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November 8, 2012 7:55:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: By Mid December 2012

Budget Range: $800-$1200 after rebates

System Usage: Photoshop, watching movies, surfing internet, multitasking, dual monitors, not for gaming, possibly video editing down the road

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, have 1 of 2 monitors

Preferred Website: Newegg.com but flexible

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU with 22+" LCD and full tower

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like the PC to be quite. Would be fine with integrated graphics if they are good enough for HD videos, Photoshop, and 2 monitors.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP ($94.99 - $79.99 w/ rebate)
WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s ($109.99)
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III ($89.99)
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($219.99)
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($149.99 - $134.99 w/ rebate)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL ($69.99)
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($144.99 - $134.99 w/ rebate)
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM ($19.99)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($16.99)
nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port ($14.99)
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers ($179.99 - $169.99 w/rebate

Total = $1062

Any advice about this build would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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November 8, 2012 9:25:52 PM

A few minor observations.
CPU and motherboard are intended for overclocking. Do you require that? If you do, you will need an aftermarket cooler, like Coolermaster Hyper 212Evo. If not, using a locked i5, like i5-3470 and a H77 mobo, would be cheaper, with minimal loss of performance. If you have a local Microcentre, they currently have up to $50 off i5's.
Whilst probably not essential, a modest GPU, will give better performance with photo/video work. An nVidia one will give 2 DVI ports, which may be useful, with multiple monitors.
If the monitor, you are buying, is to be your primary, an IPS panel would be better for photo/video work.
You don't need anything like 750w power supply. Without a GPU, 400w would be more than enough. If you want scope to add GPU, assuming that's not going to be super-powerful, something like PC Power&Cooling Silencer Mklll 500w would be plenty, if you want modular. Unfortunately Newegg don't have a very good PSU selection.
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November 8, 2012 9:54:21 PM

malbluff said:
A few minor observations.
CPU and motherboard are intended for overclocking. Do you require that? If you do, you will need an aftermarket cooler, like Coolermaster Hyper 212Evo. If not, using a locked i5, like i5-3470 and a H77 mobo, would be cheaper, with minimal loss of performance. If you have a local Microcentre, they currently have up to $50 off i5's.
Whilst probably not essential, a modest GPU, will give better performance with photo/video work. An nVidia one will give 2 DVI ports, which may be useful, with multiple monitors.
If the monitor, you are buying, is to be your primary, an IPS panel would be better for photo/video work.
You don't need anything like 750w power supply. Without a GPU, 400w would be more than enough. If you want scope to add GPU, assuming that's not going to be super-powerful, something like PC Power&Cooling Silencer Mklll 500w would be plenty, if you want modular. Unfortunately Newegg don't have a very good PSU selection.


Thank you very much for your advice. I am not planning on overclocking and I just happen to be traveling tomorrow to an area that has a Microcenter, so I will defiantly pick up my processor there. Is Microcenter a good place to get the rest of my build?

Thanks again
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November 8, 2012 10:17:01 PM

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CPU and motherboard are intended for overclocking. Do you require that? If you do, you will need an aftermarket cooler, like Coolermaster Hyper 212Evo. If not, using a locked i5, like i5-3470 and a H77 mobo, would be cheaper, with minimal loss of performance. If you have a local Microcentre, they currently have up to $50 off i5's.


I definitely agree with this. I'd drop the card reader - it's junk and there's better ones you can get. Otherwise the original build looks good but I'd get a GPU - even a low cost one like the Radeon 7750 will be a huge improvement over onboard video.
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November 8, 2012 10:19:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
This is a good CPU with very little overclocking capability.
CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z90-CP 62.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.00 @ Newegg)
You can decide not to purchase this if you want, I just put this in here for $9.00 it beats the stock cooler that the i5-3470 comes with.
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
It has little overclocking capability but a fine motherboard.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Corsair quality
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
SSD for OS and other programs you use a lot.
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Mass Storage
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($90.75 @ NCIX US)
Decided to throw in a discrete video card, you can decide not to buy it and opt for a cheaper video card.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Full tower case, and stylish, good air flow
Power Supply:
Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
($89.99 @ NCIX US) Corsair quality and a lot of head room, completely modular. If you don't care for modular then I suggest going with a cheaper power supply.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
I didn't know if you wanted a Blue-Ray drive, if you want one you can throw one in instead of this.
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
It's 23" 1920x1080, and has a 2ms response time.
Total: $966.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 8, 2012 10:28:12 PM

Thomas Creel said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
This is a good CPU with very little overclocking capability.
CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z90-CP 62.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.00 @ Newegg)
You can decide not to purchase this if you want, I just put this in here for $9.00 it beats the stock cooler that the i5-3470 comes with.
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
It has little overclocking capability but a fine motherboard.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Corsair quality
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
SSD for OS and other programs you use a lot.
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Mass Storage
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($90.75 @ NCIX US)
Decided to throw in a discrete video card, you can decide not to buy it and opt for a cheaper video card.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Full tower case, and stylish, good air flow
Power Supply:
Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
($89.99 @ NCIX US) Corsair quality and a lot of head room, completely modular. If you don't care for modular then I suggest going with a cheaper power supply.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
I didn't know if you wanted a Blue-Ray drive, if you want one you can throw one in instead of this.
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
It's 23" 1920x1080, and has a 2ms response time.
Total: $966.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


That's not a bad build - way too much money spent on the case for a $1K build and the 550TI is a terrible GPU - you're better off getting a Radeon 7750 or even 7850 for that price.
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November 8, 2012 10:42:57 PM

Handzelo said:
Thank you very much for your advice. I am not planning on overclocking and I just happen to be traveling tomorrow to an area that has a Microcenter, so I will defiantly pick up my processor there. Is Microcenter a good place to get the rest of my build?

Thanks again

If you are happy to not overclock CPU, then get i5-3470. For motherboard an ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP would be a decent choice. Microcentre is definitely cheapest for CPU. Don't know their best deal on H77. You don't really need aftermarket cooler with that CPU, for cooling. It may be slightly qieter, but whether that's worth paying $25+ for ...?
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November 8, 2012 10:43:02 PM

Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($96.83 @ NCIX US)
This is an alternative case if you want to save some money.

XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Is also an alternate video card.

@malbluff: The one I suggested is $9.00 and will keep cooler temps and quieter CPU than stock.
@g-unit1111: I disagree on the 550 Ti being a terrible GPU, for a long time it was my favorite video card.
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November 8, 2012 10:54:04 PM

I honestly don't see a lot of point spending a lot on a case, if you're not putting anything particularly powerful in it, to cause a lot of heat.
Something like this would be reasonable. An SSD is nice, makes everything feel snappy, but can be just dropped, if not wanted. If you don't have SSD, suggest faster WD Caviar Black, or Seagate Barracuda, for HDD, rather than WD Caviar Blue.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $664.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 19:49 EST-0500)
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November 8, 2012 11:00:23 PM

malbluff said:
I honestly don't see a lot of point spending a lot on a case, if you're not putting anything particularly powerful in it, to cause a lot of heat.
Something like this would be reasonable. An SSD is nice, makes everything feel snappy, but can be just dropped, if not wanted. If you don't have SSD, suggest faster WD Caviar Black, or Seagate Barracuda, for HDD, rather than WD Caviar Blue.


The thing is the OP requested a full tower, I agree that the Corsair 500R or even 300R would be fine for his needs, however it's the OP's money.
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November 8, 2012 11:13:04 PM

@malbluff: The one I suggested is $9.00 and will keep cooler temps and quieter CPU than stock.

Apologies, should have looked closer, didn't spot cooler at only $9. Assuming any good/reliable, does make more sense at that price.

If OP wants to get higher priced case, and wants quiet, I would say get something like Fractal Design Refine R4, that has got really good accoustics: at least there's some logic to spending extra, on that.
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November 8, 2012 11:17:36 PM

Thanks again for everyone's input. You guys are awesome. I am fine with a mid tower as long as it fits and keeps everything cool enough. I really like malbluff's last build. The two parts I am not certain on are the video card and powers supply. A lot of different video cards have been listed and I don't know enough to know which would be enough for my needs and not be overkill. Regarding the power supply I had read that it is better to spend a little more on a quality one. Is the XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified a good enough power supply or should I throw some extra cash for a better one? Thanks again.
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November 8, 2012 11:20:04 PM

Anything certified is a quality PSU.
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November 8, 2012 11:35:01 PM

Handzelo said:
Thanks again for everyone's input. You guys are awesome. I am fine with a mid tower as long as it fits and keeps everything cool enough. I really like malbluff's last build. The two parts I am not certain on are the video card and powers supply. A lot of different video cards have been listed and I don't know enough to know which would be enough for my needs and not be overkill. Regarding the power supply I had read that it is better to spend a little more on a quality one. Is the XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified a good enough power supply or should I throw some extra cash for a better one? Thanks again.

XFX are one of the best power supplies, and 450w is plenty, IF using HD7770. Obviously, if you decide to use different GPU, the rating of PSU, may need to be revised. Of the HD7770's, this is good value.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($112.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $112.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 20:35 EST-0500)
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November 8, 2012 11:59:07 PM

Awesome! I think I am going to got with malbluff's build, but spend the extra $60 bucks for the quieter case as well as the $9 on the cpu fan. Thanks again for everyone's help.
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