Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:56 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Power, Ports, and Mobo Build questions
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:07 pm 
8086
8086

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:14 am
Posts: 9
Looking to build myself a new machine, it's been a few years, so I'm way overdue.

Here's what I'm looking at
From Newegg:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper Z97 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX - $169
PowerSupply: CORSAIR CXM series CX600M 600W ATX12V v2.3 (Bronze) - $64.99
RAM G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $79.99
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB - $54.99
OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99
Video: XFX Double D R9-280X-TDFD Radeon R9 280X 3GB - $299.99

Processor from Microcenter
Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz Socket LGA 1150 Boxed - $189

I have a < 2 year old samsung 128 GB SSD for the OS, going to re-use that.
I have an optical drive I'll re-use for OS, maybe add a Blu Ray drive in, we'll see.
Price looks to be around $958 right now.

Here's my questions:
1) Power supply - I saw the XFX web site listing a 750 watt power supply, is that really necessary? They inflating that number in case you case you crossfire or something? I've seen a few posts that seem to indicate 500 is even enough - any thoughts here?

2) I have a case from 2009 that I'm using now. Safe bet the ports on the front aren't USB 3. Can I use those ports with the header on the Gigabye mother board and just not get USB3 speeds? Or are they different connectors completely?

3) Assuming I can't connect a USB3 header to the existing USB ports I have, anyone have recommendation for a decent inexpensive case? I want to be able to use those front ports. The case is under the desk, so I don't really care about looks. Just not annoying to get stuff into it and cooled well.

4) Motherboard- I went with a recommendation from the June Max PC builds. I don't have a problem with it, but I wouldn't mind saving a couple bucks if there's something equivalent that subtracts a feature I'm unlikely to care about. I do game, but I don't have a fancy set of speakers, usually have to keep the sound down anyway, so the sound stuff on this board may be more than needed. No plans to get a 2nd video card. not sure what else to throw in here.....

Thanks for your help, and if you have input on any of those parts - comments are welcome!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Power, Ports, and Mobo Build questions
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:44 pm 
Smithfield
Smithfield

Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:37 pm
Posts: 5088
1) I use a 450W for a similar setup. It general consensus is 550-650W for this kind of setup, assuming 80PLUS certified.

2 & 3) USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers are different, but you can get a header converter if the board doesn't.

4) I'd shop around a bit. Boards I get typically float at $120 and they will do everything you need.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Power, Ports, and Mobo Build questions
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:58 pm 
Coppermine
Coppermine
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:40 pm
Posts: 688
Quote:
Assuming I can't connect a USB3 header to the existing USB ports I have, anyone have recommendation for a decent inexpensive case?

What about this Antec GX500?

Piggy-backing on what LatiosXT said, there are several quality motherboards in the $125 range. I would look at ASRock, MSi, Gigabyte or ASUS.

Hope this helps.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Power, Ports, and Mobo Build questions
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:41 am 
8086
8086

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:14 am
Posts: 9
Thanks for the feedback, guys!

I found what looks like the previous revision of that same board for about $133, so a nearly $40 savings, that's good enough. Assuming there's no compatibility issues with my i5 choice, but I think it's ok if I'm reading things right.
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z5S LGA 1150 Intel Z87 @ Newegg

Thanks for the information on the header / USB connectors. I'll debate what to do with the case for a day or so, probably end up just buying it.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Power, Ports, and Mobo Build questions
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:36 am 
8086
8086

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:14 am
Posts: 9
Wanted to add some useful information for the next readers of the thread. I was reading user comments on Newegg's site about the XFX video card I was looking at. I had questioned the power needs, and - this post from XFX support mirrored what the helpful folks here have been saying.

BUT - it's nice to hear it from them, right?

From
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814150678

a vendor response to a review.
________
Hello, We're sorry you are having issues with your card.

This unit requires a consistant 20+ amp PSU, very common. Anything Bronze Rated and 500 Watts should work without problems.

If you have any questions, please contact us at neweggsupport@xfxforce.com.
_________


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group