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May 27, 2012 6:39:04 AM

Hi everybody,
This is my first build. I am using it mainly for daly uses such as surfing the web, school work, streaming and playing dvd movies etc. No serious gaming, just the occasional online game. I want my budget to be around $1,000. Let me know what you think, and if these parts will work well together. I am not including the mouse, keyboard, and monitor as I have already chosen them myself.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD/DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Operating System: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Internal HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am open to suggestions with everything, but especially the hard drives. What is the best way to go about setting up hard drives, and backing up your system? Is what I have a good option, or should I just scratch the SSD and use an external? I look forward to hearing for you. Thanks!!!

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May 27, 2012 6:42:19 AM

Looks good to me. You forgot a PSU. I suggest a ~350-400W 80+ bronze or better Corsair, PC P&C, Seasonic, XFX power supply. Also, why don't you go with the new ivy bridge chipset? You can get an i5 3550 or 3570k and a Z77 motherboard for nearly the same price.
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May 27, 2012 6:46:06 AM

check microcenter for the 3570k ($190) and you get $50 discount on a mobo if you go with a K series
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May 27, 2012 7:02:54 AM

Here's an Ivy bridge and Sandy Bridge Build. They both are a bit cheaper than your choices, but still reliable nonetheless. If you'd like me to explain a change, just ask.
Ivy Bridge:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $850.92 ($870.92 Before Rebates)


Sandy Bridge:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $778.92 ($798.92 Before Rebates)

I'd personally choose the Ivy bridge build, specifically since it has better integrated graphics, and is the latest technology. Since you said you may play the occasional game, it'll help out.
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May 27, 2012 7:04:45 AM

Would I need to change my motherboard if I switched to the intel 3570k CPU?- (Would this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... be compatible with the 3570k?) and would I really notice a difference for what I am using it for? -elayman, the PSU is in there, my link just got messed up...it's off to the right, on the second line.
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May 27, 2012 7:07:10 AM

You need a Z77 MOBO to fully utilize the 3570k.
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May 27, 2012 7:08:10 AM

You don't HAVE to change it, but it would make sense to get the motherboard made especially for the 3570k.
I don't particularly think you'd notice a difference. I would lean towards the 3570k, but it might be overkill for what you plan to use it for. You could probably last a while with the 2500k.
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May 27, 2012 9:08:53 PM

Best answer selected by aarons10.
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