Ayumilove PC Builder 2012 December Recommendation Guide

This build consists of all the essential needs for mainstream users which will definitely leave you a happy man/woman with the price you paid for! This build will lasts you up to 5 years before you move on to a new PC for gaming or office work. My current Intel Duo Core PC serves me for 5 years and its still good as well but not great for intensive work. The biuld below is a mix of performance vs budget.

MAINSTREAM
$330 [CPU] Intel Core i7-3770K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
$035 [CPU COOLER] Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
$120 [MOTHERBOARD] ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
$045 [RAM] G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$125 [SSD] Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk
$070 [HDD] Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
$220 [GPU] MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
$125 [PSU] Rosewill Tachyon 650W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V
$110 [CASE] NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
$023 [OPTICAL DRIVE] Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
$300 [MONITOR] Dell U2412HM 24.0″ Monitor
$140 [OS] Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
$090 [KEYBOARD] Kinesis Freestyle Solo Ergonomic USB Keyboard Wired
$023 [MOUSE] Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse
$085 [SPEAKER] Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506
Total $1841 USD

List of Intel CPU Batch Number + Cherry Picking Binning CPU

Below is a guide on how to read Intel CPU Batch Number which is 8 characters long with a mix of number and alphabet which represents a value or description for each field. The first character represents the place where the CPU is assembled by assembling the IHS (Integrated Heatsink) with the chip followed by boxing. The chip extracted from the wafer is only processed in USA which is later distributed to the assembly plant around the world to make sure all CPU batch have the equivalent highest quality. The second character represents the year it is manufactured. Example 7 represents 2007. The third and fourth character represents the total week from January of that year. So if its 30, it means approximately 30 weeks divided by 4 weeks per month gives 7.5 (around July mid). The fifth character represents the CPU Stepping. It comes in 3 different flavors which is A (uses less volt but produces more heat – great for extreme water cooling or liquid nitrogen or DICE aka Dry-Ice), B (uses more volt but produces less heat – best for air cooling or entry-level water cooling) and C (very rare – balance of both world A and B). The last 3 characters are Intel CPU serialization codes.

Example: L707A723 —

1st letter or digit = plant code: (Malaysia)
0 = San Jose, Costa Rica
1 = Cavite, Philippines
3 = Costa Rica
6 = Chandler, Arizona
7 = Philippines
8 = Leixlip, Ireland
9 = Penang, Malaysia
L = Malaysia
Q = Malaysia
R = Manila, Philippines
Y = Leixlip, Ireland

2nd digit = Year of production: (2007)
3rd & 4th digits = week: (7th week )
5th digit = Stepping (A or B or C)
6th – 8th digits = lot number: (723)
10th – 13th digits = serialization code (—)

Stepping A = less volt more heat (best with full water cooling).
Stepping B = more volt less heat (best with air or entry water cooling).

Intel 3rd Generation CPU Ivy Bridge

Batch Number | CPU Name | GHz | Voltage
3213B440 3770K 4400 1.17
L152B586 3770K 4700 1.24
L204B321 3770K SkyyPunk
L204B321 3770K 4600 1.21 Murlocke
L204B321 3770K 4800 1.30 michaelrw
L204B343 3770K 4700 1.28; 4900 1.34 Jcyle
L206A973 3770K DaClownie
L206B314 3770K 4800 1.35 KuuFA
L206B314 3770K 4500 1.20
L206B314 3770K 4600 1.32 samwiches
L206B468 3770K kxdu
L206B468 3770K Special_K
L211B472 3770K 4800 1.28
L211B477 3770K 5000 1.38 Darth Oscar
L212B228 3770K 4600 1.22; 4700 1.28; 4800 1.34
3204B958 3570K 4500 1.17; 4700 1.22; 4800 1.25 SonDa5
3208C060 3570K 4500 1.25
3209B767 3570K 4500 1.21 Ben the OCer
3210C023 3570K 4400 1.20
L152B659 3570K 4500 1.26
L202B743 3570K 4500 1.10+
L204B361 3570K DeXel
L206B524 3570K Jinto
L208B128 3570k 4900 1.35 adamski07
L209C112 3570K 4700 1.25
L209C223 3570K 4500 1.14
3209C030 3570K 4500 1.22 purdueman

Rosewill Fortress 750W Power Supply Review

Rosewill FORTRESS-750 750W Continuous @50°C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS PLATINUM, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire Ready, Active PFC Power Supply. Not only has the Rosewill FORTRESS-750 achieved 80 Plus Platinum certification, it also uses the single 12V rail design which provides enough power to your high end components, including your high end CPU and multi GPUs configuration. The Rosewill FORTRESS-750 also uses Japanese capacitor to ensure the highest quality and is added with Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection and Short Circuit Protection for maximum protection to your critical system components.

PSU Features

ATX12V AND EPS12V COMPATIBLE
Compatible with the ATX12V v2.31 and EPS12V v2.92 standards, the Rosewill FORTRESS-750 provides maximum power stability to drive the processors as well as other components for desktop and server computer systems.

CONTINUOUS 750W OUTPUT WITH SINGLE STRONG 12V RAIL
The FORTRESS-750 power supply delivers 750W of continuous output (at 50°C),with single strong 12V rail up to 62.5A to ensure the maximum provision of 12V power to CPUs and GPUs,minimizing the likelihood of overload shut down, idea for Gaming system.

80 PLUS PLATINUM CERTIFIED
The 80 PLUS Platinum certified power supply provides high power efficiency up to 94%, saving your money on your electrical bill, reducing heat in your computer’s system and prolonging its life.

AMD CROSSFIREX AND NVIDIA SLI READY
With four 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors, the AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI certified Rosewill FORTRESS-750 power supply is ideal for building an aggressive multi-GPU gaming system.

QUIET 135MM BALL BEARING FAN
The Rosewill FORTRESS-750 features a 135mm bearing fan with Auto Fan Speed Control, delivering whisper-quiet cooling.

PSU Specifications

80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified
Continuous [email protected]
All Japan capacitors
Single strong 12V rail – idea for Gaming system
SLI & CrossFire Ready – 4 x 6+2pin Connector
1x Silent 135mm Fan with Auto Fan Speed Control for better silence
Active-PFC with auto AC-input voltage adjustment(100-240V)
Special Black Coating Housing
Mesh sleeving on all cables for easier cable routing and better ventilation
Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection, and Short Circuit Protection provide maximum safety to your critical system components
Safety & EMI Approval : cULus, FCC, CE, ROHS
7-year Warranty : One to one replacement

Pros and Cons of Rosewill Fortress 750W

Pros

Cons

  1. Cables are not modular
  2. Zip ties included instead of re-usable velcro cable ties
  3. The 163mm length of this PSU kept it from fitting properly in a BitFenix Prodigy, but that’s more of a design problem with the Prodigy.

Source:
Rosewill Product Information
JonnyGuru Review

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
GeForce Radeon Intel
Discrete: GTX 690 Radeon HD 7990
Discrete: Titan
Discrete: GTX 590, 780 Discrete: HD 6990, 7970 GHz Ed.
Discrete: GTX 680, 770 Discrete: HD 7970
Discrete: GTX 670, 760 Discrete: HD 5970, 7870 LE (XT), 7950
Discrete: GTX 580, 660, 660 Ti Discrete: HD 7870
Discrete: GTX 295, 480, 570, 650 Ti Boost
Go (mobile): 680M
Discrete: HD 4870 X2, 6970, 7850
Mobility: 7970M
Discrete: GTX 470, 560 Ti, 560 Ti 448 Core Discrete: HD 4850 X2, 5870, 6950
Mobility: 7950M
Discrete: GTX 560, 650 Ti
Go (mobile): 580M, 675M
Discrete: HD 5850, 6870, 7790
Mobility: 6990M
Discrete: 9800 GX2, 285, 460 256-bit, 465 Discrete: HD 6850, 7770
Mobility: 6900M
Discrete: GTX 260, 275, 280, 460 192-bit, 460 SE, 550 Ti, 560 SE, 650
Go (mobile): 570M, 670M
Discrete: HD 4870, 5770, 4890, 5830, 6770, 6790, 7750
Mobility: HD 5870, 6800M
Discrete: 8800 Ultra, 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, GTS 250, GTS 450
Go (mobile): 560M, 660M
Discrete: HD 3870 X2, 4850, 5750, 6750
Mobility: HD 4850, 5850, 7870M
Discrete: 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512 MB, GT 545 (GDDR5)
Go (mobile): GTX 280M, 285M, 555M (GDDR5)
Discrete: HD 4770
Mobility: HD 4860, 7770M, 7850M
Discrete: 8800 GT 512 MB, 9800 GT, GT 545 (DDR3), GT 640 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): 9800M GTX, GTX 260M (112), GTS 360M (GDDR5), 555M (DDR3)
Discrete: HD 4830, HD 5670, HD 6670 (GDDR5)
Mobility: HD 5770, HD 5750, 6600M/6700M (GDDR5), 7750M
Discrete: 8800 GTS 640 MB, 9600 GT, GT 240 (GDDR5)
Go (mobile): 9800M GTS, GTX 160M
Discrete: HD 2900 XT, HD 3870, HD 5570 (GDDR5), HD 6570 (GDDR5)
Mobility: 6500M (GDDR5), 6600M/6700M (DDR3), 7730M
Discrete: 8800 GS, 9600 GSO, GT 240 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): GTX 260M (96), GTS 150M, GTS 360M (DDR3)
Discrete: HD 3850 512 MB, HD 4670, HD 5570 (DDR3), HD 6570 (DDR3), HD 6670 (DDR3)
Mobility: HD 3870, HD 5730, HD 5650, 6500M (DDR3)
Discrete: 8800 GT 256 MB, 8800 GTS 320 MB, GT 440 GDDR5, GT 630 GDDR5
Go (mobile): 8800M
Discrete: HD 2900 PRO, HD 3850 256 MB, 5550 (GDDR5)
Mobility: HD 3850
Discrete: 7950 GX2, GT 440 DDR3, GT 630 DDR3 Discrete: X1950 XTX, HD 4650 (DDR3), 5550 (DDR3)
Integrated: HD 7660D
Discrete: 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTO, 7900 GTX, GT 430, GT 530
Go (mobile): 550M
Discrete: X1900 XT, X1950 XT, X1900 XTX
Discrete: 7800 GTX, 7900 GT, 7950 G, GT 220 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): 525M, 540M
Discrete: X1800 XT, X1900 AIW, X1900 GT, X1950 Pro, HD 2900 GT, HD 5550 (DDR2)
Integrated: HD 7560D
Discrete: 7800 GT, 7900 GS, 8600 GTS, 9500 GT (GDDR3), GT 220 (DDR2)
Go (mobile): 7950 GTX
Discrete: X1800 XL, X1950 GT, HD 4650 (DDR2), HD 6450
Mobility: X1800 XT, HD 4650, HD 5165, 6400M
Integrated: HD 6620G, 6550D, 7540D
Discrete: 6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 7800 GS, 8600 GS, 8600 GT (GDDR3), 9500 GT (DDR2)
Go (mobile): 7800 GTX, 7900 GTX
Discrete: X800 XT (& PE), X850 XT (& PE), X1650 XT, X1800 GTO, HD 2600 XT, HD 3650 (DDR3), HD 3670
Mobility: X1900, 3670
Integrated: 6520G, 6530D, 7480D
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Discrete: 6800 GT, 6800 GS (PCIe), 8600 GT (DDR2), GT 520
Go (mobile): 7800, Go 7900 GS, 520M, 520MX
Discrete: X800 XL, X800 GTO2/GTO16, HD 2600 Pro, HD 3650 (DDR2),
Mobility: X800 XT, HD 2600 XT, 3650
Integrated: 6410D, 6480G
Discrete: 6800 GS (AGP)
Go (mobile): 6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 8600M GT, 8700M GT, 410M
Discrete: X800 GTO 256 MB, X800 PRO, X850 Pro, X1650 GT
Mobility: HD 2600
Integrated: 6370D, 6380G
Discrete: 6800, 7300 GT GDDR3, 7600 GS, 8600M GS
Go (mobile): 6800, 7700
Discrete: X800, X800 GTO 128 MB, X1600 XT, X1650 Pro
Mobility: X1800, HD 5145, HD 5470 (GDDR5)
Discrete: 6600 GT, 6800LE, 6800 XT, 7300 GT (DDR2), 8500 GT, 9400 GT
Go (mobile): 7600 (128-bit)
Discrete: 9800 XT, X700 PRO, X800 GT, X800 SE, X1300 XT, X1600 PRO, HD 2400 XT, HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 5450
Mobility: X800, 3470, HD 5470 (DDR3), HD 5450, HD 5430, 6300M
Integrated: HD 6310, HD 6320
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Discrete: FX 5900, FX 5900 Ultra, FX 5950 Ultra, 6600 (128-bit)
Go (mobile): 6800 (128-bit)
Integrated: 9300, 9400
Discrete: 9700, 9700 Pro, 9800, 9800 Pro, X700, X1300 Pro, X1550, HD 2400 Pro
Mobility: X1450, X1600, X1700, 2400 XT, X2500, 3450
Integrated: HD 3200, HD 3300, HD 4200, HD 4250, HD 4290, HD 6250, HD 6290
Discrete: FX 5800 Ultra, FX 5900 XT
Go (mobile): 6600, Go 7600 (64-bit)
Discrete: 9500 Pro, 9600 XT, 9800 Pro (128-bit), X600 XT, X1050 (128-bit)
Mobility: 9800, X700, X1350, X1400, X2300, HD 2400
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Core i5-6×1), 2000
Discrete: 4 Ti 4600, 4 Ti 4800, FX 5700 Ultra, 6200, 8300, 8400 G, G 210, G 310
Go (mobile): 315M
Discrete: 9600 PRO, 9800 LE, X600 PRO, HD 2300
Mobility: 9700 (128-bit), X600, X1300
Integrated: Xpress 1250
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Core i3 5×0, Core i5-6×0)
Discrete: 4 Ti4200, 4 Ti4400, 4 Ti4800 SE, FX 5600 Ultra, FX 5700, 6600 (64-bit), 7300 GS, 8400M GS, 9300M G, 9300M GS Discrete: 9500, 9550, 9600, X300, X1050 (64-bit)
Mobility: 9600
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Pentium G)
Discrete: 3 Ti500, FX 5200 Ultra, FX 5600, FX 5700 LE, 6200 TC, 6600 LE, 7200 GS, 7300 LE
Go (mobile): 5700, 8200M, 9200M GS, 9100
Integrated: 8200, 8300
Discrete: 8500, 9100, 9000 PRO, 9600 LE, X300 SE, X1150
Mobility 9700 (64-bit)
Integrated: GMA X4500
Discrete: 3, 3 Ti200, FX 5200 (128-bit), FX 5500,
Go (mobile): 5600, 6200, 6400, 7200, 7300, 7400 (64-bit)
Discrete: 9000, 9200, 9250
Mobility: 9600 (64-bit), X300
Discrete: FX 5200 (64 bit)
Go (mobile): 7200, 7400 (32-bit)
Integrated: 6100, 6150, 7025, 7050
Discrete: 9200 SE
Integrated: Xpress 200M, Xpress 1000, Xpress 1150
Integrated: GMA X3000, X3100, X3500
Discrete: 2 GTS, 4 MX 440, 2 Ultra, 2 Ti, 2 Ti 200 Discrete: 7500 Integrated: GMA 3000, 3100
Discrete: 256, 2 MX 200, 4 MX 420, 2 MX 400 Discrete: SDR, LE, DDR, 7000, 7200 Integrated: GMA 500, 900, 950
Discrete: Nvidia TNT Discrete: Rage 128 Discrete: Intel 740