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December 30, 2012 6:59:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: January 2013
Budget Range: $700 - $800 including shipping, but excluding rebates (which aren't shown in this list).
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, movies, light gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and NCIX. Amazon's no good due to 8% sales tax.
Location: Yakima, WA
Parts Preferences: ASUS / Gigabyte motherboards, only highly-reliable brands/models for other components
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Not in the foreseeable future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional comments: I'm planning on keeping this build for several years, so reliability is of paramount importance. This will be only my second-ever build (my Athlon 64 3700+ rig from 2006 finally bit the dust), so ease of installation is a factor. Also, I'm hoping to put enough performance into it so that I won't be pulling my hair out down the road in 2015...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.49 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)

Total: $774.40 (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 03:40 EST-0500)

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December 30, 2012 7:20:34 AM

Let me one up you;

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

-Z77 is absolutely pointless when not OCing, just go H77
-Radeon 7850 2GB 256 Bit > GTX 650ti 1GB 128 Bit
-Xeon E-3 1230v2 > i5-3470

I just feel you'd be better off with what I suggested.

EDIT:
Add an SSD A.S.A.P.

EDIT #2:
ASRock Motherboards are worth a shot and Thermaltake makes some sweet stuff too.
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December 30, 2012 9:34:26 AM

Nice idea with the Xeon, I would never have thought of that. I'll certainly take that into consideration. However, I don't really like the motherboard due to the manufacturer in question (ASRock). They're OK, but not quite the top-tier manufacturer I was looking for.

You're right on my not necessarily needing a Z77 board, though. Since I'm never going to use any kind of RAID setup nor a dual-GPU setup, I was actually thinking of going "down" to a B75, namely the ASUS P8B75-V ($95 @ Newegg) or perhaps the MSI B75A-G43 ($90 @ Newegg)...
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December 30, 2012 5:09:57 PM

svengeguttensen said:
Nice idea with the Xeon, I would never have thought of that. I'll certainly take that into consideration. However, I don't really like the motherboard due to the manufacturer in question (ASRock). They're OK, but not quite the top-tier manufacturer I was looking for.

You're right on my not necessarily needing a Z77 board, though. Since I'm never going to use any kind of RAID setup nor a dual-GPU setup, I was actually thinking of going "down" to a B75, namely the ASUS P8B75-V ($95 @ Newegg) or perhaps the MSI B75A-G43 ($90 @ Newegg)...


Perfectly fine with the B75's.
Just be sure to check the websites to see that they support the Xeon if you go with it, I know for fact that the ASRock board does.
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January 13, 2013 7:20:16 AM

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