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Build your own "Ivy Bridge" desktop PC

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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Topic: Hardware
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Processor

I'm going to go with the cheapest processor in the list, the Intel Core i5-3450. This processor is clocked at 3.1GHz but can be stepped up to 3.5GHz when turbo-boosted. 

  • Frequency: 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo)
  • L3 Cache: 6MB
  • Architecture: 22nm
  • Socket: LGA 1155
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2500
  • TDP: 77W

Image credit: NewEgg.

Price: $200.

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Motherboard

The motherboard I've gone for there is the Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H. This board features Intel's Z77 Express chipset and comes with everything you'd expect from a modern motherboard, including UEFI firmware, HDMI and USB 3.0.

This is a good, all-round, capable motherboard.

  • Socket: LGA 1155
  • CPU: Core i7/i5/i3 (LGA 1155)
  • North Bridge: Intel Z77
  • USB: 2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0

Image credit: Gigabyte.

Price: $140.

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RAM

The Ballistix Sport Series was created for mainstream users and enthusiasts. These modules feature heat spreaders for thermal performance. These modules make use of standard timings and voltages, making this a reliable, quality RAM option that’s ideal for maximum stability and compatibility.

  • Speed: DDR3-1333
  • Latency: CL9 (9-9-9-24)
  • Voltage: 1.5V
  • Bandwidth: PC3-10600 (10.6GB/s)

Image creditCrucial.

Price: $25.

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Hard Drive

I've gone for the Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB drive. This is a 7,200 RPM drive and features 64MB of cache.

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • RPM: 7,200RPM
  • Cache: 64MB

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Price: $140.

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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

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Price: $45.

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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.

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