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New build idea, last one was way over budget

Ok, so I realized I was wanting more then I wanted to pay for today. So I started over. Any input on my new build would be much appreciated. By the way this is my first build. So lets do this.

CPU/Mobo combo=http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554
or
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554
with an
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577
I've considered going to an i3. Would this be a horrible idea?
RAM =XMS3 Series 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules)
PSu = CX Series CX750M 750 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply. not sure if this s overkill or not.
hard drive =http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0400847
If there is a better cheaper alternative I'm all ears.

I will have to wait on the GPU. I know its the most important part for gaming, but I have an old one that will work for a month or so while I save a few hundred for a new one.

Hopefully I didn't forget anything. Oh windows 7 for around $100. best i can tell I can do this build for around $500 to $600.

One more question. May be a dumb question, but if I use my old hard drive that had XP... Will that work on new build until I can get windows 7?

An help would be awesome. Hopefully I linked everything okay.

Thank in advance for any help.
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  1. You might be able to use your old drive if it's a SATA drive. The ASRock Z77 doesn't support older PATA drives. You will have to format and reinstall the OS.

    I would go with the i5 you linked to, it performs well and is cost effective. The board looks good. I didn't look into the memory. The PSU looks good and so does the hard drive.
  2. mjmacka said:


    Ok. you sold me on the i5 3750k. Now I need to know about the Mobos. and the PSU. And maybe even the RAM. And if it's all compatible. Also what would be a good option for a GPU at a fairly cheap price?
  3. Okay, lets look at the board you listed before and I will tell you what I like about the board.
    2 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. This is the newest graphics card standard. Both the slots and cards are backwards compatible.
    Good Caps/capacitors. If a capacitor blows out on your motherboard it's not going to function properly for much longer.
    Onboard graphics: Useful but only if you don't have a graphics card.
    Supports usb3, gigabit lan and also supports overclocking: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/0/06/asrock_z77_extreme4_lga_1155_motherboard_review/6

    I think the 750w powersupply might be overkill unless you plan on getting a second graphics card. This one is a bit cheaper, has great reviews and should do the trick: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-048&Tpk=17-139-048
    My advice for power supplies is not to buy cheap ones and to read reviews.

    As for ram, look at your board's supported modules: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?cat=Memory&Model=Z77%20Extreme4
    Also pick faster ram 1866 or better. It's going to add a bit to the performance very slightly to the price.
  4. Best answer
    I missed the gpu question. Look here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    Also, install invisible hand or a price comparison tool to your browser (firefox or chrome) and see if anyone has the item you are looking at for less. Reecently, I managed to save $40 bucks on an AMD CPU I was using to upgrade my ESXi server.
  5. mjmacka said:
    I missed the gpu question. Look here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    Also, install invisible hand or a price comparison tool to your browser (firefox or chrome) and see if anyone has the item you are looking at for less. Reecently, I managed to save $40 bucks on an AMD CPU I was using to upgrade my ESXi server.


    Awesome. thanks so much for your help. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.
  6. No problem. Good luck with your new computer.
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