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a b B Homebuilt system
June 2, 2012 7:43:36 PM

Looking for any problems with this Build. Was asked by co-worker who wants to buy parts for son to build. He is either a Junior or Senior in HS. Use will be general purpose with some Gaming. Currently gaming on Xbox. The GPU I omitted in cost and go with the iGPU HD4000
and later upgrade to the 6870, or an 77xx.
Unsure of the Budget, but she did not blink (too hard) when I said about a Grand.

Here's My initiaL Cut:
Case ............... Thermaltake V9 BlacX ................. $113
Mother board .. BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 ...................... $100
CPU ................ Core i5-3570K ............................ $240
Ram................ G-Skill Ripjaws, DDR3-1600 CL8 .. $ 60
GPU ............... SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 .......... $160
PSU ............... Carsair TX650 V2 650W ............... $90
SSD ............... Curcial 128 Gig SSD ..................... $124
HDD ............... Samsung 1TB F3 ......................... $109
HSF ............... Hyper 212 ................................... $ 30
KB & Mouse ... GearHead wireless.(From Big Lots). $ 25
Win 7 64 Bit OEM ................................................ $100
Total ................................................................... $991

Does not include Monitor and did not take off for MIRs ie HDD is currently only $80 wit MIR.

Links
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks.
Already has ground strap (She's in QA) - And you can bet he WILL wear it - LOL.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 2, 2012 8:04:02 PM
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More than a few people have popped up here on toms having problems with the Biostar boards. I would switch that out for an Asus P8Z77 series board. The Asus boards are more expensive but they will last a lot longer and not give anyone a headache in the process.

Drop the Windows 7 from the purchase price. Since it's being built for a student he may be eligible to get Windows 7 for free through school, find out first.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 2, 2012 10:21:37 PM

Pinhedd
I've never used the Biostar. Picked it for the reviews @ newegg but they can be misleading. Normally I pick Gigabyte and last build was with a Asrock. Have had no problems with either, But looking at the Z77s seems a lot of the Gigabyte seem to have higher 1/2 egg comments. Will check on a "student" copy. Thanks.

Nikorr.
Microcenter was on my mind, But the nearest one is about 165 Miles (Near DC). There is a 2nd one a little farther in MD. I've popped into both as they are both just 5 Miles out of my way when I drive up to see my Son. And they often run a combo on MB + CPU. Will mention it to her.
Thanks.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 3, 2012 6:17:01 AM

Toms did a Z77 mid range board comparison with included the BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 model. It fell behind in DRAM overclocking and I've dealt with at least one or two posts with DRAM problems on that board since. I would personally go with Asus because I'm an Asus fanboy but Gigabyte is quite reputable as well

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
a b B Homebuilt system
June 3, 2012 4:56:09 PM

Modified MB choice to:
Asus P8Z77-V LK $145 - ($25 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GA-Z77-3DH $128
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

While I listed the i5-3570K, I choose it for the HD4000 iDGP, not so much for Overclocking. Probably will not OC, But he may down stream. Will Have to check "qualified memory" for the two boards. I picked the Ripjaw's because they worked very well on My Gigabitye i5-750 and My Astock i5-2500k (DDR3-1600 CL7 @ 1.60 V)
a b B Homebuilt system
June 10, 2012 11:28:41 PM

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