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October 26, 2012 6:34:47 PM

First PC Build from scratch.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today (or this weekend)

Budget Range: ~ $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (need to play BF3 multilayer better for sure), Photo editing and movie making, Software Engineering, Home Office, Internet.

Parts Not Required:

1) Keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers
2) GPU (3 year old HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 512MB)
3) PSU (3 year old Corsair VX550W - 550 watts 41A 12v rail)
4) DVD RW Drive from my old Dell 530

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site, live near Micro Center.

Country: USA

Overclocking: No now, maybe down the road. Planning on stock build.

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, maybe down the road.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (main), 1920x1080 (occasionally use on TV)

This is what I've picked so far (please advise if these are no good, from Microcenter):

  • Core i5 3570K $169.99
  • ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Z77 ATX $54.99 (After rebate, 74.99 before) - This is not the LX version.
  • Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower $64.99
  • QVS computer Anti-Static Wript Strap $5.99
  • Microsoft 64-bit 8 Pro OEM $109.99
  • Toshiba 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0 DT01ACA100 $64.99.

    Total $470.94 after rebate. This leaves money for Ram. What type of ram should I get if I do decide to overclock later? Also any alternatives to consider to the above equipment?
    October 26, 2012 6:39:24 PM

    If you are going to overclock, be sure to get a CPU cooler for your CPU.
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    October 26, 2012 6:48:33 PM

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    Just get 8 gigs (2x4) of 1600 mhz low cas latency ram. Should cost 35-40.

    Gskill Ares
    Crucial ballistix sport
    Corsair vengeance low profile

    All money, overclocking ram doesnt offer any performance benefits to IB.

    Also youve got some weird choices on the hardware... your going to want a nicer board an a cpu cooler if your going to overclock, else just get the cheaper 3450.


    The 3450 is 139.99, the 3570K is 169.99, but at microcenter, I can get $50 off pretty much any board by going with the 3570K. So it actually cheaper for me to get the better CPU. I don't plan on overclocking right now, but would like the ability later (which I know means getting a better cooler).

    As regards boards I thought the ASUS was decenter offers PCI 3.0 (1/16x or 2/8x). This seems comprabale to the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (which would cost me 84.99 instead of 54.99 for the ASUS (after rebate, 74.99, before).

    To me it's between these two boards, I thought the ASUS might be comparable. In what ways is it not?

    ASUS P8Z77-V LK manufacturer spec page
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    October 26, 2012 7:45:01 PM

    jackspeed said:
    Looks good but in the future you may need a new gpu. The 4870 is fine but it may need an upgrade eventually. Do you have a hard drive from your dell? If so you could spend the 70 and get a boot drive like
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    Yes I do plan to upgrade the GPU in time, maybe in a year or so.

    I planning on using the DELL to record HDTV, that way I don't have to worry about gaming while TV is recording (which may not be an issue anymore with the upgrade in horsepower, but on my old machine my game and recording performance would drop if I do both at the same time). The original drive in the DELL died and I replaced it with a 1TB 7200RPM.
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