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Planning on ordering the parts tonight, just wanted to double check if it will support d3 at max settings. Please check out the specs and let me know
Intel core i3 2100 @ 3.1 ghz
Intel h67 mobo or asrock z68 mobo (still deciding)
8gb ram 2x4gb
500gb western digital hard drive @7200rpm
evga geforce 550 ti
450 watt 80 plus certified power supply
550 Ti is kinda bad. Either save $ and go with HD 6770, or spend more for HD 6870
Check out this PC build guide just in case:
Edited by Ehrengarde#1143 on 5/29/2012 1:35 PM PDT
Whoever picked that PSU has a lot to learn about building PC's. I would definitely talk to someone who is familiar with computer parts and get a good design.
A 450w PSU to run:
~120w graphics card
~60w for any possible configuration of fans and disk drives
That's about 270w or so for his computer at an absolute worst-case scenario. He'd have to be burning a DVD, defragmenting his hard drive, running Metro 2033, and rendering a 3D scene all inside a hot box in order to hit that kind of load. Realistically speaking that machine probably won't even peak above 220w during normal use. Even going off the safe "no more than 75% load" rule a 450w unit is more than adequate for his needs. A good one will even accommodate a future upgrade to a higher-end graphics card and CPU and a few add-in cards. I wouldn't green light it for SLI/Crossfire, but there's nothing wrong with a ~450w estimate for his build. The only thing that could go wrong is if he picks a crappy unit, but the whole "80-plus" requirement will weed out most of the stinkers.
For the case, I'm still deciding between NZXT Gamma, M59, Source, or Thermaltake V4. I'm leaning towards M59 though.
Also still trying to decide which motherboard to get. Any recommendations? I don't plan OCing, or crossfire/sli. Just a simple mobo that has usb 3.0, supports i3 cpu, has at least 1 pcie 2.0 slot. Also, one that is reliable and affordable. <$120
depends a bit where you live of course, there may be a computer store around that has stuff cheaper
this isn't a bad deal
Wow! Excellent and very helpful guide! I noticed in your builds, you use the biostar B75MU3+. Is it a reliable/durable mobo? I don't plan on OCing or using sli/crossfire so it seems like a good match. I plan on getting an i3 2100 for this setup, but that mobo will give the option to upgrade the cpu in the future to an i5 which is good.
Do you think that that mobo is the best choice <$100 or are there others you would recommend.
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