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July 31, 2012 11:48:23 PM

This is going to be my first desktop build using all new components. I have been researching for months online and have come up with a final build list. Any ideas or tips are greatly appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: September 2012

Budget Range: Around $1500. Not too important to stick to this, but do not want to go to overboard.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video encoding, virtual machines, website development, games, media streamer.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: No. Plan on having Win 7 64-bit as main OS, with several virtual machines as well(WHS, Server 2008 R2,etc...)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Springfield, MO

Parts Preferences: Intel, ASRock, Sapphire, MSI, ASUS

Overclocking: No, wanting system to last longer and be energy efficient

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want a powerful workstation, that will last a long time, and can play any game

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Have been using nothing but laptops for the past decade. Finally getting a desktop that can handle all my needs(school, work, personal). Want this to last as long as possible without needing any upgrades.

This is what I have set so far:

Case:
Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
This fits the desk that I have. Can't be deeper than 19" and higher than 19" as well.

Motherboard:
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77
No overclock, so no Z77, unless there is some other benefit to Z77 that I have missed.

Graphics Card:
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit
This is the main thing I am unsure on. I want something with excellent 1080p performance in games with very low wattage. I think this will do the trick, but any other ideas are appreciated.

Power Supply:
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

Memory:
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 HyperX Plug n Play Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G

Boot Drive(SSD):
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Secondary Drive(programs, data):
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Third Drive(media drive for streaming):
Western Digital AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Monitor:
ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
Again, this is limited to the space available on my desk. Nothing bigger than this will fit.

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

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July 31, 2012 11:50:24 PM

Oh, will be getting 2 sets of the memory. So 16GB total.
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July 31, 2012 11:58:57 PM

just two small items. since you are not overclocking you do not need a cpu cooler but it is a nice touch. also there are B75 motherboards that are similar to the H77; you don't overclock with the. i like that motherboard you picked but if your budget is tight you may find a less expensive B75 to help out with the finances.
ASRock B75 PRO3 $79.99
also this power supply would have enough power for the rig as specc'd:
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W $59.99

edit: and that is a great choice for a graphic card for your needs.
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August 1, 2012 12:29:55 AM

Anonymous said:
just two small items. since you are not overclocking you do not need a cpu cooler but it is a nice touch. also there are B75 motherboards that are similar to the H77; you don't overclock with the. i like that motherboard you picked but if your budget is tight you may find a less expensive B75 to help out with the finances.
ASRock B75 PRO3 $79.99
also this power supply would have enough power for the rig as specc'd:
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W $59.99

edit: and that is a great choice for a graphic card for your needs.


Thanks for the tip on the power supply.

I like the layout of the B75 board you suggested. Much nicer having the PCIex1 below the PCIe3.0. Other difference is that it doesn't have Lucid Virtu MVP. I am not sure if this would be helpful to have. All I can see is that it would split the load between the discreet GPU and the Intel HD GPU, which I don't think is needed...

I think I will research this more, but I am definitely going to go with the power supply.

Thanks.
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August 1, 2012 3:36:18 AM

mindwaste said:
You picked the 65w version of the CPU, you'll most likely want this one instead:

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


I thought I would go with the 65W 'S' version for the lower temps to help with longevity.

If it doesn't make that much difference between them, I might as well go with the standard 3770. I plan getting an aftermarket cpu cooler anyway, might as well put it to use.

Thanks.
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August 1, 2012 4:54:29 AM

I have that same MSI 7850 card and it is great for 1080p gaming, Dirt 3, BF3, NFS The Run, all run on maxed out settings.

But you are getting the system in Sep and by then the 660Ti will be out, so I'd keep your options open and see what impact that has on the prices.

My 7850 is paired with a Xeon E3 1230v2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only $235.99, 69W and will give you close to i7 performance while still running cool. You don't get any built in graphics.
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August 1, 2012 5:18:18 AM

I was just reading about the 660ti, and I might just wait it out and get a GPU later on.

I originally had that same Xeon E3 1230v2 in this build. But after changing a few things around with the build(going to H77 instead Z77 board, dropping the mSata SSD for caching) I had extra room in the budget and went with the i7.

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August 8, 2012 3:41:51 AM

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