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January 12, 2013 10:34:42 PM

Here's what I've come up with for a new build - fairly new to desktop building and I'd like to make sure the build looks all right before I drop the money on it. Was hoping to spend $750-$900.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: next couple days

Budget Range: (e.g.: 750-900) After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: autocad, surfing the internet, gaming, streaming movies/tv)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Entirely new build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: Central Iowa

Parts Preferences: Asus mobo, Intel CPU, G.SKILL RAM, WD/Seagate HDD

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: None

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I don't have a desktop, and I want one!



Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro...

Motherboard: ASUS P8B75-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

GPU: GTX 560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s (Two of these, mirrored)
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 13, 2013 9:22:18 AM

nonono
Overclocking: No - so why you choose 3570k, get 3470 instead. But if you're doing serious cad work, maybe consider i7-3770, as it will bring you more performance for work tasks.
SLI or Crossfire: No - then get another PSU. Get a quality PSU from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone. ~ 550w. At least 80+ bronze quality.
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January 13, 2013 2:59:47 PM

you could use the CUDA cores found on the 660 to help acclerate work

the xfx version of the s12ii is cheaper by 20 bucks. but honestly id just leave it at 550w to be safe for future upgrades to the video card
January 13, 2013 3:07:14 PM

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2
2x8GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz C10 1.5v
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
MSI Twin Frozr II HD 7850 2GB
2 x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W
Coolermaster HAF 912

Total is just under $900 on Newegg, should give better performance in virtually every aspect for what I imagine to be about the same price.
January 13, 2013 5:05:07 PM

Thanks for the input! I do really like the build that jmsellars1 put together.

CPU: I thought about the i7-3770, but it's a little out of my price range for this build. I had actually picked out the Xeon E3-1230 V2 when I started the build, but I've never bought a Xeon and I know a few people online said to be wary when buying it, as I needed to make sure I had an appropriate chipset. Is there anything else I need to consider when buying a server-class CPU?

MOBO: Obviously if I get the Xeon, I'll want to reconsider my motherboard. The ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP seems like a decent choice for me - any arguments otherwise?

GPU: I was still leaning towards the GTX 560 for the price ($148 after shipping). Unless you guys REALLY think that'd be an issue, I'd like to stick with the 560.

I figured I'd stick with the same 2 HDD's, same RAM, I'll probably bump the PSU down to a decent 550W.
January 13, 2013 5:21:46 PM

asrock is fine
January 13, 2013 5:51:12 PM

packerfan3611 said:
Thanks for the input! I do really like the build that jmsellars1 put together.

CPU: I thought about the i7-3770, but it's a little out of my price range for this build. I had actually picked out the Xeon E3-1230 V2 when I started the build, but I've never bought a Xeon and I know a few people online said to be wary when buying it, as I needed to make sure I had an appropriate chipset. Is there anything else I need to consider when buying a server-class CPU?

MOBO: Obviously if I get the Xeon, I'll want to reconsider my motherboard. The ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP seems like a decent choice for me - any arguments otherwise?

GPU: I was still leaning towards the GTX 560 for the price ($148 after shipping). Unless you guys REALLY think that'd be an issue, I'd like to stick with the 560.

I figured I'd stick with the same 2 HDD's, same RAM, I'll probably bump the PSU down to a decent 550W.


server class CPUs are the same but they are much more stable in terms of that you can run these for 24/7 @ 100% load for a month with no errors or issues

just stick with the one i recommended. slightly cheaper

id get the 660. i really dont see the point of getting last gen stuff unless its really really cheap

change the ram to what i suggested. its cheaper
February 15, 2013 3:09:47 AM

jmsellars1 said:
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2
2x8GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz C10 1.5v
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
MSI Twin Frozr II HD 7850 2GB
2 x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W
Coolermaster HAF 912

Total is just under $900 on Newegg, should give better performance in virtually every aspect for what I imagine to be about the same price.


jmsmellars1, I am also looking to build a computer and this is what I found when I searched for what I think I needed.

My research came up with this total all in all, what do you think, will that be able to power thru autocad alarmingly quickly? Any help is much appreciated!
I am planning on working from home half days while watching my newborn and then going in to work for the second half of the day to bypass daycare expenses for the first 2-3 years as well as when we move to Wisconsin possibly in 2-3 years, so I need a machine that will last and allow me to work remotely. I pretty much used your specs and added some other stuff, will this all work together, I have never built a computer but am pretty good at figuring anything out when I apply myself.

Newegg

$240 - Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2
$80 - Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
$60 - Computer Case: Coolermaster HAF 912
2x$45 = $90 - Memorey (RAM): 2x8GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz C10 1.5v
$210 - Video Card: MSI Twin Frozr II HD 7850 2GB
2X80 = $160 - Hard Drive: 2 x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
$56 - Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W

Total = $896

70$ - Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

56$ - PCI WiFi card: D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2.0 32-bit PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2

?$ - SD Card: Uploading Photos..

40$ - WebCam: Logitech C310 USB 2.0 HD WebCam

$340 - Monitor: HP 2711x Black 27" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 D 3,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

Total = $1402, Pry $1500-1600 after taxes...

Sincerely, Josh
February 15, 2013 10:20:58 AM

Yeah man that should be fine, seems like you have the budget for a SSD though. I'd maybe swap a HDD for a SSD. Also if you think CUDA might be useful, maybe swap for a GTX 660.
February 15, 2013 6:19:25 PM

Do you have an SSD in mind? I just talked to my IT guy at work and he liked your build, he just said get a SSD as well for my C drive and use the other hard drives for Storage, I will probably jump up to the GTX 660 like you said. It is gonna be a beast of a computer for $1700 give or take, thanks for all your help!
February 16, 2013 11:59:06 AM

120GB is usually enough for most people's OS and programs. Crucial M4, Samsung 830 or 840 Pro, Intel 330/520 are all good. Basically ignore the speeds, just go for something reliable.
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