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Considering custom PC: Not sure of motherboard and power supply


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#1 Barginski

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

Hello all...

 

I'm thinking of having a new custom gaming PC built. I have some specs in mind, but I'm not entirely sure if all the components I've selected will be adequate to function together, mainly the power supply and the motherboard. I'm not sure what to look for in either of those components. Below is what I'm considering.

 

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Intel i5-3570k quad-core processor @ 3.4 GHz

AMD Radeon R7-260X 2 GB video card

8 GB DDR3 RAM

1 TB Western Digital Black HDD

EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W ATX12V PSU

ASRock B75M-GL R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel B75 motherboard

 

If I could get any advice on this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:02 PM

According to pcpartpicker, the motherboard is compatible. Personally I would prefer a Biostar, Gigabyte, or maybe a MSI board. That's just personal preference, mind you.

 

500w isn't going to be enough, especially if you are planning on hardcore gaming. You need a minimum 700w.

 

 

Radeon r7-260x requires 500w min.

 

i5 requires 77w

 

So that's almost 600w without powering the DVDROM, Hard drive, or the board.


Edited by Netghost56, 06 March 2014 - 01:12 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:59 PM

 

Radeon r7-260x requires 500w min.

 

That minimal requirement is the total system draw, not the graphics card alone as the card itself only draws a measly 118W at absolute maximum load hence the 500W power supply should be more then adequate. Although the graphics card you have chosen is a mid-low range, may be if you could up it to a R9 270X if the budget allows?


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:04 PM

Still, you don't want to cut your PSU spec too close...



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

Still, you don't want to cut your PSU spec too close...

Agreed but the maximum load on the graphics card is unrealistic and in gaming load it is much lower but don't forget the other components which barely sips any power.


Edited by killerx525, 06 March 2014 - 04:18 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:32 PM

When I get home from work I'll check on the R9... I'm trying to keep the total cost under 1K. But if there's a significant enough performance increase between the two I'm sure it'd be worth it.



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

If I do decide to stick with the R7, would it be possible for me to upgrade to the R9 at a later time if I decide to?



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:31 PM

You certainly can upgrade to the R9 series graphics card at a later time since it uses the same PCIE interface.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:54 PM

Ok... so I showed my list of components to the friend that is building it for me. He made some suggestions on changes... The specs he suggested are below.

 

MOBO: ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz AM3+ 125W 8-core processor

RAM: 8 GB DDR3

HDD: Western Digital 1TB

PSU: Corsair 750W

GPU: XFX R9-270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

240 GB SSD hard drive

 

Any input? He said this system would perform much better and thought it would be well worth the extra money.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:55 PM

Its what I would call a more balanced spec. Your original one combines a premium 'K series' CPU with a cheap business PC orientated motherboard and mid range GPU. If it was the I5 with a better Z77 based motherboard and the R9 GPU then I'd probably go for that, but the AMD FX system should be good too.

Edited by jonuk76, 08 March 2014 - 12:06 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:02 AM

Ok... so I showed my list of components to the friend that is building it for me. He made some suggestions on changes... The specs he suggested are below.

 

MOBO: ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz AM3+ 125W 8-core processor

RAM: 8 GB DDR3

HDD: Western Digital 1TB

PSU: Corsair 750W

GPU: XFX R9-270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

240 GB SSD hard drive

 

Any input? He said this system would perform much better and thought it would be well worth the extra money.

Even better since your saving a money on the CPU and motherboard which allowed you to get a better graphics card and power supply with a nice SSD along with it too!


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:34 PM

I'm a bit caught between going with an Intel I5 processor or the FX-8320. Most people I've talked to have said an I5 would perform better in gaming applications... or is this a "six of one, half dozen of the other" situation? Any opinions on this?



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:21 AM

Most people I've talked to have said an I5 would perform better in gaming applications... or is this a "six of one, half dozen of the other" situation? 

If the i5 does perform better in gaming applications, will you be able to notice the differences? No, because once you hit past that 60 FPS, the performance increase will not be noticeable and i would choose the better graphics card (270X) over the lower graphics card (260X) any day as that is more important then the CPU. A few years ago, i was in the same dilemma as you were and choosing a 6 core AMD CPU over an quad core i5 allowed me to run dual graphics card and the CPU still is very capable of keeping up with the latest games despite my graphics card showing it's age now. 


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:44 AM

FWIW the 8320 has been on my wish list for awhile...I'm thinking of moving up to the 8350 now.

 

And with the price difference, if you get the AMD you could up your GFX, maybe.



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:04 PM

I've been trying to look at both sides, and have been looking into the possibility of getting a quad-core I5 4670 and a GTX 660. My cousin, who built my original machine, made this recommendation. He mentioned that with an eight core AMD CPU, there may be a need for a 3rd party heat sink, as overheating may be an issue. Any thoughts on this? I would like to look into both worlds prior to making a decision.






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