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Advice on <$1000 upgrade-able PC

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June 6, 2012 3:59:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next couple of months

Budget Range: Under $1000 including peripherals and OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home, surfing, movies, usually light gaming of older titles such as King's Bounty, World of Goo, but occasional purchase of newer titles ie Skyrim, Mass Effect, Civ 5

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, any other trusted e-retailer

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: My purpose in building this PC is mainly simplicity of build and future proofing as much as possible on a somewhat restricted budget. I am currently not doing any real modern gaming, but it is possible at some point in the future. Therefore, I am planning on going the integrated graphics route until such a time when I do need a more powerful solution, at which point I will be able to buy whatever GPU is fastest in the $150 range.

In choosing the 3570k and ASrock extreme mobo, I was thinking it may future proof me a bit as I read these allow more headroom for possible future OCing as opposed to a 3450, but I do not have OCing experience to know if this is indeed the case. But most importantly, the Intel HD 4000 of the 3570k should allow me to do some light gaming.

As far as the hard drive goes, I am planning on a single drive solution to prevent headaches of RAID. Since I may wait a couple of months before taking the plunge I put ~200+gb SSDs on my watchlist as opposed to say, a 500gb Caviar Blue. Since I do not store large files on my computers, nor many games at a time, I am figuring the 240gb SSD may be enough, and prices will continue to fall making it more of an attractive alternative to HDs.

I have a super old desktop lying around the house, with mouse and keyboard, and a clunky 4.1 speaker system. I would love to replace them all as they are old and beat up, especially the sleeker 2.0 speaker setup as money allows. My current Hanns-G 19" 1440x900 still looks crisp and will relieve the integrated graphics as well compared to a 1080p display. However, the larger displays are on watch as well, to upgrade at some later point along with a dedicated graphics card.

I have pasted what I tentatively come up with below. Suggestions and replacements are very much welcomed.


Component Product Price

Mobo ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $175
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K $240
Memory 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz $47
Graphics Integrated HD 4000 (GeForce GTX 560) $0 ($170)
Sound Integrated $0
Storage 256GB Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 $180
Optical Lite-On iHAS124-04 $18
Power Antec Neo Eco 520C $60
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 $60

Monitor Existing (Acer H274HLbmd 27") $0 ($280)
Speakers Creative T20 Series II 2.0 $65
Peripherals Logitech G400 + G110 $50 + $55
OS Windows 7 64 bit $100

Core System Total $780
Core System + Necessary Peripherals $1,050
Core System + Necessary Peripherals + Monitor $1,330
Core System + Necessary Peripherals + Monitor +GPU $1,500

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June 6, 2012 4:51:59 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

You can save about $50 with this board as it has the same features but just less slots which you don't need anyway and you can still use the intergrated graphics.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99

You could go with this psu for the same price after rebate and provide yourself with a little bit more watts just in case for later on when your looking for that video card and the one you like has a 550w psu requirement , you won't have to upgrade the psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99

I know this SSD is more expensive but it has better read/write speeds than the Crucial M4 and I have this same SSD and it works great. The money saved from the MB switch could be used for this SSD , but of course that choice would be yours to make and this is only a suggestion.
Everything else looks fine and you do have a well thought out build.
June 6, 2012 4:56:18 PM

inzone said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

You can save about $50 with this board as it has the same features but just less slots which you don't need anyway and you can still use the intergrated graphics.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99

You could go with this psu for the same price after rebate and provide yourself with a little bit more watts just in case for later on when your looking for that video card and the one you like has a 550w psu requirement , you won't have to upgrade the psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99

I know this SSD is more expensive but it has better read/write speeds than the Crucial M4 and I have this same SSD and it works great. The money saved from the MB switch could be used for this SSD , but of course that choice would be yours to make and this is only a suggestion.
Everything else looks fine and you do have a well thought out build.

That MOBO is for CF/SLI, which he said he won't do. Get the Pro3 Gen3 instead.
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June 6, 2012 5:26:29 PM

azeem40 said:
That MOBO is for CF/SLI, which he said he won't do. Get the Pro3 Gen3 instead.



I listed it because it was the Z77 chipset and the pro3 gen3 is a Z68 chipset and I was matching the Ivy Bridge with a Z77 chipset , yes the board supports SLI/Crossfire but that doesn't mean you can't use the board if you only want to have one video card.

If there is a need to go for a MB at a cheaper cost then the OP can try this one;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
June 6, 2012 5:48:07 PM

The one you listed is the same as the oneI listed and it's a Pro3 , not Pro3 Gen3.

ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

As you can see in the title of the boards the Z77 just says Pro3 while the Z68 does say Pro3 Gen3.
June 6, 2012 5:50:01 PM

IVB is already Gen3 mate. :p 
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