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September 3, 2012 7:14:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sep. 3 for some parts, Sep. 9 at Microcenter for others

Budget Range: 900-1100 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video streaming, surfing the internet, programming, networking, (maybe) gaming

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whatever is cheapest!

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: see below

Overclocking: Yes, eventually

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1050

Additional Comments:
Could use some help on choosing a case, or at least advice between the ones I've listed.
Also, would like confirmation that all these parts fit together (right connections on MB and all that) since this is my first build and I wanna make sure I don't get parts that I can't use.
Will I need to buy additional fans? I am confused on whether some cases include them or not, and I don't want to build it and lack a front and rear fan for air circulation.
Finally, I don't have a GPU listed because I don't plan on gaming for a while (if ever on this machine) and from what I've researched, I will be fine with the Integrated Graphics that come with the MB. Also, I could buy and easily install a GPU later on if I want. Confirmation/thoughts on these two things?


Motherboard: P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard (in-store pickup on Sep. 9) $159.99

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor (in-store pickup on Sep. 9) $189.99

SSD drive: Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (in-store pickup on Sep. 9) $94.99

regular HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive $103.01

RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $40.99

Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black) $21.95

CPU cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler $49.99

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $134.99 (after rebate)

Keyboard: Targus Slim Internet Media USB Keyboard $19.99

Mouse: Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 $36.83

Case: one thing I haven't decided on yet, I think I will look at some at Microcenter on Saturday when I go and decide there. I'm looking at:

NZXT Crafted Series Phantom 410 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - Red $92.94

Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Gaming Mid Tower $89.99

Antec Lanboy Air Blue ATX Modular Mid Tower Computer Case $114.99

Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 $90.00

Tax (from Microcenter): 33.91
Total (without case) : 886.63

In case anyone is interested, here is a PC Part Picker build link: My Build

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September 3, 2012 8:31:31 AM

You could save much more honestly, check out my $850 build here:
Completely drop the GPU (-$250)
Samsung 830 128GB (+$100):
Drop down the PSU (-$30)
EVGA Superclock (+$52):
Total: $726

Cheaper and just as good.
September 3, 2012 8:53:28 AM

I already have a 128 gb SSD that's 5 bucks cheaper listed... are you recommending Samsung over Crucial?

I would prefer to go with a 80 Plus Gold PSU. I had thought to go with a high end 650 W so it could potentially last through multiple future builds. You still recommend going down to 520 W?

I have a CPU cooler listed that is slightly cheaper, any reason the Superclock is better?

Thanks for the input!
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September 3, 2012 4:10:46 PM

Both are great, I'm just giving diversity into the build.

80+ Gold is about 2-5% different from 80+ Bronze (The 520 Neo Eco is based off the Seasonic M12II) So it's not worth the extra $80. Your PSU can be used in future builds but so can the 520w. The 650w is just not worth $135 when the Neo Eco saves you enough money to buy ANOTHER solid 650w. You're not using a GPU so there is not reason to need more than 500w. Even if you needed a GPU 520w is good enough without CF/SLI.

Superclock performs better. Just because a heatsink is cheaper, doesn't mean it is better in all cases.
September 4, 2012 6:50:57 AM

I'm telling you a 600w+ isn't needed. A 550w+ isn't either... The Neo Eco is good enough for your requirements...
September 14, 2012 4:48:09 AM

Best answer selected by lotr_freak.
September 14, 2012 5:17:25 AM

Good luck!
September 14, 2012 5:21:02 AM

Not even 520W is needed. An Antec EA380D is more than enough.
September 14, 2012 5:25:07 AM

^ Perhaps OP overclocks and gets a GPU though, It'd be smart just to have some headroom. The EA380D costs roughly the amount the Neo Eco did after discounts too, so :/ 

But true, the 380 would be more than enough.
September 14, 2012 5:26:45 AM

Good point. If it is the same price, or close to, the 520W Neo ECO, get it. Just a suggestion.