Need help to build Core i5 system under $1,200

Hey, I’m building this PC for my general work.
I’m not a gamer and don’t really play that much, just need the PC to be really fast for office related work. When something is working slow it really gets me angry.
I generally run multiple programs at the same time, and do some photo editing or video conversion.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (by the end of this month)

BUDGET RANGE: (Around $1200) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Office Work, Multitasking, Surfing the Internet, Photo Editing, Watching Movies, Video Conversion)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Monitor, Speakers, Mouse, OS)

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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i5, Asus MoBo, SSD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (CPU only, around 3.6GHz)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080) I’ve got LG W2486L

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need PC to be as quiet as possible. I don’t really know about the CPU heatsink and cooler, but want it to be quiet as well.

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Parts I’ve currently selected:

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Processor:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

Hard Drive:
OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail

Graphics Card:
Palit NE3TS25NFHD52 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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  1. Hello.

    Just get this graphics card since you don't game:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127448

    Get this hard drive, SSD is too expensive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    RAM (cheaper solution) 1333mhz CL7:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    RAM(more expensive) 1600mhz CL7:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    heatsink it's cheap and decent:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=hyper%20212%20plus

    The rest of the parts you picked are fine so stick with them.
  2. Thanks for suggestions.

    I really aim for SSD, definately want to get it. Though I'm not sure in my case whether Intel one would be better or not:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016

    And one more question will the lower CAS latency make a big difference?
  3. xrtili said:
    Thanks for suggestions.

    I really aim for SSD, definately want to get it. Though I'm not sure in my case whether Intel one would be better or not:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016

    And one more question will the lower CAS latency make a big difference?


    The lower latency will not make a BIG difference, but the one you picked which is CL9 is bad for 1600mhz. Need at least CL8 for 1600mhz. For 2000mhz it's CL9. I suggest going with either one of my RAM.

    Why are you wanting SSD so bad? For your uses it's WAY too expensive and not relevant I would say.
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