I've enjoyed good success posting here in the past and I've received good advice on new builds. My previous build earlier this year turned out great, so I am hoping to repeat that success with a planned new build for my wife this month. She mainly plays online games (no high-def stuff), plus she surfs, listens to music, and watches movies. No super-heavy computing requirements.
1. Is the TX650M 650W PS sufficient to power this rig?
2. Any potential issues with mixing the two SSDs from Samsung and OCZ? I would choose both from Samsung, but I'm trying to keep the price down.
3. I have never bought an HIS video card, but it seems to have good feedback (at least on NewEgg). I need for the card to have an HDMI out, which it does. Any negative thoughts on the card? Can you recommend a better card for a similar price? I prefer PCI express 3.
4. Any other thoughts or advice on the components and compatibility?
Thanks kindly! I'm looking forward to another good build following a few potential tweaks. :-)
With respect, build does have a slight feeling of split personality. Partly high quality, high performance, aimed at high-end semi-professional standard perhaps video-editing, and partly a budget gamer. Whilst this may need some "tweaking" to suit your wife's exact requirements, I would have thought it better balanced, towards stated needs, whilst still being of very high quality. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Thanks very much, Malbluff. I had such good success with my last built, that I largely tried to replicate it for my wife's build. The only real exception was I had a high-end video card in mine (EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Superclocked) and 2 Vertex 4 SSDs. I need all of that for my business, she doesn't.
I took much of you advice, but stuck with the original video card I selected for her. Can you recommend another video card option that is lower priced than the one you originally recommended; the GTX 620? Also, I'm sticking with the Antec Solo II. I love those cases and I'm afraid to try anything else! Super quiet! :-) I'm also sticking with the Corsair TX650M PS, because I've read that it is super quite as well. The one that I wanted from Antec has apparently been discontinued.
Thanks again, Malbluff. Please comment on another video card option if you have time, as well as any other thoughts. Thanks!
The particular HIS card you've selected is their low-end one. As satisfied as I have been with their "better" models (e.g. with the IceQ coolers), I've read many negative reviews of their budget offerings, including fan noise, fan failures, coil whine, and cheap plastic.
I have a XFX "DD" version of the HD7770, and though it wasn't the cheapest one, it is solid, sturdy (the shroud is aluminum), and quiet. I can play GW2 on it with many settings on "high". If the online games your wife plays are Facebook, Yahoo, or other "social" games (not 3D games), then you'd find a HD7750 sufficient. I've got the single-slot XFX version of that too, and it is another quiet card.
Either of these cards, along with the rest of your rig, would easily run on the Seasonic G-360, an 80+ Gold PSU. I've bought two of them, and they are inaudible when on.
Edit: Another way to save some money is to get a non-"K" CPU like the i5-3330 or i5-3470. You also would not need the aftermarket cooler. The Intel stock cooler is not good for overclocking, but is in Frostytech's top-5 list for being quiet.
Why are you building a gaming box minus the GPU? That makes absolutely no sense. You don't need more than i3 3220/3225 matched to an H77 board (H77M-D3H for example), an SSD, and 8GB of 1600MHz CAS 9 RAM. Your wife will never use the Z77 features or the CPU. An i3 is more than sufficient.
Problem I had with the original build is that it was so "high-end" is terms of CPU, mobo, and storage, and so low-end, in terms of GPU, it is difficult to know where to stike a "happy balance". Judging from the cost of OP original proposal, and subsequent comments, I would have thought the best "mix" would either be i5-3470, or i5-3570K (if OC req'd, if my wife was anything to go by, that might depend on what I had, in my PC), and a mid-range GPU, somewhere between HD7850 and GTX660Ti. That sort of combination would give higher performance, in OP's stated needs, and considerably cheaper, than his original proposal. If budget allows, as it presumably does, I fail to see the sense of using a weak GPU. If stuggling with budget, MIGHT be more reasonable.
For the stated uses, I see no benefit to a strong gaming card; even the HD7750 may be overkill, although it allows options, like playing more games if the wife becomes interested, or offering compute capability if some other program she gets might use it.
While it is true that an i5 is also likely to be overkill, here the benefits (years of good performance) outweigh the costs (my own wife HATES reconfiguring a PC, so it's not something I care to inflict on her for a long long time). If your wife ever gets into content creation, not just consumption, the stronger CPU will let her jump right in and not miss a beat (my own wife has a YouTube channel, sogua2000, with lots of crafting videos she has made, plus links to many others). For my own [non-gamer] wife, I used an i5-3470 and a HD6570. I may not EVER have to rebuild it, so she will be happy.
If your wife has saved content that she would not want to lose, you might do as I did and use a two-drive RAID1 for her data.
Just a quick follow-up on the new build shown below...
I finished the build last week. It was a virtually flawless build with two minor exceptions that were corrected.
1. The keyboard arrived with four non-functioning keys. Amazon.com quickly dispatched a new one and paid for the return shipping. They even sent UPS to pick the bad one up at my house. I was disappointed that I received a bad keyboard, but I was pleased with the expedient solution.
2. The ASUS motherboard only comes with 2 sata cables. That's the standard amount for the board, so none were missing. I had to drive to radio shack and buy another sata cable. That was my fault for not closely looking at the quantity of cables included, but my last few builds came with plenty of sata cables, so I was surprised that the board only came with 2. Anyway, it was a minor issue that was resolved.
Beyond those two very minor annoyances, the build went very smoothly and my wife is very pleased with her new computer. It's a super quiet system. :-)
Thanks again for the good advice from everyone who posted comments and suggestions.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
Case: Antec SOLO II ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply Optical Drive:Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard
Other: TrueQuiet 120 (QTY 2)