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~$1200 Ivy Bridge build for new GTX650Ti

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June 21, 2012 7:42:36 PM

Hello!
It’s been a while since I built my last PC (Intel 975BX Mobo, Pentium D chip, ATI 2400 GPU) and I’m looking to build a mainstream PC that can handle a little Skyrim or other current games. My current PC is used 95% of the time for watching Netflix/movies (ditched cable) and occasionally I’ll fire up a game; it’s hooked to a 27” Dell LCD in my living room and I’ll probably upgrade that to a bigger screen in the future. I have never overclocked the processor on my current PC and will not on this build; therefore thought I could save a few dollars with non-overclockable Mobo (H77) and CPU (non-K chip). I’ve already purchased the PSU and GPU (see below in Parts Not Required), now I need the rest of the build and am undecided on Motherboard and RAM. Also wondering if the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO will fit into the Silencio 550 case I’m looking to buy. Looking for any suggestions/comments other than “why not overclock? You should give yourself the option.” - I prefer quiet and stable; let the kids with twin Asus Mars GPUs in SLI overclock their stuff. Thanks in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: ~$800 (already spent $400 on new GPU and PSU)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming Netflix, surfing the internet, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, 1TB hard drive, PSU Seasonic X650 Gold (new), GPU EVGA GTX560Ti 1Gb (new)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country: USA, California

Parts Preferences: CoolerMaster Silencio 550 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Leaning towards Asus or Asrock Mobo; had a bad experience with Gigabyte.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 128GB SSD for OS & games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – Will this fit in the case I’ve selected?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 8 Gb, no idea which. Corsair Vengeance? G.Skill Ripjaws? Reading the specs for which RAM SKUs match which motherboards makes my eyes go cross. Just need mainstream RAM, I’m not looking to tweak memory settings. In the past I’ve relied on Crucial to pick memory based on motherboard because I hate matching them up.

OS: Win98 SE (ha ha) - 64 bit Win7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Overclocking: Not the CPU, maybe the GPU by way of EVGA software

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Need this to be a quiet and unobtrusive PC, it will be in my living room.

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June 21, 2012 8:44:07 PM
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – Will this fit in the case I’ve selected?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099


It should but it's hard to judge without seeing interior pictures of the case. If you get something like the Antec 1100 it will without problem.

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Memory: 8 Gb, no idea which. Corsair Vengeance? G.Skill Ripjaws? Reading the specs for which RAM SKUs match which motherboards makes my eyes go cross. Just need mainstream RAM, I’m not looking to tweak memory settings. In the past I’ve relied on Crucial to pick memory based on motherboard because I hate matching them up.


Here's a couple to pick from - you'll need low profile RAM (no tall heat sinks) if you're going to be using a Hyper 212:

- Mushkin Blackline: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Crucial Ballistix: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Corsair Vengeance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- G.Skill Ares: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Kingston Hyper X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can't go wrong with any of those - they all meet Ivy Bridge specifications.
June 28, 2012 6:56:50 PM

Thanks g-unit; really, you were the only one to reply? Turns out that Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler won't fit in the Cooler Master Silencio 550 case (too tall). I ordered the Cooler Master GeminII S524 instead, with the Corsair RAM you suggested. Waiting for those parts to come in now.
June 28, 2012 6:57:14 PM

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