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April 9, 2012 10:13:48 PM

Hi everyone,

I want to build a new PC and I would like to reuse some parts from one which I bought about 3 years ago.

I am not sure how far are they compatible so I use the standard template but under it I explain what parts I have from my previous PC.

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Approximate Purchase Date: April 2012 (asap)

Budget Range: around 1000€ retail price

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, sw development)

Parts Not Required: any periferials, optical drive, card readers, OS, anything I can reuse (see below)

Country: Estonia (Baltics, European Union), but I can use any shop which ships here (use your favorite or if you don't have any, you can use Pixmania for reference)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website which ships to Estonia - i.e. anything in EU with international shipping

Parts Preferences: Performance and quality - not a specific brand

Overclocking: Yes, preferably

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - if you think it is reasonable

Monitor Resolution: 1st screen 1680x1050, 2nd screen 1280x1024 (not used for gaming but only for sw development so graphic card performance will be required now only on the 1st screen).
(I have Samsung 2232bw but that is relevant only if you would suggest SLI or CrossFire)

Additional Comments:
* I don't need bling - just as much power for the budget
* I want 8GB of RAM
* Please check below which parts I have and tell me if they are compatible with current HW:
**** I think the sound card can go anywhere but I don't know if the quality is better than the integrated cards nowadays
**** I am not sure if my power source can be used with current motherboards
**** I am not sure if the speed of my HDD will too much influence the overall performance
**** I would like to reuse my case but I don't know if the new board would fit
**** I am not sure how easy it is to adjust the fan so I could reuse it with newer CPU socket

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Parts that I have and I want to reuse if possible:

Case - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-332-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid

Power source - Fortron Blue Storm II 500W

I have this motherboard MSI P7N Zilent and it came with a CPU fan which I would like to reuse. The fan is supposed to be Zalman NP9500 which I cannot find but it looks exactly like this one and the product number is similar.

Creative X-Fi audio - PCI sound card

I also will use my current HDD - Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 3Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive

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I have read the articles about building the budget PCs here but first I need to know what I will not need to buy so I could use the money to get better CPU/board/GPU. I would also consider SSD boot drive (64GB should be plenty) but it does not seem worth it (or am I wrong?)

Could you please give me an advice as to what I cannot reuse or what is not reasonable and what HW you would recommend me to build from.

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Thank you for your comments
April 9, 2012 10:25:23 PM

I wouldn't reuse that PSU, get something from Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic.

The case, sound card and HDD can be reused if needed.

You said for gaming? I would recommend the i5-2500k processor from Intel, and either a Z68 or Z77 motherboard.

Also, the CPU fan that you have is only compatible with 1366, so you either have to get a new fan, or get a mounting kit for LGA 1155. (you have to buy it)
April 9, 2012 10:39:40 PM

The Z77 boards (Panther Point) are geared for the new Ivy Bride cpu's due out this April 29th. They have the native 3.0 USB, PCI-E 3.0, etc...

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Inte... <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=... <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- more boards to view.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- any set of 1.5v RAM. G.Skill, Mushkin, Corsair, Crucial, Patriot will do. Just don't purchase Geil.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----same with this.

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April 9, 2012 10:50:48 PM

Thanks for the board/cpu tips. Any GPU suggestion?

And why would you not use the PSU?

The fan is 775, actually. I checked the mounting kits and they are ~10-25€ so I will decide according to the board - but otherwise it should not have problems with cooling?

For the Z68 I found that it has Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) and theoretically it should be possible to mount my 775 fan to it.
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3-...
Same for the Z77's
http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=Search&k=z77
April 9, 2012 10:55:08 PM

limbo said:
Thanks for the board/cpu tips. Any GPU suggestion?

And why would you not use the PSU?

The fan is 775, actually. I checked the mounting kits and they are ~10-25€ so I will decide according to the board - but otherwise it should not have problems with cooling?

For the Z68 I found that it has Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) and theoretically it should be possible to mount my 775 fan to it.
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3-...
Same for the Z77's
http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=Search&k=z77

If it works on the Z68 it will work fine on the new Z77/Z75's.
April 9, 2012 10:57:27 PM

Why_Me: thank you for the tips, I will go through some reviews of these
April 9, 2012 11:04:41 PM

Quote:
If it works on the Z68 it will work fine on the new Z77/Z75's.


Great - so that means I will reuse the fan, case, hdd and audio


I am still not sure about the PSU - I use it daily and never had a problem with it - I like the price (0$ for me now :)  and it is silent but if there are reasons why not to reuse it (i.e. I could not plug it in, it would not be stable or something) then I would ofc get a new one.


I will do my homework (comparing all these 77's) and come back with some selection to approve.


Thank you again for your time, I appreciate your help
April 9, 2012 11:20:24 PM

limbo said:
Quote:
If it works on the Z68 it will work fine on the new Z77/Z75's.


Great - so that means I will reuse the fan, case, hdd and audio


I am still not sure about the PSU - I use it daily and never had a problem with it - I like the price (0$ for me now :)  and it is silent but if there are reasons why not to reuse it (i.e. I could not plug it in, it would not be stable or something) then I would ofc get a new one.


I will do my homework (comparing all these 77's) and come back with some selection to approve.


Thank you again for your time, I appreciate your help

The psu pretty much depends on what graphics card you choose to purchase. If your psu can handle whatever graphics card you purchase then I see no need to purchase a new one.
April 12, 2012 5:08:14 PM

I think I have decided for following:

ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, Z77 (dual PC3-12800U DDR3)
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20...

Intel Core i5-3550, 4x 3.30GHz, boxed (BX80637I53550)
http://www.h-online.com/priceinsight/760576

Corsair Vengeance rot DIMM Kit 8GB PC3-17066U CL11-11-11-27 (DDR3-2133) (CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11R)
http://skinflint.co.uk/eu/706237

ASUS HD7970-DC2-3GD5, Radeon HD 7970, 3GB GDDR5, 2x DVI, 4x DisplayPort (90-C1CRM0-U0UAY0BZ)
http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/728150


Everything else I will reuse.

Do you see any problems with it?

The 500W PSU I have should just about work (if it will give me trouble, I will get a new one)
April 12, 2012 5:18:05 PM

limbo said:
I think I have decided for following:

ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, Z77 (dual PC3-12800U DDR3)
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20...

Intel Core i5-3550, 4x 3.30GHz, boxed (BX80637I53550)
http://www.h-online.com/priceinsight/760576

Corsair Vengeance rot DIMM Kit 8GB PC3-17066U CL11-11-11-27 (DDR3-2133) (CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11R)
http://skinflint.co.uk/eu/706237

ASUS HD7970-DC2-3GD5, Radeon HD 7970, 3GB GDDR5, 2x DVI, 4x DisplayPort (90-C1CRM0-U0UAY0BZ)
http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/728150


Everything else I will reuse.

Do you see any problems with it?

The 500W PSU I have should just about work (if it will give me trouble, I will get a new one)


It may work but you are adding more powerful parts. It is not a PSU of the best quality. :non:  You may also want to consider a PSU that is about 600 - 650W. Or you can try it but you may risk some of your new hardware.

I like the new parts you have added though. Good Luck with your build! :bounce: 

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