Welcome to the Tech Report!booooyet wrote:Looking for some advice on my first desktop build...
The Asus P8Z77-M Pro has pretty much the same features as the P8Z77-V LK but in a micro-ATX form factor.booooyet wrote: $130 - Intel Core i3-3225
$140 - Asus P8Z77 V LK (Not gonna be doing any overclocking so looking for an alternative. considering the P8H67 V, if i can find it)
Make sure that's two 8 GiB DIMMs rather than four 4 GiB DIMMs. I suggest PC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) or PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600) memory that runs with CAS 9 at 1.5 V.booooyet wrote: $76 - Corsair 16gb
That's just way too small to bother with in this decade. Get a 1+ TB hard-drive.booooyet wrote: $57 - Western Digital 320gb 7200RPM
Take a look at something like the Antec NSK3480 (includes PSU) or the Silverstone Temjin TJ08B-E if you go with a Micro-ATX motherboard.booooyet wrote: $65 - Corsair 300R (200R is no longer available)
$60 - Antec 550w
JustAnEngineer wrote:Antec NSK3480 (includes PSU)
Chrispy_ wrote:If your budget is fixed, saving money by getting that case to get an SSD is the best thing you can do. Drop to 8GB if you have to;
Chrispy_ wrote:Machines without SSD's are almost obsolete already...
DPete27 wrote:1) It looks like a pretty good start.
2) Where do you live? (this will help us suggest places to shop, for example newegg.com or Microcenter)
3) Not saying that a 320GB hdd isn't sufficient, but would you be intersted in a 1TB hdd for only $13 more?
superjawes wrote:When you say "HD," you do mean 1080p and not 720p, yes? I know you aren't necessarily going to game right now, but your budget is very close to the Econobox, especially if you leave out the GPU for now.
You should have case options at this price range, but you might be able to get something that works well in mATX or mITX sizes, which might make things easier for a college environment. Consider that as you're piecing things together.
The cost savings aren't huge. I recommended those two micro-ATX tower cases as being decently-built, quiet and compact.JustAnEngineer wrote:Take a look at something like the $110 Antec NSK3480 (includes EA-380 PSU) or the $113 Silverstone Temjin TJ08B-E if you go with a Micro-ATX motherboard.
southrncomfortjm wrote:Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong, but with his setup, 380w would still leave plenty of juice for a decent graphics card down the road.
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