I'm posting this for a friend who is doing his first build. The system is intended for digital audio and video editing work, along with the usual email, web browsing, and MS Office work (no gaming).
The component selections below are his. Other than any general feedback on the build, he is looking for guidance on the mobo and the GPU, particularly the latter. He doesn't want to wait more than a couple of weeks to purchase the parts even though he is aware that the HD 5000 series may impact GPU prices.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $800 after rebates (excludes case and PSU which he already has) SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Digital audio and video editing, email, web browsing, etc. PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Case
ENERMAX INFINITI EIN650AWT 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC PSU PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: None OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (future purchase)
Thanks to both of you for the feedback. I'll pass your recommendations on to him (I suggested the 4670 as well so maybe he'll be persuaded now).
I forgot to mention that having a quiet machine is reasonably important to him. Is there anything he can change or do to reduce noise (unfortunately he already bought the case and psu). For example, are there fans he should consider and/or passive cooling for the cpu?