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Ivy Rebuild After Severe Surge

My friend is building a new i5 3570k system to regenerate his dead i5 750 system

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 650-850 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching 1080p movies,surfing the internet)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (owns Thermaltake v3), hard drive (owns Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Amazon

Country: Trinidad

Parts Preferences: Intel, AMD

Overclocking: Maybe (cpu 1 year from now if 3570 seems slow and room is air conditioned)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: He had a surge or simple psu failure that killed his Asus motherboard, i5 750 and xfx 5770. Therefore he is looking for a very reliable system and certainly would not be plugging this new system directly into the wall
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These are the parts I selected for him, I am open to any advice, comments or suggestion to improve or fortify the build

CPU:Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K = $250
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX80637I53570K/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335753582&sr=1-4
Decision: 80% sure if this processor was considering 2500k but Ivy should last longer

Motherboard: (1) Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H or (2) Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA1155 AMD CrossFireX W/HDMI,DVI Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-D3H depends on which one is in stock = $110 or $120
(1) http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-1155-Motherboard-GA-Z77-DS3H/dp/B007R21JWC/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334530466&sr=1-6
(2) http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-GA-Z77-D3H/dp/B007R21K9E/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334530466&sr=1-3
Decision Status: Only 50% sure of the boards chosen as I chose them because of price, my good history with gigabyte (poor one with Asus) and Gigabyte's self acclaimed Ultra Durable™ 4 Classic with Humidity Protection, Electrostatic Protection, Power Failure Protection, High Temperature Protection which 'should' mean a reliable board

Power Supply:SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply =$90
http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-80Plus-M12II-620-BRONZE/dp/B003HE260I/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334534768&sr=1-1
Decision Status: 95% sure as Seasonic makes very good units (Japanese capacitors etc), modular is good for his cramped TT V3 case and the price seems right

GPU:(1) Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 or (2) Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 = $390 or $350
(1) http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-11196-00-40G-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B0070APVQ6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335753727&sr=8-2
(2) http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-00-20G/dp/B007JCNOPU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335753739&sr=8-2
Decision Status: 75% sure of the 7950 just seems like a better deal

RAM:Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM CML8GX3M2A1600C9 = $54
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334531223&sr=1-12
Decision Status:95% sure of this memory because it seems to be the best for the price available on amazon, chose low profile in case he decides to use a hsf

POWER PROTECTION:Forza FVR-1211B Automatic Voltage Regulator =$20 (locally sourced)
http://www.forzaups.com/product_detail.aspx?PrdId=66
Decision Status: This should be enough protection

TOTAL: $854 or $904

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  1. if you go with those video cards look at the max wattage they use and use a good ps that has the wattage for them. also use a ps wattage guild that online so that you size your ps right.
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    Should be fine with that build.
  3. I think so!
  4. smorizio said:
    if you go with those video cards look at the max wattage they use and use a good ps that has the wattage for them. also use a ps wattage guild that online so that you size your ps right.



    Only Choosing one of them and with that guide just below a 600w psu is recommended at at 100% peak usage (when adding all the components I think he might buy and a 4.3GHz OC so it is about right but thanks for the heads up point taken!
  5. Best answer selected by Ray Charles.
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