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Old December 11, 2012, 09:54 AM
WhiteWolf WhiteWolf is offline
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Default Prospective new system (after 4.5 years!)

Guys and Gals!

I'm new to the group, and hope I can pick your brains on the prospective assembly of my new system. Its the HDD's and case from my old one, and at least one CD/DVD drive if its ok, and the rest will be new (or used if I can find some parts here)

Note: it will be a Windows 7 unit, despite my having Win XP still valid. My laptop is on Win7, so the new desktop should be too, otherwise I get too far behind!

What I ~have~ :
  • Antec Sonata III w/o its 500 watt PSU (tPSU went into the rebuild system for nieces/nephew)
  • 4 HDD's: WD's all - vary from 160Gb to 2x 2Tb drives (plus a WD Elements 1Tb portable!)
  • CD/DVD drive: LG of some type, SATA though, and may buy another one.
  • LCD monitor - LG 2243T, 21.5" WS, VGA (HD-15) & DVI, Max Res.: 1920 x 1080, 16:9.
What I'm looking at: (and yes, I HAVE looked at Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide )

Motherboards: all LGA1155 sockets:
  • ASUS P8Z77-V PRO,
CPU: the Intel Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 Quad-Cores:
  • Intel i5-3330 3.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo),
  • Intel i5-3470 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost)77W,
  • Intel i5-3550 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 77W, or
  • Intel i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) 77W
RAM: completely at a loss here... don't know what's good (or what to avoid!)

PSU: according to this calculator (eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts) I only need a 400w supply, but i'll go 600watt, JUST to be safe. Suggestions?

Video: I need a DVI-D capable card that the Mobo can accept. Asus, Gigabyte... or mebbe EVGA.

Note: I only run ONE monitor:
  • ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX 650 1GB GDDR5 (GTX650-DCO-1GD5) ( $130 )
  • ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX 560 1GB GDDR5 (ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1GD5)( $150 ) or
  • ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 (ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5) ( $160 )
Also found this site a great tool for assembling compatible parts/components: Pick Parts, Build Your PC, Compare and Share - PCPartPicker

So... thoughts?

Thanks ahead of time,
WhiteWolf in Ottawa (will probably buy from Canada Computer during Boxing Week)

Last edited by WhiteWolf; December 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM.
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