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June 25, 2012 4:47:52 AM

Hi Guys,

I am Looking to Update My setup, My current system (Already sold).

CPU: I7 920
Cup Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N 520
RAM: Kingston 1600
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58 UD3R
GPU: Sapphire ATI 5850 1 GB
PSU: Cooler Master Elite Power 650 Watts
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D2x.


I want to Build a system with the following Perquisites

a. Power Friendly: The above system was a power hogger
b. Should be silent
c. Majority use will be HD movies
d. Occasional Gaming (dont get some as much time as before :( 
e. Occasional Emulation Dolphin, PCSX2 (big emulation fan) :) 

Help me out guys dont want to spend a fortune building it.


I was looking a the current IVY bridge CPU's 3770, 3570 or 2600 (sandy bridge if it makes more sense)
The above CPU on a Z77 Motherboard along with probably Radeon 7770 if it's any good.

Currently have the Cooler master chassis which was massive, if possible would like to keep the build smaller than before.

Cheers Guys,
Looking forward to your expert opinion.
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June 25, 2012 6:34:18 AM

Not an expert...but an IB i5 3570 is really what u shud get.....it has more than enough fire power to satisfy all of ur above needs, and at the same time is rated at 77W, 18W less that SB i5's :) 
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June 25, 2012 6:43:50 AM

Emulation on PCSX2 definitely want a powerful CPU, and I'd suggest overclocking. At least the last time I used it, it really needs all the power you can get.

As far as Sandy or Ivy, theres not a whole lot of reason to pick Ivy over Sandy. They aren't really that much better, and they typically cost more, they power usage difference between them particularly when you overclock doesn't really translate to enough to make up for the up front cost difference on your electric bill without running your system for a year or two. But w/e it is 6% better on average over Sandy.

As far as power usage in general the saying is you gotta pay to play. If you can swing it, probably the best gaming video card on the market right now is the GTX 670, yes the 680 is a little bit better, but not by much, and its substantially more expensive. But since you're mostly watching HD movies the 7770 is indeed a decent card. Although I'd personally pick something with more power just for the sake of longevity. I would consider something like a 6870.

Any advice other than that really comes down to what your budget is and what parts you don't need.
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June 25, 2012 7:22:46 AM

nekulturny said:
Emulation on PCSX2 definitely want a powerful CPU, and I'd suggest overclocking. At least the last time I used it, it really needs all the power you can get.

As far as Sandy or Ivy, theres not a whole lot of reason to pick Ivy over Sandy. They aren't really that much better, and they typically cost more, they power usage difference between them particularly when you overclock doesn't really translate to enough to make up for the up front cost difference on your electric bill without running your system for a year or two. But w/e it is 6% better on average over Sandy.

As far as power usage in general the saying is you gotta pay to play. If you can swing it, probably the best gaming video card on the market right now is the GTX 670, yes the 680 is a little bit better, but not by much, and its substantially more expensive. But since you're mostly watching HD movies the 7770 is indeed a decent card. Although I'd personally pick something with more power just for the sake of longevity. I would consider something like a 6870.

Any advice other than that really comes down to what your budget is and what parts you don't need.


I would say my budget will be close to about $1200.
Forgot to mention in the first post that my system is usually always on even when I am not at home.
It is invariably downloading something or the other. so power consumption is also a big priority.

I guess while downling the system will be in idle state wouldnt it?

I have tweaked quite a few options in windows like, never to shut down HDD power, never standby etc since those were messing up the downloads..
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June 25, 2012 8:30:04 AM

I cringe when I hear people talking about ATI cards, but all to their own. I'd go with Sandybridge. Like nekulturny said, there isn't much difference between that and Ivy. nekulturny makes another good point, the good graphics cards are going to eat some power... I would look up online benchmarks for your most commonly played games and try to find a card that hits good numbers, but doesn't need more then 24amps on the 12v rail. If storage capacity isn't a big issue, SSD can save power while at the same time speeding up seek, read, and write times.

As for quietness, SSD will help a lot. Use 120mm case fans with a low decibel level. Replace your stock CPU heatsink with a giant surface area heatsink that uses 120mm fans. If your GPU fan turns out to be loud, replace it with the largest after market kit that fits it. If you want to be extra hardcore quiet, you might want to look into water cooling.
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June 25, 2012 9:44:52 AM

Heres what id do with your budget....a good balanced high power system in a small form factor which uses not alot of electricity but at the same time has oodles of power in reserve


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June 27, 2012 4:47:25 AM

Hi Guys,

Wouldnt the i5 3570 with Radeon 7770 be a better choice compared to i2500 with a Radeon 6850 with negligible price differnce between the combo.
And am also assuming that the performance between the two combinations will be about the same??
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June 27, 2012 7:20:01 AM

Yes that combo would work too.
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June 27, 2012 7:21:04 AM

But i notice you payed no attention to my above build with a 2600k and 7850 gpu which makes for a better more powerfull build.
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July 6, 2012 10:05:28 AM

Uther39 said:
But i notice you payed no attention to my above build with a 2600k and 7850 gpu which makes for a better more powerfull build.


Bro Took your advice and went with the following Build. Some Parts do differ as i bought the stuff from a local retailer.

CPU: i7 2600K
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
GPU: MSI Twin Forzr iii 7850
RAM: Corsair Vengenace
Cabinet: I think this was a bad choice on my part ( Cooler Master Elite 361) since i wanted to keep the size smaller.
SSD: Intel 128 GB
Power Supply: Cooler Master 600 watt.

Now i am struggling as the case is too small to fit in a aftermarket cpu cooler.

Could you guys please suggest a cooler which will fit the chassis.

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July 6, 2012 10:05:59 AM

The system is a big upgrade from my earlie build would like to thank you guys for all the Help!! :) 
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July 6, 2012 11:33:08 AM

Best answer selected by sidglide.
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