Build your own "Ivy Bridge" desktop PC

Build your own "Ivy Bridge" desktop PC

Summary: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs are now on sale so it's time to look at putting together a system based around this new and exciting silicon.


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  • Power Supply Unit

    The Builder Series CX430 V2 is the ideal choice for PC builders and upgraders who need a great value, quiet and energy efficient PSU for a low/medium specification home or office PC.

    • Power: 430W
    • Modular: No
    • 80 Plus: Certified
    • ATX Connector: 1
    • EPS Connector: 1
    • PCI-E Connector: 1
    • 4-Pin Peripheral: 3
    • SATA Connector: 4
    • Floppy Connector: 1

    Image creditCorsair.

    Price: $45.

  • Optical Drive

    The ASUS DRW-24B1LT / 24B1ST is capable of reading and writing data on DVD±R/±RW, DVDRAM formats. It is a power saving drive and offers a feature to allow you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs.

    • Interface: SATA
    • Buffer: 1.5MB
    • Read Speed: DVD+R: 16 X | DVD-R: 16 X | DVD+RW: 12 X | DVD-RW: 12 X | DVD-ROM: 16 X | DVD+R(DL): 12 X | DVD-R(DL): 12 X | DVD-ROM(DL): 12 X | CD-R: 40 X | CD-RW: 40 X | CD-ROM: 48 X | DVD video playback: 6 X | VCD playback: 16 X | Audio CD Playback: 16 X
    • Write Speed: DVD+R: 24X | DVD-R: 24X | DVD+RW:  8X | DVD-RW: 6X | DVD+R(DL): 12X | DVD-R (DL): 12X | DVD-RAM: 12X | CD-R: 48X | CD-RW: 24X
    • Writing Mode: DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Write | DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO/Incremental Recording | DVD+RW: Random Write | DVD-RW: DAO/Restricted Overwrite/Incremental Recording | CD-R/RW: DAO/TAO/SAO/Packet Write

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    Price: $20.

Topics: Hardware, Intel, Processors

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  • okay, now what

    You have a pile of parts. What are you going to do wire them up in a pile on the desk or are you going to get a case? Or are you just flogging goods?

    And why the cheapest quad core i5 when you can get for the same money an 8 core AMD Zambezi with 8 meg L2 and 8 meg L3 cache running natively at 3.6 gig.

    Getting the cheapest is a pretty poor choice. So I can only assume that you don't know what you are writing about.
    • It's not about AMD - as it says in the title

      The title is "Build your own 'Ivy Bridge' desktop PC". So That rather precludes any processor made by AMD. Don't you think?
      I'm sure you'd feel it would be wrong to include an Intel processor if the title was "Build your own AMD based desktop PC". So when you write that article, @RAV55, you can drool over your 8-core AMD processor to your heart's content.
    • Intel > AMD

      Because the i5 3450 is still better than the Bulldozer. Look up benchmarks. The Bulldozer has to be overclocked to be near the 3450's performance.

      But if you want to boast "I HAZ MOARRRR CORESSS", then please, get the 8 cores.
      Tin Nguyen
  • Why God why!

    Seriously this a config! Whom are you kidding? Z77 board with non ocing proccy! And 1333 RAMs! Didnt you find any 1600 ones!! And u just forgot a graphics card. Then why did to get a SLI board? Ok, if u got z77, no it supports ssd caching? So where is ur SSD? Fine, why did u got a 430 W PSW, a CM 350 can run this, may be some one wants to throw in a graphics card right, so put a GS 600, keep room for 7850 Crossfire X!
    This config is wrong in so many levels. And you sir are an idiot.
    • Lol

      Obviously knows nothing about computer.
      The title is "Build your own 'Ivy Bridge' desktop", not "SUPER AWESOME Z77 IVY BRIDGE with GFX cards".
      Not many people need the extra GPU power. Some just wants to browse the web or do a server.
      He doesn't need to get an SSD for SSD caching. Just because it supports it, he has to use it.
      Tin Nguyen
  • ???

    So AK did you ever finish it does it work whay os?
    benchmarks maybe a passmark score or something
    its been almost 3 months
    preferred user
  • Build your own "Ivy Bridge" desktop PC

    I used to have an AMD Athlon 64 bit x2 6000+ I found that it could not handle "ram 3 only 2,"so I got hold of unit minus optical drive and hard drive, the unit has a turbo i7 processor all for $500 (new) and it really goes well I am very happy. The i3 & i5 are 'Junkers' in my opinion! As soon as AMD put out a better 'chip' I will opt for that,WHY? I prefer the AMD opinion/choice :)
    john alldis