$1000 first build advice

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 #:P8Z77-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 #:OCZ-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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. No-go on the CPU/Motherboard. Either get an i5-3570k to make full use of IVB or get a Z68 board.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. g-unit1111 said:
    The Radeon 7850 is an Eyefinity card.

    My bad lol. :D
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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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