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June 1, 2013 5:51:27 PM

Hey!

Having some stability issues with a fairly old workstation (HP xw6600) that's been doing double duty as my gaming machine. So I think it's time to build a new box. I'd like something relatively quiet, stable and capable of mid-level gaming for awhile into the future (with just a gpu update in a few years if needed).

After researching many of the threads on this board I'm ready to pull the trigger, but wanted some expert opinions just in case I'm doing something boneheaded. I'm cannibalizing a R7850 Twin Frozr, so that's the only bit that's in stone. I don't intend on OCing anything.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $742.92

Questions:
1) Everything compatible? Fit in the case? Any recommended substitutions?
2) Do I need additional fans? non-stock cpu cooling?
3) I've got an OCZ Vertex2 SSD; on paper the Samsung 840 is significantly better, but in practice will I notice the difference?

Thanks!
-sam

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a b 4 Gaming
June 1, 2013 6:34:54 PM

1. Yes; everything you have is compatible and will all fit into the case. As for substitutions:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($90.52 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $727.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


2. You do not need extra fans unless cooling is insufficient, which I doubt. The stock CPU cooler is fine for no overclocking. If you find it too noisy, you can replace it with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO/Plus.

3. Yes; the Samsung 840 Pro is up to twice as fast in some areas while maintaining a good 50% increase in others.
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June 2, 2013 8:08:48 AM

ksham said:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($90.52 @ Amazon)

2. You do not need extra fans unless cooling is insufficient, which I doubt. The stock CPU cooler is fine for no overclocking. If you find it too noisy, you can replace it with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO/Plus.

Thanks ksham! a few followup Qs if you don't mind -

4) Is the suggestion for the Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H, since the ASRock Z77 is more useful for OC?

5) From what I'm reading, it sounds like adding in the CM 212 cooler later on might be a pain, if you think it's likely to reduce the fan noise from stock I'll start with it

6) With haswell being released, do you think the gen3 chips will get cheaper soon? i.e worth holding off a week or two?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2013 8:14:10 AM

4. No. You can use a Z77 board on a non-overclockable CPU. I only chose it to save money. Gigabyte makes very good quality boards.

5. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is quieter. So if you want, go for it.

6. I don't think so. Haswell prices will just be a little more expensive.
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June 2, 2013 8:42:49 AM

Awesome, thanks for the quick reply and assistance!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 2, 2013 8:46:21 AM

You're welcome.
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