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July 16, 2012 2:22:58 AM

Used to post here quite a bit but I've been out of the loop for awhile so I wanted to get some advice and opinions on a new build I've been planning.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: Looking for something under $800 but preferably around $700 or so

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Lots of multitasking with media encoding, some gaming, internet browsing, and typical power user use.

Are you buying a monitor: Not at the moment

Parts to Upgrade: Need all parts except GPU (keeping GTX 460 from my old system for now)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: Looking at ivy bridge i5 at the moment

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely

Your Monitor Resolution: Dual screen @ 1920x1080 and 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Replacing a system I built 5 years ago. I'm looking for as much bang for the buck as possible (who isn't?) and I generally like to stay loyal to well known brands. Last time I was really looking at hardware was still in the Core 2 Duo/Quad era so I'm quite a bit out of date with all the modern parts.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The motherboard and memory of my last build never truly got along with each other and I still get the occasional lock up and/or blue screen as a result. The system is about 5 years old now and just starting to be slower than I would like. The original power supply died a few weeks ago so I've been using a spare I had in another system.


So I went ahead and browsed through newegg and a couple articles to come up with this so far:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not very picky about the case and this seems to be the popular one nowadays.

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Went for this set because it was only a few dollars more to get the 8 Latency instead of 9. Seems like that's worth it to me but I'm not 100% sure.

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Picked this mainly because the 6.0Gb/s caught my eye (even though I don't actually know if this makes a performance difference or not) and the 64 MB cache drive was listed as cheaper than the 32 MB at the time.

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Originally had a smaller power supply but there's a combo between the PSU and RAM for $30 off which makes it about equally priced with others I was looking at. Seemed like a really high quality PSU to me. I've never been good with picking out power supplies though so its more than likely a cheaper and just as good unit is available.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After looking through a few reviews this processor seems fantastic. Before my research I had been planning on i7 but I don't know that the i7 ivy bridge performance is good enough to warrant nearly $100 more.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I feel a little clueless here. I had what I thought was a decent ASRock Z68 board picked out but then I read it had some issues with ivy bridge so I changed my search more towards Z77 boards. I would like to keep overclocking as a possibility because I'm sure I'll do it eventually. I figure having USB 3.0 at this point is probably good to have, even though I don't actually have any 3.0 devices at the moment. I also need a PS/2 port for the keyboard I use (it seems like they all have at least 1 still). Otherwise I'm not really sure about the mobo. I've always limited my search to Asus, Gigabyte, and maybe ASRock and MSI in the past but I'm not sure if others are just as good/better nowadays. This motherboard is also listed as a combo with the cpu for $25 off.



So that's pretty much where I'm at currently. Still somewhat on the fence about a CPU cooler as well, possibly the Cooler Master 212 because that seems popular but I could use some suggestions there as well if anyone has some. Looking to buy pretty soon but just trying to get a feel for the current tech and make sure I'm not overlooking anything. Thanks in advance for your help!



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July 16, 2012 2:41:39 AM

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I feel a little clueless here. I had what I thought was a decent ASRock Z68 board picked out but then I read it had some issues with ivy bridge so I changed my search more towards Z77 boards. I would like to keep overclocking as a possibility because I'm sure I'll do it eventually. I figure having USB 3.0 at this point is probably good to have, even though I don't actually have any 3.0 devices at the moment.


The 3570K will be useless on a Z68 board without a CPU to use prior to install so you can update the BIOS, you'll need to go with a Z77 motherboard.

The Hyper 212 is an excellent bang-for-buck option, you can't get much better.

That build looks really good and I definitely approve of that PSU - I have the 950W model.
July 16, 2012 3:34:23 AM

Alright thanks for the help. Its really nice to have some confirmation on the power supply.

Just out of curiosity if I were to upgrade the GPU as well (or sometime soon), what would you suggest? I've dabbled around with screen capture and streaming stuff before but always suffered a huge fps drop on my current system. I'm assuming the bottleneck is the gtx 460 at 1920x1080. Wouldn't want to pay more than $250 so I guess I would be mainly looking at the 7850 or the 560 Ti.
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July 16, 2012 3:40:57 AM

FallenSniper said:
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840

Picked this mainly because the 6.0Gb/s caught my eye (even though I don't actually know if this makes a performance difference or not) and the 64 MB cache drive was listed as cheaper than the 32 MB at the time.


I believe the 6.0Gb/s is only refer to what the interface capable, for actual transfer rate you may want to research a bit for benchmarks. Toms has a HDD charts 2012 for reference: http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/hdd-charts-2012/benc...
I'd read the user reviews of popular products too
July 16, 2012 8:45:30 PM

FallenSniper said:
Alright thanks for the help. Its really nice to have some confirmation on the power supply.

Just out of curiosity if I were to upgrade the GPU as well (or sometime soon), what would you suggest? I've dabbled around with screen capture and streaming stuff before but always suffered a huge fps drop on my current system. I'm assuming the bottleneck is the gtx 460 at 1920x1080. Wouldn't want to pay more than $250 so I guess I would be mainly looking at the 7850 or the 560 Ti.


For $250 you really can't get much better than the Radeon 7850 - in most cases it beats the 570 and comes close to matching the 580 while using 1/2 the power.
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