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October 7, 2009 3:27:16 AM

I have included the template below. I have already created a parts list and any suggestions are welcome. I basically need to build a cool, quiet, and low energy consumption machine.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (This week)

BUDGET RANGE: (800-1000) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Web Editing, HTPC

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (www.newegg.com)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1400x900)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (The computer needs to be powerful, quiet, able to edit photos quickly using Adobe Photoshop)

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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $139.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $54.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield $199.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $209.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM SATA $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AZiO AWD102N PCI Wireless Adapter $22.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP $29.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $887.91 (without shipping)

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October 7, 2009 4:00:20 AM

I probably wouldn't use that case for a quiet, non-overclocked build.

I probably would not use that form factor either for a non-gaming rig.

Here are some other choices:

Gigabyte UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec mini P180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks like a good choice on the RAM. You could save a bit and purchase two of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.skill has been making some good RAM and these match or exceed the Kingston kit. I would not anticipate any issues.

The WD Caviar Black would be the more reliable, faster choice in hard drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

October 7, 2009 9:37:52 PM

Proximon said:
I probably wouldn't use that case for a quiet, non-overclocked build.

I probably would not use that form factor either for a non-gaming rig.

Here are some other choices:

Gigabyte UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec mini P180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks like a good choice on the RAM. You could save a bit and purchase two of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.skill has been making some good RAM and these match or exceed the Kingston kit. I would not anticipate any issues.

The WD Caviar Black would be the more reliable, faster choice in hard drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thank you for the suggestions Proximon! I researched hard drives and cases on the site and your suggestions were great. I am going with the Antec P180, it looks to be nearly silent during operation. The hard drive you suggested was out of stock so I am ordering a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA hard drive instead. The motherboard you suggested looks great. I have had bad experience with G.skill but thanks for the link. I actually found some Kingston ram that was cheaper, more around $200 instead of $230.

My New Total: $831.88

This includes the SATA cable since the hard drive is OEM and an upgraded CPU fan.

Once again
Thanks!
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October 7, 2009 11:46:59 PM

SATA cables should come with the motherboard
October 7, 2009 11:54:45 PM

WD Black is a performance drive, WD green is a power saving lower performing drive. I am not sure if the lesser drive performance will affect your application or not. If you want a performance drive the Samsung F3 is quick and inexpensive.
October 7, 2009 11:57:07 PM

What they said. The F3 is a good choice. The Caviar Green is going to be quiet and reliable, but not very speedy.
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