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May 19, 2013 9:01:33 PM

I was hoping I could get some feedback on my current build (first time), any help would be appreciated. I'd also like to know if I needed a cpu cooler and if so which one would you recommend. I'd like to also thank ScrewySqrl for your help on my first post...

I am a Software Engineer (modeling and simulation) and I'm looking to create a build for home that I can also work from (Home Use > Work Use). I do NOT need the computer for heavy rendering or animation. The 3D software we make does NOT use hi-res textures and we rely heavily on OpenSceneGraph(OpenGL), OGRE, and Qt for 3D graphics/GUI. Other info of note (summarized): Visual Studio 2010, Eclipse, Virtual Machine (sometimes multiple), Dual Boot in Linux (not necessary with VM), 20-50 tabs in browser, compiling large projects (30 min+).

That summarizes my needs in regards to working from home. As for my personal needs I'd first like to say that gaming isn't that high of a priority. I do play emulated games (up to PS1/PS2) on occasions but that's about it. I mainly use my computer for browsing internet (10-40 tabs), streaming video services, and data transfer/storage. I want to eventually build myself a HTPC but I'm hoping this system can fulfill those needs in the meantime. I currently have a Roku and a laptop hooked up via HDMI to my 55" Vierra VT30. I'd like to have 2 monitors (1920 x 1080) for this build and a possible third output with the TV to replace what my laptop is doing.

Approximate Purchase Date: Barring any new cpu/mobo/etc. coming out in the near future that may better meet my needs, I'm looking to build this ASAP.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Use (Web Browsing, Media Center, Word Processing), Software Development

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have an Amazon Prime account but whatever is more cost effective. I may pay a little more for fast shipping.

Location: Orlando, Florida

Overclocking: Maybe (Not sure what's the cons for my use case)

Additional Comments: Quiet build is a plus. I want to buy 2 22"-24" 1920 x 1080 monitors and possible output a third signal to my 55" Vierra VT30.

Here is my current selection. I couldn't find any Samsung 830's at the $159 price point so I went with the 840 pros. The premium I'm paying for the screens, mouse, and keyboard is for the sake of productivity while I'm working. Other than that if you find a better solution for my needs or more cost effective component then I'd be glad to receive your feedback. Thanks in advance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.63 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($187.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2312HM 23.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2312HM 23.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($76.00 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech Performance Wireless Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1936.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-19 23:56 EDT-0400)
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