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Hi Folks.

I have been studying for weeks now on the various different components I would need or want for a new system. For the most part I will use this PC for your normal stuff. Browsing, downloading, converting audio and video, office, movies.

I also want to be able to play games such as BF3 but I am not willing to pay stupid amounts for graphics as most of my gaming is console based.

So far, these parts are confirmed:

Corsair Vengance LP 8GB 1600 DDR3

WD Caviliar Blue Sata 3 - Either 500GB or 1TB (Not sure on this)

Core i5 - Initially i wanted the 3570k but I wont be overclocking so not sure on what else to go for.

Cooler Master HYPER 212 Evo Cooler.

Lite-On iHas124-04 DVDRW

GTX 650 Ti 1GB GDDR5 - There are so many variations I am struggling to pick one.

Corsair CX 500w maybe even the 600w - Help needed on that.

Although the above are desired items, I am able to budge on what else would be ideal.

I am having trouble deciding on a MOBO also. For a time I was fixed on the asus p8z77-v lx but I believe this would be surplus to requirements somehow. The MSI B75MA-p45 seemed to cheap. Help on that would be appreciated.

Then to top that off, I want a case that will house everything nicely. Nothing to ugly and over the top mind.

Sorry for the format of the post. All in all, if you have any thoughts on an i5, size of HDD, type of GTX 650 Ti to go for, PSU, case and MOBO then I would be eternally grateful.
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  1. Any 650ti will work really. If you are not overclocking drop the CPU cooler and get the i5 3470. 500w will be plenty for this system. Get an h77 motherboard.
  2. Best answer
    I would suggest this build or let me know what your budget is and I can adjust it accordingly.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NYDq
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NYDq/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NYDq/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $676.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-02 16:14 EDT-0400)
  3. Hi Dav,

    For HDD i would get a 1tb, for they are roughly the same price. Seagate Barracuda is also a solid Hard drive i would recommend it over the caviliar blue. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    If you will not be overclocking, the i5-3470 would be a good choice. Since you are not overclocking the stock cooler would also work just fine on it. So you would not really need a after market cooler.

    The Mobo, since you are not overclocking you do not need a z77 chipset. These boards are more expensive and bought more specifically with overclocking in mind. A much cheaper h77 chipset will work nicely with the i5-3470.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007OCJWTM/?tag=pcpapi-20

    If you are set on the 650ti, you would be after the 650 ti BOOST, this was just released and the best 650 ti offered.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125457&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  4. Thanks for the replies guys.

    Yeah I thought the H77 would be the way to go because of the lack of overclocking. The question is which H77. I can't seem to chose between the main three, ASRock, Gigabyte and Asus.

    Is the CPU cooler not needed? The stock will be enough?

    What is the thinking in dropping to the i5 3470? They are very closely priced these i5's.

    How much difference graphically would the GTX 650 Ti and the GTX 660 provide?

    Can you tell I have all these demons im fighting at the min lol
  5. davlodge87 said:
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Yeah I thought the H77 would be the way to go because of the lack of overclocking. The question is which H77. I can't seem to chose between the main three, ASRock, Gigabyte and Asus.

    Is the CPU cooler not needed? The stock will be enough?

    What is the thinking in dropping to the i5 3470? They are very closely priced these i5's.

    How much difference graphically would the GTX 650 Ti and the GTX 660 provide?

    Can you tell I have all these demons im fighting at the min lol



    Yes the Cpu cooler would not be needed. Without overclocking the stock cooler is fine. The i5-3470 is a great chip. Almost identical to the i5-3570k before an overclock.

    These are some benchmarks between he 650 ti and the 660. This is not the boost version, it is not on the site yet. So just expect the 650 ti boost to be slightly better then the one displayed. But it will give you an idea. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/680?vs=660
  6. The 3470 is cheaper than the 3570k and since your are not overclocking, it is the obvious choice.

    The CPU cooler is not needed. The stock one is fine.

    The 660 would play games at mostly high settings. vs mostly medium settings with the 650ti.
  7. davlodge87 said:
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Yeah I thought the H77 would be the way to go because of the lack of overclocking. The question is which H77. I can't seem to chose between the main three, ASRock, Gigabyte and Asus.

    Is the CPU cooler not needed? The stock will be enough?

    What is the thinking in dropping to the i5 3470? They are very closely priced these i5's.

    How much difference graphically would the GTX 650 Ti and the GTX 660 provide?

    Can you tell I have all these demons im fighting at the min lol



    You don't need a cpu cooler if you are not going to overclock. The stock cooler will be fine.

    Not much difference between the non-unlocked i5 processors since you aren't going to be overclocking. The thinking is to get the lowest price on one. The 3350p is a great deal at $180

    I have had experience with that Asrock motherboard and it has been very positive. The others are good brands too though.

    That 660 is quite a bit stronger at not much more money.
  8. tenaciousk said:
    davlodge87 said:
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Yeah I thought the H77 would be the way to go because of the lack of overclocking. The question is which H77. I can't seem to chose between the main three, ASRock, Gigabyte and Asus.

    Is the CPU cooler not needed? The stock will be enough?

    What is the thinking in dropping to the i5 3470? They are very closely priced these i5's.

    How much difference graphically would the GTX 650 Ti and the GTX 660 provide?

    Can you tell I have all these demons im fighting at the min lol



    Yes the Cpu cooler would not be needed. Without overclocking the stock cooler is fine. The i5-3470 is a great chip. Almost identical to the i5-3570k before an overclock.

    These are some benchmarks between he 650 ti and the 660. This is not the boost version, it is not on the site yet. So just expect the 650 ti boost to be slightly better then the one displayed. But it will give you an idea. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/680?vs=660


    Thanks for that benchmark. Pretty convinced there.
  9. How is this?:

    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core

    Motherboard
    ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155

    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

    Storage
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

    Video Card
    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB

    Case
    NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower

    Power Supply
    Corsair 500W ATX12V

    Optical Drive
    Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

    Comes in at around £580.
  10. Looks great. Let us know how it turns out :)

    Also, please choose a "best answer" if you wouldn't mind. Helps those of us who post here out a lot.
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