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January 21, 2013 2:46:50 PM

I plan on doing a major upgrade on my desktop. I use it mainly for my small business (generating word document, scanning and saving documents, email, web use, and running the accounting software). I occasionally play video games, mostly single person strategy type games, such as Civilization 5. The current system will play the games but is sluggish on high settings. It was built in 2006 as a gaming pc before I started the business. One of hard drives failed, prompting me to do the upgrade. Performance for the office works is ok, except when running multiple programs at once it can occasionally be sluggish.

I plan to reuse the case:
Case - Coolermaster CM Stacker 830
Power Supply - Coolermaster Real Power Pro 1000W
Video Card EVGA Nnvida GeForce 8800 GTX

New Components:

Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
CPU - Intel Core i5-3330 Ivy Bridge 3.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core
Memory - Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SSD - Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

I may add a conventional large capacity HDD perhaps a WD blue or red drive.

I am not really set on any of this and would welcome any suggestions to improve performance or lower price, as well as compatibility.

Also, to get a noticeable improvement in performance from the video card how much would I have to spend?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2013 5:42:54 PM

I am not too sure on your budget, but here goes. I was thinking a new psu/case as you dont want that old psu to fry your components and coolermaster are not know for their psu's... for the case, i went with the trust old haf 912, as you dont want an eyesore in your working area. It will also give your components better ventilation and prevent them from overheating.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1055.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 21, 2013 6:30:05 PM

i7 is an absolute overkill for office work and gaming. You mentioned the games get sluggish on high settings, I would suggest upgrading your video card. If you're not planning on overclocking your CPU, get a H77 chipset mobo instead of the Z77.

CPU: i5 3330 or 3470 (Slightly faster) ($189)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 ($70)
Memory: 32GB is again an overkill for office/ gaming use. Get 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz ram instead. ($73)
Graphics card: GTX 650 ti 2GB ($180)
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro 128GB (Faster/ more stable than Intel's controller) ($150)
PSU: Reusing an old power supply can be risky. Corsair TX 650w ($90)
Total: $752
January 21, 2013 8:45:02 PM

jokyteddy said:
i7 is an absolute overkill for office work and gaming. You mentioned the games get sluggish on high settings, I would suggest upgrading your video card. If you're not planning on overclocking your CPU, get a H77 chipset mobo instead of the Z77.

CPU: i5 3330 or 3470 (Slightly faster) ($189)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 ($70)
Memory: 32GB is again an overkill for office/ gaming use. Get 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz ram instead. ($73)
Graphics card: GTX 650 ti 2GB ($180)
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro 128GB (Faster/ more stable than Intel's controller) ($150)
PSU: Reusing an old power supply can be risky. Corsair TX 650w ($90)
Total: $752

When you say overkill, could you explain more please?

Also, my friend said don't get an ASRock and get a Asus instead.
January 22, 2013 12:34:43 PM

I don't have a specific budget, but I would like to spend as little as possible. The list of components, plus Windows 7, I cobbled together was about $850. If could stay at or below that it would be preferable, although not required.

I am currently using XP 32bit and would like to upgrade that.

What is the risk with an old power supply? Has the technology in power supplies changed much in the last 6 years or so?

My case is bulky, but I like it. The only draw back is the built in USB ports are 2.0.

Will the micro ATX motherboard fit work with my full sized case?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 5:41:18 PM

If you like you case, keep it. But i would upgrade your power supply. The older they are, the riskier and more unstable they become and it is worth forking out $50 to save more power and to protect your $800 of components.

I looked up your case and the cooler master website says that it does support micro atx motherboards.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $819.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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If you need to drop anything in the build, i suggest dropping the ssd to 64gb and using it as a cache.
January 22, 2013 6:03:45 PM

linkgx1 said:
When you say overkill, could you explain more please?

Also, my friend said don't get an ASRock and get a Asus instead.


Hi, an i7 is overkill because it is more than you will ever need for a gaming office rig. i7s are way powerful and good for 3d molding and CAD work. On the Asrock vs Asus. I think they are both good I have owned both currently I have an Asus board and love it.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 7:10:14 PM

There is nothing wrong with an asrock board. They usually come in cheaper anyway.
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