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July 5, 2012 11:31:40 PM

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

RAM? Suggestions

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.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

GPU- Do i need one?

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July 13, 2012 4:59:20 AM

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.

mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'd recommend this mobo for the 3570k compatibility as well as all the features that are packed in it for such a low price.

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you plan on overclocking and decide on getting an aftermarket cooler, you'll be glad you got this RAM without the tall heat spreaders.

SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Best choice out there as of today. Great boot drive, and you can still store a few applications that you'll want quick access to on it.

HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Go with this seagate drive so you don't have to sacrifice speed. It's faster than the caviar green drive for the same price. It also matches the speed of the caviar black drives for much less.

TV Tuner: not my area of expertise...sorry

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

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
offers excellent airflow and you get a side panel window so you can look at your beautiful parts...
or you can go with this, which offers even better airflow in my opinion...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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!

Oh and I almost forgot, if you plan on overclocking in the future, this cooler will be a great addition to your build...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You may even want to get an extra 120 or 140mm fan and put it in a push/pull configuration.
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July 23, 2012 1:22:37 AM

if i wanted to go mATX...which mobo would you recommend?
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July 23, 2012 1:36:20 AM

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...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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