I’m gonna admit this early that I’m a noob. I’ll be transferring my old desktop system to my kids’ room. This would be my first build and I need your suggestions to complete the wish list. Thank you so much in advance.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1300 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video editing, VPN, Internet, MS-Office. So far, I am using PowerDirector and will purchase Sony Vegas, Premiere Elements in the coming months. In about a year, I intend to use Adobe Premiere, After Effects, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7-860 - I don’t game and wanted to take advantage of Hyper Threading, so I went back and forth with the 860 and 920. With another major purchase coming up, the i7-860+P55 option seems affordable to my budget (and perhaps to my electric bill).
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200): Depends on the recommended monitor.
3) The Cooler Master HAF 922 is a great case but overkill for your uses. I would think about dropping down to the Antec 300 Illusion and purchase the combo with the Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W PSU. Great case and PSU for the price and IMO better options for how you plan to use your PC. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
tecmo34, I appreciate your prompt response. Will definitely go with the Sapphire 5670. Awesome step-by-step guide btw esp for first time builders like myself. Will make a hardcopy soon.
Thanks also for looking into the PSU+case combo. I failed to mention that in a year's time (when I'm ready for Premiere and have the extra cash), I will splurge on a 64GB SSD (for OS+Apps) and another Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (in RAID 1).
Will the 430W (or 500W) PSU be enough?
kelfen, I was (and still am) smitten by that case. Thanks for the input (and justification hehe!)
Got a few more questions:
1. Any thoughts on why I should buy at Newegg instead of Amazon?
2. Just confirming if the CM Hyper 212+ is sufficient for 3 - 3.3GHz overclocks at stock voltage and 3.8GHz with additional voltage?
I forgot to include:
Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate --> 15.99+2.99 shipping
If you are planning to add more & more components, you would probably be safer with the Antec EarthWatts EA-500 PSU. The EA-430D is strong enough current plans but may limit you with later expansions.
If like & want the HAF 922, by all means get the case you like and want. A case is one of those components that the decision is solely up to the buyer. We can make recommendations, such as the Antec 300 Illusion, but you need to buy what you want since you are the one that has to look at it everyday