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Advice on i5 build for my Dad, I have parts picked

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July 4, 2012 7:59:38 PM

I am going to build myself an i7 3770k build, but my Dad doesn't need or want the fastest of the fast, so I put together this list of parts from Newegg.com for the i5 build. Let me know what you guys think please and thank you!




Computer case around $100
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$230
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$130
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$100
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
$19
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$95
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$130
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$30
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9
$98
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$140

Building your own computer, priceless. No actually the subtotal is…. $1,072
July 4, 2012 8:14:58 PM

Do you just want approval? If that's the case, yeah that build rocks IMO, but what does he want to do on it? If it's just for basic daily use, home theater, simple photo editing, etc., then I don't think he needs an i5-3570k or 16GB of RAM. He might want a bigger HDD, maybe, but that's about it.
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July 4, 2012 8:19:31 PM

Overkill. If he's not gaming, an i5 3450, 4GB of RAM, ASRock Pro3 will suffice. Also, don't get a CPU cooler. Is he OC'ing? If not, get rid of the EVO. He might 750GB+ though.
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July 4, 2012 8:26:45 PM

Ok thanks guys. I thought I might be overkilling with 16gb ram, but I thought to do that since that is the maximum Windows 7 Home edition can work with.

Yeah his needs are pretty basic, I am just trying to put together a still fast computer. It came in at $600 cheaper than my fairly similar i7 3370k build specs, which is about $1,600.

So less memory and more hard drive, sounds good!
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July 4, 2012 8:32:25 PM

Also, does he need the SSD? 128GB might be too much. 64GB-90GB would be better, maybe.
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July 4, 2012 10:47:26 PM

brandon402 said:
Ok thanks guys. I thought I might be overkilling with 16gb ram, but I thought to do that since that is the maximum Windows 7 Home edition can work with.

Yeah his needs are pretty basic, I am just trying to put together a still fast computer. It came in at $600 cheaper than my fairly similar i7 3370k build specs, which is about $1,600.

So less memory and more hard drive, sounds good!


And an i5-3450 instead of the i5-3570k :D  the 128GB SSD would be good too, I don't think it's too much especially at today's prices for them.
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