New Build Suggestions request


I am trying to put a parts list together for a new workstation. While this will not be a gaming rig, the parts I picked out are from Tom's System Builder Marathon articles. The goal of this machine is to house multiple VMs for various testing purposes. Essentially I am taking my work home with me, without work paying for it. Since work is not paying for it, my budget is ~ $1,000 That said, audio/video are not priorities. I wanted to load up on RAM, CPU, and solid MB. I do have a small list of parts but not sure if they are compatible or will get the most price/performance out of them.

ASRock X79 EXTREME4-M LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8Q-16GAB
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240 GB (Out of stock)
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Black Trim Computer Case (yes I still want to show the machine off)

Based on these parts, I want to make sure I am getting the most out of the CPU/RAM/MB combination and fully utilizing it. I also nearly killed one HDD and am not trying to make the same mistake with slowness issues there either.

Do not tell me I am a moron about my initial parts list. I already know I am which is why I am here. Just let me know if these go together or if you guys recommend other parts that may be a better fit and do not hit the $1,000 ceiling.

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  1. x79 doesnt work with a z77 chip

    something like this would be better
  2. Value case with USB III in front panel

    Xigmatek ASGARD PRO USB 3.0 CCC-AE37BS-U02 Black Steel + Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    80+ Bronze PSU

    XIGMATEK Tauro Series CPA-0500BDD-F51 500W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Be sure to get the non-K i7 3770 because it has more virtualization extensions, which you'll need. Also you can use the onboard graphics as long as you don't game ;)

    Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

    A full feature motherboard

    ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    16GB RAM will help. It's in dual channel so you can have room if you ever need more :p

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997069

    A SSD with lot of space will help

    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Plus a regular HDD for storage

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SUM 827$
  3. xigmatek cases are low quality.dont bother
  4. Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. I understand going with an Intel-based solution, but on the flip-side, are there any comparable AMD-based solutions would be equally effective? I appreciate the fact that the Intel chip has the newer mfg process resulting in lower power use, but the AMD chip seems to have more cache and a slightly increased frequency for $100 less than the Intel chip.

    AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

    Any thoughts about the comparisons?
  5. no. cache and frequency increases from fx chips still make it uncompetitive to intel. if a intel pentium g620 can match a fx chip in gaming, they arent good

    not to mention they suck a ton of power
  6. Yes I did notice that the Intel chips use nearly 50W less than the linked AMD chip. I could then save a bit on the PSU as a result. I just did not know if the AMD cache and frequencies for this specific AMD chip had enough increased benefits to balance the increased power usage compared to the Intel chip listed.

    Regarding the cases, I may stick with something that also has good cable management. I guess I don't want to see wires and guts of my systems all over the place anymore.
  7. Xigmatek cases are not bad at all, and they offer a great value. As for AMD, you can go with AMD FX 8120/50. There's not a huge difference when It comes to multithreaded programs, and if you want to stay in a budget I would consider it viable. The only problem for me is that are more power hungry than Ivy Bridge, and you also need to add a GPU to an AMD build because there are no onboard graphics.

    To summarize, If you have the money, go for the Intel build, otherwise AMD is a viable option.
  8. the problem is that fx sucks at every single threaded task or tasks that dont require more than 3-4 threads (gaming)
  9. TheBigTroll said:
    the problem is that fx sucks at every single threaded task or tasks that dont require more than 3-4 threads (gaming)

    It doesn't actually sucks at gaming but they don't offer the perfomance that Intel does. And jsgdmbnhl said he will not game at all
  10. Yes, this will not be a gaming machine at all. It will be a very solid work/school workstation. For gaming... well time to unpack my original NES :p
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