New PC Build - Jack of All Trades PC - Suggestions or comments?


Oct 16, 2009
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Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week
Budget Range: $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Tons of various Multitasking, Media Player V/A, Virtual Machines, Surfing
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Printer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg - all ears for suggestions of other places
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: N/A - Best Price for the money
Overclocking: Option would be nice but not required
SLI or Crossfire: Option would be nice but not required
Monitor Resolution: Best as can be....Im not picky but a high resoluiton would be nice
Additional Comments:

I multitask alot I want a PC that will last me a while, i am upgrading from a P4 - so a machine running of gerbil in a cage would be a benefit to my current machine.

Please let me know what you all think - If I missed something let me know. THANK YOU.

Here is what I came up with - Links included:

1 x ($229.99) XFX Black DD FX-785A-CDBC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $229.99

1 x ($219.99) Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $219.99

1 x ($219.99) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K $219.99

1 x ($184.99) GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt $184.99

1 x ($179.99) COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $179.99

1 x ($149.99) Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM $149.99

1 x ($144.99) CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $144.99

1 x ($40.99) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 $40.99

1 x ($24.99) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ $24.99

1 x ($24.99) LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $24.99

Approx Total Amount S/H included: $1421

Do you need the very big HDD and SSD? Do you need a full tower case rather than just a mid-tower?

Here's a build including a big SSD and newer full-tower case, plus a faster (but smaller) HDD. In other respects it'll perform better than your build, with small upgrades to graphics card, CPU and RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($158.79 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.48 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1145.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 17:25 EST-0500)
Looks OK, I'd probably go with Ivy Bridge though. You get PCI-e 3.0/DDR3 1600Mhz support, lower TDP etc. It is also slightly better clock for clock, it might not overclock quite to the same level but it doesn't really need to if it provides the same performance at slightly lower clocks.

Other than that, you could probably save a bit here and there to get a better GPU since that is what is going to make the difference in games. The HD 7850 is fantastic but you can afford something much better.

2x4GB Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz 1.5v C9
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB
Samsung 840 Series 250GB
2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM
Noctua NH-C14
Antec BP 550 550W Modular PSU
Samsung DVD Burner

Total - $1425.89 on Newegg

Actually ends up at pretty much the same price and gives a bigger and better SSD, faster HDD's with more storage, a MUCH faster graphics card, better CPU and better CPU cooler. You won't be able to go Crossfire on that but the HD 7970 should beat dual HD 7850's anyway. I really doubt you will even feel the need to get 2 HD 7970's.

EDIT: Just noticed one thing, that cooler might be a bit too wide for that board. Either grab a smaller cooler or keep it in mind and return it if it is too big.