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Old 10-12-2012, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New PC Build - A Few Questions

Okay so I've decided to build another PC, this will be my 2nd build. My first turned out great but that was almost 8 years ago. I have a few questions for anyone up2date on hardware.

(a) What kind of power should I be looking to get out of the PSU I choose? I'm seeing everything from 400w to 1600w so I'm a bit lost there.

(b) What (in your opinions) would be the best MOBO/CPU combination? I'm partial to Intel but always open to suggestions.

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Old 10-12-2012, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What do you intend to use this computer for (Gaming, video editing, etc)?

Do you have a budget in mind?
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you don't need more than a 650 watt PSU for most builds. Disregard anyone who suggests you use two or more video cards. I'm not going to bother putting together a suggested list of parts since a bunch of other people will do that and everyone is going to primarily suggest the same thing give or take a few things. basic outline of what I'd use: MSI motherboard, intel chip, upgraded cpu cooling, MSI Nvidia video card, 8 or more gigs of decent RAM, corsair PSU, coolermaster case. also an SSD and a bulk storage HDD.
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Pick Parts, Build Your PC, Compare and Share - PCPartPicker Here's what I used to price my parts.

And went to Tom's Hardware: Hardware News, Tests and Reviews for recommendation and reviews of parts.

I just built a decent machine for $658 using those sites and am really happy with my build. They have budget reviews and high end reviews on Tom's site so I suggest you take a look there.

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you don't need more than a 650 watt PSU for most builds. Disregard anyone who suggests you use two or more video cards. I'm not going to bother putting together a suggested list of parts since a bunch of other people will do that and everyone is going to primarily suggest the same thing give or take a few things. basic outline of what I'd use: MSI motherboard, intel chip, upgraded cpu cooling, MSI Nvidia video card, 8 or more gigs of decent RAM, corsair PSU, coolermaster case. also an SSD and a bulk storage HDD.
What ApoC said...I went with an Intel chip, nVidia card, 8 gigs of ram, and a Coolermaster case.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can I get some recommendations on which Intel CPU?
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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currently: the i5 3570K is the price/performance sweetspot. Build around that with the appropriate motherboard, you should use the stock CPU cooler unless you want to overclock for an additional 30% or more CPU performance (totally not necessary, considering how efficient and powerful that chip is).

edit: nice motherboard to use: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=76...r&promoid=1360

their GD65 series Z77 chipset board is also really nice, but that one is all black... and so good looking
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Ok thanks.

And whats a good size for the SSD? (going to have a large capacity HDD)
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Personally I'd take the OCZ Vertex 4 in 256gb, should be around $200 for that. I find 128gb to leave too little room after you got windows, some apps and games installed on it.
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