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Building a PC ...

takosan007 28 13 May 25, 2016 at 04:19 PM
Although being in IT for almost three dozen years, I never had the time to build a PC from scratch for myself. I did last year for my friend using one of the combo deals (G3220, case w/fan & MSI H81-P33).

Now I'm thinking of building one for myself as I see parts in my basement ... hence need advice.

My use case will be for general office use and hosting desktop VMs. Probably not much time for games but if it can play racing simulations for relaxation that'll be added bonus.

I see that I have:
  1. Antec P180
  2. MSI H81M-P33
  3. G3220
  4. SSD(180GB or 240GB from Intel) for desktop OS boot drive
  5. RAM sticks

So the shopping list will be:
  1. PS
  2. thinking of getting i5-4690K (~$230) instead of using G3220 but the question will be whether the MSI H81M-P33 motherboard will be sufficient?

I have monitors, mechanical hard drives for data drive, etc.

Advice?

Thank you!

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Thank you ... I can swap one of the old Win10 laptop's 480GB with the 240GB.

Any advice on whether the motherboard is good enough for 4690K?

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240GB is small for OS and some other craps.
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Probably it's just me. I would go for a case that has USB 3.0 ports, Removable 3.5" HDD cage or tool-less drive bays.
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are the ram sticks compatible with the the mobo?
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Probably it's just me. I would go for a case that has USB 3.0 ports, Removable 3.5" HDD cage or tool-less drive bays.
The P180 I go it several years (or more) ago ... are the USB ports supplied by the case or is it supplied on the motherboard? I thought it was the latter but if not then I surely need to rethink the case Confused

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are the ram sticks compatible with the the mobo?
Yes, if the current motherboard I have is good enough for the 4690K ...
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Last edited by takosan007 May 25, 2016 at 08:59 PM
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there was a corsair power supply sale a couple of days ago.
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there was a corsair power supply sale a couple of days ago.
Thank you - will look into it :-)
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Budget?

Regarding your motherboard. The sockets match so what you have will work but with the K series processor but you have a H series motherboard which can't do overclocking. To overclock you need a Z87 Chipset in the motherboard https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs...87,H87,H81) Also if your going to overclock what is your plan for cooling?

I like to spend a similar amount of money on my motherboard and processor or at least in the ballpark. However in your case you have a budget board and a mid range CPU.

Put your build on PCPartspicker.com it's a lot easier to follow then a list like above.

240 is the minimum i would do for an OS and program SSD. Samsung, Intel, and Crucial are good choices.
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Thank you - will look into it :-)
welcome op.
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@LiquidRetro:

No set amount but I want to keep at minimal. Selling G3220 (is it really worth ~$70) to get 4690K might help.

Thank you for the chipset info - learned something new (old dog can learn new tricks).

I know it may seem an overkill buying a "K" processor but was thinking that I can buy a better motherboard with the right chipset & cooling later when the itch to overclock develops. Here I'm hoping that I will be more happy with 4690K than G3220 for doing office stuff (and when occasionally relaxing driving around a circuit).

Thank you!
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Quote from takosan007 View Post :
@LiquidRetro:

No set amount but I want to keep at minimal. Selling G3220 (is it really worth ~$70) to get 4690K might help.

Thank you for the chipset info - learned something new (old dog can learn new tricks).

I know it may seem an overkill buying a "K" processor but was thinking that I can buy a better motherboard with the right chipset & cooling later when the itch to overclock develops. Here I'm hoping that I will be more happy with 4690K than G3220 for doing office stuff (and when occasionally relaxing driving around a circuit).

Thank you!
Please quote people when you reply to them so they get a notification.

Ya hosting VM's I think you definitely want an i series processor. What your saying with the overclock is what a lot of people do. Just make sure you use the overclock since your paying for it.

I would strongly encourage you to use the PC Partspicke website and put everything on that. It makes this process alot easier for the people reviewing your potential build.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Please quote people when you reply to them so they get a notification.

Ya hosting VM's I think you definitely want an i series processor. What your saying with the overclock is what a lot of people do. Just make sure you use the overclock since your paying for it.

I would strongly encourage you to use the PC Partspicke website and put everything on that. It makes this process alot easier for the people reviewing your potential build.
Got it on the quotes - I hope this comes through right.Thank you for the right way to do it.

Looks like if I want to quote parts and/or break up a paragraph, I just add the appropriate quote tags (unless there is an easier way to break up into multiple quotes).
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Anandtech has excellent guides for building PCs. I have built four PCs from their guides and have been very happy (except for one Gigabyte MoBo).
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