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Windows 7: I've been trying to build a custom PC for a while now, any help?

21 Mar 2013   #31
TwoCables

 

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Yeah, i can afford 90 dollars for a psu, that would be fine n-n

I just want 'enough' power to be able to overclock it
If you can afford $89.99 shipped, then get this and you'll never have to worry ever again:

The 550W SeaSonic G Series (for $89.99 shipped)

I mean, here's what I said before:

GeForce GTX 670 2 and 3-way SLI review - Power Consumption

With one GTX 670 under full load in their system, their PSU pulled 279W from the wall outlet. Their CPU was idling during this test, so I have to add 77W for the 3770K under full load (at stock). That makes the PSU pulling 356W from the wall outlet. So if the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 356W from the wall outlet, then that means the system is only pulling 303W from the PSU. However, this is an unrealistically high power draw because I'm saying that both the 670 and the 3770K are under full load at the same time in Guru3D's power-hungry system. The actual gaming power draw will be closer to about 250 to 275W at the most. Not only that, but I'm talking about the GTX 670 here when he's looking at the GTX 660 Ti.

So yeah, this means that even a quality-made 350W power supply is enough because the maximum power draw will only be reached when playing the most intense and demanding video games. This will result in the maximum efficiency for the PSU because again, the maximum power draw will only ever get up to 250-275W.

For future upgrades, well each new generation of GPUs and CPUs requires less power than the previous, so it's not really enough of a concern which is why I can say that a quality-made 400W PSU would be plenty for any system like his that has one video card in it. If he were to overclock his 3770K and also upgrade to a single HD 7970, then I would recommend a quality-made 450W power supply, but that's still not the minimum. The idea is to stay in the sweet spot for the sake of efficiency.

So yeah, I could recommend a quality-made PSU with a much smaller capacity, but the prices on such PSUs just aren't low enough in comparison to this to really justify it. I mean, I'm recommending a high-end 550W modular PSU and it's only $89.99 shipped.
I think ill give it a shot on that PSU-- it seems like a good option, BUT-- what do you think about this?

Amazon.com: Cooler Master Elite 460W ATX +12V V2.31 SATA, PCI-E Power Supply RS460-PSARI3-US: Electronics

You said the max power draw of those 2 components was 303W, right? that PSU should do enough-- and its WAY cheaper
That specific unit should be avoided. It has low quality capacitors and, well, just a low quality in general. Plus, it has a weak +12V rail capacity of 324W which means this is just a low-quality 350W PSU. Stay away.

Is $89.99 way too much?


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21 Mar 2013   #32
Executable Beep

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

UPDATE*
So I changed the PC parts, based on your comments, how does it look now?

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal SSD
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD
MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX

Also, what page should I use? (I ship to Chula Vista, CA) Amazon? Newegg? Ebay? wich one do you recommend?

And how do you overclock? Can you tell me any good programs to do it?
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21 Mar 2013   #33
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I check Newegg and Amazon for best price on the day of purchase, I stay away from eBay for PC parts generally, there may or may not be any warranty there. amazon has a quick and easy return policy if needed, Newegg too, but a bit more hassle at times.

There will be the ASUS AI Suite software with that board for overclocking. I would not recommend using it though. It should be done in the UEFI/BIOS. It is something to learn and check in here for pointers: Overclocking and Case Mods - Windows 7 Help Forums
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21 Mar 2013   #34
TwoCables

 

Hmm. I would still go with the 3570K myself, but this isn't bad at all.

I can recommend Newegg, but you might be able to lower the overall final cost if you split the parts up between stores if you can find cheaper prices vs. buying everything from one store.

This motherboard makes overclocking pretty easy. I believe that I'll be able to help.
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21 Mar 2013   #35
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Oh yeah I was going to add the Hyper212 EVO won't be a good enough cooler to overclock the i7. The i5 would be a better choice. The new Ivy Bridge chips will get hot when stressed.
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21 Mar 2013   #36
TheJackster1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you want a really badass pc buy and amd 8core CPU if you think PSU is overkill so is this
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21 Mar 2013   #37
TwoCables

 

Lots of people on Overclock.net are using the EVO with their 3770Ks. This motherboard won't allow for much more than ~4.5 GHz anyway.
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22 Mar 2013   #38
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I think my suggestion on the SSD was overlooked?

Thorsen's post
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22 Mar 2013   #39
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

It's hard to take one of these threads seriously if the ''builder'' is having a hard time understanding the importance of a PSU.

I had to go ahead and spent around 120 for my silent pro 850w. Better safe than sorry.
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22 Mar 2013   #40
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Erick Aguilar View Post
It's hard to take one of these threads seriously if the ''builder'' is having a hard time understanding the importance of a PSU.

I had to go ahead and spent around 120 for my silent pro 850w. Better safe than sorry.
I take them seriously since the OP did come and ask for help and to be enlightened.
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