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I'm doing another build, this time for my son. My last build, same time last year, went very well, but I had a couple of problems with power supplies. Originally I bought the Corsair Builder Series 650W, but it made an awful high-pitched sonic sound, even with everything switched off. Newegg replaced it for free but the replacement PS did the same thing. I then switched to an OCZ power supply and have been quite pleased with it.

This time I got a great deal on this OCZ 750W Modular PS for $60 (Newegg - Black Friday deal, after rebate), http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041

My concern is it says made for "Sandy Bridge", but I'll be using an "Ivy Bridge" Core i5, 3570K CPU. I don't suppose it matters, especially since the Ivy Bridge has lower power consumption, but I just want to be sure before I tear it open.

Also, I've pretty much sourced all my parts except for the Motherboard. I'm looking for Z77 boards to handle my i5 3570K. My requirements are that it supports USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, and Sata III. I'd like to keep the price down below $150. Does anyone have any suggestions, or any specific boards or brands I should steer away from? Please note, this is not a gaming PC, but will likely do some gaming, video editing, music conversions, light-duty video processing. I don't intend to use an SLI setup, I'll likely got with a GTX480 or 570 video card.

Thanks.
post #2 of 21
Get the ASRock Extreme4, it's a fantastic board. Just get the 7870, it's cheaper than both them, and beats them.
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My concern is it says made for "Sandy Bridge", but I'll be using an "Ivy Bridge" Core i5, 3570K CPU. I don't suppose it matters, especially since the Ivy Bridge has lower power consumption, but I just want to be sure before I tear it open.

A Power Supply delivers electrical current... there's no such thing as "made for a specific platform". thumb.gif
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Also, I've pretty much sourced all my parts except for the Motherboard. I'm looking for Z77 boards to handle my i5 3570K. My requirements are that it supports USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, and Sata III. I'd like to keep the price down below $150. Does anyone have any suggestions, or any specific boards or brands I should steer away from?

Review: Three Sub-$160 Motherboards Rise To The Top

I would recommend the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H - $115 since the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 has crappy MOSFETs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546
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A Power Supply delivers electrical current... there's no such thing as "made for a specific platform". thumb.gif
Review: Three Sub-$160 Motherboards Rise To The Top
I would recommend the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H - $115 since the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 has crappy MOSFETs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

It's still an amazing board, and I've never, ever heard anyone say that about it before?
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It's still an amazing board, and I've never, ever heard anyone say that about it before?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1271002/asrock-z77-vrm-phase-cooling-badly-needed/0_20#post_17502529

Those D-PAK MOSFETs tend to run hot, I would rather take a motherboard with modern lower RDS(On) MOSFETs.
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A Power Supply delivers electrical current... there's no such thing as "made for a specific platform".

That's what I figured.

I'll take a look at the Gigabyte board. Thanks.
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Get the ASRock Extreme4, it's a fantastic board. Just get the 7870, it's cheaper than both them, and beats them.

Thanks Mhyles. I saw the ASRock Extreme4 on the Newegg site, so I'll take another look at it. As for 7870, I refuse to buy AMD ever again... I've had two bad experiences with them over the years and their support was always too shoddy for me. NVidia gets my business because they have always been reliable for me, I may have to pay a bit more, but worth it for peace of mind.
post #8 of 21
You could as well have bad experiences with Nvidia, it depends on your luck wink.gif and usually the support comes from the vendor (e.g Asus, MSI, XFX) not from AMD or Nvidia.

So, I say get a card from a reliable vendor and it should be all-good. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 21
I second the ASRock Extreme 4. Can't beat the price or features. Getting a 480 or 570, even though they still are decent cards they are old tech. You can get a newer 7870 for cheaper, and with the 12.11 drivers you will outperform them too.
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Getting a 480 or 570, even though they still are decent cards they are old tech. You can get a newer 7870 for cheaper, and with the 12.11 drivers you will outperform them too.
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Hi Big StroOnZ, do you have some benchmarks you can point me to. The Passmark benchmark I have seen has the GeForce GTX 480 and 570 handily beating the 7870 - LINK: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

I see the 79xx series scored very well, above the GeForce, but they're still $300 and up.

Thanks.
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