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June 18, 2012 1:57:02 AM

Parts I want to order:
CPU: Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-core (Ivy bridge)
Mobo: P8Z77-V
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8gb (2 x 4gb sticks) DDR3-1600MHz
HDD: Western digital caviar black 1tb 7200RPM 3.5"
GFX Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1gb
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 (ATX midtower)
Powersupply: antec earthwatts 650w
Total cost (w/ keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, Disc drive): $1021.68
budget: around $1100

Uses:
light gaming, school work, development, I might get into serious gaming though (watchdogs looks like a good game :p )

Questions:
is the RAM compatible with Ivy Bridge (it says that it is compatible with 2nd gen intel core i processors)?
Do I need an aftermarket fan? (probably not going to be OC'ing)
Should I get an SSD?
Anything to change in this build?

Thanks!

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June 18, 2012 2:16:53 AM

1) Yes, the RAM is compatible
2) No, not if you're not OCing (which you can't really with that processor)
3) Yes if you want a faster boot time. Just get like a 64GB SSD with an HDD.

For $1,100, here's the build I'd suggest (with OCing... I don't know why you wouldn't. It's really simple and gets more performance out of your computer for free!):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $985.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add in the OS. Now here's what I DON'T understand... you seem to have included the monitor in that? So here's what I'd change in the above build to save on cost:

1) If you really don't want to OC, then change the CPU to an i5-3450, the mobo to a Z68 Pro3 Gen3, and ditch the CPU cooler
2) Get a 650W PSU (keep in mind that the Antec Earthwatts DOESN'T come with a power cord. They're like $5, but just to keep that in mind)
3) Ditch the SSD... although last resort.

I'd keep the Corsair 400R... great case, really easy building. But switching to the HAF is a possibility. Z77 isn't NECESSARY for IB. The i5-2400 can be substituted for the IB equivalent.

If you need help getting it down lower, just tell me.
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June 18, 2012 2:37:58 AM

thanks for your reply
actually i heard that i should get at least 120gb ssd because windows updates get saved there?

ddan49 said:
1) Yes, the RAM is compatible
2) No, not if you're not OCing (which you can't really with that processor)
3) Yes if you want a faster boot time. Just get like a 64GB SSD with an HDD.

For $1,100, here's the build I'd suggest (with OCing... I don't know why you wouldn't. It's really simple and gets more performance out of your computer for free!):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $985.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add in the OS. Now here's what I DON'T understand... you seem to have included the monitor in that? So here's what I'd change in the above build to save on cost:

1) If you really don't want to OC, then change the CPU to an i5-3450, the mobo to a Z68 Pro3 Gen3, and ditch the CPU cooler
2) Get a 650W PSU (keep in mind that the Antec Earthwatts DOESN'T come with a power cord. They're like $5, but just to keep that in mind)
3) Ditch the SSD... although last resort.

I'd keep the Corsair 400R... great case, really easy building. But switching to the HAF is a possibility. Z77 isn't NECESSARY for IB. The i5-2400 can be substituted for the IB equivalent.

If you need help getting it down lower, just tell me.

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June 18, 2012 12:56:13 PM

120GB for OS alone is WAY too much. I'd say put all your stuff on each SSD and leave about 10% open on each one for "breathing room".
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