First PC Build for Dual-Monitor Setup. Looking for advice!


I just got into building my own computer, and would like some advice on my build. I occasionally play SCII and watch HD movies, but that's not a main focus. I'd like the luxury of having a reliable, fast computer for work (i.e. having faster responses from PowerPoint and Xcel when dealing with large data). Internet speed is crucial for research and stock trading. I'm the average Joe when it comes to heavy programs; I don't render videos, nor do I use photoshop. Overall, hoping for a solid dual monitor setup to increase work efficiency.

What do you guys think about this current build? Where are places I could cut costs that are overkill? Will the parts I have from my dad's 2007 computer be compatible with the new parts?

I appreciate all wisdom and council and would like to thank you all in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: May 2013
Budget Range: $500-$1000
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference
Preferred Resolution: 1920x1080
Country: California, U.S.
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Probably won't
SLI or Crossfire: Probably don't need

Tentative plan: buy the following
CPU: Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3570K (180 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4 ($95 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply ($75 @ Amazon)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) C ($65 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [Quantity: 2] Asus VS229H-P 22-Inch-Class (21.5") LED Monitor ($125 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium ($90 @ Amazon)
Internal Drive: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW ($100 @ Amazon)

Total so far: $855

I already have FROM 2007 DESKTOP:
GPU: BFG GeForce 8800 GTX Graphics card - 768 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM
Optical Drive:

I need recommendations on:
1. Sound card & stereo system since monitors don't have speakers (Nothing too fancy, looking to spend less than $100 total)
--> Does my motherboard cover wifi/sound? I'm unsure how it works
2. Wireless network card (No viable ethernet cable option for me; I need the fastest internet I can get so I'm willing to spend as much as necessary. My wireless plan transfers up to 50mbps)
3. Chassis
4. Thermal Paste?
5. CPU Cooling system?
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  1. Bump. Any advice would be highly appreciated!
  2. Hi
    If you plan on overclocking then you're okay to go, BUT
    you said yourself "probably won't" so ,save some money and get H77 motheboard and i5-3470.
    Your gpu is kinda old model, i'm not sure that it will be able to run two monitors. And if it will, you'll probably will need adapters to hook them up.
    Sound cards nowadays are alrady integrated into motherbord, so no need to buy one.
    Thermal paste and cooler will all come in package box together with cpu.
    PSU you selected is too much for this system, get one of these,29,95,71,63,39,60&e=2,1
    For case
    For wifi adapter something along the lines of 22-30 $ seems adequately priced and qualitative. Can't give you more insight on that.

    Edit - just looked at BFG GeForce 8800 GTX pics , and it does have two output slots, so you actually may be fine and don't have to buy new gpu.
  3. I suggest that you get a newer GPU such as HD7850 or higher.
    8800GTX is already old and not that powerful (in fact really weak) anymore compared to the new GPUs.
    8800GTX is enough for 2 monitors as long as you do not expect much on todays new hardcore games.
    If you do not have enough money and want to upgrade the GPU, you can drop the SSD for now and go for the GPU first.

    You do not need any extra sound card, all new boards have already on-boards soundcard and those on-board sound cards are already good enough.
    All you need is only a good speakers or headphones.
    I would recommend Logitech Z506 speaker set or G35 headset for USD100 price range (they could be slightly over tho') :)

    Thermal paste comes together with the cooler (stock and non-stock).

    If you want internet connection to be as fast as possible, I woul recommend not to use WLAN but go for traditional LAN cable or the powerLAN.
    As far as I know, Z77 extreme 4 does not have on-board WLAN. You need to buy one.
    If you have or want to use WLAN, I have an unortodox using a WLAN repeater as WLAN card? I am using a repeater as WLAN card right now :)
    How about your WLAN infrastructure? Do you have already the fastest N standard and 5GHz capable dual-band router? You would like to upgrade your WLAN ecosystem too, if you want to have a fast WLAN connection.

    Hmm much would you like to spend and which one you like? the options here is a bit tricky since your taste plays also a role :)

    Now regarding your OC plan.
    If you do not want to OC and want to reduce the budget, you can downgrade to i5 3470 and H77 system.
    If you do not want to OC but willing to pay more or less the same price, consider having Xeon E3-1230V2 and H77 system. :)

    Cooling system, I would recommend coolermaster hyper 212 Evo (with and without OC, I tend to prefer non-stock cooler even without OC)

    Xeon E3-1230V2 is pratically an i7 3770 (no K/no OC, hyper-threading) and without integrated GPU and has about the same price as i5 3570k.
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