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Old 07-24-2012, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First build, want to make sure nothing goes wrong

My 5 year old prebuilt has recently bit the dust and I've decided to build my first rig but I'm not super knowledgeable on this even after weeks of studying. I don't want to make one big mistake that costs me 500 dollars. My budget isn't super high (The current cost being almost 470, not including windows, and I really didn't want to go that high). I'm in the process of finalizing it and I want to make sure I have everything and that the build is solid and will work or if I could do better for the same price or less. So I'd just like some input on if this will all work and is good enough. I do plan to use it for gaming but I'm not expecting to run super intensive games at 60 fps. I'm happy as long as I can run it with decent framerates at medium. Here is what I have come up with so far. SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222BB/RSBS Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222BB/RSBS Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Newegg.com - Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT Newegg.com - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Newegg.com - MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case For the time being I'm reusing my GPU from my current system (it still works and is fairly new, replaced last year) until I can get more funds in a month or two. I currently have a GT 430 (Newegg.com - ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card) My main concerns here are the motherboard and PSU. I had picked out a higher priced motherboard earlier on but cut back to save cost. Is this okay for my needs? I'm not wanting crossfire/sli or really feel the need to overclock, I just want a functional motherboard with all the parts I need for what I have. I don't want it to bite me in the butt. Is the PSU strong enough? I want to upgrade my GPU in a few months to possibly a Radeon 7770. Would this have enough juice to run that or would I need something with a little more oomf to keep it going? I used neweggs power calculator (which I'd assume probably isn't super accurate, but...) and it came back with, using this current set up and my current GPU the calculator spat out 261 W. If switching to a 7770 it gives me 301 W. I've no idea how accurate this is and I'm not crystal clear on exactly how much headroom I'd need. I'd appreciate any advice that could be given, please. Thank you.
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