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Windows 7: DIY PC -- Please Review


02 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise N x64
 
 
DIY PC -- Please Review

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120

GPU: Gigabyte 1GB: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Mother Board: ASRock Pro3 Z77 LGA 155

Heatsink: Intel Stock Cooler

RAM: 2x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport

HDD: Western Digital Green 1TB IntelliPower

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB

PSU: EagleTech Voltas 500 Watt

Case: Antec Three Hundred Two

Please provide ANY feedback you have!! Thanks!

--m3owm1x3r


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02 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

The PSU looks a little too cheap. It's rated at 13A on the +12V rail. That's pretty poor for a "500W" supply.

Potential alternative:

http://www.antec.com/product.php?id=2245&fid=372

Antec Neo Eco 520. 40A at +12V.
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02 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise N x64
 
 

I'm on a $600 budget, so I can only afford a $25 PSU. Any other options?
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02 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by m3owm1x3r View Post
I'm on a $600 budget, so I can only afford a $25 PSU. Any other options?
2 options: Save up a few more dollars and get a good power supply OR Get the i3-3225 with the HD4000 graphics and use that until you can afford a video card AFTER you get a good psu.

A junk PSU can fail and take out your system with it, it is NOT the item to cut corners on.

Kelly

Link to CPU.......http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116774
In fact, just go ahead and get that cpu anyway because it's new technology, whereas the 2120 is last generation technology.
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02 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by m3owm1x3r View Post
I'm on a $600 budget, so I can only afford a $25 PSU. Any other options?
+=1

That level of PSU and brand of will not support the rest of your list. Spend less on the rest and get a better power supply.
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02 Nov 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by m3owm1x3r View Post
I'm on a $600 budget, so I can only afford a $25 PSU. Any other options?
You should never go for a cheap PSU If it breaks, it could fry all of your other components. What's better: $20 over budget, or a $600 pile of scrap?

Why you Should Avoid Cheap Power Supplies - Technibble

You might be able to get away with a 430V. Corsair is a reputable brand:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Tom
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03 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you think you are going to run that video card for long with that power supply you are sadly mistaken. A power supply is the roots of the computer tree. Please take to heart what we all are telling you. We have no reason to miss lead you. In my opinion their/there is no reason to discuss the rest of your choices until you select a proper power supply. Take a long look through this web sit.
Welcome to Seasonic USA
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03 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise N x64
 
 

How about the thermaltake tr2 500watt?
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03 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by m3owm1x3r View Post
How about the thermaltake tr2 500watt?
Looks OK. Doesn't look like a $25 PSU.
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03 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Look up some reviews. Thermaltake are not particularly good.

There is a pinned topic on picking the right power supply in this forum:

How to Pick the Right Power Supply

and here is a review database:

PSU Review Database

Personally I would go for this if I were shopping for a budget 500W power supply:

Newegg.com - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Johnny guru review on it (he is the best reviewer of PSU):

Seasonic S12 II Bronze 520W Review

Seasonic is one of the best. The only con for this power supply is it is not modular.
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