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June 22, 2012 9:08:11 PM

Budget Range: 1200 After Rebates. Excluding Monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Potential need for magnified text; Financial/Investment software with graphics; Surfing; movies . Though we have a hi Def LCD Monitor(VIZIO XVT423SV) with integrated web access via our Home Network, it would be nice though not critical to receive and possibly record Hi Def movies with the PC.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Country: USA
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No


This is my first build. I am not a gamer. Potential need for magnified text.
Are the following compatible and conforming ?
Asus P8Z77-V LK mobo
CM Storm Enforcer (Prefer to avoid huge case)
Intel Core i5-2500 processor
Video Card: RADEON XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Though I'm not a gamer I want decent graphics
PSU Seasonic M1211 620W ATX 12V V2.3
RAM 8GB ? Brand/model DDR3 1600 ?Crucial CT2KIT25664BA160B The Asus website RAM recommendations for my MOBO are outdated.
HDD One Terabyte. Not Seagate. ?Brand
? SSD for Operating System (Windows 7 64bits)
LAN Intel EXP19301CTBLK Network Adaptor
Audio Card ? Need for Audio Card for decent sound vs the Audio chip on MB; Realtek ALK892
HAve 5.1 Computer Speaker system: Lansing ADA745

Monitor: Please suggest given potential need for magnified text.

Advice would be greatly appreciated. My only relevent experience is replacing HD and memory

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June 22, 2012 10:26:17 PM

$10 more will get you the 7770 which is faster and consumes less power.

Crucial M4 64gb or 128gb SSD.

Use onboard graphics

Get a i5-3450

You only need 450 watts

I would get a H77 since you're not overclocking.

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

Go Western Digital Caviar Blue or Black for hard drive

Dunno about the monitor.

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June 23, 2012 12:05:20 AM
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any intergrated graphics can display magnified text.

heres what i would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aEkg

if you feel that you need more graphical performance, get a asus 7850.

the mb sound is pretty decent for any normal user. if you need better sound, get a 30 dollar asus dg 5.1 sound card
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June 23, 2012 3:07:28 PM

Patflute said:
$10 more will get you the 7770 which is faster and consumes less power.

Crucial M4 64gb or 128gb SSD.

Use onboard graphics

Get a i5-3450

You only need 450 watts

I would get a H77 since you're not overclocking.

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

Go Western Digital Caviar Blue or Black for hard drive

Dunno about the monitor.


Thank you. Very helpful. I'm confused about your comment " Use onboard graphics," insofar as you recommended a Video Card; did you mean "Use onboard audio chip: ?
June 23, 2012 3:15:51 PM

TheBigTroll said:
any intergrated graphics can display magnified text.

heres what i would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aEkg

if you feel that you need more graphical performance, get a asus 7850.

the mb sound is pretty decent for any normal user. if you need better sound, get a 30 dollar asus dg 5.1 sound card


Very helpful Thank you so much.
June 26, 2012 9:41:15 PM

Patflute said:
$10 more will get you the 7770 which is faster and consumes less power.

Crucial M4 64gb or 128gb SSD.

Use onboard graphics

Get a i5-3450

You only need 450 watts

I would get a H77 since you're not overclocking.

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

Go Western Digital Caviar Blue or Black for hard drive

Dunno about the monitor.


Thank you for your helpful comments. By "7770" above do you refer to XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 Radeon HD 7770 ? Because according to the listing @ Tiger Dir, the min power requirement is 600W whereas for the 677X it is 500W ??
June 26, 2012 9:43:35 PM

no they are just lying. you can probably power it with a 400w
June 26, 2012 9:44:12 PM

the TDP of the 7770 is just 85w or so
June 27, 2012 12:25:35 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the TDP of the 7770 is just 85w or so


OK but why does Tiger Direct in their Spec include " Minimum PSU Wattage Requirement 450 Watt " ??
June 27, 2012 12:42:47 AM

450w is for the entire system. you arent just going to power the graphics card by itself....
June 27, 2012 1:37:06 AM

TheBigTroll said:
450w is for the entire system. you arent just going to power the graphics card by itself....



OK, thank you.
July 4, 2012 12:30:39 AM

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