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New Build componet selection analyzed, please


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oldrailroadgeek

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I am selecting components for my first computer build. I already have a 22" LCD monitor, a good new keyboard, 2 DVD R/W disk drives and reasonable skills on assembly of all the components. I am not into gaming. Do not understand over-clocking. I usually have my media center playing music while I view internet sites and do any work on my computer. I have not selected a GPU card or sound card as they can be added after the build is up and running
I have selected 2 options for the CPU & Mother Boards and am leaning toward Option #2 all the other components are the same for both options. I have just discovered by reading some of the forums here that the Seasonics PSU is not Haswell supportive and I will need a replacement for that component!:help:
Here are my component selections:

COMPUTER SPECS. FOR OLDRAILROADGEEK

COMPONENT BRAND MODEL SUPPLIER PART # Socket

OPTION #1
CPU --- Intel---- BX80637G2120 -- Amazon --- ASIN# B0093H8K1C --- 1155
MOTHERBOARD--- ASRock---- B75 PRO3 -- Newegg--- N82E16813157314 --- 1155

OPTION #2

CPU --- Intel---- i3-4330 -- TigerDirect --- GNT-101772988 --- 1150
MOTHERBOARD--- ASRock---- Z87 PRO3 -- Newegg --- N82E1681315730 --- 1150

REMAINING ITEMS ARE SAME FOR BOTH OPTIONS

RAM --- KINGSTON ---- KHX1600C9DSB1/4G-- Amazon --- ASIN# B0057Q4AGW --- DDR3
HDD --- Seagate ---- ST1000DM003 -- Newegg--- N82E16822148840
PSU --- Seasonic ---- S 12II 520 Bronze -- Newegg--- N82E16817151094
CASE {1} -- Rosewill ---- R-5 ATX MID-TOWER -- Newegg --- N82E16811147161
OS --- WINDOWS7HomePrem Full Version 64b -- Newegg --- N82E16832116986
MONITOR --- E-Machine ---- 22" LCD HDMI plug-- On Hand

{1} Case has 2 front mount fans(120mm) & 1 rear fan installed with control on top panel all
with filters; case has mounts for 7 additional 120mm fans
2 USB 2, 1 USB 3 & 1 eSATA ports on top panel

Any assistance you can give will be greatly appreciated. I live in the hills of West Virginia and the closest Computer store of any size is 100 miles distant, so my purchases will have to be from internet suppliers.

Thank you in advance,
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Welcome back oldrailroadgeek.
Option #2 would be my choice, but change the MB, (comparison) > http://www.newegg.co...157-460:$$$$$$$
CPU, the i3 4330, slightly faster, Hyper Threading, better graphics.
Rough comparison, > http://www.cpu-world...Core_G2120.html
Benchmarks, > http://www.xbitlabs....30_5.html#sect0
> http://browser.prima...ssor-benchmarks



RAM, gone for 8GB. Kingston $14.75 a GB, = $58.99 for 4GB.
G.Skill Aires, low profile $9.62 a GB = $76.99 for 8GB. better for 64 bit OS.


Notes, have not included the OS, your link goes to an OEM ver, $10 cheaper on Amazon.
You did not include an optical drive??

Suggested Build, > http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Eeql
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I accept your recommendations about the MB, RAM and source for CPU. I found a Haswell certified PSU (Seasonics G series SSR 550RM for $85.99,just $4.00 more than my original pick. I have a replacement DVD/RW on hand but will probably go ahead and order a new one instead. This build will probably exceed my budget of $600.00 by some by the time I finish, but I like the prospects of it.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Gday.
Glad we have been of help to you.
I always include a MB diagnostic beeper in a build, very useful tool. > http://cwc-group.com/8ohm.html

fyi, > http://actionradius.com/blog/?p=5752

Please let us know how things go.
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Hi Iammykyl,
Your FYI on PSU compatibility concerning Haswell was informative, but with a new build I'll go with the Gold certified unit anyway.
I'll take your advice on the internal speaker, maybe it will keep my cat off the keyboard and waking the computer.
Two other items, what is your recommendation on the optical device and which OS (7 or 8.1) would be easier to adjust to for an old XP addict. I do not plan to switch to touch screen, the "Ritus brothers- Osteo & Arth" control my arm movements too much!
From the winter frozen hills of West Virginia to the summer baked plains of Bisbane, I Thank You for your help!!:thumbsup:
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Gday.
The Haswell PSU marketing catches some people out, persuading them to replace an existing good unit.
Don't think the beeper will stop your cat, if the post OK, just one beep, morse type beeps are only generated if a problem.
Unless you read/write Blu ray content, I would just get something like this, > http://www.newegg.co...%24%24%24%24%24
I would go Windows 7. This rig, XP, continuously messed with, very robust. Not used W8 but do like W7, another rig, very stable, slimmed it down, now looks very like XP. Libraries can be a bit confusing until you realise it's just a collection of shortcuts. The IT industry does expect severe XP exploits when support ends, so I will ditch XP.

Bit cooler this morning, only 31C.
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Iammykyl,
I like the Samsung. With W7=64 bit would you recommend the Full Version or the Builders Version, I do not know the differences between them? I don't even know what is in the Full Version, but I use the media player in XP.
My current XP is the Media Center Version, though I've never used the Media Center itself just the player. My 4 previous rigs were Home Version XP and all have come with Works for Windows just as my current version does and I hope it is available in W7. I use Works for all word processing and spread sheets and after 20 years of use, I do not want to have to learn a new program.

Sorry about leavibg the R out of Brisbane. It is currently 21F and expected to be -1F by 6am and we have 6" of snow on the ground with more expected during the night.
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Gday.
An OEM license version when installed and activated, is permanently tied to the MB. You cannot reinstall/move to a different MB, except if the original board goes kaput and that model is no longer available. You have to get permission and activation from microsoft.
A full Retail license version can be installed/moved to a diferent MB but only one instance of the installation can be active\ated at the same time.
This page gives the version differences. Home premium and Pro are almost identical until you get near to the bottom of the listing, like, Pro has XP mode and remote Desktop.
> http://winsupersite....mparison-128684
Do you have discs and what ver of Works do you have? .
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Morning Iammykyl,
All my previous computers have come with Windows installed as well as Works, the last two did not have the disks included, just the stickers with the license numbers. Therefore I have no Works disk to install on the new unit in XP mode. I will find a program to replace Works features, convert my Works documents to the new format and transfer my documents to the new rig. The windows store suggested the Office Suite which has Word as a suitable replacement (they say). Works for Windows Version 8.5.

Thanks for all your HELP. I'll PM you when I have the new unit built and running.
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Gday.
When searching for "Works for Windows (any version) unlike the bundled one you are using, is not free.
I have been using Open Office Org for about five years, free open source. Try it on you currrent computer and if OK, you could just transfer your saved files to the new computer, with Open Office installed on the new rig, just click a document/spreadsheet, work on it, save in the format you want.
> About, http://cwc-group.com/8ohm.html
> Download, http://www.openoffic...load/index.html
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