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post #1 of 17 Old 01-16-2014, 05:39 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm trying to keep this below $1000 - Goal is to use this machine to watch ripped videos (i'll be getting those off my local server) and play current gen games, nothing too extreme, but I want this rig to last me for at least a few years without needing major upgrades.

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CvyL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CvyL/by_merchant/
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.95 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($84.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate  1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive  ($108.00 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case  ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ Microcenter) 
Total: $946.88
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-20-2014, 04:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Oh well, seems like the build is fine - gonna likely buy parts in the next couple days and get myself set up.

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Part list looks good for what you plan to do with it, I only question one thing, the harddrive choice. There a particular reason you went with a laptop drive? That case has 8 full size 3.5" bays inside, and for less than $100 you can get a 2tb 7200rpm drive which will serve you better.

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If you're going to game with this machine, or scroll through a large library of video files with images (via XBMC, Mediabrowser, etc..), I'd recommend an SSD drive. That 5400 rpm drive is going to drive you nuts while you wait for minutes for the next area in Skyrim to load, or you can't scroll through your movie library quickly.
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Updated the HDD to a 120GB SS and a 1TB 7200 Seagate

 

new build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FgAO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FgAO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FgAO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.95 @ OutletPC) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($33.97 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($84.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  ($88.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.98 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case  ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1016.82
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I'm trying to keep this below $1000 - Goal is to use this machine to watch ripped videos (i'll be getting those off my local server) and play current gen games, nothing too extreme, but I want this rig to last me for at least a few years without needing major upgrades.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CvyL

Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CvyL/by_merchant/

Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CvyL/benchmarks/
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.95 @ OutletPC) 

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 

Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($84.99 @ Newegg) 

Storage: Seagate  1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive  ($108.00 @ Amazon) 

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz) 

Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case  ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz) 

Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ Microcenter) 

Total: $946.88

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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If you have a Microcenter nearby, why not take advantage of one of their Intel bundle deals w/ a mobo? The 3570K is only $180 there as well. Also I'm not sure I'd feel the greatest with a 430W power supply. If you plan to overclock in the future, which I'm assuming you might since you went with a K processor, you might want to give yourself a bit more headroom now for not much more money.
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My only suggestion would be that you verify you really want the K version of the Intel 3570 for overclocking. Intel removes their vPro management suite for the K versions of their processor. It primarily allows for remote administration of the box, like powering it on from an off state, console access, etc. It is also typically cheaper than the K version. You can do a quick comparison at http://ark.intel.com. Everything else looks solid, welcome to the HTPC living room club.
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Final updates - removed the K variant of the Intel 3570, changed the memory to allow me to get a newegg combo for some savings as well

 

Thanks for the input - Will likely buy this bad boy in the next day or so and see how it works out for me.

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Fi5O
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Fi5O/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Fi5O/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($209.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($34.97 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($84.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  ($89.99 @ Adorama) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.98 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case  ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $993.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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All looks good dude, should be a nice system on a great budget! Enjoy it!

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No problem with fitting a 212 Evo in that case? confused.gif

Looks like good stuff - looking forward to hearing how this build works out of you.

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$1,000 PC powered by a $35 power supply that will be pushed to it's limits.....confused.gif
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Nah, all that gear running even at full 100% load (which never happens naturally, only via artificial benches) he might pull 400w. He should be fine with a Bronze 430w

EDIT: Estimate is 377w under full load with that build

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Nah, all that gear running even at full 100% load (which never happens naturally, only via artificial benches) he might pull 400w. He should be fine with a Bronze 430w

EDIT: Estimate is 377w under full load with that build

 

I had nearly the same build at one point, same GPU, CPU and PSU....and even at full blast on crysis 3 it never pulled any more than like 250W.  430W is plenty.


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My mistake guys, this is coming from an overclocker who appreciates some headroom for an extra $20.
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My mistake guys, this is coming from an overclocker who appreciates some headroom for an extra $20.

That was overclocked. smile.gif

Although I will say, even though the 430W was more than adequate, I wish I had bought a bigger one from the start. Not even because 430W is insufficient for even my OCed GTX 770, but it only had one PCI-E connector and I needed to upgrade to a 600W when the GTX 770 needed two. And even then in retrospect I wish I had bought the modular one to save some of the cable mess. A good PSU will last you many years and doesn't really become obsolete, it's worth spending a bit more for something that you can grow into. Same with the 1TB HDD. It's just a little bit more for 2TB.

It's a snap to swap out a video card, but swapping out a PSU or ghosting a HDD is a much bigger PITA.

I'm even going to suggest something more radical...ditch the 120GB SSD and buy two 64GB ones instead. Make one your OS/apps, and dedicate the other to SSD caching the HDD using intel RST. Then just install all your games to the HDD. It'll pretty much give you SSD load speeds for everything on the HDD.

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I'm even going to suggest something more radical...ditch the 120GB SSD and buy two 64GB ones instead. Make one your OS/apps, and dedicate the other to SSD caching the HDD using intel RST. Then just install all your games to the HDD. It'll pretty much give you SSD load speeds for everything on the HDD.

i have a 64gig mSATA SSD card on my motherboard and am using it to accelerate my 2TB hard-drive via Intel RST. This is in addition to a 256gig SSD drive for Windows and some aps.

Not convinced RST makes much of a difference, but still - i like that my computer is doing it. redface.gif Someday I'll benchmark accelerated vs. non.

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Hey - thanks for this thread! I've use this as a starting point for my own build.

Just wanted to give you a heads up if its not already too late, I don't believe that that CPU cooler will fit in that case. The limit on the GD08 case is a cooler no higher than 139 mm. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 comes in at 159 mm.

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