty damn expensive, i must downgrade something but what? My friend says i can get a AMD CPU cheap but PCPartPicker wont let me take AMD CPUs.
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28 Feb 2015   #37
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laith View Post
Okay i guess ill use it, so should i upgrade more or is this enough?
It's looking pretty good other than video card.

I'd at least look at Crucial SSDs, maybe the MX 100. Probably just as cheap as the Mushkin and well regarded. But you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them in actual use. You might save a few bucks.

NZXT makes some pretty good inexpensive cases if you want to check them out.
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28 Feb 2015   #38
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Laith View Post
Those are pretty damn expensive, i must downgrade something but what? My friend says i can get a AMD CPU cheap but PCPartPicker wont let me take AMD CPUs.
Is your budget frozen at around 900 forever? Or could you come up with another $200 or $300 in 6 months?

You could certainly cut back to an Intel i3 processor. I'd guess doing that wouldn't affect gaming very much, but might affect the other stuff you want to do. Gaming is more dependent on the GPU.

You must be using PCPartPicker incorrectly. Maybe it won't let you choose an AMD CPU because you've got an Intel motherboard picked out. They are incompatible with each other.

Or you could give up on the SSD. That would have very little effect on gaming.
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28 Feb 2015   #39
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

I have an SSD because it is fast thats why. Well the max i can go is $1195. Its not it, my dad is paying for the whole thing. I could ask my uncle if he can get me something other than a video card. Well i hope it comes up good.
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28 Feb 2015   #40
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Also i want the cheapest case possible + it is compatiable with the motherboard.
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