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February 16, 2013 11:14:26 PM

Im new to buying components separately and building. Can someone tell me if the following components will work well together and make for a good home computer?

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
I also already have a 1tb external drive (WD) a dvd/bluray drive.

Just home computing, casual gaming, watching movies

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February 16, 2013 11:18:46 PM

You don't need 700W for just the parts you listed, a 350W-400W psu is more than enough, if you have a gfx card, then you might bump the psu for a 500-600W.
Get the i5-3570k, it has the intel hd 4000 graphics(i'm guessing that you'll run in integrated graphics) and if you want to overclock, this is the cpu to get.
I rather get the asrock z77 extreme 4, overall, it's a better motherboard.
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February 16, 2013 11:20:26 PM

If you want to do any gaming your going to need a GPU other than intel integrated graphics,GPU cheap yet good: Nvidia GT 640 2GB or Readeon HD 7770
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February 16, 2013 11:22:09 PM

forgot that part...gfx card with dual vgi and hdmi output
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February 16, 2013 11:24:18 PM

more specific...Dual Monitor Nvidia Gforce 8600 Gt Graphics card
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February 16, 2013 11:25:43 PM

Hello tmohney1221,
First of all, the Z77 chipset motherboard will serve your LGA 1155 socket, i5 3570 CPU very well. So that is compatible.
8GB of RAM is a good amount for any sort of computing, whether it be gaming or just home office. Also it is Corsair Vengance RAM, so you are guaranteed quality.
An SSD is always a good option to have and the fact that it is 120GB is all the better. I would recommend putting you Operating System on this and use your HDD for larger files like games and movies. Yet again Kingston is a good brand (I have their RAM, excellent)
A 2TB hard drive will be more than enough for 'casual gaming' and movies. Seagate is a leading HD brand aswell.
You have a very powerful PSU from a good brand, OCZ,however it is a little overkill (too much for what you need) for your setup. It won't do any damage and there will be plenty of room for upgrades, but I'd maybe switch down to 600W and save some money for other parts. Which brings me onto my next point.
Are you getting a Graphics card? I would strongly reccomend that you do. Even for causal gaming the HD 2500 in your i5 CPU won't survive today high end games. I'd just get a cheaper on, like a HD 7770.

So yeah, apart from the slightly over powerful PSU and the lack of a Graphics card, it all looks very 'appropriate' to me :) 

Regards,
Dan.

*Sorry I was a little late here and have repeated things because I didn't see the other replies when typing this...
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February 16, 2013 11:30:18 PM

tmohney1221 said:
more specific...Dual Monitor Nvidia Gforce 8600 Gt Graphics card



You might just get the i5-3570k, the intel hd 4000 should be as good as a 8600 gt with lower power consumption, most boards also supports dual monitors.
And get a quality psu within 400-450W.
For casual gaming, it might do, depends on the games, if not, you might want a better card like the 7770 or 650 ti.
Change the motherboard for the asrock z77, if you don't plan to overclock, get the i5-3350p or i5-3470 and the asrock z75 motherboard or any other h77 motherboard.
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February 16, 2013 11:35:17 PM

would you guys still swap the motherboards if the 8gb of ram i was talking about come free with the Biostar board...that stick of ram is $50
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February 17, 2013 12:12:31 AM

how does the asus p8z77-v lk compare to the asrock z77 extreme4?
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February 17, 2013 12:17:33 AM

It's also a good motherboard, the asrock has more two sata III ports, better onboard audio and more power phases.
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February 17, 2013 12:27:22 AM

do you think i could get away with dropping the 2tb internal hdd and using the 120 gb ssd and a 250gb seagate 7200 internal and the 1tb external drive?

i was thinking i could move the os from the interanl 250 seagate where it currently is to the 120 ssd and use the other two drives for storage?

trying to cut some cost out of this to upgrade to the asrocks and the 3570k and possibly a graphics card
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February 17, 2013 12:33:13 AM

Just get the asus LK with the free ram and you'll probably won't need to sacrifice anything.
It's a good motherboard, you'll probably won't need the features of the asrock.
But if you have already an external hdd and other hdd, you'll probably won't need the 2TB hdd, just get 1TB or 500GB, if you don't need much space.
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February 17, 2013 1:03:33 AM

best value graphics card for movies and light gaming with games like sniper elite?
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February 17, 2013 1:05:09 AM

7770 or 650 ti.
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February 17, 2013 7:12:46 PM

i appreciate all the help as I am new to this and trying to learn as I go. how about this...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

this will cost me about $630...does this seem about right?

I also have the following components from the last build that i bought and am upgrading...

windows 7 ultimate
office 2007
2 19" widescreen westinghouse monitors
250 gb seagate barracuda 7200 hd
mad dog dvd burner
liteon blu-ray burner
wireless keyboard and mouse

it also had a Dual Monitor Nvidia Gforce 8600GT but i am hearing here that the new processor has just as good onboard graphics as this card will produce?

so do the purchased components seem like a good deal?
will the 600w psu be enough for the setup?
will the onboard graphics be good enough for internet and netflix/hulu streaming?

again thanks for your help. i was disappointed with the last build i purchased and now that i am replacing it I want to do it myself and do it right.
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February 17, 2013 7:17:33 PM

Yes, it will do for the thing you said, and 600W is plenty, even for a mid card, the psu has 46A on the +12v rail, it's enough for any single card(single gpu).
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February 17, 2013 8:14:21 PM

does this gpu add anything to the system?

ZOTAC ZT-60201-10L GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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February 17, 2013 8:18:00 PM

Depends on the games you're playing, but that card isn't a good value card, i rather get a 7750 if you're planning to do some casual gaming.
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February 17, 2013 8:27:37 PM

what do i look for to distinguish between these cards? which features are most important with gpus?

ASUS Radeon HD 7750 HD7750-1GD5-V2 Video Card
ASUS Radeon HD 7750 HD7750-T-1GD5 Video Card
ASUS Radeon HD 7750 HD7750-DCSL-1GD5 Video Card
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