New Build for Office


Nov 28, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next week

Budget Range: £400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: AutoCAD, Photoshop, MS Office, watching videos, web browsing, listening to radio

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan, Amazon, Overclockers

Location: Northern Ireland

Overclocking: Definitely yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Don't care about noise, it's in a loud office anyway.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old AMD-based computer not cutting it anymore.

Intel CPU Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge Processor Retail

Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H USB 3.0 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard with USB3

Corsair Memory Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop

Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU Cooler for Intel Socket LGA 2011Freezer i30 also for socket 1155/1156

Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard Drive SATA 3 7200rpm 8ms OEM

CiT Jupiter Gaming Case with Blue Fan No PSU

XFX Pro Series Core Edition P1-550S-UKB9 550W Power Supply (PSU)

24x Speed DVD±RW ReWriter Internal SATA 5.25" from Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE DVD RAM Ready OEM

Total: £450

I am unsure of the board and how it is going to overclock the 3570K but I was looking at other models of the same board and it seems that all they include is more expansion ports and SLI support. I would like to get the CPU up to about 4.5ghz under good temps.

Any suggestions?



For AutoCAD and Photoshop you most likely won't benefit from overclocking so I wouldn't really suggest it. I'd suggest putting that money in getting a dedicated GPU. The onboard video isn't really meant to be a substitute for dedicated video. That fan you have is junk - it's no better than the stock fan.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£140.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£65.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.91 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£99.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.95 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£54.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @
Total: £512.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 21:49 GMT+0000)