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Building a sandybridge system. Will these componets work together?


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dmproske

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Hello all,

I will be building a system for my wife. Budget is 700-750ish at the max. Use will be home office, internet surfing, and very light gaming now and then. I want a reasonably fast system that will last for 4-5 years, and have the abaility to be upgraded at that time. Im planning on using the onboard video of the cpu/mb. I will NOT be overclocking anything.

Will the power supply thats included in the case be enough? Or do i need to upgrade to a Corsair 750.

Is there enough upgradeability in the MB? If not whats a better choice?

Do I have the correct ram selected? I used Neweggs ram selector.



Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264BA1339

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

OKGEAR 24" Slim SATA 6 Gbps(7+6 pins) and SATA power combo cable Model GC24SATA67 (2)
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Hi dmproske :)

Only got a couple of minutes, will get back to you later today. This will start you going.

For future upgrading you need to go to a Z68 platform. Have a look at these boards and see if any suit you.

> http://www.newegg.co...6^13-130-596-TS
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Thanks for the quick help. That gets me pointed in the right direction.
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Info.

The Sandy Bridge CPU incorporates graphics. Specs page from full review, > http://www.hardwarec...s-review-2.html

2500\2600 SB + P67 Mobo = no graphics, no overclocking. (mobo has no video outlets)
2500\2600 SB + H67 Mobo = access to graphics, very limited overclocking through Turbo Boost and the like. (most Mobos have video outlets)

2500K/2600K + P67 = Overclocking, No access to graphics. Hyper Threading 2600K only.
2500K/2600K + H67 = Limited overclocking, Turbo Boost, integrated graphics.

The new Z68 Motherboards (providing they have video outlets) will allow full access to all features of any particular Sandy Bridge CPU installed. If you start with your selected 2500 CPU you could upgrade later or install now, 2500K about + $30, 2600 about $90, 2600K, about $140. As you are not interested in overclocking I think your upgrade path should be for a discrete graphics card.

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 > Review, http://www.hardwares...herboard/1280/1


the selected case and PSU. The PSU is the engine in the PC and everything else depends on it. It needs to be a good quality build, efficient giving clean and stable power, it also needs to have enough AMPS to supply a video card. TR2 420W review, > http://www.hardwares...ly-Review/332/1
One of these will do the job and give some headroom for a video card later. > http://www.newegg.co...7^17-341-017-TS

Cases to look at, > http://www.newegg.co...2^11-129-042-TS

RAM. will have to be selected after deciding on the Mobo.



You will not need the paste as the TIM is pre applied to the CPU cooler heatsink.

OKGEAR 24" Slim SATA 6 Gbps(7+6 pins) and SATA power combo cable Model GC24SATA67 (2)



What are these cables for?
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[bleep] IT! Went to put my order in this morning and motherboard was out of stock. Oh well. Guess I will wait.
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Btw, decided to go with the ASRock Z68 PRO3, if anyone can find this in stock online with price similar to newegg let me know.
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I doubt you will get a better price anywhere else. Put it on back order so you don't miss the next lot coming in.

Have you selected any other parts?

What about that cable listed?
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Here is what I went with.

I went with the MSI mb because we need the pc now, and didnt have time to wait. It seemed to have better reviews than the alternate asr board. From the light use that she will do on this pc, i feel the psu in the case may be enough. If it is not, I will upgrade it when i have the funds to do so. I will definatly upgrade it when I do a cpu/gpu upgrade in the future. From what I saw we shouldnt go over 200-230 watts right now.

The sata cable was listed when I didnt know the mb came with 2 sata cables. On my last build the mb didnt come with a sata cable.

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148697

. 1 LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136236


. 1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986

. 1 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
Item #: N82E16820233147

. 1 Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811133185

. 1 MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130596

. 1 Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
Item #: N82E16819115073

Edited by dmproske, 24 May 2011 - 11:43 AM.

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To reach the speed of the selected memory, it will have to be overclocked. The default supported memory of the selected board is DDR3 1066/1333.
Tested memory list, > http://www.msi.com/p...?div=TestReport. You may save some dollars by selecting 1333.

Your selected Mobo has 8 screw holes for fastening down to the case. The case may come with pre installed standoffs or you may have to install them yourself.

It is critical that there ONLY be 8 standoffs in the case and that they match EXACTLY the screw holes in the Mobo. Having any extra standoffs causes a short on the Mobo preventing boot up and can cause damage.
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Yes the case came with only three standoffs....What the...?? So I have to go to the pc supply store and buy some more.
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The packet of screws that comes with the Mobo will contain standoffs. It will also contain an I/O shield to match the outlets on the Mobo, use it to replace the on already fitted in the case.

Take your time, remember to take anti static measures.

Everything else looks good.

Just read the full post, missed that you have built before.
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I thought it was odd but the mb did NOT come with a packet of screws. My father in law had enough left over from his build so I got it built tonight. Got it powered up and am loading Windows now.
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I was wrong. The case shoudl have the packet of screws, not the Mobo.

Good Luck.
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