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
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
These are the parts I selected for him, I am open to any advice, comments or suggestion to improve or fortify the build
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
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/...
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
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-PC3-128...
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
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!