$2,500 System

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks

SYSTEM USAGE: Video and photo editing, heavy db, movies, possible HD TV, general usage. No gaming. Normally have 5-8 programs open at a time.

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.com. except for monitor

PARTS PREFERENCES: This is what I have come up with as of now:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608007

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.258292

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.258292

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102837

Crucial CT128M225 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148319

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162

Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118032

Monitor: Dell Ultra 2408WFP

OVERCLOCKING Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE Maybe in future.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS Would like a quiet PC. Intending to put OS on the SSD
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  1. right now im wondering if OC'ing your CPU will help you with any of your programs...hmmm

    Anyway, switch out the thermal paste with arctic cooling MX-3, no cure time and is pretty much top-of-the-line thermal paste.
  2. I would suggest an nvidia card like the GTS250 or GTX260 so that you have CUDA support, many programs for the type of work you do support CUDA and it should help a fair amount. You would also benefit from more memory, get a second kit of the OCZ platinum ram, other than that it looks pretty good.

    If you want a silent PC get one with large fans or go liquid cooling, the 200mm fans in the HAF 922 will be quieter than the 120mm fans because they spin slower while moving more air.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
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