$1000 ivy build for mostly gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: ~<$1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web, multimedia

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: see list below, reliable manufacturers

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

CPU + Mobo combo
289.98
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard bundled with i5-3550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.909999&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=socvhvvq32ql

RAM
44.99
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

GPU
349.99
HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

PSU
69.99
Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

SSD
74.99
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226247

HDD + Optical Drive combo
111.98
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive bundled with 1x LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 ..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937166

Case
79.99
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011

Total cost 1021.91, ($14 shipping, $30 rebates)
Final cost 1005.91

I've been working on this build for a bit now (on another forum), I'm looking for:
-no interest in OCing, or running multiple cards in crossfire config.
-looking to last >5 years
-Also would like quiet operation (don't want it to sound like a jet taking off)

Anyone have any thoughts on the build? Anything where there might be issues?

Also what is the difference between the B75 and Z77 chipsets on the mobo? Will it be noticeable on the build?

In regards to the power supply I'm targeting to operate in the %40-%70 load. I might be closer to the 70% with the 500 w PSU.
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  1. I meant to ask, what is the difference between a mobo with a Z77 chipset, and the B75 on the mobo I have selected here in the combo?
  2. Your skimpin' out on the PSU! I can't stress that enough. You'll need a 650w at least
    Heres a good 700w for a very reasonable price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171054

    You're b75 will be fine it supports pci 3.0 and ivy bridge. So it will do the job well.

    Good luck with the build!
  3. andystanley said:
    Your skimpin' out on the PSU! I can't stress that enough. You'll need a 650w at least
    Heres a good 700w for a very reasonable price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171054

    You're b75 will be fine it supports pci 3.0 and ivy bridge. So it will do the job well.

    Good luck with the build!



    Ah, but the estimates for the power requirement have varied so much! One calculator tells me the system will draw about 360w; I've heard another estimate that calls for 550w, and as high as 700w... What's the best calculator you've come across online?
  4. http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/

    I have found this to be most accurate.
  5. andystanley said:
    Your skimpin' out on the PSU! I can't stress that enough. You'll need a 650w at least
    Heres a good 700w for a very reasonable price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171054

    You're b75 will be fine it supports pci 3.0 and ivy bridge. So it will do the job well.

    Good luck with the build!



    What are the differences between the b75 and z77 chipsets? Is one better than the other?
  6. rocknrollz said:
    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/

    I have found this to be most accurate.



    This calculator gave me a recommended 352 w (I had to choose i5-2600k as equivalent, although this consumes more power than the i5-3550)
  7. Check this out: 650 w PSU from corsair (solid manufacturer) and slight reduction in cost due to combo deal (system is now within budget)

    CPU + Mobo combo
    289.98
    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard bundled with i5-3550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] cvhvvq32ql

    RAM
    44.99
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231546

    GPU
    349.99
    HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161404

    PSU + Case combo
    151.98
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply bundled with 1x Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic …
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] pfq74hfprx

    SSD
    74.99
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226247

    HDD + Optical Drive combo
    111.98
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive bundled with 1x LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 ..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.937166


    Total cost 1023.91, ($9.01 shipping, $40 rebates)
    Final cost 992.92
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