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August 2, 2012 12:31:22 PM

Hello,
Have read lots and now need new build help and advice. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $900 – 1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Longevity of build, large Excel and SketchUp projects, surfing the net, watching movies, very little gaming if any

Are you buying a monitor: No, have two HP w2207h 1680 x 1050

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

Mobo
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERB Item #:N82E16813131853

GPU
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:01G-P3-1556-KR Item #:N82E16814130625

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Item #:N82E16820231428

PSU
OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 ...
Model #:o CZ-ZT750W Item #:N82E16817341052

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black ...
Model #:RC-922M-KKN3-GP Item #:N82E16811119197

Storage
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX Item #:N82E16822136533

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, which version of Win7 should I get?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg seems to have decent prices and reviews. Price is important so multiple sites are ok.

Location: Middletown, NJ 07748, USA

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050

Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Time to retire old XP system

More about : 1000 build advice

August 2, 2012 12:36:59 PM

Maybe get a 560 if you can. Will perform better than a 550 Ti.
That PSU is overkill since you arent going to SLI, 500-600W is the recommended for the 550/560/6870.
Get a cheaper H77 mobo if you arent OCing, it will save you some $ for a better GPU.
Windows 7 Professional/Home Premium would do okay.
August 2, 2012 12:44:34 PM

Sorry I copied the wrong GPU. I was thinking of the


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ...
Model #:100315L Item #:N82E16814102908
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August 2, 2012 12:59:28 PM

zaxer said:
Sorry I copied the wrong GPU. I was thinking of the


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ...
Model #:100315L Item #:N82E16814102908

Here try this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dF0s
May not have eyeinfinity but gives you an idea of what to look for. :D 
August 2, 2012 6:16:06 PM

No-go on the CPU/Motherboard. Either get an i5-3570k to make full use of IVB or get a Z68 board.
August 2, 2012 9:01:36 PM

Nw333 said:
Here try this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dF0s
May not have eyeinfinity but gives you an idea of what to look for. :D 


The Radeon 7850 is an Eyefinity card.
August 2, 2012 9:29:51 PM

Check this build.It's really good but in my opinion you should wait for the GTX 660 Ti to come out.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT LEXA S (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1091.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 17:28 EDT-0400)
August 2, 2012 9:35:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The Radeon 7850 is an Eyefinity card.

My bad lol. :D 
August 2, 2012 9:42:42 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Check this build.It's really good but in my opinion you should wait for the GTX 660 Ti to come out.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT LEXA S (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1091.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 17:28 EDT-0400)


Except for that cooler - I really hate to recommend plastic water blocks when strong air fans will give you the exact same OC results. The OCZ Vertex isn't a good choice either as they're known to have issues and errors.
August 2, 2012 10:01:36 PM


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($88.73 @ Amazon)
Total: $1093.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 18:00 EDT-0400)
August 2, 2012 11:47:53 PM

azeem40 said:
No-go on the CPU/Motherboard. Either get an i5-3570k to make full use of IVB or get a Z68 board.


Am I missing something? I did spec the i5-3570k.

Is the i5-3570k and Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT a bad combo?
August 3, 2012 4:30:29 AM

zaxer said:
Am I missing something? I did spec the i5-3570k.

Is the i5-3570k and Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT a bad combo?


No it's a fine combo but I wouldn't pay the money for a Thunderbolt board right now. It's very intriguing technology for sure but you won't be using it for another year at least.
August 3, 2012 5:32:36 AM

zaxer said:
Am I missing something? I did spec the i5-3570k.

Is the i5-3570k and Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT a bad combo?

I was referring to Nw333.
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