I am a newb PC builder looking to build my first PC. I am looking to build a Media Center PC that will also function as a desktop pc. I wont be doing any gaming however I probably will overclock eventually to expose myself to how it works to broaden my expertise in computers. I am still doing a lot of research on what out there to buy for my PC so in most cases I know what I want just not who I want it from. Im not trying to spend a whole lot but at the same time I am not looking at building a low budget system either:
Since initially I wont be overclocking I am fine with using the stock fan but I also want this system to be quiet so if that wont help them I am open to buying a third party fan. For the motherboard I am looking for HDMI and at least 2 US 3.0 ports.
Heres what I have so far:
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
Mother: Either-Asus P8Z77-M Pro 1155 mATX
or Asus P8H77-M/CSM
SSD: Suggestions? Don't need a huge one, its use will be as a boot up drive for windows.
HDD: Caviar Green 2 TB
TV Tuner: Still Researching, Would like a dual tuner
Optical Drive: Blu Ray Writable
Case: Looking at mATX Fractal Design Cases, but would like something cheaper.
I'd recommend you put an extra $10-20 dollars and get the 3570k for the HD 4000 graphics at least...if you don't plan on gaming. This way you won't have to buy a discreet GPU. The hd 4000 graphics are already fairly strong and can actually play most games on low settings.
And you won't need to a discreet GPU, as long as you plan on using the onboard graphics that comes with the CPU/Mobo.
And as far as usb 3.0, it honestly isn't that much better than 2.0. most devices don't even recognize it at the moment. however, the mobo i chose will offer usb 3.0...4 of 'em to be exact. =D hope this helps!
The mATX version of the board I recommended is actually more expensive than the regular ATX version on newegg. I'd recommend you just get a full ATX board. mATX boards are usually used for low budgets...somewhere around $500.
If you're absolutely set on a mATX board...you could go with this...