System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'll be using the computer mostly to stream HD video (to both my TV and monitor), internet, normal Office multi tasking, and a little video/photo editing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: no......
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 +
Additional Comments: Basically I want a computer that is going to work for a long time, easy to upgrade, and that doesn't require a lot of extra work on my end. I don't mind paying a little more to future proof.
I'm pretty certain on all of the parts, but I'm still a bit hazy on which Z68 board to get. From the research I've done, it looks like I'd easily be able to get away with one of the lower priced ones ($125-$160 on Newegg). I doubt I'll be doing much (if any) expansion so I don't need a model with every bell and whistle..... just want to make sure I'm getting what's needed (for both present and future).
In short: which MOBO should I get, and are all of the parts compatible ? Any advice / changes to my build would be greatly appreciated:
I’ll start looking into the ASRock Z68 Pro3. I’m not married to any manufacturer, just want something reliable and haven’t read as much on ASrock. Any benefit to going with the M series over the regular? I can’t see myself adding much more than a second drive, and perhaps an SSD (way down the line) so I’m guessing space won’t be an issue for me. Would the M series give me the possibility of a smaller tower?
Good point on the PCU, the original build was based on a P67 MOBO + graphics card. Since I’m going with a Z68 I won’t be getting a graphics card and probably won’t need the extra power. The only reason I’d really need the graphics card would if the integrated graphics wasn’t good enough for HDTV (and eventually 3DTV)…. Any thoughts?
If a lesser CPU would still work I’d probably go with CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $45 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm currently in an un-air conditioned apartment in southern France, not sure if that has any baring on the PCU.
Micro-ATX boards don't have room for the fancy bells and whistles, but if you don't mind the small size (my ham-hands need full-size boards) they're still a good choice. And yes, you could shoehorn the Micro-ATX board into a very small case if you wanted to. The main factor there is whether or not you want to leave room for a discrete graphics card.
The onboard GPU is almost definitely enough for HDTV, I don't imagine that it would take much GPU for 3DTV either, certainly achievable with the kind of GPU that you could run on a 400W PSU. If you want to add a gaming level graphics card then you'd probably be better off sticking with the XFX unit.
Are ham hands worse than Sausage fingers? Either way you sold me on the full size model.
Thanks a ton for the info about the power supplies. I used the power supply calculator at http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine and put a few possible future additions. It recommended I go with a 404W. I think I’ll go with the Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 ($60) which would give some expansion options. My only hesitation is the lack of reviews/user comments I have found about the High Current Gamer Series, but the rest of the Antec products look like they’re very highly rated, just not much on the High Current Gamer Series.
Anyway, after your help, here is the final build (to be purchased tomorrow) Please let me know if you have any other comments/criticisms/suggestions
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $25
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $90
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $60
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate $14
ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $120
Thanks for the info, I believe it's the same RAM. I did a dry run on the checkout and I'm actually able to get the combo deal and discount together: Total savings $43 (everything is turning up Milhouse!).