Need help with new desktop build

By Jskid
Dec 30, 2011
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  1. Here's the specs guys. The two potential problems are: I'm not sure if the memory is compatible and I'm not sure if the power supply is enough. I would be using this for watching HD videos and coding. In addition to background programs, I would only have 1 or 2 programs running at once. This will have Windows 7 64bit, 24 in. monitor, usb keyboard and mouse.

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  2. terry5880

    terry5880 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 527

    i would say the psu would be abit low w depending on what your using computer for and depending on what graphics card your putting in
  3. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 467

    the RAM is compatible. I would upgrade your mobo to a z68 chipset and up the power supply to 550-650w. If you bought the Antec 300 case you could use the difference in $ to up the PSU and mobo. Those prices seem a little high on the CPU and PSU. I bought two i5 2500k chips for builds last week for $179.99 each (Asus p8z68v lx, 2500k and Windows Pro 64bit @ $300 bundle price)
  4. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    How about the Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 Power Supply for $70 and Asus P8Z68-M PRO w/ DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, CrossFireX for $140. I've already got Geforce GTX 550 Fermi.
  5. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 467

    Not the system I would build for encoding/watching movies, but it will work. Why the micro-ATX motherboard and not a full ATX? Do you plan on playing games?

    I built this for myself last week.
    Antec 300 case ($40)
    Asus p8z68-v-lx
    i5 2500k (bundled with the Asus MoBo for $250)
    Corsair 650w ($80)
    optical DVD-R drive ($20)
    500Gig WD Caviar Black HDD ($99)
    Xigmatek CPU cooler ($20)
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

    Total $510 (plus a few bucks for SATA cable, zip ties, etc...) and I have a computer that will encode and burn a 2gig file in 15min and can play Skyrim, Saints Row 3, etc.. on medium settings with no external graphics card (waiting for a good deal on one). You can add/change parts but this is to give you an idea.
  6. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    Which motherboard do you recommend? http://www.memoryexpress.com/SystemConfig/Default.aspx
  7. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 884   +39

    It's dual channel RAM in your initial choice of mobo (Asus P8P67 M Pro). Looks like you only have one 4GB stick selected. You should add another 4GB stick.
  8. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    They don't have the one I wanted. How about Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) for $53. How come the same one but with CL8 is so much more expensive?
  9. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 467

  10. ekonig

    ekonig Newcomer, in training

    Save monry by changing your case

    If it were me I would save money and buy a differnet case and invest the money in a higher wattage PSU & also upgrade to a full ATX Z68 mobo. You can pickup the following case for $20 after rebater and the 620w PSU for $50 after rebate. I have used several of these cases in full ATX builds and have been very happy with them. They offer plenty of drive storage and provide excellent ventilation. Invest your money in the hardware that will really make the system better and more upgradable in the future.

    Xigmatek ASGARD II B/S CPC-T45UD-U01
    Antec NEO ECO 620C
  11. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 884   +39

    The Vengeance 8GB kit should work. While it's not listed in the manual, it has the same spec as the G.skill kit.

    Basically, CL8 is faster - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Understanding-RAM-Timings/26/3

    That's more important when it comes to OC. However, using as is,I'm not sure how much of a difference that will make in video encoding.
     
  12. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    Cheaper case? What cases are sturdy and I really like a window. I can add my own leds latter right?
  13. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 467

    Unless you are very good with cable management I would save the extra $40+ it costs for a window and add a front bay fan controller or scrap the HDD and with the $ you save from the window get a SSD drive for almost the same price and add a mechanical drive when prices go back to normal. LED fan can be added at anytime. Really think about the SSD Drive, mechanical drives are soon becoming a thing of the past. You can always turn an old HDD into external storage.
  14. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    Yes but I can easily upgrade the HD to a SSD where as a case would be hard to upgrade. Currently large SSD are very expensive.

    What's a front bay fan controller?
  15. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    How about the Asus P8Z68-V LE w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, Quad CrossFireX mobo for $130?

    I try to get what you guys recommend but they're out of stock :(
  16. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 467

    I'd go for the Asus P8Z68-V LX if you can get one, or the V-PRO
  17. Jskid

    Jskid TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 428

    They were out of stock and I had to get the Asus P8Z68-V LE, is that ok or should I tell them to change it?

    I got a 120mm fan. Is that enough?
  18. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 467

    Only difference over the P8Z68-V is the LE has 2 less USB2.0(internal I believe), no bluetooth, no eSATA on the back panel and 1 less PCI slot....oh and it's $40 cheaper and that $40 can be spent on other components.

    The LE is fine. If you buy a HDD now for $100 and a SSD in 6 months for $125 ($225 total) OR you buy the same SSD drive now for $125 and the SAME HDD in 6 months for $30 ($155 total) you would be getting a much better deal and built. You can get a 125g SSD for $125 which will be plenty of storage. You don't need another fan, use that $ for the SSD.

    *The Asus P8Z68-V LE and LX don't have eSATA on the back panel. If you want a eSATA port on the back you will need one of these.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=23329
     


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