Help asked with CPU/Mb/RAM/CSS upgrade +/- 800 euro

Hello guys and girls at Tom's Hardware,

Am looking to build a new PC, re-using some old parts from my previous PC. I have made a list of my idea for parts but as I am not in the computer business anymore I, am very curious what you think and appreciate feedback.
I am especially interested to have a new computer that can be used for at least 5 years and would like to know whether i am wasting money on some parts which could be beter used on others.

Thanks for the help!

Approximate Purchase Date: the next week

Budget Range: 600 - 1000 euro

System Usage from Most to Least Important: running programs (matlab, R, e.g.), photo editing, internet, word, video editing.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power Supply Make (hoping to re use noisetaker Enermax 420 W), DVD RW, SATA HD (+/- 300 Gb), Coolermaster Stacker case

So i think i need parts: motherboard, cpu, RAM memory, and one of those new SSD disks.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference if they ship to the Netherlands.

Country: the Netherlands

Parts Preferences: Asus for motherboard for the rest no preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like a PC that i can still use in 5 years time, have the possibility for RAID, WLAN, Gbit LAN. Have no need for high end sound and video and plan to use the onboard possibilities. Would be interested to be able to use 2 or more monitors (when adding additional videocards) or connect my television


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

CPU: Intel core i7 3770 (euro: 272) [...] re-i7-3770

Motherboard: Asus p8z77-v pro (euro: 180) [...] 8z77-v-pro

SSD: Corsair Force GS 180 Gb (euro: 155) [...] drive.html

RAM: am in doubt here

OPTION 1: 2 x 8 Gb DDR3 PC19200 (euro: +/-250) [...] 0-cl10-kit

OPTION 2: 4 x 8 Gb DDR3 PC17000 (euro: +/-300) [...] 0-quad-kit

OPTION 3: 4 x 8 Gb DDR3 PC15000 (euro: +/- 200) [...] 0-quad-kit

Video card (optional): no idea
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  1. You should get a GPU for video editing...
    If you intend to OC then, you should go for i7 3770k with the K as this means it's overclockable...
    As for the RAM, i couldn't find those you had in mind but from that site I could recommend you these:

    1st option (if you have this amount of money):

    2nd option (this is a 16GB kit so you'll need to get x2 to get 32gb)

    3rd option (this one has the lowest voltages but it's at 1866MHz )

    Now, I am not an expert for this but, I think it's good to get the 3rd option because it has 1.5volts.
    Also if you are planning on using the onboard GPU (HD4000), you will benefit from extra MHz on RAM, so you should get the 1st or 2nd option.

    If you somehow decide to get a GPU, than I'd say, go with 3rd option RAM.
  2. Hi Kajcha,

    Thanks for the information! and appologies for the non working links (i have added them below).

    I will probably very seldomly do video editing hence i was not directly considering a GPU (i have an old one lying around which i could plug in).
    More interested I would be in a GPU which allows me to connect my TV and maybe 2 monitors and that can grab TV/DVD/video signal in good quality. Or should any GPU with enough connectors do this well nowadays?

    Regarding the memory, thanks for the tips. I was wondering (as i am a bit of a newbie on this), why is 1.5 volts (i.e. lower voltage) better than higher?

    If i gather correctly from your answer, high MHz RAM is not so important if using GPU? Correct?


    PS: here the working links

    CPU: Intel core i7 3770 (euro: 272)

    Motherboard: Asus p8z77-v pro (euro: 180)

    SSD: Corsair Force GS 180 Gb

    RAM: am in doubt here

    OPTION 1: 2 x 8 Gb DDR3 PC19200

    OPTION 2: 4 x 8 Gb DDR3 PC17000

    OPTION 3: 4 x 8 Gb DDR3 PC15000
  3. Well even for video editing, you don't actually need more than 16gb, unless you're going to run a lot of programs in the background.
    Although I am not an expert for this, from what I understand is that the more RAM you have and the higher it's frequency is, it's better for the integrated GPU, and AMD's llano series can benefit from the higher frequency also...
    I'd get a K processor for OC, so should you, as you said you are maybe going to OC...
    As for the RAM, I already recommended you 3 types, but from what you want, I'd probably go with Option 1, and you can upgrade later.
    If you are going to get a GPU, then, there is no point in getting RAM higher than 1600MHz...
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