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May 14, 2012 11:49:34 AM

Hey, noob here.
I am essentially doing my first pc build and, after extensive research, I have parts picked out.

Planned purchase date: End of May, beginning of June
Target budget: $700 before rebates.
Usage: primarily as a home computer for surfing, movies and other menial tasks, and perhaps some occasional gaming.
Parts not required: OS
Country: US of A
No overclocking, no SLI or Crossfire

Notes: I would like it to stay as 'current' as possible for these things for the next several years.

The parts are as follows:

MB - BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Processor (Ivy Bridge)- (LGA1155), 77W, $228.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

‎(No ‏Video Card for now, will be using integrated Ivy Bridge graphics)

HD (actually SSD) OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $64.99 (54.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Corsair 300R $75.84
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I2H0YS/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU - Seasonic S12II 430w 80 Plus Bronze $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH198T 19" Widescreen LED Backlight Monitor w/ speakers $109.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Logitech MK260 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo - 2.4 GHz, Plug-and-Play...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I have a couple of questions regarding my build:

1. Is Biostar a reputable motherboard company, is it worth investing slightly more for a 'better' quality board?

2. I am vacillating between the i5 3450S (or i5 3550 - same price $199) and the more expensive i5 3750K. The difference for me is the 2500 Graphics vs the 4000. Is it worth the extra $30-45 for the graphics (as well as faster speed although I don't care for that). The other thing is, will the slower, less wattage processor last longer?

3. Do I need 8GB of Ram, or can I deal with 4GB? I believe that OCZ recommends that you disable pagefile on the hd, so is it better to go with the 8GB?

4. I am considering investing in 2 60GB ssd's on Raid 0 for about $130 (110 AR), is this a waste, and should I just get a 128GB ssd for $100?
P.S. I plan on adding a large-capacity HDD for media, etc. once the prices start going down again, this ssd will primarily be the boot drive.

Other thoughts: I just barely hit over my budget, but I am willing to go up to 800 if there is something that would make a big difference and/or make the pc last longer.

Any suggestions regarding better configurations and or cheaper parts, etc. are greatly appreciated!!

Thanks to all

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May 14, 2012 11:58:25 AM

1; biostar isnt all that great. i would recommed going with a more reputable company such as gigabyte, asus, asrock, or msi
2. if you are going to overclock, invest in the i5 3570k. if not go with a i5 3550. the i5 3450s is a lower wattage cpu which will give you less performance
3. 4gb of ram i enough for most people. but given the current prices for memory, why not get 8gb. the extra memory will allow you to do some video editing or a more snappier browsing experiences
4. do not get the agility 3 60gb. they don't really have a good reliability rate. Get a crucial 128gb though 64gb wil run you fine as a OS drive

tbh, an i5 3550 is more than enough for just minimal tasks. a i3 2120 is more than enough for your needs. the i5 just adds some future proofing.

if you want your pc to run cooler and quieter, i would recommend a cooler aster hyper 212 evo or plus + a noctua fan. it will make your system much quieter.

invest in a 1080p monitor so you can get more out of yor media.

if you still have some budget left over, i would recommend getting a small graphics card sch as a radeon 6670 or a gt 520 for some light games and bettter 1080p video
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May 14, 2012 12:57:15 PM

I would go with the I5-3450S because if you do not have a graphics card you need HD-4000 Get a 128 GB ssd instead of 2 60 GB ssds. The 128 GB will use less sata connections and will have better read speeds. If you aren't going to OC, biostar will be fine. However, I would suggest an H77 for price reasons.
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May 14, 2012 3:54:34 PM

adgjlsfhk said:
I would go with the I5-3450S because if you do not have a graphics card you need HD-4000 Get a 128 GB ssd instead of 2 60 GB ssds. The 128 GB will use less sata connections and will have better read speeds. If you aren't going to OC, biostar will be fine. However, I would suggest an H77 for price reasons.


i5 3450S is more of a laptop chip because of the low wattage. just take the i5 3550 it will be reasonably better. if you plan on getting a graphics card, it doesnt matter if the CPU has a HD2500 or an HD4000.

to be honest if this is just for home surfing and things like that going with an i3 or an amd will be a better choice for a budget build.

don't really think you would need to stay "current" if all you are going to do is surfing and a bit of gaming. you usually want to stay current if you are a hardcore gamer or programmer

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May 14, 2012 9:30:01 PM

There is very little difference between the I5-3450s and the I5-3550 besides a couple hundred MHz in frequencies, HD-4000 and a lower TDP. Also The I5-3450S is not "more of a laptop chip" It is a cheaper I5-3570k with a lower clock frequency which makes very little difference. Also, there is difference between eventually getting a graphics card, and buying one originally.
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June 8, 2012 5:47:36 AM

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