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#1 ivangela

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:32 AM

Hi all, I've got a $400 budget and need suggestions for a build. All I need is the CPU, motherboard and RAM, at least 8GB.

 

Any suggestions are appreciated.

 


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

Well, I like to think I'll do some gaming, although I rarely find time. Mostly, folding, light video editing, and some minor productivity stuff, (excel, word) and of course, surfing.

I would like to have the option to overclock as I did a light overclock on this system ie change multipliers but want to get more into it.

 

 

EDIT: I forgot I'll use this build as a media server for the fam and to stream video, play blurays, etc.


Edited by ivangela, 09 March 2013 - 07:56 AM.

HTPC......Phenom II X4 940 BE @ 3.38.....AC Freezer 64 Pro......ASUS M4A79 Deluxe......2x2GB OCZ Platinum 1066......ASUS EN9500GT......Corsair CX430 PSU......WD Caviar Black 640GB and 1 TB......LG SuperMulti Blu-ray......Silverstone Black HTPC case
 

New Rig....i7 3770K (stock for now)....CM Hyper 212 Evo....ASrock Z77 Extreme4....16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8GB....XFX Black Edition 7770....Mushkin 550W modular....Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD....2x640GB WD Black....CM Storm Scout 2

 
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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:22 AM

If you live near Philly, Microcenter has core i7 3770K for $229 and an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 for $135 total $265. You can get Crucial Ballistix Sport series 8G 1600MHz memory for $40 on New Egg(You could prpbably have Microcenter price match it too). Forget what your using it for. It has no bearing on anything........ You have $400, maximize you system.


Edited by Drdeath, 09 March 2013 - 10:24 AM.

WACO NEEDS A HUG KILLER: Intel Core i7 3770K Overclocked to 4.9GHz stable 24/7
Gigabyte Z77 UD7/ Nexus 1100/ 3 x Sappire Dual 7970's 1150-1600/ 16G G.Skill Tridents Memory Overclocked to 2200MHz cas 9
OCZ 240G Revo Drive/ Phobya WayCooLit TestBench
Custom Water/ Swiftech Apogee XT/ Liang MCP655/ Thermalchill PA120.3 plus 120.2

JEALOUS BLUE PANDA GOT MUGGED AND KICKED BY GIRL SCOUTS KILLER: Same as above with 3930K/ Gigabyte X79 UD4 when I feel like it.

JEALOUS WACO KILLER II: A10-5800K TRINITY/ ASRock A85 Extreme 4/Noctua C-14 Air Cooling/ Radeon 6670/ Seasonic 550W PSU/ 8G Kingston Hyper X 1600MHz Low-Profile Memory/ 120G OCZ Vertex 3/ 320 Veloci-Raptor/ Hauppauge Win-TV TV Tuner/ Zalman HD503 HTPC case

 

 


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:27 PM

If you live near Philly, Microcenter has core i7 3770K for $229 and an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 for $135 total $265. You can get Crucial Ballistix Sport series 8G 1600MHz memory for $40 on New Egg(You could prpbably have Microcenter price match it too). Forget what your using it for. It has no bearing on anything........ You have $400, maximize you system.

I like the way you think young man!

 

 

Edit: That Asrock seems to get praised then bashed on OCC. Personally I've never owned a product made by them. Obviously you think they're fine.

Anyone else care to weigh in??


Edited by ivangela, 09 March 2013 - 12:28 PM.

HTPC......Phenom II X4 940 BE @ 3.38.....AC Freezer 64 Pro......ASUS M4A79 Deluxe......2x2GB OCZ Platinum 1066......ASUS EN9500GT......Corsair CX430 PSU......WD Caviar Black 640GB and 1 TB......LG SuperMulti Blu-ray......Silverstone Black HTPC case
 

New Rig....i7 3770K (stock for now)....CM Hyper 212 Evo....ASrock Z77 Extreme4....16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8GB....XFX Black Edition 7770....Mushkin 550W modular....Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD....2x640GB WD Black....CM Storm Scout 2

 
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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

ASRock boards are good when they work, but a hassle to get RMA'd (you need proof of purchase). When they do work, they work just as good as a Gigabyte or ASUS board. Pretty much all there is to know. Overclocking ability is based on the true phase counts, PWM's, etc.



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:58 PM

 

If you live near Philly, Microcenter has core i7 3770K for $229 and an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 for $135 total $265. You can get Crucial Ballistix Sport series 8G 1600MHz memory for $40 on New Egg(You could prpbably have Microcenter price match it too). Forget what your using it for. It has no bearing on anything........ You have $400, maximize you system.

I like the way you think young man!

 

 

Edit: That Asrock seems to get praised then bashed on OCC. Personally I've never owned a product made by them. Obviously you think they're fine.

Anyone else care to weigh in??

I just retired as a motherboard reviewer and every ASRock board I tested was good. Nothing bad to say about them. I have had bad Gigabyte and Asus boards but never an ASRock unless you count the one I beat up on Dry Ice! LOL. I did not let the socket dry from condensation years ago and fired it back up...... Resulting in buh bye! LOL

 

The included extras ASRock gives is terrific and the UEFI bios is pretty good. I am sure you will like it. Just like any other manufacturers, sometimes boards go bad so I don't hold it against them unless you see a slew of em bad, your good to go on basically any Z77 board Fom Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI and Biostar.

 


Edited by Drdeath, 09 March 2013 - 01:02 PM.

WACO NEEDS A HUG KILLER: Intel Core i7 3770K Overclocked to 4.9GHz stable 24/7
Gigabyte Z77 UD7/ Nexus 1100/ 3 x Sappire Dual 7970's 1150-1600/ 16G G.Skill Tridents Memory Overclocked to 2200MHz cas 9
OCZ 240G Revo Drive/ Phobya WayCooLit TestBench
Custom Water/ Swiftech Apogee XT/ Liang MCP655/ Thermalchill PA120.3 plus 120.2

JEALOUS BLUE PANDA GOT MUGGED AND KICKED BY GIRL SCOUTS KILLER: Same as above with 3930K/ Gigabyte X79 UD4 when I feel like it.

JEALOUS WACO KILLER II: A10-5800K TRINITY/ ASRock A85 Extreme 4/Noctua C-14 Air Cooling/ Radeon 6670/ Seasonic 550W PSU/ 8G Kingston Hyper X 1600MHz Low-Profile Memory/ 120G OCZ Vertex 3/ 320 Veloci-Raptor/ Hauppauge Win-TV TV Tuner/ Zalman HD503 HTPC case

 

 


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

I echo what others have said but am a big fan of AsRock products, only having experience with one I was hooked (they are just a far better deal than most of the other brands without using cheap parts)

 

Definitely that pairing would be a hardhitting trio for your money


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:59 AM

I just picked up an i5-3570k, asus P8Z77-V LK, and 8GB of Corsair Vengance DDR3-1600 at microcenter for $317.

 

189+79+49, plus tax but there was an additional $15 MIR for the asus mobo too.  They give $50 off the mobo when you buy with a cpu.  And the ram was $49 online where it was labeled at $67 in the store.

 

Leaves room to pick up a Hyper 212 Evo instore for $29 while you're at it.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:34 AM

I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about ASRock boards in general.

 

I owned an Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 for a bit and while it did overclock very well, something I noticed was how noticeably thin it was. I guess I'm too used to thicker Gigabyte boards but it kinda bugged me. Due to this, my H100 didn't actually make very good contact with the CPU (the actual mounting system was very loose even when I tightened it all the way). From what I've read, it's the same case with the Z68 Extreme4 (not sure about the Z77 boards though). 

 

Surprisingly, I was still getting great temperatures (thank goodness for thermal paste)


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:14 AM

If you live near Philly, Microcenter has core i7 3770K for $229 and an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 for $135 total $265. You can get Crucial Ballistix Sport series 8G 1600MHz memory for $40 on New Egg(You could prpbably have Microcenter price match it too). Forget what your using it for. It has no bearing on anything........ You have $400, maximize you system.

 

Sorry to mention it bro, but $229 + $135 makes $365 not $265 :tongue:

 

Nonetheless with $40 for some memory, and an i7 3770K, it would be a pretty sweet build for just $5 overbudget...


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:32 PM

First I want to start by saying that asrock is an OK mobo company. Personally I prefer gigabyte and asus, but recently asus's customer service has gone to hell, and I have had memory overclocking issues with gigabyte. 

 

I have built other people desktops using the extreme 3 z68 and the extreme 4 Z77 motherboards and they all seem to work fine. I myself have an asrock extreme 7 mobo that I picked up for 50 bucks at microcenter through one of their crazy fire sale 1 day sales and it works just fine. 

 

However, I do have another thought for the mobo. It probably won't work for you, but the gigabyte Z77N wifi board m-ITX board might be another way to go. 

 

I do not know how you will be setting up this home server of yours, but considering the board has on board wifi, and dual gigabit ethernet, it might be worth a look. It is also a bit cheaper than the asrock board as well. 

 

If that will not work, then I echo the asrock extreme 4 idea.