Case and Power Supply help for new PC build

Hi All,

So far these are the parts I have looked at newegg for a new PC:

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: May be in a month

Budget Range: Dont have a budget really but I dont want to spend more than $120 for a motherboard.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Store photos,Internet browsing, Playing Microsoft Flight Sim, May be use photoshop to do some photo editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:

Samsung DVD Burner - $18

Hard Drive: $110
Western digital 2TB

Kingston 8GB 240 Pin SDRAM DDR33 1333

MOBO: $134 ( - $15 rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: ($189)
Intel Core i5-3330 Ivy Bridge 3.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53330

Total Cost with extended warranty and shipping : $605.75

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: US,Florida

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Not really concerned about it

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know but what is the use of this?

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure but using my existing monitor

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just replacing an older PC and need to get a new one which is faster.

Now will a mid ATX case be good enough for this and how much power supply will be needed for this?

Now will a mid ATX case be good enough for this and how much power supply will be needed for this?

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  1. I guess you don't intend to overclock, so better get a h77 board or a b75, you would save money buy changing the board. with that you could upgrade that cpu to a 3470. yes, a mid atx case is good enough. And you'll need only low psu, if your not planning to ad a gfx card.. a corsair 430w will be more than enough.
  2. Thanks for your response. I wouldn't mind overclocking the CPU, but if you overclock I have read that it can heat up the CPU, so this means I need a better power-supply? I am not worried about SLI/Cross fire. Any thoughts on the board I have list now? Also is there a real difference between the i5 3330 (3 Ghz) and i5 - 3470 (3.2 Ghz)? The price difference is $10 , not a big deal but can you really tell the difference?
  3. Noob12 said:
    If you are not overclocking get intel xeeon 1230V2 and H61 or B-75 MoBo
    It is the intels best performing cpu / $
    price is same that 3570k and xeon is much faster.

    cheaper B-75 MoBo is
    You can leave the cooler out. If you do not mind noise that intel stock cooler makes.

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $381.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 14:37 EST-0500)

    For GPU id like to recommend Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better

    I'm still not understanding why people are constantly recommending Xeons left and right. For the OP's uses you will not get much out of it. And on top of that you don't need the cooler and B75 is not the chipset I would go with.

    I'd suggest this:

    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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.58 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $657.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 16:06 EST-0500)
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