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$800 build, opinions needed. Purchasing Wednesday.

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February 6, 2012 2:38:47 AM

This will be my first build and the idea originally began as a HTPC, but since this isn't going in the living room, but in my den; I'm going to a more upgradeable tower system. I have a strict $800 budget before rebates. Have a look, I need some more opinions.



Approximate Purchase Date: Ordering parts Wednesday 2/8/12

Budget Range: $800 +/- $20 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Upgradeable, Movie/music playback and streaming via XBMC, general internet surfing, ripping/encoding my own movies using handbrake, gaming (probably in the future, I don't game at all as of now on PC, but having a system that could might change that)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, but i'm open to any reputable site to save a little money.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge, since I plan to use integrated graphics at first and a mild overclock

Overclocking: Yes, nothing extreme, but to get more encoding performace.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Sharp LCD TV

Additional Comments: I want to be able to upgrade in the future, while also starting out with a good all around system, not including gaming since i'll be starting out without discrete graphics card. I also need a copy of windows 7 included in the build price.


This is what I'm looking at right now.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 $104.99
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GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 $107.99

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $74.99 (15% off promo code if I do purchase by 2/8 as planned)

Intel I5-2500k $229.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $109.99

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP $59.99

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $99.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99


Total with Pro3 Gen3 mobo = $806.91 without shipping.

Whatcha Think?

Edited: removed extreme3gen3 mobo, replaced ram.
February 6, 2012 4:09:43 AM

You want the Asrock Pro 3 Gen 3 board if you don't plan on going with a second vid card later. It's a single card Gen 3 board.

Also that Kingston RAM isn't for these 1155 boards for the fact it's 1.65v RAM. You want 1.5v RAM...look at the Patriot 1600hz 2x4GB set for $40 and free shipping on newegg.
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February 6, 2012 4:22:42 AM



Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68M/USB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2-GP 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.00 @ Compuvest)
Hard Drive: Kingston SSDNow S100 16GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($57.74 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $812.22
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-06 01:21 EST-0500)

Discrete capable gpu, 16GB gen2 SSD for SRT. Overall a decent build that will do everything you ask of it.
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February 6, 2012 4:29:16 AM


So is that the only spec the pro3 is lacking vs the extreme3? In that case you're right, I shouldn't need the extreme3 board. Thanks for the heads up on the ram... Any should do that's rated for 1.5 volts correct? I'm new to overclocking, but is there something I should look for in ram if I'm going to be overclocking my memory?

What about the gigabyte board? Is the pro3 a better choice than it? I wouldn't mind going with microatx if there isn't any downfall to doing so.

And a4mula, thanks for the reply but I don't live near a microcenter, and I would also prefer not to use THAT many different suppliers. I also need a blu-ray drive. And while getting a video card now would be nice, I don't require it and would rather spend a little more on the other components. plus isn't a 380 watt psu a little small for that build you suggested?
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