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August 6, 2012 5:40:46 AM

Good Evening,
I am upgrading my old system for hubby. He does not play games other than the ones on facebook. I was thinking of using an i5 sandy bridge 2500k cpu and I prefer an asus mobo but just not sure what one to get for this build. I have the power supply (950W) and the video card (geforce gts 450) and the hard drive that is in it already. We are using the old cooler master case also.

So what mobo would you recommend for the i5?

I know that we will also need ddr3 memory, os and a dvd burner but those are something I can pick on my own.

I just ordered all the parts for my dream build on thursday so I have no use for the ones in my old rig. My new rig has the i7 ivy bridge 3770k as the cpu with a asus maximus iv extreme mobo. I should probably do a different post listing all my new stuff coming on the 6th from newegg.

Any help you could give would be wonderful! I dont want to spend too much as he is not a gamer but he is using a pc with a single core cpu so anything will be better than what he has I am thinking.

Thanks so much,
Tmmy

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August 6, 2012 5:41:15 AM

No, he will not need an i5-2500k. For facebook games, an AMD APU is the best bet.
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August 6, 2012 5:55:40 AM

He wants an intel cpu. What one would you recommend and what mobo to go with it?
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August 6, 2012 6:02:50 AM

If he wants to stay with Intel even though nothing he does requires it, an i3-2120 and a 6670 Radeon GPU is enough.
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August 6, 2012 6:21:45 AM

An i3 should be enough if its only general/productivity usage on it.

Any H77 board should do. Just grab the cheapest.
This board wont have the ability to add more than 16GB of RAM or Crossfire/SLI, but meh, its an office PC essentially.
ASUS P8H77-I. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heres the RAM I suggest. Blue to fit the mobo. You could easily halve it to 4GB, with no real loss to performance, but 8GB means an easier upgrade later.
G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win7 Home Premium 64bit should be sufficient. Most people don't need more than Home Premium.

Any $20 DVD-RW drive should do, nobody burns or read discs so its performance isn't important anymore.

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August 6, 2012 3:04:11 PM

Thanks everyone!
Tammy
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August 6, 2012 3:14:58 PM

One more quick question please.
I have windows 7, 32 bit in the old pc. Can I use that instead of buying a new os? I h the code and all that for it.
Thank you again,
Tammy
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August 6, 2012 3:36:02 PM

no that code is locked to the computer it was installed on originally, you will have to purchase a new os for this computer
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August 6, 2012 3:52:17 PM

but if youre looking for something temporary, they are offering a free trial of windows 8. you just download it and burn it to a dvd, then boot from that dvd. i'm using it on one of my pcs right now just while its free, and its not too terribly difficult to get the hang of
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August 6, 2012 4:45:46 PM

Thanks for the help =]
Tammy
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August 6, 2012 5:49:50 PM

would suggest to consider an SSD in the build.
It will make the most difference for home desktop use and make the computer seem "fast".

Agree, maybe just start with the built-in on-board graphics that come with CPUs these days.
If that isn't fast enough, can add on an inexpensive video card afterwards. (whatever is in the budget rec from the best GraphicsCard monthly article)
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August 6, 2012 6:34:23 PM

I have a gforce gts 450 that I am using for his pc. So that is not a problem and I have it already in my old pc to use. So no expense there. I have the power supply with 950w and the cooler master tower. I really only need the mobo, cpu, os and ram so I want to use stuff that he will have a half way decent pc. He has been using one we bought 2 years ago for $250. Its ok but I want him to have something better. He uses it for facebook games, dl music and surfing the web. Some pictures but no vid editing.
Thank you for all your help. I am going to post on another thread what my build is.
Tammy
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August 6, 2012 6:39:21 PM

Brand and series of the PSU?
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August 6, 2012 6:53:47 PM

It is a Rosewill extreme series 950 watts.
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August 6, 2012 6:56:36 PM

That is a good PSU. I was worried it was a low quality PSU that comes with the case lol. :lol: 

Just curious, but why did you get a 950W PSU? Did you CF/SLI?
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August 6, 2012 7:20:42 PM

No it was just overkill at the time. It had a good price so I bought it. In my new build I have the 1000 watt bronze rosewill and I plan on sli with it. Here is the link if you would like to see what I have bought and tell me what you think:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357798-31-build

Thanks!
Tammy
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August 7, 2012 5:42:26 AM

I did the exact same thing. It was on sale for a good price, so my temptations made me buy it. I regret getting it now.
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August 8, 2012 12:02:29 AM

Why did you regret getting it?
Tammy
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August 9, 2012 5:16:15 AM

Ok..here is what I was thinking of for hubby:

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

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

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

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

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

I have the vid card/tower/psu already.

I just need to add a ssd drive and os is all.

What do you think before I order anything for him?
Thank you for all your help!
Tammy
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August 10, 2012 5:47:48 AM

I could have saved the $50 and gotten a 750W PSU, which is more than enough for CF/SLI.
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August 10, 2012 5:57:51 AM

Ahhh...that I understand. What do you think of the parts I have listed above?
Tammy
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August 10, 2012 6:32:16 AM

That RAM is single channel. You want dual channel like this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since this is a general use PC, you don't need a board that CF/SLIs or overclocks. Look for an H67 chipset motherboard from ASUS, Gigabyte, or Asrock.

That hard drive is a slow one. You want a 7200rpm drive like this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10 more for 2.5x the space.
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August 10, 2012 5:12:57 PM

Thank you again!
Tammy
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August 11, 2012 5:49:00 PM

Ok...hubby has asked that I build him a better pc to possibly used for gaming. Whoot! I have been trying for some time to get him to play with me =]

Here is what I came up with. What do you think before I order anything?

CPU: http://forums.majorgeeks.com/index.php?s=9a5783ada4bb94...

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

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

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

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

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

Will add windows 7 64 bit to the os. We have the psu already and the case. I decided on a new vid card because today the one I was going to use was giving me trouble so I will replace it as long as we are ording.

What do you think? He doesnt need a high end gaming pc just one so if he wants to play games on he can.

Thanks so much!
Tammy





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August 11, 2012 8:02:04 PM

Anyone have any opinions please?
Tammy
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August 11, 2012 8:38:51 PM

Why does the CPU link lead to a forum?

Replace the 550ti with a Radeon 7770 for $10 more. It is a much better GPU.

I need to know what CPU you linked and his budget.
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August 11, 2012 9:18:08 PM

Im not sure sorry about that! I had a few pages up doing some looking around and I must have copied that one! Again sorry =[

Here is it again: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

We are trying to keep it between $500 to $600, but he wants a new case now so that budget is with a case but without the os. I know that is another $100 on top of parts.

Thank you so much for all your help...I could not have done this without it!
Tammy
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August 11, 2012 9:20:42 PM

Is there another fermi card that is better than the 550ti around that price point?
Tammy
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August 11, 2012 9:26:12 PM

Here is a GTX 560, which performs better than the 7770 for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Change the motherboard to an H67 chipset board.

Right now, your build looks good with the GTX 560 and an H67 chipset board and should play on med settings.
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August 11, 2012 9:59:47 PM

I dont need an I3 for him to do some gaming?
Tammy
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August 11, 2012 10:04:13 PM

With the Phenom II X4 965 BE only $110, it is a better choice than the i3.
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August 11, 2012 10:11:31 PM

Would I need to change out the mobo then for the different cpu? What about the gpu...would that need to change?
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August 11, 2012 10:13:36 PM

I also have a code to make the i3 109.99 until the 12th. Would that be a better deal then?
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August 12, 2012 2:30:09 AM

Ok...I came up with an amd build. What about these parts?

CPU: Phenom 2 Quad Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus M5A97 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI R7770 IGB Radeon HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Crucial 4gb duel stick
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dvd burner: LG DVD burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: WD 500gb 7200 rpm sata 6gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions for any changes?
Tammy
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August 12, 2012 3:47:41 AM

Get the 560 SE I linked instead. It is a better GPU.

Case: It is a good case with plenty of fans.
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August 12, 2012 3:56:21 AM

Thanks so much...you have no idea how you have helped us with these builds!

Now with hubby's build we are going to attempt it ourselves. I have been looking at you tube videos on how to build a pc. Newegg has some that I have been watching. Any tips for a first timer not to screw up lol!

Again...you have been wonderful =]
Tammy
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August 12, 2012 4:00:12 AM

I built my computer for the first time too and it was easy. Maybe because I researched a lot about computers the few months before building. It should be easy to build a computer.
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August 12, 2012 4:11:37 AM

Thats what I have been doing for the last few months too. Watching videos, looking at other builds...it really has been fun to me. Also it is so different from what I do everday at work that I don't get tired of researching computers.

Well...again I can not thank you enough. I'll let you know what the pc tech says about the rebooting after I talk to him on monday. Hubby asked if we wanted to go to the pc store and see if it was sitting there or if the guy took it home to play with it over the weekend! He is so bad lol...I told him NO I dont want to even think about that =]
He's such a goof to tease me like that!!!

Have a great night,
Tammy
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August 12, 2012 4:13:47 AM

I reply on every major computer forums. :p 
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August 12, 2012 5:16:18 AM

Ohh..what are you favorite ones?
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August 12, 2012 5:23:06 AM

Tom's Hardware, overclock.net, anandtech.com.
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August 12, 2012 5:24:24 AM

And hardforum.
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