Custom Rig, Help

Hey everyone. I'm looking for ideas. Trying to make 1 computer into 2 on a budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.

Budget Range: Unsure but prefer to stay as low as possible

System Usage: Gaming, surfing the internet, working on reports for work at home

Parts Not Required: I already have the OS (Win 7 Ultimate X64). I will also be reusing my keyboard, mouse, speakers and monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, or any other vendor where I can get the best price (after shipping to my door)

Country: Missouri, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: I will not be going SLI atm but need a rig that can handle it if I decide to do it in the future.

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) 1920*1080

Additional Comments: I have a bit of cash saved up which is rare for me. At the moment I only have one computer in my house. I love gaming on my rig and don't really mind my current mid range graphics card (560 ti factory OCed). My current ambitions are to add another computer to my household. I will turn the new pc into my multi-purpose/gaming pc and use my old rig as an HTPC of sorts (moving it to the living room). With that being said I am going to do a bit of component swapping to save money. I will be swapping my old computer GPU (the 560ti) into the new system. For now the 560ti is plenty enough for the light gaming that I do (with a mindset that I may go SLI in the future or upgrade to a better card later). So with me putting my old GPU in the new computer I will also need a replacement GPU for my old rig so I can use it as an HTPC. For the graphics card that I am going to put in the HTPC the cheaper the price the better. I do however need a card that has HDMI because I will use that system to push content to the 42 inch television in the living room).

So Here's What I am thinking thus far..

SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25 $104.99 (Amazon)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $18.99 (Newegg)

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm $49.99 (Newegg)

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157293
1 year: $14.99 INCLUDED
-$10.00 Instant

Total: $674.88

Looking for suggestions on improvements to this build. I do not need a very large SSD. Nothing bigger than a 128. Also I don't need a secondary HD because I will be taking one of the 1 TB drives out of my old rig. I also still need a suggestion for a GPU for my old rig to play videos on my television.

Additional information.. my old rig I bought off of someone a long time ago. At work at the moment so can't really tell you the specs. The best I can recall from memory is it has a Core 2 Duo E8400 running at 3 GHz, 4 gigs of ddr2, a 60 gig SSD (POS OCZ Blue Screen Of Death DRIVE!), x2 1TB mechanical drives, and of course the PNY 560TI that I will be taking out of it.
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    Looks good, should be a decent light-med gaming machine with room to upgrade later and SLI a bit uncomfortably.

    Any reason why you have included Thermal Paste? You dont have an aftermarket heatsink (most come with some anyway) and stock has its own.

    You'r getting an overclockers chip and board, why don't you have aftermarket cooling so you can? The CM Hyper 212 EVO is a good budget cooler that comes with its own paste.

    The old rig could probably do with a HD7750. Its a low end card of this generation. It will do HTPC load and light gaming just fine, and its power draw is essentially nonexistent for a GPU. Has a HDMI port as well.
    Sapphire Radeon HD7750. $100
  2. Because I love thermal paste! Haha. I just always heard horror stories about stock thermal paste. It's only 10 bucks... so I thought what the heck. Also the CPU cooler is an idea. I just didn't assume I needed it at this point. Was going to see what my temps were with stock cooling and a possible small OC. I also have never experienced a CPU overclock and am just unsure if I will actually see real world benefits (I can tell you that even with my old Core 2 Duo I never max out my CPU load) This is my first custom rig since the Pentium 3 so I'm pretty excited... thanks for the quick reply!
  3. Stock cooling is all horror stories, its only sufficient for stock speeds or small overclocks (I'd say up to 3.7Ghz on the 3570k), and even that depends on how hot your willing to let it go.

    You wont notice an overclock in idle/low usage scenarios, as then it goes back down 1.6Ghz to save power and heat, but in gaming it will equal a few frames more. General computing tasks will see the biggest benefits of overclocking.

    On the 3570k, you can easily clock it to 4.2Ghz without worrying about temps or changing voltages (assuming decent cooling).
  4. Okay so I will buy the aftermarket cooler then and see what kind of overclock I can push. As for the graphics card.. 100 bucks seems like too much for what I am going to be using it for. I was thinking something along the lines of this..

    That computer will only be getting used to push video content to my tv (XBMC).. nothing more.
  5. That will work fine as well.
  6. So I'm actually rethinking the power supply a bit. I will probably add a tv tuner, audio card, capture card, and possibly a second GPU in the future.. so I probably need to go bigger huh?
  7. Depends on what GPU you CF/SLI.
  8. It would be another 560 TI. Pretty Sure that they hit around 300 each at max load.. thought I heard that somewhere at least.
  9. Then yes, you will need a bigger PSU, like the TX750 V2. If it was, say, a 7850, then the 650W would have been more than enough.
  10. Cool. I didn't realize I could bump up the power supply for so little money. The difference is literally like 30 bucks between that 650 and a 1000 Watt.
  11. Also I may buy an aftermarket cpu cooler for my old rig. That's really the only issue I have with the old rig being turned into an htpc. At times when the cpu is under load it can be a bit loud (I have smart fan or whatever the damn thing is called turned on in my bios).
  12. Best answer selected by jaygregz.
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