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Ok so I’m doing tons of research and planning my first build on a budget (really trying to stay below $700 but would consider maxing at $800 if a good case was made for the additional money spent). Wanted to know what you guys think. I have listed the parts I’m pretty set on, but will have a list of components at the end for possible upgrades. I’m trying to keep my build under $700 with plenty of room to upgrade gradually later on, so I’ll pose the question (for the list at the end) as: “If you had to choose one component to upgrade, which one would you choose?” Also, any compatibility issues you guys might notice from my build, ie: Are there enough power connecters on the PSU, did I budget enough wattage for all my components, will the motherboard support all the SATA connections I need, is there a glaring issue that I have overlooked, etc… My biggest fear is that I get all my parts and one tiny thing works against all my research on the other components. So please, don’t be shy and give me all the constructive criticism I need. Thanks in advance!

Ok Here’s my prospective build (with prices recently found online in USD):
CPU
o Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz 6MB Cache Quad-Core ($214.63)

Motherboard
o GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H (Intel Z77, 2xPCI-E, 6xSATA, 4xDDR3) ($104.99)

Memory
o 8GB (4GBx2) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz ($42.99)

Hard Drive
o 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA3 6GB/s ($73.51)

2nd Hard Drive
o 64 GB Samsung 830 SSD ($61.24)

CD/DVD/CDRW1
o Cannibalized from a previous desktop

CD/DVD/CDRW2
o Also cannibalized from a previous desktop (I do some very light video editing and DVD ripping so I like having two DVD-ROM’s, plus they’re free )

Video Card
o Gigabyte 1GB GeForce GT 620 GDDR3 PCI-E DVI/HDMI ($52.88)
o Side note: I know I really skimped on GPU’s here but this was one of the few components that I felt like could be easily upgraded in the future without having to change many other components (ie CPU, MOBO, etc..). And having to do this on a budget, I thought getting bigger/better MOBO, CPU, & PSU’s makes for an easier base machine to easily upgrade later.

OS
o Would love any suggestions here, I am stumped on whether I should just use an old version of Windows Vista and try to upgrade to Windows 8, try to buy Windows 7 from the MOBO manufacturer, or just buy Windows 8 outright, this unfortunately, might greatly influence my budget,

Case
o Corsair Carbide 200R ($49.99)
o Corsair Vengeance C70 ($89.99) (I know I should only have one case listed here, but the C70 just had such a great price on Amazon…)

PSU
o 650 Watt Corsair CMPSU-650TX V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE CERTIFIED ($69.99)


And here’s the list of upgrades I mentioned (can’t afford more than 1 or 2 max)

CPU
o Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz 8MB Cache Quad-Core ($289.98)

Motherboard
o ASUS P8Z77-V (Intel Z77, 3xPCI-E, 8xSATA, 4xDDR3) ($189.90)

Memory
o Same as above, any other suggestions are welcome, but I really liked the Vengeance for the price, and I know for sure my MOBO is compatible with the 1600mhz DRAM’s

Hard Drive
o 2TB Western Digital Black 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA3 6GB/s ($159.99)

2nd Hard Drive
o 128GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 SATA3 SSD ($104.99)
o 128 GB Samsung 840 SSD ($139.99)

Video Card
o EVGA 2GB GeForce GT 650Ti GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI ($162.00)
o Again, can’t get too overzealous here, but ideally later on I’d love to make this a hardcore gaming machine so I wouldn't want to spend more on the GPU now if later on i can afford to drop $300 on a really nice GPU. As far as I know this is a pretty solid middle of the road GPU but could easily be outmatched with a better one, or even a double-card setup using SLI or Corssfire. Let me know your thoughts.

Case
o Corsair Obsidian 550D ($129.99)
o Love this case, but can’t justify going all out on my very first build. I just want it to be uber-functional and don’t need any fancy neon lights or crazy fans etc… on a very practical level I just need the case to look decent, have great features like tool-less building, maybe rubber grommets, fits all my components, and have decent airflow.

PSU
o 750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TX V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE CERTIFIED ($98.00)
o 850 Watt Corsair CMPSU-TX850M V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE CERTIFIED ($128.98)
o How much benefit does a modular PSU give? If you had to choose between a modular kit or an upgrade to efficiency (ie Silver/Gold/Platinum) which is favorable?

Anyway guys, thanks a bunch for your input and let me know what you think!
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You're going to use the integrated GPU?
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I have a discreet GPU listed in my main buildset, but would it be preferable to just use the one built into the mobo?
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You're going to use the integrated GPU?

Yes I would recommend the same. If you're looking for basic graphics, don't even buy the 620. It's a really terrible card. Use the Intel's HD 4000 integrated with the CPU.

Also, why are you upgrading to a 3770 from a 3570k. Shouldn't you get the i7 k version? I'm assuming you're wanting to overclock.

Everything else looks good tho.
 
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I like the build overall. You can easily OC the 3570 for performance. I see no need to spring for the 3770.

Modular PSU is great for cable management. As far as efficiency ratings... do you pay the electric bill?

I have not heard bad things about Windows 8 (not really reading up on it though) but I still use 7. I stay away from new a Windows OS for at least a year after they release. My friend was having an issue with BF3 due to a Win8 upgrade. It was easily solved though. Are you in a position to get a student version of Windows? They are quite inexpensive.
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I have a discreet GPU listed in my main buildset, but would it be preferable to just use the one built into the mobo?
The HD 4000 is great for integrated GPU. I will post some benchmarks if you want. If you are making a gaming
PC of course you will need a dedicated one but if you are aren't making a gaming on just go with the HD 4000.smile.gif good build btw.
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Bobfong360,
I picked the i5 with OCing in mind, but to be perfectly honest, i know next to nothing about OCing. The i5 was definitely kept as my main purchase option with the intention of learning how to do it well and applying it to my build though.
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I like the build overall. You can easily OC the 3570 for performance. I see no need to spring for the 3770.

Modular PSU is great for cable management. As far as efficiency ratings... do you pay the electric bill?

I have not heard bad things about Windows 8 (not really reading up on it though) but I still use 7. I stay away from new a Windows OS for at least a year after they release. My friend was having an issue with BF3 due to a Win8 upgrade. It was easily solved though. Are you in a position to get a student version of Windows? They are quite inexpensive.

Lol yes I unfortunately do pay the electric bill. So you're saying the higher rating bought, the more $$ you save in energy in the long run?

I can look into getting a student version...

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Webshow202 View Post

The HD 4000 is great for integrated GPU. I will post some benchmarks if you want. If you are making a gaming
PC of course you will need a dedicated one but if you are aren't making a gaming on just go with the HD 4000.smile.gif good build btw.

Yes i'd love to see some benchmarks! Any info helps! Hopefully this build will be set up to eventually upgrade to a dedicated gaming PC, but for now, I need to try and stay within budget however possible. and I'm ok with saving some money by forgoing the GPU for now so i dont waste my money on a mediocre one, and instead save up for a decent high-end one.
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5771/the-intel-ivy-bridge-core-i7-3770k-review/9 one benchmark.
I would save up or a better high end like you said.:]
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