Howdy everyone. I have very
limited experiece in modding my computers, as complex as simply replacing RAM and GPUs. Now I'm trying to build a ground-up PC to play games on (Not building it to the nines, just a cheap little gaming rig for RTS games). I already have a Biostar N68S3+ (You can read its specs here: N68S3+ :: Motherboard :: BIOSTAR
) along with 8Gb of Ram and a Radeon HD6770 GPU thrown in already. I'm using my existing hard drives and case, and I have enough fans to start a tornado in my room (Including a nice 120mm one). Which leaves power source and CPU.
Now, for the power source, I was planning on getting the OCZ ModXStream 700W (This one: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply - OCZ Technology - OCZ700MXSP
). People online say that OCZ is a fairly poor brand, as they tend to lose efficiency sporadically, however, the GPU and CPU only say a 480W is necessary, meaning an efficiency loss probably wont drop low enough to do damage, right? Any advice would be appreciated on this front. (For those wondering why I'm selecting a power source that's almost one and a half times my requirement, it's actually the cheapest option above 480W)
Now, next up, and the one I'm having more trouble figuring out is the CPU. I was planning on getting the AMD Phenom x4 965 Black (For those that haven't seen it: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box - AMD - HDZ965FBGMBOX
) as it's the most powerful AM3 processor I can afford. Now, the BioStar is an AM3 board, so the CPU will "fit" in it. My biggest concern is that the Phenom is listed as a 125W CPU, and the BioStar says it will give 95W maximum to the CPU. Is this going to prevent me from using that CPU option? Curiously, the BioStar page I linked previously actually lists the Phenom x4 as an option to use... Anyways, this is the one I desperately need help with. I don't want to spend a hundred bucks on a processor only to cook it the first time I power the computer.
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions!