Is this system good, what motherboard?

d4774ni

Novice Member
Hi

I am going to build a PC for my friend

He has an i5 but is having problems with it and wants to upgrade to i7

I have looked up on ebuyer and spec him a machine up

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor (349026)

Coolermaster Silencio 650 with GX Lite 700W (389855)

Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

Kingston 16GB DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Genesis XMP Memory

Crucial 128GB M4 SSD with 3.5" Bracket (309385)


I am going to take 1TB hard disk and DVD RW from his old PC and transfer to new one, run SSD as operating system/applications drive and 1TB for his data.

Basically uses it for word processing, internet and pictures - not gaming.

I chose the ASUS motherboard as I have always had them in my PCs and never had any problems, the last build I did I put a AS Rock motherboard in - with no issues.

I like the look of this one as well

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel audio ATX Motherboard (398379)

I know that is maybe an over the top motherboard for his needs but I want to make his system future proof.

Is the motherboard OK, or are there others that you could suggest

I read on the internet that Z77 boards are the ones to go for, is this correct?

Thanks
 

paulktreg

Active Member
"Basically uses it for word processing, internet and pictures - not gaming."

You've specified, apart from a graphics card, an high end gaming PC?

Future proofing doesn't really come into it does it?

Go for a cheaper AMD processor with built in graphics, much more suited to his needs in my opinion.
 

spyder viewer

Well-known Member
What problems does he have than upgrade to an i7 is going to fix given his list of uses? Better to fix what he's got than waste money on new problems.
 

d4774ni

Novice Member
I know the system is high end gaming system

I have given him the option to fix his current one but he wants to upgrade - has a dell PC which has USB problems, I suggested replacing the case and power supply but he has decided he wants to replace it.

There is no graphics card as I would use on board,

He currently has an I5 processor, hence reason why he wants to go to a I7 processor

Please can advise me on motherboard I have chose and components

Thanks
 

dacads

Active Member
Going from an i5 to i7 will practically do next to nothing for word processing etc

Motherboard..Gigabyte Z77-D3H will be the best choice

Also stick with 8GB RAM as 16GB is again overkill for the mentioned tasks
 

samisnake

Member
for your friends requirements, this is ridiculously OTT.
i think if you are speccing a build like this for someone who wants to simply use word, and browse the web, you shouldnt be the one building the system.
 

spyder viewer

Well-known Member
for your friends requirements, this is ridiculously OTT.
i think if you are speccing a build like this for someone who wants to simply use word, and browse the web, you shouldnt be the one building the system.
I think you are being a lttle unfair to the OP with your post: he's made it clear that the specification is overkill but has been asked by and is trying to guide a friend. Let's set aside the suitability issues, and just try to answer the OP's questions.

Thanks.
 

samisnake

Member
I think you are being a lttle unfair to the OP with your post: he's made it clear that the specification is overkill but has been asked by and is trying to guide a friend. Let's set aside the suitability issues, and just try to answer the OP's questions.

Thanks.
i disagree, although looking back at my post, it does come across quite aggressive.
that wasnt my intention, so for that im sorry, d477.

however, the way i see it is that the actual building of the system is pretty easy.
its the parts picking and any problem solving that can be tricky. if the parts picking is all askew, whos to say the problem solving will be any better. i dont know the op, but i dont think id want him speccing/building a system for me.
the op's build is ridiculous for his friends build, i stand by that.

that board wont make the system any more future proof than a £50-60 board.
by the time the cpu is needed for word processing and pictures etc, we'll have moved on leaps and bounds in hardware, to where the extra cost here would be wasted.
the argument of going for quad core cpus over dual goes back to 06/07, and is still around the same point as it was then.

for the op's friend, with an 1155 system, an i3 (even a pentium 1155 would be fine), cheap b75 board, 4gb, an ssd + storage drive would be more than enough, plus allow for sensible upgrades down the line.
there isnt any point going for a mid-top end board, an overclockable cpu etc for that build.
a cheaper amd fusion based system would also be more than adequate.
 

d4774ni

Novice Member
Thanks for all your answers, yes I know it is an overkill/over the top system.

I asked my friend what they wanted and they want an i7 system - there is nothing I can do to change his mind on this

He was going to buy a system for about £900 from nova tech

I had read all, I will spec/change motherboard down and put less memory in

I wanted to get a decent case, chose that one as it is the one I could find a built-in card reader and he wanted this.

I do know about computers and building them - I work in IT, have built mine and many friends systems.

Any suggestions on board, please advise

Thanks for your feedback
 

offitmassive

Well-known Member
is he willing to sell his i5?
 

RustySpoons

Well-known Member
I'd personally recommend a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H or a Z77X-UD3H
 

offitmassive

Well-known Member
Sorry to hijack thread but what's the difference between the 2 boards?
 

RustySpoons

Well-known Member
Better Audio, has 2 amps, 1 for headphones, 1 for line out, better audio chipset (really good for onboard) Better voltage regulation etc. 2x LAN, 1 is Intel and the other Atheros rather than Realtek.

UD5 also runs MAC OSX if you're interested in that or dual booting, without any DSDT files.

Comparison here:

GIGABYTE- I found some useful information and would like to share with you
 

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