Pretty good build and good to see someone who doesn't have an overkill PSU, but for 450 watts you couldv'e spent less than that.
I really hate it when people have overkill PSUs and actually my build has a Super Flower Golden Green Pro 400W but that's not available in US. The Rosewill Capstone is quite identical to that though, as it's a Super Flower as well.
What I ended up paying is totally different than in the list, because I bought everything in Finland.
psu heck im getting a intel extreme new one when it comes out. THey always make more but when is the question.
finally, someone with a nicely balanced build including a reasonably sized PSU. As a gaming machine I think you got all the right cash in all the right places. That machine should last you a few years.
Is that single malt Talisker?
Show us pics of more guts! We love guts!
Thank you! One of my main goals was to show that not even high-end CPUs and GPUs require that much wattage, the other was to show that the mATX form factor does not equate poor "airflow" or "cable management". I fail to see how anyone could call that "cramped".
You're right, that's a bottle of Talisker's 12 year-old. It's a really nice whisky.
I added some pictures, hope they satisfy your needs. =)
+1 dude! Thanks for pics, I got my fix now. Yes, mATX mobo and case is totally reasonable even w/ OC'd CPU and monster gaming dGFX card. No reason why you can't build an excellent machine in that form factor with a <500W PSU and here's the proof ya?
PS: I prefer Macallan's myself but if you're offering the Talisker believe me I wont' turn it down ;-)
Can a 450w psu handle an i5 with a 7970?
I can't say for sure, but according to PSUCalc and Anandtech's Bench it should be possible.
DAT CASE!! :O drools
a higher wattage psu would've been a good idea for future upgrades, and that cpu cooler seems a little lack-luster compared to something like a cooler master hyper 212. Still a solid build
Thanks! A CM Hyper 212 will not fit a Fractal Design Define Mini, also an aftermarket cooler is totally unnecessary unless I was to overclock. The only reason I bought the Scythe was because I thought it will be more quiet than the Intel's stock fan.
I don't see myself upgrading this computer in a way that would require a higher wattage power supply, but otherwise you'd be right. I trust that the future CPUs and GPUs will be even more power efficient than the current generation. =)
edit: I only bought the unlocked K-model because the locked was not yet available when I built this, and I guess the price difference is probably quite minimal even today.
History tells us there is a limit to how much power consumption is reasonable within today's CPU form factors. I fully agree it's unlikely we'll see future CPUs exceed 200W TDP despite significant increases in computing muscle behind that power consumption. CPU form factor will not significantly change b/c die size relates directly to cost (how many CPUs can you squeeze from a 300mm or 400mm wafer...). I.e. that 450W PSU should last a good long time.
I love the Fractal Define Mini. Great build!!
If this is just for borderlands 2 with PhysX, I would have gotten a separate PCI GPU like a GTX 650 to run PhysX (Also future-proof for future games with more intensive PhysX) separately to reduce normal lag and to have smoother performance overall unless the GTX 670 with PhysX on and off has the same FPS.
WOOO Portal 2 +1000 if I could ;)
hey what kind of speakers are those? they look absolutely god-like.
They also sound pretty awesome. They are Amphion Helium410s.
I hope you didn't just build this to play Borderlands... That's pathetic. Nice build though
the 670 came with borderlands 2... so obviously he got it for free. im sure he plays other games other than that.
Ironically enough, I got the 670 for free and had to pay for Borderlands 2. =)
This was already built in May but I got around putting it up here only now. If I had had to pay for the graphics card, I would have gotten the 7850 but my friend owed me for one website thing I did some time ago so I got the 670 as payment.
Nah, that was just a joke.
Thanks! I have to say that this case has been the easiest to work with that I have ever had.