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Building a new computer using the i5-3750k - Need help and advice

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April 24, 2013 1:27:43 PM

Hi everyone on Tom's

I have come here seeking some computer advice for a friend who wishes to build a new computer based around the Intel i5-3750K processor.

I am hoping to get some advice for him on what Mobo would be good to pair with this Cpu as I have been out of the loop for computers and then go from there for GPU, RAM, HDD, SSD, etc.

Below I have included the standard form that shows his budget and describes what he intends to do with this system.

Any help/build advice is most appreciated in advance.






Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2 to 4 months

Budget Range: $1500.00 is the total budget

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

The computer must be able to play high end computer games (Counterstrike Source/GO, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Dirt 3, Battlefield 1, 2, 3 and any other high end graphic intense games)
Browsing Internet
Streaming video
Skype
Email


Are you buying a monitor: No

Current parts available for re-use: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse

Do you need to buy OS: Yes or I can reuse a Windows XP Professional 32 bit disk. Would prefer to purchase Windows 7 OEM Home.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com or any other store within Las Vegas/United States that has good pricing/deals.

Location: United States, Las Vegas

Parts Preferences: I wish to have my build based around Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor for this build.

Overclocking: I do not intend to overclock the system but I would like it to be included as an option if I decide to overclock the system later on.

SLI or Crossfire: I do not intend to SLI/Crossfire the system at this time but would like the option included if I decide to later on.

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Additional Comments:

The computer needs to be quite. I don't need a computer that sounds like a vacuum cleaner when running.

The case needs to be easy to manage for cabling and have plenty of space.

I would also like a computer that has plenty of cooling as I do live in Vegas and it can sometimes get pretty hot for ambient temperatures


Why Are You Upgrading: I am making a new computer because I would like to have a really nice gaming computer.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
April 24, 2013 1:32:32 PM

in two to four months, new intel and amd processors will be out. Also new motherboards and new nvidia gpus. So I would wait on deciding the best build.
April 24, 2013 2:53:45 PM

I agree with MANOFKRYPTONAK that, if you truly wait 2-4 months to build your computer then you would be better off creating a Haswell build. The price of the incoming Haswell CPUs should match that of the Ivybridge CPUs they are replacing, so you won't see a cost increase and you will gain a free performance boost. There isn't much sense in building a mew computer on the previous platform (socket LGA1155) right after it is replaced (by Haswell's LGA1150 socket).

That said, you can begin to configure your parts list and even begin acquiring some of the parts that are not platform dependent if you have the money right now and see a good deal. I have actually begun doing that myself and now have a case, PSU, HDD and SSD.

With that frame of mind, this is what I would recommend for a build. I am including the i5-3570K processor and a Z77 chipset motherboard as "placeholders" that I recommend you swap out once the Haswell parts are released. Pricing, as noted above, should remain unchanged.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($157.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($453.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.05 @ Amazon)
Total: $1402.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 17:49 EDT-0400)

As you can see, I left a little bit of wiggle room in the overall price. This will allow you to select a case that you find more appealing (and possibly more expensive), change out to a more powerful PSU if you feel the need, Upgrade to 16 GB of RAM, and/or make any other minor part changes you feel necessary.

Feel free to ask about any of my specific part selections if you want and I'd be happy to explain why I went with them.


EDIT:
P.S. If a new line of GPUs is out by the time you build then that part can also (obviously) be swapped out in this build.
April 24, 2013 3:06:50 PM

chrisbek said:
Hi everyone on Tom's

I have come here seeking some computer advice for a friend who wishes to build a new computer based around the Intel i5-3750K processor.

I am hoping to get some advice for him on what Mobo would be good to pair with this Cpu as I have been out of the loop for computers and then go from there for GPU, RAM, HDD, SSD, etc.

Below I have included the standard form that shows his budget and describes what he intends to do with this system.

Any help/build advice is most appreciated in advance.






Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2 to 4 months

Budget Range: $1500.00 is the total budget

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

The computer must be able to play high end computer games (Counterstrike Source/GO, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Dirt 3, Battlefield 1, 2, 3 and any other high end graphic intense games)
Browsing Internet
Streaming video
Skype
Email


Are you buying a monitor: No

Current parts available for re-use: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse

Do you need to buy OS: Yes or I can reuse a Windows XP Professional 32 bit disk. Would prefer to purchase Windows 7 OEM Home.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com or any other store within Las Vegas/United States that has good pricing/deals.

Location: United States, Las Vegas

Parts Preferences: I wish to have my build based around Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor for this build.

Overclocking: I do not intend to overclock the system but I would like it to be included as an option if I decide to overclock the system later on.

SLI or Crossfire: I do not intend to SLI/Crossfire the system at this time but would like the option included if I decide to later on.

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Additional Comments:

The computer needs to be quite. I don't need a computer that sounds like a vacuum cleaner when running.

The case needs to be easy to manage for cabling and have plenty of space.

I would also like a computer that has plenty of cooling as I do live in Vegas and it can sometimes get pretty hot for ambient temperatures


Why Are You Upgrading: I am making a new computer because I would like to have a really nice gaming computer.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000


As a starting point, read here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-tahiti-l...

Remove one of the gpu's (-$260), get a 128 gb ssd instead of 240 (-$80), add windows 7 (+$100) and you're ready to roll under $1400.

I also agree with Mano--- you might want to wait until you are closer to build time as prices move every day.

Mark
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