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February 25, 2013 2:21:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: $1000 with everything including OS (See below for things I don't need however.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work (internet, video, massive Data files), Gaming

Parts Not Required: Things I have: keyboard, mouse, 3008wfp Dell 30" monitor, speakers, 4x 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666 DIMM - 810ms-810 (I just bought these hoping to speed up the system...but didn't work), Dell XPS Case (though not married to it), Dell Wireless antenna (though I'm assuming i would still need a card?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg would be fine.

Country: I live in the US

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, P67 chip?, Graphics: 7870 LE would be fine for my needs (or 7850 1GB?). SSD would be great for fast bootups. I need about 1TB HD (faster the better since I do a lot of Data transfers). Case...front USBs a must

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1600

Additional Comments: I would also need the OS somehow (windows 7 or 8) if I'm going to build this myself. I did find an old OEM XP lying around if that helps.

THANKS!
a c 92 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2013 5:58:36 PM

Dell cases most likely won't carry over to new builds. If you're rebuilding your system you will most likely need a new case. You can definitely use any drives you want. P67 is very outdated. You will want Z77. The Radeon 7870 XT is better than the standard version. That RAM probably won't carry over to the new system as the voltages won't match.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($144.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1063.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 15:08 EST-0500)
a b B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2013 6:08:05 PM

i5 3570k @ 220$
Hyper 212 EVO @ 30$
BioStar Tz77xe4 @ 140$
Your Ram @ free
Radeon 7870 @ 230$
Corsair 600w modular @ 70$
WD Caviar Black 1TB @ 80$
Samsung 850 120GB SSD @ 120$
A case @ about 60$

I'm at about 950$ and those prices are all off the top of my head, look them up on Newegg, I'm not going to hold your hand on the PC building process or youl end up with alot of parts you dont know what your doing with.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2013 6:14:37 PM

austing said:
i5 3570k @ 220$
Hyper 212 EVO @ 30$
BioStar Tz77xe4 @ 140$
Your Ram @ free
Radeon 7870 @ 230$
Corsair 600w modular @ 70$
WD Caviar Black 1TB @ 80$
Samsung 850 120GB SSD @ 120$
A case @ about 60$

I'm at about 950$ and those prices are all off the top of my head, look them up on Newegg, I'm not going to hold your hand on the PC building process or youl end up with alot of parts you dont know what your doing with.


Biostar is not a very highly rated motherboard manufacturer. Don't generalize on cases because there's a LOT of junk in the ~$60 range and a lot of extremely poor quality cases. Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, Fractal, Bitfenix, NZXT, Azza, and Rosewill are the best case manufacturers. Brands to avoid are Raidmax, Diablotek, Xion, Xclio, Sentey, Topower, and Logisys are generally regarded as the worst.
February 25, 2013 6:57:38 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Dell cases most likely won't carry over to new builds. If you're rebuilding your system you will most likely need a new case. You can definitely use any drives you want. P67 is very outdated. You will want Z77. The Radeon 7870 XT is better than the standard version. That RAM probably won't carry over to the new system as the voltages won't match.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($144.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1063.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 15:08 EST-0500)



Cool. Thanks. Actually a few of the items i was sort of looking at as well including the Asrock extreme4 and the Fractal Define (i like that look). My only questions:

1. the memory i have purchased is 240 pin 1.5V...is there a way i can find out in advance if it will work with this board?
2. Pricing is a bit steep...i still need to buy a network card and an OS. ($150? for the two). With that being said...do i need the cooling?
3. I'm wondering if the i5 3470 would be that noticeable a difference?
4. Lastly...is 500W sufficient?
a c 92 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2013 7:21:41 PM

lordmarl said:
Cool. Thanks. Actually a few of the items i was sort of looking at as well including the Asrock extreme4 and the Fractal Define (i like that look). My only questions:

1. the memory i have purchased is 240 pin 1.5V...is there a way i can find out in advance if it will work with this board?
2. Pricing is a bit steep...i still need to buy a network card and an OS. ($150? for the two). With that being said...do i need the cooling?
3. I'm wondering if the i5 3470 would be that noticeable a difference?
4. Lastly...is 500W sufficient?


1. Yeah 1.5V will work with that motherboard.

2. You do not need to purchase an additional NIC - the one built into your motherboard will work fine. I didn't include any after market coolers because if you don't need to overclock you can use the stock fan.

3. The 3470 is a great CPU. My work PC runs the slightly slower 3450 and I can definitely tell the difference.

4. If you plan to run only 1 GPU yes. That PSU is a great unit - it's a rebranded Seasonic PSU and is partially modular.
February 25, 2013 7:43:27 PM

Good stuff. Thanks. I think I got it then.

The only challenge will be finding some of these things. The Tahiti 7870's are out of stock for example. Should be fun.
a c 92 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2013 8:28:24 PM

lordmarl said:
Good stuff. Thanks. I think I got it then.

The only challenge will be finding some of these things. The Tahiti 7870's are out of stock for example. Should be fun.


Yeah they've been selling like crazy. But try Tiger Direct or NCIX they should have them if Newegg doesn't.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2013 9:50:06 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Biostar is not a very highly rated motherboard manufacturer. Don't generalize on cases because there's a LOT of junk in the ~$60 range and a lot of extremely poor quality cases. Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, Fractal, Bitfenix, NZXT, Azza, and Rosewill are the best case manufacturers. Brands to avoid are Raidmax, Diablotek, Xion, Xclio, Sentey, Topower, and Logisys are generally regarded as the worst.


The Raidmax Orion case is an AMAZING case.

The biostar TZ77 series has Tomshardware's highest ranked award for value/preformance ratio, you should really look stuff up before you go bashing brands.
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