First Time Build - Quiet, Do It All Computer for $1500


BUDGET RANGE: $1,500 Before Rebates and Monitors. Would definitely like to spend less. :)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, Office products, photo & video editing, music, secondary tv, movies I have a 360, so I don't really game much on the computer other than some Flash based games on Facebook.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, & speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (, but I also live near a Micro Center)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (Intel Core i5 or i7)

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (the best I can get really)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've had my current computer for 5 years and it's just a single Pentium. It's super slow and it's time to upgrade. I'd like a machine that is great for watching tv, movies, doing photo and video editing. I also work a bit from home using the internet and have multiple large Excel and Word documents open at once. Oh, and I need 2 monitors - Preferably 20"). Not sure if I should get a Core i5 or an i7. Also, not sure about all the parts I would need, but I'll list below what I've gathered from reading other posts.


Parts that I'm scoping out.
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

CPU Fan & Heatsink:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

That's $1061 so far. I know I'm missing the graphics card and OS. Not sure what else I would need like a tv tuner, etc.

Not sure on the Graphics Card, but I'm sure I don't need one that costs $400 or more. I would still like a good one though since I do some photo and video editing.

Again, I'm not sure if I even need the Core i7, maybe the Core i5 would be good enough. I'd definitely would like a quiet and energy efficient machine if at all possible.

Any help on Monitors would be nice too.
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  1. He won't need anything close to a HD5770 for flashed based games. If he just wants to play back some HD, a Radeon HD5450 or HD5670 will do quite well.

    Video Card:


    OS Should be Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
  2. Thanks for the feedback so far.

    Seems I have some options for the video card.

    Just want to make sure I don't need anything else, and that all the parts should work together.

    If anyone has another suggestion for a system build, please run them by me. I'm open to other options.
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